Well, rented two sanders after work Thurs, spent 6 hours Thurs night, 10 hours Friday sanding then swept and wiped all floors down with a mineral spirits soaked rag. Saturday morning was a final tack and first coat went down. 24 hr later, Sunday after got a sanding with 180 grit, swept, wiped down, tacked and #2 coat. Final coat will go down tonight.
I think they are gonna look very nice. We still have the lighter color wood around the outside and some scratches, but wife loves it and just gives the old farmhouse charm and character. once the furniture and some area rugs go down, no one will notice.
All said and done I have ...
$124 in sander rental/paper
$160 in polyurethane
$50 or so in various supplies.
40+ hours of labor
Not bad for finishing over 500 square foot of flooring. A lot cheaper than lying new flooring or carpet, that would've been $1500 on the low side to who knows how high for top end floor or carpet and it is original floor to house and adds character.
I was dreaded sanding, but rented these two puppies, drum sander and edge sander...the edge sander was the cat's meow, man it saved a lot of time.
Few pics of ready for first coat.
once quicky after first coat. I only remember to take pics right after I coat it so it's too wet.