Attempting to refinish hardwood flooring...

Old 01-17-08, 07:26 PM
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Attempting to refinish hardwood flooring...

So I have a home I have lived in for a short while and there are a few things that need some work. My latest task was to tear up this old carpetting and under it is some nice hardwood flooring. Now, I thought it would be a fairly easy task to just sand everyhting down, stain it, and seal it, but then when I got to where the kitchen met the living room, I ran into this:

The white spots is old paint spots that I'll need to sand off, but my problem is that I've got the hardwood flooring and then a 6 inch cross board before I got to the tile. I believe this board is where a wall was removed years back. My question would be, what would be the best way to transition from the tile to the hardwood flooring so that 6 inch piece gets covered up. There is also some underlayment under the tile that sticks up slightly from the 6 inch wide board. Anyway... any tips for this would be appreciated. I'm slightly stumped on how to go about making this look good without adding more tiles to hide that considering the tiles are quite a few years old as well.
Old 01-17-08, 07:44 PM
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A lot of installers would use a reducer there. Because the rise is not as great as the typical reduce on the market, it would have to be cut down. This would cover a 6" gap though. You could get a piece of oak and have it cut to the thickness of your tile and underlayment. Nail & glue it in place and then use the cut down reducer for a smooth transition.

To see a reducer search the internet for hardwood flooring reducer molding.

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I would get a piece of flooring to match your floor and install it perpendicular to the existing floor.

Then, use a T-molding to cover the gap between the tile and the hardwood floor.

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