Rosemary from Capitol Hill Says…

“We just had the hardwood floor in our downstairs rec room redone with a complete sanding, staining and Swedish finish and the results are really fabulous.  If you need any wood flooring redone I would recommend Planeta Works at 206-250-4311 for a truly professional effort.  Also it was painless — code for little or no dust, fast and efficient work, high quality craftsmanship.”  Rosemary – Capitol Hill

Thank you for your business and your referral, Rosemary!  It was a pleasure working for you.  – Artur and Jennifer

Adventures in Refinishing Hardwood Floors – We’ve Been There

This summer, Artur and I bought our first home.  We had been looking for over a year and dreaming for more than that.

We knew that any house we bought would need some remodeling. With our budget, Artur’s skills, and what we know about real estate, buying a fixer was the best investment for us.  Plus, we aren’t turn-key kind of people.  We wanted a fixer. In July, we got the keys to our dream fixer.

Refinishing the hardwood floors was at the top of our new-house projects’ list.  Most of the house already had a mix of red and white oak flooring.  It was in amazing shape considering it hadn’t been refinished in at least 15 years. The living room and the kitchen were the only rooms that didn’t have hardwoods.  The living room had some very, shall we say, “dated” green carpet and the kitchen had a mix of hardwood and linoleum.

Kitchen before:

 

Living room before:

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To bring in a more cohesive look to our home, we decided to pull up the carpet and linoleum, install a new mix of red and white oak to match the existing floors in the rest of the house, stain all areas a richer color and finish them with a Swedish Finish.

Here’s the living room mid-carpet removal. (You wouldn’t believe the amount of dirt we found under this carpet despite having been taken care of over the decades, further reinforcing our love of hardwoods.)

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Here’s the kitchen mid-linoleum removal. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)

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After the carpet and linoleum were gone Artur started installing the new wood we had ordered.

NOTE:  Before installing new wood flooring it is very important to store the flooring in your home or installation space for at least a week prior to installing. Wood is very sensitive to moisture and heat and needs to acclimate to the new climate, lowering the risk of warping or bucking after installation.

To begin the installation process, Artur first lays down a moisture barrier.  Then, before nailing down the boards, he sorts them out in a way that looks balanced and nice, both in color variation and board length.  See below.

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Here are photos of the kitchen and living room after the floors have been installed but before staining and finishing.

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The stain we choose was Provincial from Daly’s.  We love how the stain pulls out the character in the wood, ties in the red and white oak, as well as adding a richness to the floors without being too dark.

Here are the floors after being sanded, covered with a layer of filler (always necessary), sanded again, stained and finished with three coats of Swedish Finish.

Living Room – After

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Kitchen – After

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A side-by-side view of the before and after of the kitchen floors:

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A side-by-side of the before and after of the living room floors:

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We love how the floors turned out!  Although we have worked with many many clients as they navigate decisions about their hardwood floors in their own homes, we hadn’t ever gone through that process personally.  After this experience, we now feel that much more knowledgeable and prepared to help our clients as they make decisions regarding their hardwood floors.

Coming soon, more personal experiences from the Project Planeta Remodel and why you should always do your thorough research before hiring a contractor.

Before and After in Maple Leaf

Here are some photos of a job we did earlier in the winter in and old craftsman home in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle.

We ripped up the old carpet in the living room, the tiles in the entryway and some flooring that had been glued down in the kitchen and dining room.  We then installed and finished new Red Oak Select hardwoods in the living room, dining room, kitchen and entryway.  The results are beautiful.  Having one type of flooring through the entire first floor made the house look so much bigger and feel more cohesive.  Check it out!

 

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Dining Room After

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Living Room Before

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Living Room and Entryway After

Swedish Finish Ya!

Here are some before and after shots of the Oak floors we recently refinished in the Montlake neighborhood of Seattle.  The clients chose to use a Swedish Finish and no stain.  I am in love with the yummy, golden color that the Swedish Finish brought out in the floors.  The Swedish Finish adds far more character and a richness that cannot be achieved with any other type of finish.  I think that staining your wood floors can be very chic but in this case, less is way more.

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Bedroom Before

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Bedroom After

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Dining Room Before

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Dining Room After

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Living Room Before

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Living Room After

 

After The Final Coat

Here are the care guidelines we recommend for the first two weeks after the final coat of finish has been applied to your floors.

– No walking on the floors for 24 hours.  *See below for airing out your house post-finish.

– After 24 hours, you may walk on the floors with no shoes.

– We recommend you keep shoes and pets off of the floors for a minimum of three days.

– After three days, you may put furniture back on the floors but NO AREA RUGS.  In order to best protect your beautiful new floors from scratches we suggest you put some sort of felt pads (like these) under all furniture.

– After two weeks you may put down any area rugs you have.  Putting them down before the two week period will compromise the full curing process of the finish and may lead to discoloration.

What’s the safest and quickest way to get rid of the odor from the finish?

The best and quickest way to air out your house after the final coat has been applied is air movement.

–  Open up as many windows and doors as possible.

–  Please do not do this until 24 hours has passed as to avoid any dust or particles landing on potentially wet finish.

–  Fans are great for getting air movement in the space as well.

–  In the winter, it’s ok to leave the heat off for a day or so while you are airing out the house but please turn it back on after a day to ensure the proper curing process of the floors.

–  In addition, you may want to change the filter in your furnace.  We take great care in sealing off any heating vents and areas of the house that are not having work done but dust and odors can still escape the work area.

Client Happiness

We love making our clients happy! We love even more when our clients share their contentment with us.

Here’s a note from our recent clients, Julie and Dennis in Kirkland. We refinished their oak hardwoods in three bedrooms, a hallway, living room and dining room.

“Thank you for being so dedicated and passionate. We are so pleased with the work performed–thank you thank you. You take your trade/craft to a whole new level, a level of service that is truly hard to find.”

What makes this even sweeter is that Julie and Dennis have remodeled several homes in different states. They have plenty of experience with contractors. We are so happy that they were pleased with our work and their entire expreience with us.

Uncovering Hardwoods From Other Types of Flooring

We recently refinished the hardwood floors in a home located in the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle. This home, which has been a rental for some years, is getting some serious TLC before being put on the market to sell. Some of the house had exposed hardwood and some of the hardwoods were covered up by vinyl flooring in the dining room and an overdose of tile around the fireplace. Once the vinyl and extra tiles were removed we were able to come in and successfully refinish the floors. One would never know that these floors were once covered in vinyl, tile and glue. We think the results are pretty awesome and will add tremendous value to this home. The floors were a combo of Fir and Hemlock and we used a Swedish Finish on them. See below for before and after shots.