5 Wood Floor Refinishing Transformations in Neenah WI

Posted by Aaron Schaalma

Having lived in the Fox Valley, there are a couple of places I like to visit when I work in Neenah, One of them is Timshel Cafe. It has this unique feel and a vibe of the old mixed with the new. The exposed brick and high ceilings creates a great atmosphere! Another of my favorite things to do is get out and walk through the parks that are close to the water.  My brother and sister-in-law used to live in the Neenah neighborhood, and we’d enjoy taking their dog for a walk in Riverside Park.  During the summer months in particular, it was such a peaceful setting watching the sun set behind all of the sailboats that were anchored in the marina. Neenah has always been a special place for me, so I was thrilled when I was contacted to refinish floors in a historic house that I used to walk by every time I was in the Neenah area.

The Beauty of Maple is Revealed

These wood floors that we refinished in Neenah were in pretty rough shape. These clients had just bought the house and wanted to give the wood floors a facelift. As you can see, the floors were in really rough shape and worn completely through the finish in places.  After talking with the clients, they told me that previous owners of the house had allowed their kids to skate on the floors and play hockey! The clients wanted the floors to have a rich dark tone to them, so we created a custom color that went well with their decor and tied in with the existing wood color. You can see how having their wood floors refinished transformed this space!

[caption id="attachment_2942" align="alignleft" width="300"]old-maple-worn-out Before old maple floor is refinished[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2943" align="alignleft" width="300"]after-maple-floor-refinished-neenah Old Maple floor after its been refinished[/caption]

Adding New with the Old

These clients had built this house in Neenah 20 years ago and had decided to add on to their existing red oak floors. We ended up removing some of the existing wood flooring so that we could feather, or tooth back, in the new flooring into the old to create a seamless transition between the old and new floor. Once we had all of the hardwood installed, we then sanded the floor and finished it with a natural oil sealer and two coats of a commercial finish. As you can see, there is a seamless transition between the old and new wood.

[caption id="attachment_2947" align="alignleft" width="300"]man-hammer-wood-floor Preparing to lace in wood flooring[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2948" align="alignleft" width="300"]red-oak-floor-natural Seamless transition of old and new floors[/caption]

Worn-out Red Oak Transformed

These worn-out red oak bedroom floors had seen better days. They were in a couple of bedrooms and hadn’t been protected from the furniture sliding around, which had caused some dents and gouges in some of the wood. Once we sanded the floors, we stained and sealed them, completing the transformation. You can see how beautiful the once worn down floors became after they were refinished. So if your red oak floors look worn out, it may be time to have your wood floors refinished.

[caption id="attachment_2949" align="alignleft" width="300"]worn-hardwood-grey-spots Lots of worn patterns in this wood floor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2950" align="alignleft" width="300"]new-looking-floor Brand new wood floor[/caption]

Historic House Revived

We had the opportunity to work on this historic house in downtown Neenah. The house had recently been sold and the new owners decided to restore it. Here you can see that the floor had some sanding imperfections and was in need of being refinished. We had done some previous work for one of their friends and they loved the look of her floors. We refinished the floors using Rubio Monocoat, which gave the floors a unique appearance in both look and feel.

[caption id="attachment_2944" align="alignleft" width="362"]old-floor-grey-walls Old white oak floor prior to being refinished[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2951" align="alignleft" width="300"]grey-walls-rubio-monocoat-floor Cool brown floor after its been refinished[/caption]

Worn-out Stairs to a New Clean Look

These stairs were in desperate need of refinishing. As you can see, they were pretty worn out from years of traffic walking up and down them. Now it may not look like a big project, but stairs are very labor intensive. All corners and other areas that the sander can’t reach need to be hand scraped and then sanded by hand. We also had to color match the stairs to the existing trim, which is difficult in and of itself as stain matching is done completely by eye. You can see, once they’re all refinished they look stunning!

[caption id="attachment_2945" align="alignleft" width="199"]brown-stained-trim-light-walls Old stairs that where carpeted[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2946" align="alignleft" width="211"]old-stairs-made-new-dark-wood The beauty of these stairs revealed[/caption]

These are just a few examples of some amazing wood floor transformations in Neenah that we’ve done. If you have a floor that needs to be refinished in the Neenah area, please feel free to contact us. If you live outside of the Neenah area, check out the areas we also service. We would love to transform your space too!