This is what we bought:
piece of 1x4x8 for saw guide 4.86
Minwax Wood Conditioner (2 x $11.37) 22.74
respirator masks 10.97
knee pads 9.98
staining sponges (2 x $2.65) 5.30
shoe molding (8 x $3.12) 24.96
transition trim (3 x $16.61) 49.83We went to a local lumber yard to find a better grade of plywood.
12 sheets of 3/4″ 4×8 AC plywood $550.00
I practiced staining on a piece of wood that the saw wanted to eat instead of cut. I used Minwax Red Mahogany.
The conditioner I used is Minwax Wood Conditioner. I decided I like the color with the conditioner applied first. It is more evenly stained and you can see more of the red which I like.
The LOML ripped (I learned a new term today) the plywood into 132-4×8 boards.
The LOML practiced working with this manly machine ~ the scary nail gun with compressor. He looks so sexy just standing next to it! This machine is very loud and scary to me. I asked him if I should leave the room to protect myself from flying nails (and they are really big nails). He laughed!
We started at one end of the room against the wall and finished each row progressing inward toward the fireplace. It took us two days, many cutting boo-boos, a few expletives flew, but in the end, it was worth every single second. And let me tell you, I have muscles in my legs I never knew I had and they are all screaming at me!!
The LOML and Son #3 laying out a plan
Son #4 having fun with the nail gun.
More than half way done!!
Here is the floor all laid down.
The staining was the fun part! What a difference between naked wood and the dark red mahogany color. I conditioned the wood first. The directions say to stain within two hours of conditioning so by the time I was done conditioning the whole room, I started staining. I used a staining pad and just rubbed the stain on. The LOML followed close behind wiping off the excess stain. We were quite the team. I looked cooler though because I had knee pads for my bony knees!! We both wore respirator masks so we didn’t get headaches from the fumes.
The LOML and I took turns polyurethaning every 4 hours for 6 times and VOILA!
We had to add a transition piece of wood between the new wood floors and the old ones in the hallway so we bought three 12 foot transition pieces at Lowes, conditioned, stained, and polyed the three pieces. Then we screwed them to the existing floor.
We had to add shoe molding around the whole room to hide any gaps we may have had from short boards. We bought primed shoe molding from Lowes, I painted them the same white as the trim and we nailed them all in for a nice clean look. I had to touch up a few places where we got stain on the trim, too. OOPS!
THE FINISHED FLOOR!!
We bought the new rug at Home Depot for $199 for an 8×10 Shaw Living Castile area rug in beige/cream. It’s shaggy and soft on the toes. I LOVE IT!!
It feels great to walk into our brand new family room. No dirty stained carpet anymore. YEAH!!!
A busy weekend for us. How was yours?
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