After Shaun sanded like a champion with a rented orbital sander:
And after two coats of Varathane Espresso stain...which I wouldn't recommend using, it is a pain in the butt and the last part of the can is always twice as dark no matter how much you stir it. We only used it this time because we had to match the rest of the second floor. BOOOO!
I do love the antique look of the floor, though. After the first coat of Varathane Oil-base Poly in Satin (also an 'eh' product, but we wanted it to match everything else) we used 320 grit sandpaper to scuff away any stray hairs and bubbles.
Here it is after two coats of poly. We definitely need more drying time before we can see how it turned out, but I'm pretty happy so far.
We can't wait to get everything started in here. Since all the trim has to be painted and the walls are too shiny for my taste, I'm going to go ahead and paint the walls again, a slightly different gray but still dark. In fact, I'm using the 'Pier' color we were considering for the kitchen in here with these fabrics and rug:
The chevron is going to be curtains, the dot will be made into crib sheets, and the owl fabric is going to be a crib skirt. I chose the white Jenny Lind crib because it is inexpensive and classic, my mom has already purchased it for us and I can't wait to see it all put together! Question - should I put long curtains on the wee window, or just leave the blinds?
The right side of the window butts up to the shelving nook, so it could be tricky to put up a rod. I need your advice!