We believe that when some previous owner dug out the basement and installed the spiral staircase, that they must have installed this board which looks bad next to the original hardwood floors. This board is level with the current hardwood floors, they must have cut through the hardwood floors to install this board.

installed wood next to hardwood floors

We are considering laying new floor on top of the current floor, but the hardwood floor that is there now look pretty good so it seems like it would be a waste. We're just unsure of how to repair this part.

We just finished ripping up the blue carpet you see in the image and found this under it.

  • just curious, why did you pull up that one small piece of carpet? Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 20:16
  • The entire hardwood floor was covered with carpet. We found this after we pulled up the carpet. I suppose we could have left the carpet covering it, but we're looking to get rid of the blue carpet entirely.
    – dlamotte
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 20:24

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I don't want to get into a long drawn out explanation on how to fix that plywood square. I will say that it is entirely possible to replace the plywood with a close match hardwood. The process is called "stitching". It involves removing the cut pieces of wood to bring it back to the original stagger then slip fitting the new wood back in while at the same time filling the hole left when you remove the plywood.

I expect that the hardwood flooring is 3/4" thick, likewise the plywood. The plywood has to be removed and obviously replaced with a close match hardwood. There are a couple of very detailed segments on "Ask This Old House" that deal with stitching hardwood. I'll try to find a link for ya later, but you can go to TOH and search hardwood floor stitching. It is a difficult job that requires a bit of skill and the patience of Jobe, but when done well, you can hardly tell it was a patch job

Found a video link for ya.

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    This vid give you an idea how to remove the cut "tails". In your case, you will be stitching in larger pieces and nailing them above the tongue as you go along. I think you get the idea however. Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:16
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    If you check the closet floors you may find wood with matching grain etc that can be removed. Although it may not be easy, the mismatched grain will be less obvious in a closet.
    – mikes
    Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:41
  • good idea mikes. A bit more work, but be sure to have same wood and width. Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 21:56

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