Wednesday, August 10

Finished Finish

A real milestone: the upstairs floors are done!

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They are more rustic looking than the downstairs floors, with more scratches and blackened areas:

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But, holy cannoli, are they better than where we started.

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Painting is great, really makes the rooms feel like they're ours, but the new floors seems like a real, tangible improvement we've made to Our House, which will benefit us and any future owners. Our floor guys are rock stars and finished right on time. We happily wrote that big old check and look forward to moving our stuff upstairs on Friday. Imagine - living on more than one floor. It'll be a revolution.

8 Comments:

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your floors look wonderful! Congratulations!

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Greg said...

Really, really nice! The effort really paid off. A lot of people would have given up and covered those old floors with something.

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Patricia W said...

Beautiful! I looooove that shine!

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Whiskey said...

Great job guys! You were smart to hire out, we're in the middle of doing our own, and it's taking way longer than we thought. I like your stain color . . . .

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger amanda said...

They look fantastic! Was the smell from the staining really bad? We're getting ours done the second week of September and I'm worried about the dogs being in the house with the smell while we're at work. Would you characterize it as dangerous to breathe?

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger D. said...

Thanks for all the kind words. I wish we could take more credit than just finding really good people to do the work.

As for the smell, it was pretty bad upstairs. Luckily, our situation allowed us to live completely in the downstairs with doors between us and the work -- and also the smell had to pass through rooms full of paint odors -- so it didn't bother us too much.

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger K. said...

I'm really sensitive to odors. In fact, I've been musing on a post about the decline in my respiratory health since a) moving to the country and b) working on the house. My nose is either running, sneezing or stuffed for amonth now. That said, the stain smelled very strong, but not noxious. I would say you would want to get away from it, if you can. I mean, you can't walk on the floors when they're drying, so what would you do in the house anyway?

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger K. said...

Oh gosh, okay wait, we actually didn't stain at all. That's just natural wood (pine, we think) with three coats of polyurethane. Toxic like crazy (and stinky, as described above), but I just didn't have the energy to insist on the alternatives - first with my husband and second with the floor guys. You might want to look at the options at :http://www.environmentalhomecenter.com/shop.mv?CatCode=10350_STNPRMWX
Or at Tung Oil, a historically appropriate alternative: http://www.realmilkpaint.com/oil.html

 

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