Restoring Antique Heart Pine Floors

What You'll Need
Antique heart pine flooring
Rubber mallet
Plastic sheets
Tape measure
Pry bar

Antique heart pine floors are some of the most beautiful and rustic-looking floors that you will find anywhere. If your antique heart pine floor is looking old, it might benefit from a restoration project. Here are the basics of how to restore antique heart pine floors.

Step 1: Remove the Damaged Pieces

If you have damaged pieces of hardwood flooring, you may need to remove them and replace them. In this case, you will want to start out by taking the boards that are damaged out of the floor. Depending on how they were fastened, this can be a tough part of the job. You are going to need to take a pry bar and use it to pry up the damaged boards. 

Step 2: Measure

You will then need to take your tape measure and get the dimensions of the area that you are going to need to replace. Measure the length and the width and then multiply the two values together to get the square footage that you are going to need. 

Step 3: Find the Wood

Your next step is going to be to find some replacement antique heart pine flooring. You may have to shop around a bit until you find a wood that will look like the one that you have on your floor. They all have a slightly different grain and aged look. Once you find one that is close, purchase the amount of wood that you need.

Step 4: Install the Wood

At this point, you are going to want to install the new boards. If you are replacing a board in the middle of two other boards, you will need to use your saw to cut off the tongue of the new board. Press the new board into place and use your rubber mallet to hit it down into place. Continue laying the boards into place until all of the gaps have been filled. You will need to nail the boards into the floor as well. 

Step 5: Sand the Floor

You will then need to sand the entire floor. Use a floor sander for this part of the project. Before you start sanding, you need to put up some plastic sheets over all of the doors. You may also want to cover any furniture that is in the vicinity. This is going to create a lot of dust. 

Step 6: Clean Up

After you sand, you are going to need to remove all of the dust. Using your broom and vacuum, you need to get rid of all of the dust before moving forward.

Step 7: Stain

You will then need to stain the flooring. You can apply the stain with rags or with brushes. Make sure that all of the flooring is stained evenly. 

Step 8: Finish

After you allow the stain to dry, you will need to apply a finish coat. Apply a coat of polyurethane over the top of the stain. After it dries, you may want to apply another coat before using the floor.