|Here's the floor color before - the pictures don't show the grooves cut into the floor from a crappy sanding job done before|
First like any well respecting home reno-ers we priced having the job done for us. When we found out it was going to be around $4000 we laughed and laughed and decided we'd do it ourselves or not at all.
Article after article read on the internet and questions asked we were ready. * I will add a disclaimer that every article mentioned this is not a job for amateurs but we ignored that part and figured with some good ambition we could do it*
We rented a sander, and started sanding off the finish. We sanded, and we sanded, and we sanded. (As referenced before I was about 25 weeks pregnant and physically couldn't be on my hands and knees in the floor for very long at all). Matt had the job of sanding the edges with the edge sander. He literally spent an entire weekend crawling around this house on his hands and knees. We sanded from Saturday morning until Sunday night LATE to get finished.
|Very first swipe with the floor sander|
We had decided to start in the very back bedroom sanding because we had no idea how it was going to go. We knew then if it didn't work we would carpet it and just leave and live with the floors. After sanding about half of that bedroom, seeing how long it would take and someone venturing out into the hall with the sander I freaked out and declared we had ruined our house and it was a big mistake. To say we were unsure was not even covering it.
|Matt worked and worked and worked. He never complained one single time that he had this job and I couldn't help him.|
|Bare wood floors! BEAUTIFUL - can you see the potential?|
Matt and I LOVE dark walnut stain. Everytime we see it used on tv we always say that's the one we would pick out. We tried 3 samples and were easily agreed on which one to use - the dark one!
|Anxious to get started. He had the most massive headache the following day - I felt horrible! That's with every window open and a ventilation mask. Like I said....not for preggos! I took this picture and left!|
|Our first look at the color! I loved it!|
|Poly coat! Sad news is that he discovered only after staining the entire house on his hands and knees a new tool that made things 100x easier and faster. Poor thing! Live and learn!|
|Here's the after!|
Though this is one situation where I'd say we will never do that again (and that's probably not even true) I am thrilled with the outcome and absolutely love the result. I'm so proud of Matt and how hard he worked on this. It was supposed to be something we did together and ended up being so much work for him! But in the end sooooo worth it. The floor is the exact color we would pick and is really a foundation that we laid in this house that is a base for the house looking exactly like we would want it to.