Yes, that’s me wearing the industrial strength breathing mask sanding hardwood floors

The dust doth fly when sanding old varnish off of hardwood floors.

I began writing this post on June 22, 2009…
Now that the wall painting is complete we began sanding the hardwood floors on the second floor of the house. I used the edger at 5 minute intervals. Every muscle in my body was hurting to keep that thing from flying away from me and into the freshly painted trim. I look like a man in these photos. Bahahaa! Note to self – post picture of me wearing a dress at a future date…

Me using the Edger

So you ask why paint walls and trim before refinishing the floors? Simple; it’s easy to touch up paint but not as easy to touch up hardwood floors. It’s easy to wipe paint drippings off of old floors and if you miss one it’s OK but it’s not easy to wipe paint cleanly off of newly finished hardwood floors. It’s also easy to vacuum trim after sanding hardwood and a pain in the ass to need to tape edges before painting and lay tarps down on newly refinished hardwood.

All in all we sanded three times using three different toothed sanding papers and laid down three coats of polyurethane on the floor with a light buffing in between the first and second coat of polyurethane. The wood lifts after the first coat so it’s a good idea to buff ’em before varnishing on top again.

Homemade Squeegee

We are working on the main floor hardwood today. The studio, living room, sunroom and library all have have hardwood floors. Sadly the walls in all those rooms are plastered with wallpaper, however it’s in decent condition (unlike the upstairs) and whoever lived there previously painted on top of it! I am also flabbergasted at the mess of caulking around all the old original windows and trim in the studio, living room and sunroom. I didn’t notice this until we began working in those rooms yesterday.

what a difference!

And Dad spent a couple of hours removing cheap nailed in place weather stripping from all the outside doors. Couldn’t believe they nailed it in place. Each door now has a bazillion holes surrounding it’s edges. Don’t nail weather stripping. And don’t caulk yourself if you do not know how to do it. I’ll be taking a razor blade to the bathtub and toilet later this week to cleanly peel the caulking off of it. Whatever (cheap clear silicone) they slathered over the original caulking is akin to honeyed sticky glue that is brown and spreads when you you try to scrape it. A razor is the only thing that’ll take it off cleanly without damaging the enamel of both the tub and toilet.

Bathroom TV

4 days later…

The hardwood on the main floor is dry and can be walked on and the bathroom fixtures are scraped clean with a razor :)

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9 thoughts on “Yes, that’s me wearing the industrial strength breathing mask sanding hardwood floors

  1. I saw myself in the reflections of the windows one day while dressed similarly (but more covered up) in sandblasting garb and thought I looked like a terrorist. (black hoodie + black bandanna + black sunglasses + mask)

    I have a picture of that somewhere…

  2. Did you find the picture Candice? I’d love to see it sweetie!

    Oh, it’s coming along quite nicely KreativLink! Thanks :)

    I don’t know what I’d do without Dad right now, Lorrie.

  3. Holy toledo, you are a TROOPER! Keep on truckin’ — it’s really coming along! Yes, Mike Holmes would be proud…

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