We've been working in fast-forward at the house. Good news is that things are really coming together at this point; bad news is that it's all-consuming so I haven't had much time to do much else. You know, like blog. And shower haha! I don't have a full post but here is a sneak peek at the process to resurface our hardwood floors...
^^ The floors before photographed really well but they were riddled with nail holes, imperfections and a layer of gunk from years of being lived on. We knew from the get-go that we'd be salvaging these original floors, so the process of patching and resurfacing them was set into motion.
^^ If you look closely, you can see lighter patches of floor where we replaced bad boards and patched blank areas that used to be covered by walls.
^^ The final step before sanding the floors was getting the drywall mud complete and priming the house. There is nothing quite as satisfying as a paint sprayer or a power washer. This whole remodel process is seriously taking it's toll on me...
^^ Woop woop! Floors were sanded on Monday of this week. A house our size usually takes one sanding belt... our team went through six :-/ The guys were annoyed (and perhaps slight impressed?) with how big of a pain our little house had become. Also, if you look closely by the entrance, you can see some darker splotches on the floor cause by old stains and spills.
^^ Once all was sanded, the floor was covered in a layer of putty to fill in cracks and small holes. After it dried, this too was sanded off.
^^ And tonight, the stain went on! Due to existing discoloration, we were highly encouraged to go dark. It was the best bet to make the old stains and the new patches disappear. The mix is 3 parts Jacobean to 1 part Ebony and I couldn't be happier with it. It's still wet in these pics but it'll dry slightly lighter with a bit of a grey undertone. And then it get sealed and we're that much closer to moving in... HOORAY!!
^^ White oak on its own is gorgeous and slightly pink in nature but leaving it natural wasn't an option for us. The Ebony in our stain really pulls the grain out and gives the floor character. I can't wait to see what it looks like with our furniture moved in!