How to install a hardwood floor: part 2 (aka the fun part)


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In the last installment, I promised to tell you how we chose our wood and the design, to share our thinking about why we chose unfinished hardwood and how we chose a stain, and to explain the steps for installing an unfinished hardwood floor. Continue reading

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How to install a hardwood floor: part 1 (aka prequel)


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Me, buffing our new maple/cherry hardwood dining room floor. Working a buffer is akin to riding a bull. (I know, I make it look easy.)

By Elle

Replacing the carpeting in our dining room with a hardwood floor wasn’t something that was on our renovation short list. But one day, in a fit of insanity, we tore out all the carpeting. Not sure what we expected to find beneath, but it was neither beautiful hardwood nor a buried treasure. Continue reading