Starting a reno job is not a problem, ploughing through a reno job is not a problem. But stopping halfway through a reno job and expecting to start up again? That’s a problem.
The worst thing about stopping a home improvement midway through a job is that even though you absolutely, without a doubt plan on returning to it, you don’t. Well you do, but it might be a year later. You see, when you’re fixing or renovating something in your house you get taken over by Renovation Mode.
Your tools are scattered around the house, your grubby clothes stay piled on your bedroom floor so you can easily throw the dirty old things on in the morning, emotionally you’ve become accustomed to living in a flop house.
Raw Wood Floors
You’re in reno mode. I was in reno mode. I was ripping, tearing, cutting and hammering my way through redoing all of my downstairs floors when Thanksgiving happened. Since I was hosting Thanksgiving I thought it best to put away the power saws and hammers in case someone got drunk and fancied themselves a drunken power tool juggler.
So a day or two before Thanksgiving my floors and I had one last hurrah. I ripped out the floor that was on top of them (strip Oak) and pulled up all the nails to reveal the somewhat beautiful antique raw pine floors beneath. A few repairs later and the floors were ready for company (insofar as there were no gaping holes where someone could fall into the basement and no nails were sticking up to rip through the sole of someone’s foot.
Not that I’m opposed to a quick Thanksgiving trip to the E.R. – I paid a visit to the E.R. myself this year in fact. And it just happened to be the day before I had 15 people for Thanksgiving dinner. Click here if you’d like to see my stitches. Did you know when you cut yourself and they have to give you stitches that they stick a long needle right into the raw, meaty part of your cut? ‘Cause they do.
All this to say that as of the day before Thanksgiving my downstairs floors were 85% complete. All I had left to do was to hand sand the dining room and finish it.
That was over a month ago and the floors are exactly how they were then. I haven’t done another thing. I haven’t had time, but I’m also not in reno mode anymore. My tools are away, my work clothes washed and neatly folded somewhere under my various 80’s band tee shirts. And now it’s time to get ready for Christmas decorating.
The good news is I like the floors exactly how they are. There are a few different ages of flooring and different colours and as is the case with most older floors, there’s a dark border around the outside and a lighter wood in the centre where a floor cloth would have been.
But they’re rough and a bit splintery. So they need to be sanded down enough to smooth them out but not so much to remove all the patina. I kind of love the raw wood. A lot. So I’m wishing I could leave them that way. The only problem is then the finish will be different than it is in the foyer and the living room which has a matte finish, but it is a noticeable finish. It wouldn’t be confused with completely raw.
After I’ve done the hand sanding I can refinish them (or not) put some trim on the bottom of the baseboards and call it a day.
Which day that will be, I have no idea.
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