Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I'm Finished!!


This past weekend we began the task of refinishing our  floors.


It has been a while (say...19 years!!) since we installed them ourselves
which was a task let me tell you! We had professionals in to 'finish' them.


This time around we wanted to do them without using that industrial-sized sander
that could drill right through the floor.


 We heard of a product, a water-based urethane,


that requires just a light sanding and a cleaning before the first coat is put on.


So that is what we did...starting in the kitchen and back steps/landing to the deck.
There were areas that required intense manual sanding (the most worn areas) but
it was a lot less work than I had imagined. 


So after three coats of water-based urethane, this is the result.
It took 48 hours to cure.

You can see above the difference from the kitchen leading
into the living room. The plan is to do the living room
in two sections on two separate sittings/sandings/cleanings.
that will start on Saturday.


31 comments:

  1. Boy, I can appreciate all the work done. Great job!
    Obviously Sophie doesn't shed like Pugsley. We have dog hair permanently implanted in our home. It's just a fact that we've come to love.

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    1. Sophie sheds about 30% ....thanks to her lab dad! Hardly noticeable really. Pugsley is leaving his mark!!!

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    2. Much like a certain labrodoodle has left her mark on your heart, that little Tibetan firball has left a permanent mark on ours....as well as every painted surface and then some.

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  2. They are beautiful! Did Sophie try and leave doodle prints around? She must have been really curious about the whole job.

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    1. Actually Martha, Sophie was fine but did wonder why she was using the front door instead of the side one! But she is pretty adaptable.

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    1. Thanks Kathy. It turned out better than we thought. The product is very good and not too much odour....which was what we wanted. Have a good week!

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  4. It looks beautiful, Jim! Good job!!

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    1. Hey Bobbi and Gracie!! Good to see you. A little break from those beautiful grandkids of yours? You have been busy I see.
      We do the living this weekend but know know what to expect.

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  5. Wow, that's a big job to undertake but the results are so beautiful!

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    1. Not as BIG as we thought Debra but some 'elbow grease' was definitely involved. Wood is so amazing and resilient....after the beating this floor has had!!

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  6. Oh, man, my floors need that. Wouldn't you like to visit Florida and take care of my floors? I'd let you take off a day to visit Disney World.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. LOL!~ We could so use a trip to Disney!!! Never been there!
      Hey Janie, if we can do this then I am sure you could too!!

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    2. I appreciate your confidence in my abilities, but I broke my back in 2009 and moving around a lot is painful. It gets me out of some chores, but I'd really prefer to be able to do things myself.

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  7. Good job! The floors look wonderful. A lovely warm colour.

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    1. Thanks Craig! They came out better than we anticipated. The kitchen is a birch flooring which has a lot of 'texture' and colour. we are happy with it.

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  8. Your floors are warm and lovely, Jim!
    I so want hardwood floors!

    In our last place we had a professional company in to renovate our floors. We found out later they were using work release prisoners to do the company's work! Nothing happened ~ it all turned out well.

    We had only one glitch. Terry accidentally spilled a box of very small tapioca in the kitchen while it was still not quite dry. The floor, Terry, and our marriage survived ~ barely! It was an exciting moment!

    Kuddos to you and Ron for tackling physically hard work and doing an awesome job! The results are beautiful!

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    1. Hi Louise. LOL! I can just see the tapioca every where!! YIKES!!
      As I said it was easier than we thought but did require some work! Now ask us on Sunday after we hope to have completed the living room which is twice as big as the kitchen!!
      But hey, we are tough Maritime stock used to toilin' in the fields!!.....Don't ask!! lol

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  9. You guys are amazing. The floors are beautiful. So much more depth without the industrial sanding. Gorgeous job. Gorgeous photos. Now, can you come here and paint?!?

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    1. I probably couldn't control an industrial sander!! I would make 'hills and valleys'!!! lol
      I LOVE to paint walls....very therapeutic I find. SO yes...we will arrive tomorrow at 3 PM. But not to fuss!! lol

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    1. Now Jim, you know jealousy is not a good thing!! lol Glad you like the result of our labour. Good to see you here.

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    1. They do! If I must say so myself, Pat.

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  12. Wow, Jim, the floor looks aweome! I'm impressed with your skills and patience! =)

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    1. Well Lisa, we have the time now and the patience gets 'pulled' every now and then but we manage!!

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  13. They're beautiful! Your home looks so warm and inviting.

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    1. Thanks Terry. Our place is cottagey-like and a mishmash of this and that....but it works for us.

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  14. Nice work. And this just might be the right application for my wife and I too. Thanks for the idea.

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    1. It really does work for us dbs....if we chose 'the other', we'd have to evacuate!!! The company's name is Sasdura and is manufactured by: SASCO Products Ltd. (www.sasco.ca
      Should be able to get it in Alberta. Good luck.

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  15. Jim-- I can imagine that this is such a big job-- but your floors are beautiful. That last photo-- reflections of light on the floor---- is a killer-- it's an amazing picture!

    Vicki

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