Ready to refinish your hardwood floors?  It's not as daunting a project as it may seem and is doable with a little effort and some elbow grease.

PREP  Tape off and seal all vents, outlets and doorways.  Be sure to remove any shoe moulding.  Don't remove baseboards unless you're replacing them.

SAND  Rent an orbital sander from your local hardware store and give the floors an even sand.  Corners and tight spaces may need to be sanded by hand.  Start with a coarser sandpaper and work your way down to a finer grit on the final sand.

STAIN  You can choose either a water or oil based stain.  Water based stains adhere better and maintain color longer, but oil based stains dry more slowly, allowing for a more even finish.  Apply a thin, even coat of stain over the floor, applying with an applicator and blending with a rag.  Work in small sections and never let your edge dry.

FINISH  Apply a couple of coats of polyurethane to your floors with a high density foam roller.  And make sure you have an exit strategy - you don't want to paint yourself into a corner!

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