Here is a picture of the before:
There are so many great resources online for tips when refinishing your floors. We probably won't ever do it again.. that's usually our sentiment after doing a big DIY project :) That's why you have a starter home right? It's our practice home to learn that we should just hire out-ha kidding! It just took longer than we had hoped and we ended up having to sand the whole floor twice because we were told we could just use a buffer-which we found out quickly was not the case-we needed an actual belt sander. And now we can see all of our mess ups-probably only noticeable to us though. We used dark walnut color and then used a water based polyurethane. Which was great because then it didn't smell bad.