I do love our house – it’s secluded garden, lovely big bathroom and huge range cooker, But the floors have caused some stress this year!
We have really lovely wooden floors downstairs and this year we had to take on the mammoth task of sanding and re-staining the dining room, which is rather a walkway from the front door to the kitchen, as well as the best place for Bob to lay to insure maximum attention and trip hazard!
So every stick of furniture packed and stacked in the front room, belt sander, wood stain, brushes, face masks and plenty of chocolate purchased. Of course the chocolate isn’t a vital part of the floor work – but, well you know………..
Well darlings I can tell now you from personal experience – never attempt this job!
Oh dear god what a hideous task! Dust, broken belts, more dust, hot weather, cats trying to help, yet more dust. It felt as though it would never end! The previous owner (not our landlord) had not down not proper good quality flooring, but soft pine planks, glued down – over the entire length. And as you sand, it feathers and splinters, causing more problems than it fixes!
Under instruction we went back to the DIY shop for a huge tub of unibond – paint the sanded floor with 2 coats and allow to dry over night. I have to admit I wasn’t convinced it would work, but it ruddy well did! A soft sand with fine paper the next morning and on with the varnish – 2 coats and finally our dining room back! No more eating in deck chairs in the kitchen, no more hopping round the outside of the house to get to the stairs and the bathroom!
A job that should have taken a couple of days at most ending up filling our half term holiday.
Can’t say that I’m looking forward to our summer holidays and having to tackle the front room and bathroom floors! Maybe we need to bite the bullet and just put down some engineered wood flooring and save ourselves the heartache and stress!
Although I might still go out and stock up on the chocolate!
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