Sun Room refurb -- getting down to the wooden floor

Project by Wendell posted 08-05-2009 10:19 PM 3001 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are the before, during, and after shots of my wife and me renovating the sunroom. It is a small room off the kitchen that was added sometime in the 1930s. It has been used as a mudroom and laundry room at different times. When we bought the house, the room had some cruddy old carpet and no A/C. It had electric baseboard heat, which is expensive to run, so we weren’t using the room much at all. One day we decided to tear a hole in the carpet to see what was under it, and found an old linoleum floor. From there the renovation plan just took off. We tore out carpet, padding, the linoleum floor, two subfloors and tarpaper. I found an old toilet drainpipe and some sinkpipes, none of which had been properly abandoned. That explained the odor we smelled occasionally. I filled the pipes with cement. Then we sanded and refinished the original wooden floor, which had never been finished and was FILTHY. After that, we painted the walls and added a gas stove for heat. We’ll use a window unit for A/C in the summer. We’re getting better at this…

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posted 08-06-2009 12:02 AM

Wow. That floor tear-up picture is the part of the project where I get really nervous, the “how far is this going to go?” moment. Was the subfloor under the plywood once a finished floor, or just a subfloor built from individual boards?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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posted 08-06-2009 12:33 AM

It was another piece of plywood, which was veneered. ??? Maybe it was a floor? It was difficult to tell. People do strange things to houses over the years, and when you tear things up you never know what you’re going to find. The original wooden floor has 3/4 inch holes drilled all the way around the perimeter, about 16 inches apart and 4 or 5 inches from the wall. Why would someone do that? The holes were from the old linoleum on down. The crawlspace underneath is just dirt, and it certainly made it easier to heat that room when I closed those holes.

If you look into the next room in the last pic, you can see the kitchen floor. That was under ceramic tile, a wet bed, TWO linoleum floors and a subfloor. We had to lower all the cabinets because the floor was so much lower after we took that all out (the joists thanked us). We also took out the drop ceiling in the kitchen after we poked a hole in it to see what was above it—and saw the original ceiling was still there, looking just fine and even with the molding.

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posted 08-06-2009 12:53 AM

once again…good job…I know it’s allot of work but it was well worth it, the floors look great…..

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 08-08-2009 04:40 AM

Great job on the house, I’m a big fan of restoring old houses and keeping the old character.

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posted 08-08-2009 07:41 PM

Great job, the floor from the kitchen to the sunroom look like a good match. I like the fact you restored the old ceiling in the kitchen instead of a drop. BTKS

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posted 08-11-2009 12:34 AM

Great job. It’s always a pleasure to find original hardwood floors under all kinds of other “crap”...

I am curious, what finish did you use for the wood floor? I am about to refinish the floors in my place, and after some reading decided against polyurethane—I want a more natural look, and a less toxic coat, so I think I will try BioShield Hard Solid Oil.

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posted 08-11-2009 04:46 AM

We used Cabot water-based poly, satin finish. We needed something fairly impervious because of heavy kid traffic. Post pix when you get the Bio-Shield on!

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posted 08-11-2009 07:50 AM

OK I will. Just joined the home furbers… :)

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posted 08-15-2009 05:17 PM

Nice work!


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posted 08-23-2009 05:54 PM

Wow, another excellent upgrade, looks like you might should start your own rehab business! ;o)

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posted 09-09-2009 01:27 PM

You did a great job redoing the hardwood floors.

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posted 01-31-2010 03:06 AM

Did you add any sun shades or solar shades to save the floor?

-- http://www.thehis.com

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