This was an especially meaningful project as it is the kitchen of my childhood home. Removing the multiple layers of existing flooring was like going back through my life in reverse. The underlying hardwood was covered in a thick layer of old backer pad and adhesive, which is not ideal for a refinish. It turned into a real labor of love as I scraped and sanded most of the floor by hand.
Another interesting aspect of this project is that there are two different hardwood floors; 2 1/4” red oak and 3” heart pine. They were once separated by a wall, however that wall is now gone and the two floors did not line up. After much thought we decided to install a transition board between the two floors made from a large 6x6 beam from our barn. The floor was finished with Pallmann Magic Oil.