Thanks to some professional help, our really yucky black tar-like floors that were hidden under the carpet in the guest bedroom are gone, leaving the original fir floors shining in all their rustic glory.
Here’s where we started after removing the carpet.
The guest room is about 160 square feet and while we knew we could do the work of scraping and sanding the old fir floors ourselves, we also knew it would take us a ton of time. Time we did not have. Especially when we wanted the room to be usable for M’s mom’s visit this weekend. So enter our hardwood floor guy, who was great. It took him two half days, so I would say the total job was 10 hours or less – imagine how much longer it would have taken us. After the first afternoon, he got the floors looking like this:
Amazing! I love sandpaper. Then the next day, after some sealant, they looked like this:
We did not go for a full and complete refinish job on these as we are a little unsure of where we are going with the floors in this room and the whole rest of the main floor of the house. But we figured some expense to get rid of the black yuck was well worth it. For anyone wondering the details, we just have a coat of DuraSeal on the floor, which will sand off super easily (for example, if we want to have all of our floors sanded and stained a certain color). This is not going to protect the floor from significant use nor is it a long term solution, but it is better than leaving the floor unfinished and leaves our options open for the future. And we like how it looks right now.
After the floors were finished on Friday, Saturday was a power painting day including the walls, trim, and closet (I’ll save those pics for another post). That day we also moved the furniture back into the room, including the newly made-over nightstands. Nothing like having people over that night to make you hustle that day. Here’s a tiny sneak peek of the painted walls, painted trim, and painted nightstands:
Next up is styling the nightstands, making an upholstered headboard, and otherwise prepping the room for a guest. So much to do, so little time. Wait, that is kind of my life mantra.
Anyone else hire out some jobs for the pros? Or spend a day power painting? Seriously, I am sore from Saturday’s crazy painting day – but it was worth it to power through Saturday and then take off Saturday night to spend time with friends and then Sunday to do family time for Father’s Day!