When we were looking at houses, we saw a lot of places where the wooden floors had been ruined, either by neglect, or inept re-finishing. (We also got really good at finding the loose spot on the wall-to-wall carpet, so that we could peek underneath. But nevermind that.)
We were blown away by the beautiful condition of the floors in the house we ended up buying.
The wood looks even more beautiful, after a little "spa treatment" doesn't it? For those who are curious, the floors are white oak, and we believe that the decorative border around the edges of the room is walnut. The wood isn't particularly fancy, by 1920's standards, but as they say, they don't make things like this anymore. The carpenters and floor guys who looked at the place were all really impressed by the board lengths.
Because the floors were in basically good shape, and because we were being a bit frugal, we did not opt to have the floors completely re-finished. Rather we had the floor cleaned and lightly sanded ("screened") and re-varnished. Some of the old weirdnesses are still apparent, but that's fine with us.
Dining room, before.
And after. Isn't that gorgeous?
If anyone wants a good floor guy, we encourage you to call Dale at Swirsding's Floor Service. He did this job, start-to-finish, in two days, and there was no mess or dust involved.