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We rent a floor sander from a local Home Depot when we do floors. Not the usual drum sander, it’s actually 4 independent orbitals mounted under a shroud, for dust control. I prefer this sander because it takes wood off the floor more gradually, and eliminates the gouges you get at the end of runs with the drum sanders.

We sanded the floor, starting with a coarse grit, followed by successively finer grits to get a smooth surface. We did 7 1/2 rooms in 3 days and then took a day off to recover!

Applying stain directly to new wood (repairs)

Applying stain directly to new wood (repairs)

Before applying varnish to the whole floor, I put a little stain directly on the patches of new wood wherever I’ve made a repair. This is done so that the new wood matches the darker hue of the older wood.

toning coat on 2nd floor

Applying toning coat on 2nd floor

I always mix some stain in with the varnish, for at least the first coat. This is called ‘toning’. I find that doing this helps hide minor blemishes. The amount and the number of toning coats depends on how bad the blemishes are.

I added a blend of MinWax ‘Old Oak’ and ‘Antique Maple’ gel stain to the varnish (Cabot satin polyurethane) – 1 scoop each per 2qts varnish.

For a measuring scoop, I bought a small gravy ladle at a grocery store. I keep the recipe simple so I can remember it easily and duplicate it later if needed.

toning coat on 1st floor

Applying toning coat on 1st floor

This is the toning coat on the first floor, a bit darker than the 2nd floor due to greater wear and damage on the 1st floor. I used 1 scoop of MinWax ‘Old Oak’ gel stain per quart of varnish.

Here are a few images showing the results from the first coat:

floor refinishing

End result of toning coat on 2nd floor

floor refinishing

End result of toning coat on 1st floor, middle room

floor refinishing

End result of toning coat on 1st floor, front room

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