We were prepared for our dining room floor to be in pretty bad condition under all the layers of plywood and MDF. But they’re not! The final layer was NOT glued down, like it was in other rooms.
To give you an idea of what we were prepared for, here is what our living room floor looked like when we uncovered it 4 years ago:
Big, ugly plywood squares and layers and layers of paint, varnish, and drops of drywall mud. So we were very happily surprised to find that our dining room floor looked like this:
See all the nail holes? Pulling all those out was not fun. But, after several days of walking on the floors, the holes are getting less noticeable, which is what we were hoping for. It is funny when the basement light is on at night though, it looks like you’re standing on a starry sky.
There’s just a little bit of stain and varnish around the edges of the room, but I’ll just sand it down with my hand-held sander. It’s nothing like what was in the living room.
We still have a little bit of the last layer to pull up, and then I’ll show you the whole room.