Progress Update: Floors!

It’s been an exciting few weeks here because our floors are finally refinished!

Since we moved into the house last year I’ve been eagerly awaiting the day we refinished the hardwood floors in the living room/dining room/hallway and my curiosity about what was underneath the kitchen flooring was KILLING me.

This post is going to be a little bit of a retrospective so you can get the whole “before and after” effect. The floors also aren’t totally finished because that great cement tile I talked about in a previous post is on back-order until the end of the month. WORTH THE WAIT.

Okay, so let’s start in the living room, with what it looked like when we first moved in:

The hardwood floors were 100x better than the carpet that was there, but they also looked like they overdid it on self-tanner.

Here’s a more recent shot, post-purple and post-ceiling teardown

Living Room - Post Demo

Now here’s the same view once all that orange gunk has been sanded off, before a coat of finish went on it:

What surprised me most was the variation in colour!

And here’s the final view, after 3 coats of finish:

😍 The variation in colour is even more noticeable after the finish cured. I’m so happy with the result. I can’t believe how dramatic the difference is. Here are a few more views of the living room:

In the hallway, we had an area patched where a vent used to be.

It was previously patched with an ugly piece of plywood:

Here’s a progress shot of it:

Patched Hallway

After the glue had been removed:

Incredible colour matching here! We hired Tartan Hardwood Flooring for this project and couldn’t be happier with Doug’s amazing quality of work. Doug also did our upstairs floors last year so we were so glad to work with him again.

And here’s a final look:


Let’s move on to the kitchen where the real fun begins.

There’s not a whole lot to say about one side of the kitchen that was previously the dining room because it’s the same floor as the living room. It’s hardwood floor, it looks amazing. The real mystery was what was underneath that vinyl floor.

Here’s a look before, it’s old, it’s ugly. It’s UNKNOWN TERRITORY.

Open concept kitchen

Annnddddd… here’s what was beneath that vinyl:

AHHHH, so gross, right? We paid another $75 to have the brown stuff tested for asbestos because #asbestoslife #poisonhouse #bettersafethandead. And the test results came back as…



I was so thankful to not have to deal with another abatement. But before Doug could work his sandman magic on this crap floor, Ryan and me had to pull roughly 1000 long staples out. We were up past midnight one night crawling on the floor on our hands and knees searching for staples and it was literally like pulling teeth, only the teeth are tiny and break in two pieces why you try to haul them out.

Here are some more terrible before pics just for dramatic effect:

Confession: I wasn’t sure about this. There were A LOT of holes in this floor from the staples and we really could not tell what condition the floors were in.

Okay, so it’s time to stop dragging this out and show you what the floor looked like after Doug sanded and finished:


Here’s a closer look:

And here’s a look at where the softwood meets the hardwood:

Both of these areas will have cement tile transition.

Let me be the first to say, this isn’t the perfect floor. It does have a lot of holes in it and there’s some weird colour variation, like in the photo below.

However, this is also why I love it. It’s pretty similar to the what’s in our upstairs bedrooms, so now the whole house feels pretty consistent.

I am a little bit concerned about the fact that we’ll have softwood floor in an area that’s going to have a lot of cooking/meal prepping going on. I’m a clumsy person and tend to drop stuff, and if you drop stuff on a softwood floor, you won’t break the thing you dropped, you’ll just ding the floor. I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect kitchen rug and I think one of these vinyl patterned runners would be really fun along the cupboards. I just need to find one that’s NOT almost $200.

So this step in our ongoing floor saga has closed! This week we had a plumber come in and move the sink drain and so pretty soon we’ll be insulating and drywalling.

Thanks for following along!


One thought on “Progress Update: Floors!

  1. New floors look 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼. Also, lol’ed at the self-tanner floors. So impressed with your reno skills (like the skill of patience to pick out all those staples).

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