My hardwood floors were in need of attention due to scuffs, scratches, flaking finish, discoloration in high traffic areas, darkened water stained areas, and warped wood by the front door.
The sole shiny spot in the pic below was where the ottoman sat...
Love the youtube generation: I watched a Bob Vila do-it-yourself video and was convinced this is something that could be done myself...
PREP WORK moved furniture
sealed off other parts of the house with plastic - (admittedly, not very good with a roll of tape)
Took down the window treatments and dropped the curtain panels at the dry cleaners, and even successfully removed the quarter-rounds from the baseboards...
...which only boosted my confidence that this floor refinishing project was well within my wheel-house.
As I left Lowe's with the recommended orbital upright floor sander, several sheets of sandpaper in varying degrees of grit, polyurethane finish, and brush applicator with extension, I was basking in a total "I am woman, hear me roar" moment. I GOT THIS!
Nothing could be further from the truth.
BIG FAT EFFING FAIL - After sanding for two hours, there were parts of the floor where the sander did not even scuff the surface or remove any of the old finish, certainly not to the point that I'd reached the requisite "scratch -free wear layer" mentioned in the tutorial.
Dafuq! Bob Vila said nothing about this!
Long pictorial short...
ENTER THE PROFESSIONALS The issue, aside from the initial notion that this project was within my capabilities - the floors were "engineered hardwood, not regular hardwood - rented the wrong type of floor sander (needed a drum sander and not an orbital sander) and had the wrong sandpaper grit.
APPROPRIATE SCRATCH-FREE WEAR LEVEL ACHIEVED - next comes stain and finish