The Cost of Refinishing our Hardwood Floors Ourselves

THE FARMHOUSE

On Tuesday, I shared the process we used to refinish our hardwood floors at the Farmhouse, and today, I want to tell you what it cost.  As a reminder, we refinished about 600sf of fir floors.

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Here’s a breakdown of the expenses:

$120 Drum sander rental (2 days)

$160 Drum sander sanding belts (20 @ $8/each)

$40 Sand paper for palm and belt sanders (for edging)

$30 Wood putty

$40 Orbital sander rental (1 day)

$40 Orbital sander pads (8 @ $5/each)

$150 Polyurethane Finish (3 gallons @$50/each)

$20 Incidentals

$600 Total

In the past, we’ve paid $3.50/sf for a professional refinish, which would have added up to $2,100 for this project.  So we saved about $1,500 by doing this job ourselves, which for us, was totally worth it!  I just hope the finish holds up to our wild boys and the dog’s nails…fingers crossed!

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The finished room photos are of our farmhouse master bedroom, which we redid for the One Room Challenge.  Check out that room reveal here.

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Krystal recommended this book for the holiday season. I ordered it last week and can’t wait to read it with the boys!

p.p.s. I’m all about baking this holiday season!  This tart looks delicious and I want to recreate these cookies plus there will probably be a cake or galette and I’m still figuring out what to do with the rest of our apples (maybe this!).  Any favorite holiday baking traditions?!

p.p.p.s. I’m really not elaborate when it comes to holiday decor – stockings, garlands, and a real tree is about all you’ll see at our farmhouse – and this roundup of holiday spaces is full of amazing inspiration!

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Farmhouse Master // Sooo Close but… (ORC, Week 4)

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Somehow it’s already week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I feel like we’re sooo close, but still sooo far away from finishing our master bedroom.  The walls are painted, the hardwood floors are refinished, the rug has arrived, and the vintage theater seats are here (plus a vintage fan, because we obviously needed one).  But there’s still the small matter of installing base shoe, wiring 2 sconces, hanging curtains, and finding art, night stands, a floor lamp, throw pillows, and all the little details that make a space feel homey.

I really love my vintage theater chairs!  And the best part is, they were only $25/seat.  Getting a good deal is one of my greatest pleasures in life, so consider me thrilled!  I still haven’t decided if I’ll leave the armrests green or sand them down and stain them, but it’s likely to be a last minute decision once this space is a little farther along.  The theater seats aren’t actually installed yet since they need to be bolted to the floor, but I’m hoping to tackle that this weekend after we finalize their location.

Speaking of floors, did you notice what’s under the theater seats?  Freshly redone hardwood floors! We spent the better part of 7 days refinishing our fir floors and they look so much better.  I’m planning to share the process, pitfalls, and cost of refining our floors with you guys once we catch our breath, so stay tuned for that.  But for now, I’m just appreciating these beautiful floors and loving that the steady stream of dust has finally stopped. Phew!

For comparison’s sake, here’s what the floors used to look like after we pulled up the carpets, but before we started sanding.

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And here’s what they looked like after we refinished them…

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Better, right?!  We chose not to stain our floors so they’re this light, warm fir color.  They will darken with age, which I’m excited about, but I’m also loving how they look right now, especially with my Skyline rug!

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Goodness, isn’t that rug a beauty? I love it so much that I want to use it in every room at the Farmhouse.  But I suppose then it might lose its appeal 😉

I wanted to thank you guys for some really great feedback on last week’s art roundup. Let me just say, Alison you are definitely right!  She suggested that I give myself time to find the right piece of art and hang a mirror or tapestry there in the mean time.  So smart, right?!  I would hate to buy a piece of art that we don’t love just to have something for the ORC reveal.  I’ll keep looking over the next two weeks, but I’m pretty sure that you’ll see a mirror here instead of art when week 6 rolls around.

Another item I’m still working out for this room is throw pillows.  I’m a bit of a pillow minimalist, but I also love how they can add texture and layers to a space.  For our master bedroom, I’m looking for a couple of pillows that can help accent the historic feel of the house.  I’ll admit I wasn’t quite sure how to accomplish that, so I looked to two of my favorite bedrooms for a little inspiration:

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sources 1 | 2 (on sale!) | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | top bedroom | bottom bedroom

I’m leaning towards a combination of both of these rooms for our space, dark velvet and natural linen pillows.  But the final choice will depend on what I can get shipped in time for the reveal.  Living in a small town definitely has it’s moments when trying to find home decor 😉

Alright, that’s all the progress I have to report today.  Only two weeks of the One Room Challenge left.  I am officially scrambling!  Eeech!

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You can catch up on my previous One Room Challenge posts here: week 1 (before/design plan), week 2 (pulling up carpets/paint), and week 3 (hardwood progress/seats/art).  Thanks for following along!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. John and Sherry talked about renovating with young kids in their most recent podcast and I loved what they had to say.  Thank goodness John threw in the TV comment at the end or I was going to have to write an entire post on the powers of that magic black box during a renovation!

p.p.s. four white bedrooms styled perfectly.  You know, in case you’re planning a white bedroom 😉

p.p.p.s. How a 26-year-old CEO spends her money.  My sister sent me this article and it’s totally not what I expected.  I’m sending a fist pump to you, Ms. Mah!

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Farmhouse Master // Getting To Work (ORC week 2)

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We made some good progress in the master bedroom this week (week 2 of the One Room Challenge) and also uncovered more work. But let’s start with the good. The carpets are finally up. Yay!  Plus the drapes are down and the beige walls have been covered with white paint.  Already it’s looking one million times better in this room. And best of all, I’m starting to get a hint of the airy, historic feel I’ve been dreaming of.

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So you’re probably wondering what’s going on with the floors.  That’s the bad news.  When we pulled up the carpets earlier in the week, we found paint stains all over the hardwoods.  We had a sneaking suspicion that these floors might be in rough shape (we found paint stains on the other bedroom floors too), but in some sort of unrealistic optimism, I was holding out hope that we’d find something better in here.  Like maybe the previous owners had say, used a tarp when they painted the master bedroom.

Consider my optimism crushed.

As you probably guessed, we’ll need to refinish the hardwood floors as we work on this room for the One Room Challenge. At this point, we’re planning to move out of the upstairs for a week or so while we refinish the entire 2nd level floors, including the nursery and Wilder’s room.  It’s going to be a big project, but it’ll be worth it when it’s done.  Especially if the floors look a smidgeon as good as these:

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Since our floors already had paint all over them, we didn’t worry about protecting them when we started painting the walls and ceiling.  I picked Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, a color I’ve used frequently in our farmhouse. There is something so intrinsically country about white walls, don’t you think? Plus anytime I thought about using a dark and sultry color (like that gorgeous green in Si‘s bedroom!), I’d go back to the wood moldings and dream about how lovely they would look with white walls. So white it is.

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This is what week 2 of the One Room Challenge looked like for us, compressed into a few seconds:

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We’re off to Seattle tomorrow to hunt for vintage theater seats and whatever other goodies I can find. Hopefully I’ll have lots of exciting progress to show you guys when next Thursday rolls around.  In the meantime, I’m sharing videos on my Instagram Story, like this clip of me pulling up the carpets, which has already expired off of Instagram (you’ll have to view this video in a web browser, so if you are reading this post via email, click through to the Grit and Polish!).

If you missed it, you can read about our master bedroom design plan here: week 1.

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xoxo

-Cathy

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