Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stage Two - Entry and Hall Remodel

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hey Ladies,

Today, I thought I'd share Stage Two of the entry and hall project with you - refinishing the hardwoods.   Oh, and since it's green week, I even have a hint on how to save a little green when getting your hardwoods refinished.  

So, when we last left off, we went from this:

to this:

and today, I'm going to share my favorite part of this entire project, the moment the iron railing was taken down.  A few turns of the wrench and she was outta the house (and the floors were officially ready to be refinished).  By the way, we (my husband) demoed the carpet and staples and tack strips ourselves to save a bit of money green on the hardwood refinishing job (about $175).  

There she goes!

Our hardwoods were refinished by a great, local contractor, Matt VanSickle.  He showed up on Tuesday morning and instantly started covering all the entry ways in plastic (to my son's delight apparently).

Then, he put some wood putty in the billions of holes created by the carpet installation and removal.

Then, he sanded the floors.  This is a good time to mention how awesome Matt (the hardwood flooring guy) is.  He had to do this project by hand.  His big machines just wouldn't cut it on this project (something about the direction of the wood).  So, he spent an entire day getting these floors and stairs ready to be stained.  This guy works hard and he's a total perfectionist.  (And I'd like to note that every time my son peaked in on him, he was so kind and engaging with the little guy - such a testament to what a nice guy Matt is.)


Matt hard at work.

If you recall, the stained hardwoods under the carpet had an orangeish hue to them.  I wanted the new stain to match the other hardwoods in the house, so Matt created a custom stain for the hallway and stairs.

The floor refinishing stage of this project took four days.  The first day Matt sanded and stained.  On the final three days, Matt would come over early in the morning and apply a layer of polyurethane.  By the time the boys needed to go up to bed each night, it was dry enough to walk on.  So, for four days our house had plastic everywhere, the window in the upstairs hall bathroom was open with a fan venting the fumes, and we were basically freezing.  Perhaps this is why people do projects in the summer?  But, in the end, it was totally worth it!  

After the final coat of polyurethane was dry, we got out the paint again to paint over all the stain along the walls and stairs.

Here's a before and after of the upstairs hallway.

Doesn't it just make you want to call Matt right now and get your hardwoods all shined up (and if you don't have hardwoods, he can install some for you)?  This project isn't over yet though girls, I'm going to fill you in on the new railing installation in another note to you.  Oh, and if you want to look back at the first stage of this project, you can read about it here.

Stay tuned,

P.S.  Here's Matt's contact information:  VanSickle Hardwood Flooring 585 766 2321

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  Whoa!  Is that how hardwoods are supposed to look?  They are beautiful.  Can't wait to see the next phase.  

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  Thanks for sharing your amazing remodel.  B. Williams must be so happy!  :)

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