We chose to have our floor guy (Anchondo's Flooring) sand for us, so we could have it done while we were at work, and not have to worry about the mess. It was a great idea, and the professional equipment sanded these floors better than we ever could have with a rental. The stain went on MUCH better after his sanding.
And, the master after we worked our butts off staining and applying 3 coats of poly:
Delicious espresso goodness! While the master floor was not in bad shape, the guest room floor had significant water damage....
We were so happy to see the stains were completely gone after the sanding!
We not only stained and poly'd the floors, but also repainted this room. We had enough of the peanut butter color on the walls, so we went over it with Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige...so much better!
Many subsequent hours were spent repainting the trim, cleaning up, and then putting our lives back to normal. But before we put everything back, we let baby enjoy some crawl and babble time in the echoing room.