Claire & Jeffrey's Kitchen: New (Old) Floors

Renovation Diary

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Name: Claire & Jeffrey
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Type of building: Single-family bungalow, 950 square feet

The Renovation Diaries are a new collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style.


After tearing the walls down, we decided to jump on getting the floors done based on our schedules. Above: at left, the floors patched with salvaged wood, and at right, the finished product. 

We cleared out the room, cleaned up the floors, and rented a drum sander from Ace. 18 hours of hard labor (Jeffrey gets all the credit on this one), and about $260 will get you stunning floors. STUNNING. 

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Looking in from the living room. The view before the floor refinishing marathon.

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Note the salvaged patch to the right in this shot. The drum sander we rented from Ace for $45 is to the left.

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2am and the most exiting part! Staining the maple to ebony to match the rest of the house.

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7am and time to poly.

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Our new floors!

Estimated time for project: 4-8 weeks
Time remaining: 2-4 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #7 of Claire & Jeffrey's Diary.

(Images and diary text: Claire Moyle)