When my husband and I moved into our house, we didn’t even consider refinishing the wood floors even though they needed it. My assumption was that it was very expensive to do so I didn’t bother looking into it. I have since learned that it’s not as expensive as I once thought, but it’s not inexpensive either. It is, however, very messy as the dust from the wood gets EVERYWHERE (Kim can attest to this as this is a project she has lived through).
I’ve also discovered that painting your worn-out wood floors can be a less expensive, but no less beautiful, option to re-sanding and re-staining. Exhibit A (care of Martha Stewart):
It really changes the look of a space and is an unexpected touch. Prep work ranges from simply washing or vacuuming your floors to sanding them. After that, it’s a matter of coming up with a pattern, doing a little taping off and painting. A layer of polyurethane can be added on top to help protect the paint. I’m tempted to try it out myself—I’ll share my process if I do! Here are a few more painted floors for your viewing pleasure:
Cottage Living (Above four images)