Old farmhouse

Q: I live in an OLD… 75 yrs. old farmhouse. I am tired of carpet in a 16×27 living room. We ripped it up and found wood floors with finish only around the perimeter of the room. I think previous owners must have varnished around a large rug or carpet. The floor in the center looks unfinished, but water beads up on it.

A: I assume this is pine plank? Whatever the floor is, I would have it professionally sanded and finished. If you like, you could also have it stained in a light color. It is funny that we consider 75 to be old. I recently sanded and stained floors in the “Robert Cotton” house, which is 150 years old. A friend of mine, in Bristol England, lives in a house 300 years old.