Want your wood floor to look like this one? With one weekend and a trip to the hardware store, you'll be able to see your reflection in no time.
Use a Liquid Refinisher
Use a sander as a last resort. Instead, use a liquid refinisher so you don't accidentally damage your existing floor.
Strip Away Old Finish
Make sure the room is well ventilated and wear gloves. Pour the refinisher into a metal pan and use a coarse synthetic pad, starting in the corner. See how much scrubbing is required, then work in small sections.
Repair Flaws in the Floor
Damaged areas in the floor look worse after they're stained. Use wood filler to fix any damage, and allow it to dry.
Smooth the Repairs
Use 100 to 120-grit sandpaper on a sanding block, then vacuum the floor thoroughly. Garbage will ruin the finish.
Stain the Floor
Apply the stain to the wood, and follow the instructions on the manufacturers label. Let it dry, and start taking pictures.