Refinishing hardwood floors, part 3 – staining, mishaps, & final reveal

Hey guys! I'm back to share the FINAL part in my 3-part series about refinishing hardwood floors. If you are just tuning in, you can go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Up until now everything was moving forward flawlessly. There had been no hiccups, no issues, no setbacks. It was too good to be true. Literally. Part 3 turned into mayhem and tears. Lots of tears. In the end though the floors are now finished and beautiful. All our issues were resolved and we are happy with our final product. I'll get to the drama soon. For now, let's just start where we left off. In my last post … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 2 – sanding for days

As you are probably aware, because it's literally all I've talked about for weeks... we recently refinished all the wood floors on the entire first floor of our house. And when I say "entire first floor", I mean it. The only rooms on the main level that didn't get new hardwood floors are the bathroom and the laundry room. Every closet (2), every living space (5 - formal living, family, dining, office, kitchen), and even the foyer all got new hardwood floors. Hell, even the staircase got new hardwood floors. And the most incredible, and also worst part? We didn't move out when we did it. We … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 1 – weaving new flooring into existing

Happy Friday! Today is the post you've all been waiting for - the floor post. Well, the first one anyway. There are so many pictures and so many steps in refinishing existing hardwood floors that I'm going to break it up into several posts. Last I left off, we had finally finished gutting the entire first floor. We did so much work to get from point A (the house before we started the renovations) to point B (ready to start on the floors). If you are new to this series I encourage you to start here and read all the progress to get to where we are now - ready to start the floors. So … [Read more...]

The best way to remove Thinset from a cement foundation

In addition to renovating completely gutting and starting over in our kitchen, we are also replacing all the flooring in the common areas of the house (kitchen, entryway, family room, dining room, hallway). The majority of the house has tile so it had to be removed first. Ben and our son, Travis, spent several days with sledgehammers breaking up all the tile. We were then left with thinset under the tile, adhered to the cement foundation. Thinset is an adhesive mortar made of cement, fine sand, and a water-retaining agent. It is usually used to attach tile to cement. I did … [Read more...]

More kitchen demo & updates

Hey guys! This kitchen renovation is in full force around here. As promised, I'm back with a few more updates so you can follow along in as close to real-time as I can muster. Monday night the cabinet maker... (and his assisstant? Helper? Friend? I'm not sure exactly who the other guy was. He only spoke Spanish and the extent of my Spanish is "Hola! Como estas? Muy Bien! Y too?". … [Read more...]