We work on many older maple floors dating anywhere from 1880s to 1940s, most requiring a few repairs here
and there. Often it’s just a one or two board repair for radiator holes, or possibly a 1′ x 2′ area where a pet has stained the floor. Yet, once in a while, we run into a beautiful old maple floor that requires a more extensive repair job. These projects are some of the most fun for us
because we get to take a 100 year old, beat up maple floor and turn it into a stunning focal point of the home.
The project featured in this blog was built in the late 1800s and still had some of the original woodwork. When we initially met the homeowner for the in-home consultation, he feared that the floors were beyond help. In fact, friends and family
didn’t believe saving the floors was even worth considering. He was very excited when we told him that, with a lot of repairs and a good bit of sanding, we could turn his mess of a floor into something beautiful.
For this project, we couldn’t use new maple since new maple doesn’t have the darker caramel tones that 100 yr old maple has. So, we dug into our stock of reclaimed maple to ensure our repairs matched his floor.
There was over 100 sq ft at the front of the house that needed reclaimed maple installed, and several areas needed to be patched in. When we patch in, we “weave” the wood into the existing to make sure the repair is unnoticeable. Most of the floor had large pan head nails driven into each board on the joists.
We set each nail and filled the holes prior to sanding.
We were very happy with how all the repairs matched, and the homeowner said they floor turned out better than he could have imagined.