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Can my kitchen floors be salvaged?

10 years ago

Sorry to pester once again with the saga of restoring our 100 yo hardwood floors, but we're at the final decision point of whether these kitchen floors are redeemable.

I've stripped off 2 layers of vinyl + adhesive, sanded till I'm blue in the face with 4 different sanders, from drum to hand orbital, and tried bleaching out the water stains with oxalic acid. With all of the above, I was unable to get out the black stains, water marks, or uneven (splotchy) color.

Here's what it looks like after a coat of Bona Sealer:

There will be cabinets down the 2 sides, so I'm only concerned about the 5' down the center, but it's still splotchy.

And here's a shot of where the fridge will go (upper right corner in photo):

Here's the doorway between the kitchen and dining room. Lots of residual rust spots and holes from the nails in the carpet tack strips and transition piece:

As a contrast, here's a bedroom with sealer and one coat of fresh Bona Traffic poly.

So what think you? It seems my options are:
1. Go ahead and poly it.
2. Put a darker stain on it to cover up/even out the ugly.
3. Paint it.
4. Cover it with sheet vinyl.


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