- I live in an old (mid 1800's) house I'm preparing to sell.
- Some (new) wide plank pine floors in the kitchen have lost their finish in areas (photos below).
- I'm pretty sure they were originally finished in tung oil, since that fits all the evidence I have (e.g. the bottles left around from the last owner).
- I also have a tiny bottle of the original stain, which (of course!) is no longer made.
I have a guy that estimates $750 to sand, stain, and put 3 coats of poly on the floor. Sounds like a pretty good deal, but
- I'm not sure the poly will match the rest of the house
- the house is settling, and the boards are slightly uneven; sanding + poly, hmmm.
- it's the kitchen, and central to the house, so downtime is a big hassle.
My question: would I be crazy to try spot repairing this?
If so, I imagine that will involve:
- thorough cleaning (Murphy's?)
- spot sanding
- spot staining
- multiple layers/applications of tung oil, perhaps to the whole floor
I wouldn't call myself handy. I've hung some sheetrock, and caulked a few seams in my life. I don't own a sander, which probably speaks volumes. I'm an engineer, and can follow instructions and figure stuff out, but that don't beat experience.
OK, photos. Worn area:
Another small worn area in kitchen:
For comparison, floor in another room. This wood might be > 150 years old! You can also see a worn area here. I'm not so worried about this kind of thing, but it could possibly use some TLC too.
My full complement of original stain: