I also chose the floors - because being Christmas time - I needed a project that did not cost too much. This project is mostly labor - so basically free (Step 1 cost $0....but don't tell that to my back!)
The picture to the above right is my Before - a reminder of what the floor looked like originally (it so needed to go!)
Refinishing Wide-Plank Pine Wood Floors - The Rustic Way
Step 1 - Remove everything that is not bolted down
As with most my projects - Lily (My Little Helper) was right by my side. The first step was to remove the refrigerator and stove from the kitchen. The only way to get the frig out was to take all the doors off. Just goes to prove even the easiest tasks will expand. I was hoping to just wheel everything out - but instead spent the next 90 minutes removing every door - on both the frig and in the kitchen and breakfast nook. it was the only way to get it out of the kitchen and to its temporary home.
Lily was disgusted by what she found when we emptied the frig. She got right to work on cleaning everything 'good as new.'
Once a apart and cleaned I used a furniture dolly (hand truck) to get the frig out and over to the phone nook in our entry hall.
We then had to put it back together, plug it in and fill her up again.
I took a regular wooden dolly and cut it down just enough to fit between the legs on our stove. Then I built up the sides with 2x3's until they just fit under the stove.
|Notice the legs are off the floor|
Best of all - when we are not doing work - the stove is still fully functional. It has made it much easier than trying to lift this beast every time I need to move it.
We rolled the stove into the dining room for temporary storage.
|The stove in the Dining Room nook|
She also emptied the pantry onto temporary shelves in the dining room.
Step 3 - Take Measurements
Technically this should be done earlier in the process (like before you buy your wood conditioner, stain and polyurethane)...but at least I did it before I started staining...then I went out and bought some more of each (while I was renting a sander) - so st least it was not a wasted/extra trip.
|Common Core anyone???|
I thought this would be a dusty job - so I taped all the seams shut. Turns out the machine had a GREAT vacuum system - dust was minimal.
Step 5 - Rent a Sander
floor of the Breakfast Nook - I used my handheld rotary sander. I broke one. Spent another $50 for a new one.
This time the project was more than 2x's the square footage so I decided to break down and rent a real floor sander. I have never felt so stupid, Lowe's rents this monster for $40 per day (less than the cost of my new sander). I also had to buy $20 worth of sanding disks. It made quick and easy work of the floors....and there was almost no dust!...much different than last time...I felt like I was in Sahara sand storm when I did the floors with my hand sander. Learn from my mistake. It is night and day. Rent the correct tool for the job!
Step 6 - Sand the Corners
I had to pull out the shop vac, handheld sanders and plain old sheets of sandpaper to get all the corners and under the cabinet lips. Learning from the dusty fiasco I had last time - I purchased an adapter that connected my sander to the shop vac. You can see it attached to the back of the yellow sander in the photo to the right. Big difference!
Here is a picture after all the sanding was done:
All-in-all - it only took 2.5 hours of actual working time (not including trips to the store, etc.) to get to this point. Quick enough that I figured I could start staining that same afternoon!
Step 7 - Pre-Treat, Stain and Polyurethane
- Apply a pre-stain conditioner - especially if you are staining a soft wood.
- Apply your stain according to directions. Stains get wiped off after waiting a few minutes. PolyStains do not get wiped off.
- Wait for the stain to dry.
- Apply a second coat if you want a deeper color (I went with one coat)
- Apply polyurethane according to directions - I used a lambs wool applicator
- After it dries lightly sand with a very fine sandpaper
- Wipe off sanding dust with tack cloth
- Apply 2nd and 3rd coats of poly following the same steps. Do not sand after your final coat.
|The Pre-Stain Conditioner - really brings out the imperfections!!!!|
|Uneven sheen and all - they are looking great!|
Don't forget to sand between coats!!! I sanded the polyshade lightly before the first coat of polyurethane and then again in-between each coat of poly. You must, must, must sand the floor very lightly with fine (I used 220 grit) sand paper. It will leave a white dust that you then vacuum and get up with a tack cloth. This sanding is imperative if you want a nice smooth finish after your final coat. Speaking of the final coat - do NOT sand after your final coat.
If you look closely you can see the white dust
Here are the products I used to get the finish we desired.
If you can handle the back-breaking and PITA task of removing the linoleum, sub-floor and black tar - the actual refinishing is not all that strenuous. Also since most of the job is labor - this restoration is relatively inexpensive (I spent approximately $150 on materials and rentals) - especially when you consider the dollar per impact factor (i.e. - low cost, high wow factor).
The After Pictures
The floors came out bea-u-ti-ful.
Not bad for a weekend's work:
- Lily and I started Friday night by removing everything from the kitchen.
- I sanded Saturday morning.
- Pre-stain and Polyshade Saturday afternoon
- 1st Coat polyurethane Sunday morning
- Trip to the Albany Institute of History & Art Museum Sunday afternoon - My response to: "what are we doing that is fun today?"...plus Paige is studying Egypt in school and they have a real mummy on display!
- 2nd coat of poly Sunday at 6pm
- 3rd coat of poly Monday morning at 5am before work
- ....Hi my name is John and I am just a tad compulsive