Name: Dan Bailey
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Type of building: 2nd Floor Condo in a Greek-Revival Row House
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The original pine floors in my condo are far from perfect. But all of the little nicks and scratches and nail holes and color variations in the floorboards tell a story. I feel like the history of the building is written in these floors. So I was a little apprehensive about having the floors refinished – I was worried that a thorough sanding and a few coats of polyurethane might erase some of this historical character. At the same time, the floors desperately needed to be refinished. There were some deep gouges and the finish had worn down to bare wood in places, not to mention the very real risk of getting a splinter while walking around with bare feet. And the newly uncovered and patched kitchen floor was dusty and completely unfinished.