What to do with old wood floor?
We have an 1860's farmhouse, with original wide plank floors (don't know what kind of wood). One area, which will become an entry/study and guest bathroom, has a painted floor of ancient vintage. Ideally, I would love to finish the floors with Tung oil, but sanding them down enough to get the paint off completely would, I'm afraid, make them "too even"- and they would lose their worn edges and primitive character. However, some of the boards need to be replaced, and so I'm wondering whether I should just repaint the floor, which would be easier and cheaper, although my heart's not in it. If so, can I use a non-glossy paint? Or how could they be sanded without losing what makes them special?
What would you do?