John and his father showed up right at 8:00AM this morning for another day of fun with the drum sander. The floors are still in a rough state, but everything's been rough sanded now except for the edges and the steps. The smell is just amazing, and the entire house looks like it's been sprinkled with a creamy-colored baby powder.
Here's a look at the dining room floor in its sanded state. Check out how dark the old finish looks around the edges (and for inconsistency, compare that to the "before" picture of the master bedroom).
Tonight we have to narrow our stain choices down to 4 or so, and they'll put samples on the floor for us to compare. No pressure or anything... I mean, after all, if we don't like our choice, we'll only have to live with it for the next 20 years or so.