Kids pulled up carpet in our house and found.....

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I am trying  to get my kids excited and bold about DIY! They pulled up our carpet ( it was much needed ) and to out surprisr there are wood floors! It doesn't go all the way across as there was an extension made to the livingroom and that is plywood . But the majority of our livingroom is this and I am excited in taking our chances in redoing the floor. 

I see it as practice at least lol!  

@Mary lou L. This is such an exciting find. In older homes, oak was commonly used as a subfloor, then carpeting was put over it. I find this in a lot of my flips, and I am always just as excited as you when I find it.

If you are looking at a house, and don't want to pull up their carpet, an easy way to check if there is wood flooring under the carpet is to try to find a floor register and see if you can remove the cover easily. You can take a look at what is under the carpet that way.

Habitat for Humanity often has old wood flooring in decent shape. Wood floors are super easy to install with a flooring nailer. You can pick one up for $150-$300. Add an air compressor and start swinging. The trickiest part will be to line up the new floor with the old. If you are going to refinish the existing, I would install unfinished right next to it, then finish the whole thing at one time. 

Good luck! I would love to see what it looks like when you are done.

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i'd be excited to strip or sand the finish in a spot to preview what the bare wood looks like without that dark/opaque stain/finish, and would go a step further by spot refinishing to see how it looks with a brighter finish after stripped/sanded.

that said, i'd also be reminded wood floors are high maintenance (ie, scratch easily even with todays finishes like varathane that claim u can skate on it!) and likely be apt to put tile over it instead!

@Mindy Jensen

 I was looking for a thin sheet of wood to put over it .its about 1/4 inch, and the gap from the real wood to the particle board has a bit of a gap, not much but its there...I didn't know the board had a name...would (pun lol) it be near the plywood?

It does "give" a little as well...

@Mary lou L. In my big box home improvement stores the luan board is in the same aisle as the lumber, plywood and particle board. 

If you only need a quarter inch, maybe something like paneling would be better. I think luan board is 3/8" thick? 

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