Monday, February 16, 2009

A Long Weekend. . . of SANDING!

Having your alarm go off at 6a.m. on a Saturday - TORTURE.  
Spending your first Valentine's Day as a married couple sanding the hardwood floors of your first home with your hunny - PRICELESS!

The hardwood floors. . . the last step before we can move into the house, 
but possibley the most frustrating, and fairly time consuming. 
 Sanding, staining and finishing = a lot of work, but then we can move in!!
The weekend kicked off early Saturday morning, 6 a.m. to be exact!  We ate a quick breakfast and made sure we were at the hardware store by the time the doors opened at 7 a.m.
  Bob, at the rental center was talkative, to say the least, but he set us up with the orbital sander and sent us on our way. 

After Brian took a pass at the master bedroom with the orbital, we knew we needed something way more serious or else we were going to be sanding for a week!

We trekked back to see Bob, and came home with this guy.  The Silver Line Belt Sander, and boy did it do the trick!  You had to be careful though, this thing can dig a hole in your floor if you don't paying attention!
We're going to have to try and bleach these bad stains out that are in the dining room.  Hopefully that, and a darker wood stain will do the trick to hide them!


Brian attacked each room with the belt sander, which stripped off the finish and about an 1/8 inch of the wood.  Then I followed behind him with the orbital sander which had finer sandpaper on it.  The living room and bedroom floors look really good, even at this stage!

We sanded until about 5 p.m., all the rooms were done, except for the edges.  We cleaned up quickly and treated ourselves to a Valentine's dinner out on the town.  I had a gift card to a restaurant that I had gotten for my birthday last year, and we figured we'd earned the night off!

  We went to Typhoon and had a lovely dinner, we also decided to grab a movie but were still in bed and asleep by 10 p.m.  

What a day!

1 comment:

Cassandra said...

Sounds lovely! Making your home together...