{Making a Home} : More Floors and…

While I sat in a chair and knitted, Brian, Jack, and Carrie continued working on the floors downstairs.  The dining room floor is made of a totally different flooring material and is wearing out the sanding pads right-quick.  But the wood underneath is gorgeous.

 

{Making a Home} | Floors

{Making a Home} | Floors

The library floor is being patched with salvaged pieces which will be sanded, oiled and waxed soon.  If you remember from when we first started the restorations, this room was in the worst shape – the floor, joists, and wall in here were all rotten through.  It has been the one room that has given me nightmares from the beginning – even after repairs.  It was that bad.

{Making a Home} | Floors

Here you can see where Brian has trimmed out the hearth with new red oak pieces.  They aren’t the same species of wood as the floor (which is Douglas Fir), but they’ll do nicely for now.  Later, Brian is thinking about making a beautiful marquetry border here.  Fancy!

{Making a Home} | Floors

The countertops, salvaged from interior barn board walls in what is now the mudroom are getting a filling (with saved sawdust and wood glue) and a final sanding before they are rounded over, oiled and waxed.  If the waxing method doesn’t satisfy our needs, we have bartop varnish waiting in the wings.  I hope we won’t have to use that.  The fumes are awful and we’re a little freaked out by the chemicals.  But you knew that.

{Making a Home} | Floors

After a day of working at the farmhouse, there is only one thing left to do: eat chocolate cake.  JoJo enjoyed hers… thoroughly. 🙂

{Making a Home} | Floors

The last of the paint is on the way to us now, as are a couple of gallons of Soy Gel stripper to get the gunk off of the stairs and floors.  If there is any gel left, I’ll start stripping the white mantel from the living room, and the built-in china cabinet in the dining room {which you can see in the first photo}.  nearly there now!  I really think so.