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This was not a fun weekend. We sanded our old wooden floors in the dining room, the hallway and the living room. By "we" I mean the husband - he won´t let me use the sander (he is not concerned about me but the floors). However I am responsible for the finish. We are doing the lye/soap treatment again so that means scrubbing the floor 1x with lye and 3x with soap. All in all I spent a good deal of the weekend on my knees. Ouch.

So far I have managed to finish the floors in the dining room, see above. While it is technically the same treatment as in the library, the finished floors look a whole lot different. Better, if you ask me - not as spotty. This may be due to the fact that the floors in the dining room are in much better shape but also I think I got the hang of the treatment. I think most of you would be bored by a "how to" post, but if you consider finishing your floors with lye and Swedish soap email me, I do have some recommendations for you.

I have Thursday off this week and I hope I´ll be able to finish both the living room and the hallway so that we can "move back in" on Saturday. I miss my living room so much! I realized it is my favorite room in the house. Especially now when it´s super cold and we can´t use the wood stove. Perfect timing, eh?

PS: Now that the floors are "blonde", the doors look very orange, no? Is that a bad thing? (Don´t say yes.)

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Reader Comments (5)

Well done, the floor looks really great. But what I'm really thinking is WOW look at all that sunlight! Lucky you!
Ps - I'm afraid you're right, the doors do have a bit of an orange thing going on. I think it's the most annoying part of decorating that by doing one task/room, everything around it ends up looking worse!

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDecorator's Notebook

Ugh, I know. Yes the floor looks great but now everything else does not seem to work anymore. We moved back into the dining room and all I kept thinking was how wrong everything looks. Damn! As for the doors, I think it will take a whole lot of begging so that the husband will allow me to paint them. He looves his wooden doors...

The light is great, yes. The front rooms face South so sunlight all day (but Norther exposure and no sunlight at all in the back rooms ;)

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrin

Are the doors varnished? If so perhaps you could have them stripped then wax them so they had a more natural tone?

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDecorator's Notebook

i absolutely love the way your floors look. are they pine? we have pine floors in our house and i would love to sand them and make them look like yours so if you have any advice i would love to hear it. your house is absolutely gorgeous and making me a bit depressed about the state of ours...

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkristen

I love your floors and house and am doing lye and soap on our fir floors. I would love to know what your dilution of soap you used was and what brand.


April 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

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