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melindqui
Matching wood flooring?
melindqui

We have wood flooring throughout our living room, family room, and kitchen but it meets up with the hallway and abruptly ends and goes into wtw carpet for the hall and three bedrooms. There is no wood under the carpet and the wood flooring is original to the house (built 1979). It was laid in place and finished and sealed in the home. We want to make wood throughout. My husband is concerned that using hardwood flooring you can set yourself (prefinished) will look very different and bad, but the cost and inconvenience of finishing it in place is too much. Has anyone been in a situation like this? Did you manage to match modern, pre-finished flooring with older wood and make it look good?

A. Spruce
Re: Matching wood flooring?
A. Spruce

Your husband is right, anything available that the average DIY'r can do themselves isn't going to match and will look out of place against the original flooring. A flooring pro can install a similar flooring, at least through the hallway that will mate up with the originals to a certain degree.

My recommendation in situations like this is to install a border of a contrasting color, then install the field with something that closely matches the original. Since you do not want to refinish your existing floors, matching will be difficult, and you won't find any prefinished that will come even close, leaving your new installation having to be finished in place to get your matching done.

dj1
Re: Matching wood flooring?
dj1

Having a transition between rooms will make it OK to have different wood styles, since it would be very hard to match the old hardwood. In addition, you could lay new wood perpendicularly to the existing floor, something that I've done before.

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