That's the best way to describe our finished solid oak floor. I still cannot believe anyone would choose to cover these floors, with what was pretty horrid carpet! But wood floors weren't in fashion back then and right now I am kinda glad they did, as it's basically a 'new' old floor for us.
The ladies who finished them for us, are very experienced and recommended this particular water based finish. It is a satin finish and extremely hard-wearing and durable, one of them has had it in a Bed & Breakfast for many years and it still looks as good as new.
The people who built and owned this house before us, owned the local lumber yard for many years. So we are blessed with fabulous wood doors, mouldings and cabinets throughout our home, but these floors are definitely the 'jewel in the crown'.
Whilst prepping this room, we have discovered this same 'virgin' oak flooring in our bedroom and we already knew we had it in the guest bedroom. So in May next year, the carpets will be taken up in these rooms too and the same finishing process applied.
Now we just need to finish the edging with quarter-round and get some new pretty floor vent grilles. We will move our dining furniture back in on Sunday and I can finally get my reading area set-up with my new bookshelves, at that far end where you see the painting.
I will post a final piccie when it's totally finished and furnished.