Y’all, it’s been a hard, exhausting week. Let’s just say that when the week starts off with a sewage geyser inside your house, it doesn’t really set a good tone for the week. It took a couple of days for me to get things back to normal and recover from that catastrophe. If you missed that excitement, you can read about it here…
Fortunately, there was no extensive damage. The floors and subfloor are fine, so that’s good news.
I’ll be honest. After that happened, I kind of just wanted to check out for the week. Having something like that happen in a room that I’ve spent so much time and effort remodeling was so discouraging and demotivating.
But Wednesday afternoon, I finally decided that it was stupid to let one really bad experience like that derail an entire week. I needed to find my motivation again. And rather than sitting around and waiting to feel motivated, I decided to put action first, and hope that the feeling of motivation would eventually follow.
So I called the equipment rental place to reserve the drum sander and edge sander for yesterday morning, and then spent the rest of Wednesday afternoon and evening clearing things out of the studio, bathroom and storage closet to get ready for a long day of hard word yesterday.
I got up bright and early yesterday morning, and still had some things to clear out of the room before I could get started on the floors. I forgot to take a picture of the floors after I got the room completely cleared, but I did manage to get this picture at some point…
If you’ll remember, the entire back area — bathroom, back entry, storage closet and the back two feet of the studio floor — was all covered in wood filler. The rest of the floor was very rough since it was brand new unfinished red oak hardwood flooring.
After clearing out the rest of the room, I was finally ready to get started. I think I started sanding around 9:00, and it took me all morning until lunch time (around noon) to get the floor sanded with the roughest grit sandpaper (36-grit). The first pass is always the hardest because the floor is in the roughest condition. So after lunch, I started with the 60-grit, which seemed to go a little bit faster. Here’s how the floor looked after that.
It’s probably impossible to tell any difference in pictures, but in person, there was quite a difference.
It was still a long and hard day, but I was determined to return the sanders this morning so that I wouldn’t have to pay for another day, so I decided to just keep on sanding until it was finished (or at least until I was finished with the rented tools).
I didn’t even start troweling the wood filler onto the studio floor until 10:00pm. Then it took about 40 minutes to dry before I could do the final sanding with the 100-grit sandpaper. I finished sanding with the drum sander at almost exactly 1:00am.
Y’all, to say I was exhausted would be an understatement. I haven’t had a work day that long and exhausting in quite some time, but it felt so good to have it done!
Of course, this morning, I woke up to quite a mess. The entire floor is covered in a layer of dust, and it’ll probably take a full day to get it all cleaned up to the point that I can stain the floors.
(Side note: I have no idea why the walls look so blue. They certainly don’t look like that in person.)
Also, I had so much trouble with the edge sander from the rental place that I finally gave up. That is probably the most frustrating tool I’ve ever used, as any little thing will rip the sandpaper disc from the sander and send it flying across the room. I was at least able to do the entire perimeter with the 36-grit sandpaper, but I gave up about halfway through the 60-grit round and finished that up with my little 5-inch rotary sander.
So since my only goal was to finish what I needed to finish in order to return the tools this morning, I didn’t bother doing the edges last night since I had given up on the edge sander altogether. I’ll just finish up the edges with my small sander. Thank goodness it’s just the final 100-grit pass that’s needed. I think my small sander can handle that.
Sadly, I won’t be able to finish the floors this weekend. I took way too long deciding how to finish the floors, reading product information, watching YouTube videos, and reading customer reviews on just about every floor coating product I could find. I almost went with Bona Nordic Seal, which is a white tinted sealer for whitewashed floors, but the reviews just didn’t have me convinced that it was worth the price.
Then it dawned on me that I didn’t need to purchase a white sealer. I could make my own! So I ended up going with Varathane water-based matte floor finish (which has great reviews on the Home Depot website), and I ordered a bottle of white universal tint on Amazon to make my own white tinted sealer. And of course, I’ll bring y’all along on that project when I get to it.
Unfortunately, because I took so long to decide and didn’t order it until a couple of days ago, it won’t get here until next Wednesday. So I’m going to have to be very careful with my floors until then so I don’t mess up the freshly-sanded, unsealed wood.
In other news, I finally ordered the wallpaper for the front studio wall. I was indecisive on that as well, but I ended up going with the white background. And then I tested two different colors for the cabinets.
That’s the wallpaper sample with the aqua background, but it’s the only one I have showing a full repeat of the design.
The top color is Behr Roulette, which is the color that’s on the vanity in the half bathroom. The bottom is Benjamin Moore Bird of Paradise mixed at 110%. That’s the color (mixed at the normal 100%) that’s on the front door and the side studio door.
The colors are very similar, but I think the Bird of Paradise looks much better with the wallpaper, so that’s probably the direction I’ll go with the cabinets.
But I don’t even want to think about that right now. The thought of building cabinets right now makes me want to cry. I’m so exhausted, y’all. I need a nap. What a week it’s been!