I’m so excited this morning because I feel like I’m right on the cusp of really starting to see things happening in this house, like the dam is about to break wide open. The obstacles are about to be removed. The boulder is just about to be pushed right over the apex of the mountain.
What the heck am I talking about? Well, I’ve mentioned that I feel like there are two big obstacles to me really diving right into my “to do” list for this year. First of all, I’m refinishing my floors, and that needs to be done ASAP before I can move on. (I’m so glad most of you agree with me that the floors need to be done sooner than later! That just makes sense in my mind.) The pantry and breakfast room have brand new unfinished red oak floors that need sanding, staining, and sealing, so while I’m at it, and since the big sander needs to be rented, I decided to go ahead and do the rest of the rooms (except the bedrooms) as well to get rid of the orange color.
But before that can be done, we need a door installed in our bedroom. If you’re confused as to how the two relate, let me explain.
First, here are the areas of hardwood flooring that will be sanded, stained, and sealed…
While the floors are drying between coats of stain and sealer, Matt and I are perfectly fine being holed up in our bedroom as long as we have some snacks, drinks, laptops and Netflix. And although it’s the worst room in the house, we do at least have a tiny bathroom right off of the bedroom that we can use. Our cat is perfectly content hanging out in Matt’s game room all day long (it’s one of her favorite places), so as long as she has food, water, and her litter box, she’ll be fine.
But then there’s our dog Boo. Boo is 15 years old, so he spends most of his days lounging around the house, mostly asleep in his bed in our bedroom. But he does like to spend a few hours spread throughout each day in the back yard marking his territory, defending his territory against neighbor dogs, chasing squirrels, and rolling in the grass. Right now, the only way to get him outside is through the sunroom, which means at minimum he has to go through the hallway and through the music room, but generally also includes a detour into the living room to look out the windows and check for squirrels and stray cats that need to be chased off, and through the kitchen for some water and a quick snack before heading outside.
So I want to add a door in our bedroom that will open directly into Boo’s fenced in yard.
Of course, I’m not just adding a door for the dog. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now just for safety purposes. If I ever needed to get Matt outside quickly (e.g., in case of fire), the only way I could do that is if there’s a door there. It just so happens that now’s the perfect time to do it since it’ll make floor refinishing so much easier.
Anyway, aaallllllll of that to say that the guys are coming tomorrow morning to install the new door. YAY! Obstacle #1 is close to being gone.
And then that opens the door for obstacle #2, the floors, to be taken care of. And the best news ever is that I’ve decided to hire out the sanding!!
I had gotten a quote from a floor refinishing company about two months ago. I told them that I just wanted them to sand, and that I’d do the staining and sealing. They said that they sanding was the biggest part of floor refinishing (which I knew, having done it myself the first time), and so just having them sand would cost almost as much as having them do the whole thing. Anyway, just for sanding, they quoted $3500. That wasn’t even an option. I’m happy to pay that kind of money for something that I just don’t know how to to do (like major plumbing projects that require crawling underneath the house), but not for something I’m completely capable of doing myself.
So I was all geared up to do it myself, but on a whim, I asked the guys who will be installing the door if they can also sand hardwood floors. Of course they can! After all, “remodeling” is in the name of their business! They do everything from small jobs to big remodeling jobs. So he measured the rooms, and texted me the next day with a price of $750 for the labor if I’ll pay for machine rental and sandpaper.
DONE! That’s a price I can wrap my head around for handing off such a huge and NOT fun job to someone else.
So door installation (obstacle #1) is tomorrow, and floor refinishing (obstacle #2) starts Monday. I’m so excited! And then I’ll have no excuses. I can hit the ground running on the rest of my list for this year and start getting these rooms FINISHED! Woohoo! It’s going to be a good and productive year.
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