So we started working on The Great Floor Disaster yesterday. Most of it Mr. E will finish while I am in a gin coma in Vermont with our children, but we wanted to rough sand a few of the rooms to see if we were going to try to save these floors because if we’re not, we don’t have to move all the furniture out of our house and into the garage.
Luckily, it’s been pouring rain for five days. In June, in Sacramento. And then a few minutes after Mr. E got the rented drum sander home, the power went out for an hour. So obviously our floors have opened a portal to the apocalypse.
On the plus side, there was pizza.
Here’s what they looked like before we sanded them. This is my bedroom.
And here’s what they looked like afterwards.
I think we lucked out a little bit because even though they are super thin (all the houses around here have this very specific 3/8″ flooring), I think the laziness/decrepitude/stupidity of the former owners meant there wasn’t a lot of floor refinishing going on before we bought the house. They’ve been painted and I think there was carpet over them, but they haven’t been sanded down too much, at least not so far.
The other good news is that the boards themselves are in remarkably good shape. I think most of them can be saved. Sanding helped SO much, and I think we can slap some wood fill down in most of the big cracks and call it a day.
Also, taking out all the furniture and seeing the rooms without the laminate but with all the wall colors I’ve painted is making me happy. I think it’s going to look really good. Someday. I love that gray paint in my bedroom, although it’s filthy and I will be repainting it this morning.
The bad news is the floors REEK and are really stained. We’re hoping they will air out, and we’re going to try hydrogen peroxide on them today, but we’re probably going to have to stain them really dark.
Up close of the staining:
But aren’t the corners cool? I am very glad we are trying to save these floors.
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