What Type of Wood is This Floor?

We started pulling up the carpet in our bedroom and found these floors underneath. The house is a 1959 split level, and we thought this level was unfinished before the previous owners added a bed and bath 10+ years ago.

These floors don’t match the rest of the wood floors in the house, and they don’t look like they’ve ever been sealed. Whatever they were, they’ve lived a tough life. I was really expecting plywood subfloor, so I have no idea where to go from here. Any thoughts on what to do with these floors?

👉🏻 If you want to keep them (I personally would) just have them refinished and stained. I bet they’d look pretty good, you might be surprised. But real hardwood is pricey these days so I’d make the effort to restore.

👉🏻I agree with refinishing. If the dark marks don’t sand out you can have those sections replaced, or you can just seal over the dark spots. Neither option is bad!

👉🏻Ours are from 1959 split level as well but same thru the house. A little beat up but with some love they will ok great!

👉🏻 Sand them. See what they look like. Do a little research about floor stains/damage. On a small spot, see if hydrogen peroxide lightens the discoloration. Consider staining if the discoloration persists. You’d be surprised how good it will look with a rug over part of that floor, even with a stain. No need to hire a pro to do this. You can rent the flat sander and DIY. It is easy.

👉🏻 We ripped up that weird front tile to discover some messed up flooring under. We finished the floors ourselves (not totally recommended because it is a lot of work and maybe we didn’t do everything correctly but we are young and strapped for cash) Finished with an oil with a white pigment in it. The oil finish isn’t everyone’s favorite but my husband did all of his research and it is what he wanted! Just here to show that messed up floors can end up pretty!

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