Refurbishing wide plank floors

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Refurbishing wide plank floors

Postby Mishmarsh on Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:25 pm

My husband and I are buying an 1850 home, a lot of the house has been updated, but there is still some of the old charm that we love...my question is we noticed the old original wide plank flooring is still in place but oak hardwood flooring has been installed on top of it. Is it possible to remove the oak flooring and restore the original floors? Or did the nailing of the oak flooring destroyed it?
Thanks, Michelle
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Re: Refurbishing wide plank floors

Postby WMainHouse on Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:41 am

My friend is in a mid 1700's house and just did the same. Here are the problems she faced: excessive holes from previous flooring, it was patched in one spot rather awkwardly, it had a few layers of lead paint which she's has some challenges with hiring someone to strip it. The floors are also a bit bouncier than before (though her house is older than yours). In one room, she patched, filled in the holes and painted the floor. She's happy with it because the oak just looked off in her 1700's home. Plus she uncovered a brick fireplace hearth. The other room she's still contemplating.
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