We started on a Saturday, and planned to finish the day with the staining process
Our house was built in 1894. In Utah the hardest native wood is fir. So though we do have hardwood details in our house that were shipped from the east, such as an amazing mantel and stunning stair case, the floors were made of fir.
Above we see the builders answer to the hardwood shortage. Fir tongue and groove flooring was laid and then around the outside of the room, the floor was false grained, decorative painting that imitated the grain of red oak.
The faux graining included a coat of yellow paint with and orange/red layer that was 'combed' to allow some of the yellow to show through. Stripping off those two coats of antique paint plus laquer was not as fun as it sounds.
In fact it was a was a gummy mess. We ran out f time and had to take the sander back .... With the floor in the midst of its makeover.
On Monday I spent my entire day striping the rest of the border.
The floor certainly shows some battle scars ... But I love the dark walnut, because...
My father once repaired a truck for someone in trade for a semi full of rough cut black walnut lumber. He had it milled into tongue and groove paneling and used it for two walls and the ceiling of the great room of the big house which he was personally building! That's the house I grew up in, and black walnut will forever remind me of my father.
So all is well that ends well, right?