While we wait for the counter tops, our attention turns to the floor. Our plan is to have the old fir boards refinished, just as we have done in the rest of the main floor rooms. So in came the sanding machine and the huge vacuum to keep the dust to a minimum.
You never know what surprises you'll find in an old house. When the sanding was done, it revealed a 4 ft x 4 ft piece of plywood right in front of the chimney.
Most of this would be covered by the carpet under the dining table, but nonetheless we agreed it would be best to have it repaired. Our refinishers were able to source some fir of similar vintage and width and did a great job of blending it into the existing boards.
When they first put it in, it didn't look like much of a match.
However, once sanded, it was much less obvious, and considering that the carpet will also be in that area, we'll never notice the slight differences.
Besides, the floor has a decided patina of irregularity already thanks to its age and a certain amount of abuse at an early stage in its life. With nail holes, stains and gouges that can't be sanded out, it is definitely a floor of character. With that in mind, we are very happy with the glowing results, especially the way the hall now blends seamlessly into the kitchen.