the floors

you might remember (if you truly love us) that our first big project was to get the floors ready to be refinished. it was a tight race to get the prep done in time. jef took one for the team by pulling an all-nighter to make sure everything was ready when the floor guys came.

we started by pulling up the carpet, scraping the padding off the floor, and pulling up the hundreds of staples that had held the padding in place (arggh).

pulling up carpet

the floors were already in good shape, thanks to decades spent under carpeting.

floors before

adam kamien and his crew took several days to sand the entire main floor and apply the stain and varnish.

sanded floors

there were two options for the stain and we picked the darker one.

floor stains

and here’s the result:

finished floors

the kitchen floor went from this:

to this:

the floor-refinishing project will live on forever in our hearts as The Project That Went According to Plan.

4 thoughts on “the floors”

  1. okay, i’m confused. which picture is which as far as the before and after of the kitchen floor ?? also nice to have one of the “early” projects goes as planned………must mean you’re on a roll.

  2. Hello. My wife and I just purchased a bungalow near Addison and Austin. We seem to be following in your footsteps as far as renovations go (we took up the carpet within hours of closing on the house, we’ve also begun to remove 2 layers of wallpaper from the living & dining room). I would like to thank you in advance for all the information you have provided here. I was going to contact you thru the Chicago Bungalow website, but the message board seems to be down right now. You can delete this message after reading it – I really just wanted to say hi and could find no other way of contacting you!! I included a link to my photo page. It may even bring back a few memories. We both look forward to any future updates and once again thanks. Have a great day!

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