From the comments I received on Facebook, these are probably urine stains from pets. Now, a little bit of an "antique-y" look is fine. We got all kinds of comments on our bedroom floor even before we finished it.
People thought the darker areas gave it character. And I have to agree.......it did look cool and even better now with the finish on it:
Somehow, pet urine stains do not fall into the "antique-looking" category. Through research on the internet and advice from friends, we've determined we'll probably try to bleach the stains out. Which, in my mind, means we'll have to bleach the whole floor because I don't want to trade the urine stains for bleach stains.
In the meantime, I was lucky enough to get a free hotel night from my work. The place they're sending me (and a guest, so I chose Hubby!) has an indoor water park. So we get to attend a hotel tour, participate in a reception with food and drink, enjoy time in the water park, and have a free breakfast in the morning.
I determined a few weeks ago that Hubby and I deserved a much-needed weekend off from living room renovation. So we are going to enjoy the whole weekend. Friday night we will attend a show with tickets given to us by my son for Christmas. Saturday we'll visit the Peabody Essex Museum, which is in the same town as the hotel. We'll have our hotel night and water park fun, then Sunday we'll spend the day in Gloucester visiting the Cape Ann Art Museum.
And then, supposedly, we'll be all ready and raring to go to finish the living room! uh huh!!