It doesn't get much more amazing than these before/after photos of our floors. But first, I'll extend the suspense by writing a bit about them.
The floors in our house are just planks of old growth pine. There's no subfloor. And while old growth pine is much harder than new pine, it's still a soft-ish wood.
Additionally, all of the floors had been covered with tile, linoleum, carpet, and more. They had been through water damage and leaks. They had a gazillion nails and staples pounded into them (remember this from 18 months ago?).
Our expectations were pretty low. We knew there would be irregularities in the wood. We thought parts might turn out OK. But wow. Just wow. We hired a terrific contractor, who is EPA certified for all of that nasty old dust (maybe there was lead, maybe there was asbestos). Three days later, it was like magic.
So here are the pics. Amazing.
Front room before:
Front room after:
Master bedroom before:
Master bedroom after (with bonus Mike!):
Next up: lighting and trim!