Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Learning the hard way!

Well, it looks like summer got away on us! Between working on the house, some travelling, weddings, etc. time just flew by! I'll try to fill you in on the progress we've made over the last month or two, starting with the floors!

I just spent 2 weeks in Canada visiting my sister (and new baby!!). While I was away, Cameron was hard at work installing all the flooring upstairs.

Office room flooring installed.
This room will eventually be Serena's! The window trim will be painted white and we'll add baseboards (you can see a piece of it in the corner) that will also be painted white.

Over the Labor Day weekend, we rented a sander to prep the floors for staining. Once that was done, we vacuumed everything, wiped all the dust and then attempted to stain.  

We're using a stain from Sherwin Williams that we had matched to our banister.  I loved the color, but our first attempt applying it was a total FAIL! 

We were a little frustrated and disappointed with the results! The wood wasn't absorbing the stain and it looked blotchy and awful! No matter how we tried to apply it, or how long we waited, it looked bad. It was well after midnight, so we finished up the room and left it knowing we'd have to sand it all off the next day.

Applying the stain.

Wiping it off.

The bad "after" first round of staining :(

After more research, we realized that we had sanded the floors too fine. So we rented the sander again and went over the floors again with a 100 grit (coarser) paper. We also wiped it all down with a wet cloth, which causes the wood to swell some and allows the stain to sink in.

Last night we stayed up late again and reapplied the stain.  It went so much better!  It's looking like we'll need one more coat to get it totally even but we're getting there!

Like most of this house renovation, it's all a learning process for us! Sometimes it takes more time and extra money to get it right, but it's worth it in the end. And the more we do, the more we learn!

I'll show you more pictures once we put the second coat on tonight. Once that dries we'll apply a satin top coat to seal it in and allow it to cure for a while before we move things back upstairs.  And in case any are wondering about the kiddos-we're hanging out with Papa and Nana for a bit until the fumes and smell are gone!!
4 comments on "Learning the hard way!"
  1. Janna it is looking beautiful! I love everything you all have done in that house. What a labor of love and are your inlaws close by to help with the babysitting? I don't know how you do it. Can't wait to see more.
    xo Nancy

  2. It is looking good:) I can't wait to see the final:) LOVE the color!!

  3. Ugh, I've been there. Sweating it out and trying to fix a bad stain job. Glad yours was able to be remedied. They look fantastic now!


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