This week is really this summer's big push on the house.
We've managed to make a lot of headway, but there is more to do...
Adam put in more of the base shoe. I finished the floors. Actually, I have one or two more coats of poly left to go on the kitchen, but that shouldn't take long.
I put 3 coats of poly on the kitchen cabinets. And then theses came today. Oooooooh...
They'll get a few coats of poly and maybe some hardware. Haven't decided yet if they need knobs or not. For the drawer fronts, I'm currently just sanding and poly-ing them, but they may need replacing as well on down the line
I spent a good part of Saturday painting trim on the front of the house. I got started on the white/ivory and I think you can already see an improvement.
I also painted a few more backsplash panels to complete that side of the kitchen.
It's been interesting to fall in love with the house all over again. The renters are moving in things while we finish up, and I thought it might be weird, but I really am enjoying seeing their curtains and furniture and hear their ideas. I truly do think houses have their own lives and it's nice seeing this one getting some new attention from this next phase in its existence.
I chose one bedroom and the hallway to do first, sort of as a test to make sure the floors weren't going to look horrible with a coat of SealCoat.
Nope. They reminded me why I love shellac, why I love antique heart pine, why I love that house, and why I loved doing this work way back when.
We burned out trying to live in the house and finish the remodel at the same time. And the new house is great. But a lot of it is not our style and we still have boxes and clutter and trash all over the place. The bungalow is cozy and comfortable and warm.
Five more rooms to go and a couple coats of poly. I really do hope the bungalow's next family is able to enjoy it.
It's been almost 6 1/2 years since we sanded them down to bare wood and refinished them completely.
To rehash a picture from the previous post, you can see where furniture was and wasn't:
And there are going to be areas where things like the feet of the bed wore away the top coat.
I'm going to do one bedroom and the hallway as a test case for adding a coat of SealCoat and more poly since they are not "public" areas of the house and the bedroom will have plenty of furniture, I'm guessing.
Today I swept, vacuumed, and mopped with a mild vinegar solution.
You can already see that when wet, the difference is not so high contrast (obviously this is a bit blotchy with uneven drying, but you get my drift).
There are some trouble spots where grain is raised and a bit of dirt has settled. I'm going to try sanding those areas a bit more than just a scuff.
I'll let this dry overnight and get back to it in the morning. I'm feeling better about it over all.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a chicken to put on the grill...
We were so hell bent on shellac for the floors. And they really were gorgeous, were they not?
Five years of 5 big dogs and a bunch of clumsy people has taken its toll on them. Nothing horrible, just wear and tear.
(Can you guess where the bed was?)
As you can see, there's still all that rich heart, but the luster is gone. So since we've worn some of the poly down to shellac, we decided we'd do best to put down a coat of dewaxed SealCoat as a bonding agent (remember, most shellac has wax in it, and poly and wax do not get along). However now, no one carries SealCoat anymore. Like no one. It has to be ordered online. And the online reviews all complain about this, so it's not an Arkansas problem. Adam's response was, "So what the hell are people supposed to do?"
Not do the ridiculous shit we did in the first place.
Regardless, I ordered 6 quarts of it on Amazon. It was supposed to arrive today, but was damaged in shipping, so we'll see when it gets here.
And then I'm thinking three (?) coats of water-based poly. Maybe Varathane's heavy traffic version.
If only we could have just done this like everyone else...