Antique Reclaimed Flooring Installed

Remember the post I shared with you last September about the reclaimed pine flooring we sold we sold to the homeowners in Nacogdoches?

Well, the homeowners have installed about half of it, and I just have to show you the photos they shared with us.

Here’s a shot of the floors after they were installed and they were in the process of finish sanding them.

The antique reclaimed flooring we sold has been installed! - Isn't it wonderful?!!!? Living Vintage

Note that the homeowners elected to face nail the boards to the plywood subfloor.  That’s definitely a viable option when installing antique reclaimed floors.

The antique reclaimed flooring we sold has been installed! - Isn't it wonderful?!!!? Living Vintage

Here’s another shot of their entryway and soon-to-be kitchen.

The antique reclaimed flooring and reclaimed green beadboard we sold has been installed! - Isn't it wonderful?!!!? Living Vintage

Can you see the variation in the color of the wood floors?  This is because our reclaimed wood comes from different houses we have salvaged in the past several months.

Of course, you can also see some of the reclaimed beadboard we sold them also.  Isn’t it beautiful?!?

The homeowners took this shot after one coat of polyurethane.

The antique reclaimed flooring we sold has been installed! - Isn't it wonderful?!!!? Living Vintage

Obviously, the floors were still a little wet when this photo was taken.

They reported that the old wood drank up the polyurethane like a sponge — not surprising considering its age and dryness.    That’s why we recommend three coats of polyurethane with light sanding between each coat.

Any time I have ever refinished hardwood floors, this process is the most fun.  The sanding process always leaves wood floors a little dull, and polyurethane will make the color and texture of any sanded surface just pop.

This last shot is a bit blurry, but I had to share it because it again shows the variety in the color of the boards.

The antique reclaimed flooring we sold has been installed! - Isn't it wonderful?!!!? Living Vintage

I just think they’re gorgeous, don’t you?

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 P.S.  Mark and I told the homeowners we definitely want to photograph their finished home when it’s done, so I’ll share those photos one day soon!





  1. Really beautiful…

  2. Yes, and how wonderful that the old wood didn’t end up in a landfill! I hope you’ll share photos of their home when it’s done!

  3. Wow, that’s unique! Love the multi-toned look. Looks like you have a fun job.

  4. Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post. Many thanks for supplying this info.

  5. JaneEllen says:

    Just found your blog thru Eclectic Home tour. You have a wonderful home but also imagine you had to work hard and long to get it the way it is. What part of the country are you in?
    You say it’s fun but isn’t it also alot of hard work? The wonderful things you must find.
    That floor is so beautiful, lots of hard work to get it that way but what rewards in the end. A person working on a floor like that would have to keep the end result in mind in order not to get discouraged.
    There’s a show on DIY now called Rehab Addict and boy the things that gal does, she also uses many vintage reused things, refurbishes them. She fixes up old houses to resell.
    What you do might be very rewarding but also you’re doing a big service by rebuilding and rehabing old homes, helping to restore neighborhoods. You would need to have a vision in mind to be able to do what you do. I applaud your hard work. Happy weekend

    • JaneEllen, we live in East Texas not far from Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas. Yes, what we do is indeed very hard work, very dirty, very time consuming. But, I love knowing that we’re saving old materials from winding up in a landfill or burn pile. We have salvaged 8 old houses to date after starting our business about a year and a half ago, and we have 3 barns and a yard full of reclaimed wood.

      I am very well aware of the show Rehab Addict. I like it quite a bit and have my DVR set up to record each new episode. She’s one talented lady.

      Our dream is to build new little, affordable homes with vintage character using the reclaimed materials we salvage. That’s the next phase of our business.

      Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by and saying ‘hello’!


  6. What brand of polyurethane do y9u recommend? Have you ever used Waterlox? If so what was your experience?

    • Shelley,

      I’ve always used Pro Finisher, just because it’s so convenient to buy it from Home Depot, plus I’ve never had any problems with it. Minwax would be another brand that I would bet would be excellent due to their brand and reputation.

      I also have always used satin, oil-based poly, mainly because I like the slight sheen. I would have used flat polyurethane in the past a time or two, but it’s so hard to find at stores in my area. The reason I use oil-based instead of water-based is because I’m typically covering old wood with original paint, and I have no idea if the old paint was oil or latex, and the last time I researched it to any degree, water-based paint won’t stick to oil paint. Even if that wasn’t the case, I feel like oil-based gives a more durable finish. This is based on a conversation I had with a painter recently concerning oil vs. latex for kitchen cabinets.

      Hope this helps!


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