Posted on | July 19, 2012 | 69 Comments
At the top of my renovation list to get done before baby is to have the floors stripped on the second floor of our house. The floors are all original wide plank, painted in an assortment of creams and browns.
I don’t know the best process to remove the paint and when I bring it up with Greg he gets frustrated and complains that the floors will be ruined and loose their character if I have them sanded. I realize it was common to have painted floors back in the day and it’s only recently become fashionable to have them stripped to just wood.
So I reach out to my readers because I’m starting to go crazy. I just want the paint off. Can you help? Have you had your floors stripped or whatever method you want to call the process? What’s the best way to preserve them so they don’t loose their old house appeal? Can you recommend someone who does this type of work?
We did strip the paint off the molding in our den using The Silent Paint Remover which works great! But the remover we have is small and overheats quickly when applied straight down which makes the process very labor intensive. If we could find a crew who does this type of removal that would be ideal since it doesn’t require sanding. I don’t need every little speck of paint off but something where most of it’s gone.
I found this list on Whole Living’s website on water-based and natural sealers as well as waxes and oils. I don’t want super slick floors with heavy poly but something soft and hopefully using a natural product.