That yellowish stuff that has worn away is shellac. Yes, the floors were finished with shellac. It stopped being used in the 20s and 30s, so there is a chance that these floors have never been refinished, although there are definite signs of patching throughout the years. In some places new yellow pine was used. In others, bondo was used to fill holes. Bondo. Yes, the stuff that used to be used to fill dents on automobiles. Unfortunately, bondo doesn't take stain very well.
|Yellow pine patch. The fridge will go here so it won't be seen.|
|Bondo patch. I'm sure a nice area rug would look perfect here--tie the room together.|
When I bought the house, the back addition was stained a dark brown color that was at odds with the caramel-molasses color of the antique red pine. I asked the restorers to try to match the color. The wood was yellow pine so it couldn't be matched exactly, but it's a LOT closer. Here is the transition from the old to the new part of the house.
|Transition from the antique red pine (original house) to yellow pine (addition)|
|Living room before.|
|Living room after.|
|Living into dining before.|
|Living into dining after.|
|Bedroom 1 before.|
|Bedroom 1 after sanding.|
|Bedroom 1 after.|
|Master after sanding. This is the yellow pine that was stained really dark.|
You can still see nail holes and places where filler was added between the cracks. The kitchen was in pretty bad shape and the wood had turned almost blackish. The floors there look a little darker than the rest of the house. But overall, in the words of A of (Is it a house yet?), I Ann and Nancy Wilson them. The imperfections give them character. I am a big fan of character.