refinishing original wood floors & historically correct behavior
How have you decided to refinish/maintain your original floors?
My 1914 Craftsman bungalow has original quartersawn white oak floors throughout the "public" rooms. I always assumed I would stain for my final sanding & acid cure finish to retain the dark look common during that time period. As I move on in years I'm surprised to find myself growing restless and craving light. Since a natural acid cure finish gives old growth quartsawn oak a deep honey color, shows off the grain and individual boards more so than stain, and reflects a bit of light, I find myself rebelling and choosing light. The amber honey tones pick up the golds and reds in the gumwood inglenook and other woodwork, yet the built-ins & baseboards are darker than a natural acid cure floor.
How do you deal with such issues? Do you follow your heart? Do you follow the historically correct path? What if these are two different paths and you're torn? If you have lived in your house for years, decades, does your thinking evolve -- and how?
I've been in my house for 18+ and thought I'd never veer from purist thinking!