Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The End is Near!

We now have a beautiful new plywood floor. We do nice work, if I do say so myself! While laying the plywood, we discovered that our bedroom is only 1/4 inch off of square. That's not bad compared to a LOT of rooms we've worked on. We're now busy prepping the room for painting. Can anybody tell me why the prep and cleanup takes longer than the actual painting? We have a 3-day weekend coming, so we're hoping to be all settled in our finished bedroom by Monday night.

We've had a few setbacks. The motor on our table saw burned out. It would cost $140 to repair it OR buy a new, upgraded saw for $179. THAT decision was a no-brainer! The day we screwed the floor down, we ran down 3 rechargable screwdriver batteries AND overheated our 1/2 inch VSR electric drill. Periodically waiting for the drill to cool off really slowed us down!

Hairry will be happy when we get the carpet down. He's leary of the new floor. He gingerly walks across it like it's 10 feet higher, rather than a 1/2 inch higher.

I LOVE wood! I cringe every time someone paints over a beautiful woodgrain. I've been enjoying myself as I stain and poly our new trim. It's turning out beautifully! I only wish the weather would cooperate so I could get a second coat of poly applied. The last 2 days have been beautiful and sunny; UNTIL I get off work. THEN it starts to RAIN!

16 Comments:

At 8/31/2005 5:38 PM, Blogger FunkyB said...

I hope you take pictures when your work is done! We just put floors down in our living room. Both of us really wanted hardwood, but alas, with teenagers it was NOT an option ;)

 
At 8/31/2005 6:12 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

I'm impressed with all your work. I wouldn't know where to begin...

 
At 8/31/2005 6:27 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sage, I got your email and sent you a reply. Let me know if you got it.

 
At 8/31/2005 6:33 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Robin, I'll definitely post pics when we're done. Alas, kids and dogs don't agree with hardwood, do they?

Jen, you just have to know general structure, which most home improvement shows don't get into. I wonder if there's any good books on this? I learned from my Dad, the rest L and I just researched and learned as we went.

 
At 8/31/2005 7:54 PM, Blogger SME said...

Yes! Pictures!

 
At 8/31/2005 9:37 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Rain always waits for someone to take a vacation. While you're at work, it's always gorgeous. It works like that.

I too love wood. My wife wants to get rid of most of the carpet and just have hard wood flooring.

My parents had a house once with those wood walls, forgot what they're called, but man, they looked tight.

 
At 9/01/2005 5:13 PM, Blogger Jason said...

We made the mistake of going with slate tile in our kitchen and installing it ourselves. Now we have major lippage and will probably rip it all out and go with a different flooring. The fun never ends.

 
At 9/01/2005 9:15 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Oh man, Jason! What a bummer! Slate is so pretty; can you salvage the tiles?

 
At 9/02/2005 12:33 PM, Blogger Sagepaper said...

I love natural wood grains, too. My late mother-in-law painted all of her furniture, including teak and mahogany, with rustoleum. This was a bizarre puzzle to my family until I married my husband. He had a brain tumor which causes a neurologic tremor in his hands and voice. At times, he is affected in other ways.

He spills things a lot. He can't help it. I imagine the problem was even worse when he was younger. Kids tend to be awkward at times because their bodies are changing faster than their brains can adjust.

So, what would I do if I had beautiful, valuable wood furniture, and a beloved son who would, with heartbreak, ruin it? Well, Rustoleum sounds good.

Someday, we will strip his mother's furniture and see the full beauty of what she had, including many family heirlooms. We can do that now that technology has changed. We can apply clear finishes that would be as waterproof as the Rustoleum she chose.

You are doing yourselves such a favor in the long run! You can already see the beauty of your work. It will probably be even more satisfying to look at the results long after completion and smile to yourself thinking, "It was worth it! This is fabulous!

 
At 9/02/2005 3:13 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

pYou're right Sage. Home renovation is a lot like childbirth. After it's done; you enjoy the fruits of your labor and forget the pain.

RUSTOLEUM!! I could have cried when I first saw this and the expensive wood she painted. Then I read WHY she did it and I understood. It's such a shame that our modern wood products came out too late to help her situation.
You're gonna need a LOT of wood stripper, sand paper, and steel wool to get rustoleum off!!

 
At 9/02/2005 4:00 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

Back, many years ago when I was with my exhusband, I decided that the trim in our living room should be taken down to the natural wood. I had no idea. The house was at least a hundred years old at that time. There were more layers of paint than I can remember, the last of which was one of those sand/textured kinds. I remember that I did get it down to the wood but we split up before I ever finished them.

I don't attempt that type of work anymore. More power to you. :-)

 
At 9/02/2005 6:19 PM, Blogger Jason said...

We're looking into some type of repair to keep the floor as is. Next time I'll leave it to the professionals. :-(

 
At 9/03/2005 2:18 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

congrats, and hope you got moved in this weekend!

 
At 9/04/2005 5:48 PM, Blogger Shawn said...

It kind of exciting to follow your progress on this...keep the news coming. And, yeah, pictures would be great.

 
At 9/07/2005 12:55 AM, Blogger European said...

Yeah for wood!

 
At 9/08/2005 10:56 AM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

Wow, do you make housecalls? I oould use a new floor and some paint.

 

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