Tung Oil Floor

Because I work for a school, I actually get to take this thing called “Spring Break”, which I’d only ever heard about when I worked more corporate jobs. In the past, Zach and I have traveled, or camped, or otherwise vacationed. This time, though, Zach was determined to take care of the last, biggest project of home improvement: refinishing the hardwood floors in two adjoining rooms on the main floor (used to be three rooms before this renovation).

This is what the floor looked like in two rooms before we moved into the house (Zach had to completely clean the whole place…that was part of the reason we got a good deal). This was one of the only places the floor was even visible beneath the garbage:

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One room was covered in pee-soaked gray carpet with cigarette burns. Underneath the carpet was awful linoleum tile that Zach pried up early on. He had to sand down glue squiggles. Last year we painted that floor a glossy chocolate brown as an interim solution to the UGLY. Here is a great “before” shot showing the state of the hardwood floor, the chocolate dining room floor (now showing a lot of wear), and the new patch Zach had to make in order to replace a piece of plywood that had been acting as a temporary patch and “lid” to our crawlspace. View: southwest.

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Zach spent days sanding the floor (all red oak), and putting wood putty into every little flaw and crack. For perspective, just behind that black garbage can you can barely find the floor patch. View: west.

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Then, each day for 5 days, he spent 5 hours on his hands and knees, removing every little dog and cat hair and then rubbing tung oil into the wood. Here is the first pass of many. View: north.

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We are so pleased with how the oil made the wood grain pop, and how shiny it is now that it’s finished!

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Oh, the work, though. It never ends. Mouldings are next. I am so thankful to have such a hard-working husband!

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3 Responses to “Tung Oil Floor”


  1. 1 Biff Stryker April 22, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Very Nice!

    On a side note, every time says “Tongue oil” it makes me think of something else…

    Like when I was buying steel barrels yesterday for my art project and I saw a “bung hole wrench” for only $14.00…

    E.

  2. 2 painted fish studio April 23, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    wow, wow, wow… that zach of yours is amazing! my ex and i redid my floors a few years ago. not fun, especially when a dog and a cat get thru the barriers and leave paw prints in soft poly…

  3. 3 Jeremiah April 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Wow, the floor looks amazing. I am coming over this week to see the house. I am excited.


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