While we were loading 600,000 boxes at IKEA this weekend, Ryan was relaxing.
Psych! (That never gets old.)
Ryan’s been finishing the floors. As with every other large project, Ryan begins by insisting it’s going to be quick, smooth and easy. By the end of day one, he’s screaming expletives and swearing he will NEVER do the project again.
Welcome to Sanding Floors 101 with Ryan Woodward. He’s really quite good at refinishing floors and this is his third time doing it. While the efforts are rewarded at the end, it’s really not a super fun job. With that said, he finished sanding the kitchen, two bedrooms and upstairs landing.
He began with these rooms because they all have the same pine flooring with wider boards. He had to rent a drum sander the first day and come back with an edger on day two to get the edges.
These rooms are seriously large, so it was a big job. But by the time the sanding was done, it looked really great. The boards were just lovely. It’s truly amazing that 120-year-old boards can look so good.
Last week, I mentioned that Ryan and I were at odds on stain color. We were. Usually, Ryan just gives me creative license to choose colors/styles/decor items and the like. But floors are unique in that Ryan has a strong opinion. Ryan wanted reddish-toned floors. I wanted a dark walnut. As you can imagine, these visions are pretty different from one another.
So, when we went to Menards to pick out stain, we had a little battle of the wills. Neither of us were thrilled with the other’s choice. Then, we found a compromise. But, before we could check out, I had a change of heart. Why should BOTH of us compromise and then risk NEITHER of us being happy? Instead, I decided that Ryan should choose the color he wanted because he did all the sanding.
Of course, to this he replied that I should really pick out the color. He wanted me to be happy.
It went back and forth like this for a bit before I finally convinced him to pick the color he wanted. (I’m sure it was quite entertaining to other customers.) We went with Red Oak by Miniwax.
And wouldn’t you know, I love it. Ryan thinks he should make all decorating decisions now (fat chance). The color is really rich in person and goes super well with the doors, which we plan to keep stained. Here’s a sneak peak of our bedroom with the still-wet stain and no poly.
Ryan and I tag-teamed the staining. This is unique, because we typically work on our own projects independently. But doing it together made the process relatively quick and less painful. He put the stain on and I followed behind him to immediately wipe it off. (We didn’t want it too dark or to soak in too much.) We use old socks for the task which work like a charm.
Here’s the extra bedroom.
We’ve still got to stain the kitchen and poly everything, but progress is being made. And nothing is better than finishing the floors. Just so gratifying.
(We aren’t really the tutorial types. If you are interested in steps to refinish floors, head over to Chic Little House. They did a nice job explaining everything.)
So, that was the week. We are both tired and reek of stain. And my knees hurt. Did I mention that we’re tired? But, the results are well worth the pain, right?
What do you think?