So says traditional wedding anniversary lore. We buy lots of wood however, so that didn't seem so exciting, instead, I bought the trained monkey something wood adjacent.
|not our house, but you get the idea|
He's in love.
So in love, that the formerly formidable task of repairing the original oak floors was suddenly within the realm of reason.
|check out that threshold, with the fir to the far left|
These floors had been hacked apart when the house was subdivided, with pieces removed where they built new walls, and other sections (those that had never had flooring since they were under where the original staircase ran) had been filled in with fir porch boards instead of oak. Instead of making repairs after the house was turned into apartments, they added cheap oak on top, which was now splintered and bulging. We removed the junk oak when we did stage one of the staircase restoration, but left the holes and awfulness, leaving everything hidden under old rugs. Seeing the original patterned hall floors was one of our first tastes of being on the right track. Last fall we got a truckload of antique oak flooring for free that was a close enough match to ours, all winter it's been in the shed waiting to get used. We hope to cut most of it down for a herringbone floor later on, but chose the best long boards to do the patching.
|those white sheets are before photos we put down for fun|
There are plenty of tutorials written on how to patch floors. I will add though that when patching things like thresholds, and where two types of flooring meet, think about which will result in the best hold before blindly nailing boards in. In our case, we got creative with the tongues and grooves (as well as removing them), to try and give them the most sticking power. Also, square off the ends of all boards, both old and new before nailing anything in (we learned that the hard way).
In addition to the benefits of not tripping in nail filled holes anymore, it was nice to get a good look at the ends of the pine floors that are in the current entry - they're still hidden under more of the awful oak that needs to be removed, but the ends are grain-painted, telling us that the original opening between rooms was similar to what we built, and definitely not the single width door that was here when we bought the house.
|so much better (the orange oak at the top still needs to be removed)|
|the only glimpse of me you're likely to see|