We got most of the floor sanded down. Turns out that it’s apparently old-growth Douglas Fir. Hard as a rock. We knew the front porch is Douglas Fir, but didn’t expect that they’d also use that for the back porch. It was a real beast to get it sanded down.
Floor renovation, in progess

Mostly the floor looks good, but you can see that the back area by the fridge is much darker (that area was not painted, and the wood darkened naturally over time), and there are also some dark splotchy areas that may be from water damage (see the area between the green gloves and the dustpan). I know this room was in terrible condition when the previous owner bought it, and it almost certainly had leaks in the roof.

We won’t be able to eliminate either – we’d have to sand too deeply, and even then, we might not get all of the darkness out. I don’t mind the dark section at the end, but I’m not sure how the dark streaks in the middle of the floor will look if we use a clear finish. I’d prefer a natural finish if possible, and I don’t mind if the floor looks a bit distressed – after all, it’s over 100 years old, but I don’t want it to look too blotchy, either.

We still have some sanding to do, and maybe we can do a bit more work on the blotchy areas and see if we can lighten them up a bit. Then we’ll decide whether we can do a clear finish, or will have to go with paint.

Where the wood isn’t blotchy, it’s really beautiful:

Old Douglas fir floor

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8 Responses to Intermission

  1. sue o says:

    Try using Hydrogen Peroxide (the kind you buy at the drug store for cleaning wounds) on the dark spots. We had a spot on our hardwood floor that was almost black! By spraying a heavy coat on the spot every day for about a week it lightened enough so that we could just barely hit that area with the stain when we re-did the floor and it is only noticeable because WE know it is there! Try on a very small spot first just in case! It worked for me and for my cousin as well.

  2. Chris says:

    Old growth Doug Fir! It would be tragic to trip up that floor.

  3. margene says:

    Beautiful! The hard part is over!

  4. Kitten says:

    Aw man, this is the first remodelling “surprise” I’ve ever heard of that was a good thing!

  5. Laritza says:

    It is pretty! I would go clear finish, if the blotchy area bothers you too much, you can always throw a rug over it. A house 100 years old like mine in Utah! love the character those houses have.

  6. jill says:

    Such hard work! My morbid sense of humor is concocting a wild story of intrigue involving a body being found in a pool of …hmm, maybe I’m reading too many mysteries this summer. 🙂

  7. Marianne says:

    WoW, you weren’t kidding about sanding the floor :^)
    I’d say try the hydrogen peroxide, see if it lightens those areas.. and hey, most definitely a fabulous surprise finding that flooring underneath the other stuff! and yes, area rugs are wonky floor friendly :^D

  8. Cookie says:

    Gorgeous floor!

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