We put down three coats of high traffic oil based semi-gloss polyurethane. I'm really pleased with the results.
One area of concern had been the wood cookstove hearth. There was originally a serious dip in the floor here (see Our Dippy Kitchen Floor.)
Since this was the best spot for the wood cookstove, the dip needed to be fixed so we could level the stove. In addition, this a high traffic area, so we needed the cement floor protector to be flush with the floor so it wouldn't be tripped over. As you can see, it turned out well. The floor is pretty near flush with the hearth. It's only off about 1/16th of an inch in the corners, and 1/8th of an inch on the side. We didn't expect that the floor would be perfectly flat and level. And it's not. But it's a whole lot better than it was before.
Now we can start to put the kitchen back together again! I am soooooooooooo ready for that.
Next: Progress on the Cabinetry
Old Kitchen Floor: Problems & Preps
More on the Floor (Kitchen Floor That Is)
New Kitchen Floor
New Kitchen Floor: A Scary Decision
New Kitchen Floor: Applying the Poly