Thursday, January 28, 2010

Still Here - Still Working

Has anyone who reads this blog ever refinished hardwood floors themselves? Is there some special trick to it when using an oil-based varathane?

We still haven't figured out what those names were that showed up as we sanded away the top couple of layers of varathane that were previously on the floor.

However - no more names showed up once we put down our own first layer of varathane either. Not in that room anyway. There's still another room to sand so we might come across a few more surprises. This barn/house is over 100 years old and I expect that there is quite a bit of history gathered inside these walls over all those years.

Meanwhile - when we put down the second coat of varathane - it bubbled everywhere and we had to wait 12 hours before we could go in and sand it down. Then we put on our third layer, it bubbled too - just not as much.

Sam has gone off to town to ask the people who are supposed to know - ie - the people at the paint department in Home Depot. I'm going to be quite interested to see what he says when he gets back.

The smell from the oil-based varathane is unbelievable! It burns the eyeballs and drains away any strength one might have - even with masks on.

What Sam and I have been doing to resuscitate ourselves afterward is looking at the whitewater videos that my brother has posted over on his blog - In Otter Words. They are great for a smile and boost our spirits knowing that we have another summer of rafting ahead of us.

So once more I'm suggesting you go over to In Otter Words and give yourself a smile as you listen to the screaming of excited (or terrified) rafters. It truly is so much fun!

Meanwhile - I'll get back to work.


Leatherdykeuk said...

No idea about the floor - sorry.

Dr.John said...

I hope you saw the invitation to the fantasy tea party at the

question 7

Fletch said...

Floor: Looks like a supplier's 'lot' number. Changing layer values in Photoshop it appears to be

290R or 290K

plus something that looks like an exclamation mark.

You sanded too well before taking the pics. Oh, the marking is identical in both sets of pics ...

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a lot of hard work, but very much worth it I'm sure. There's always more satifaction to be had when you've done the job yourselves.

CJ xx

rosiero said...

It's so frustrating when you put in all that hard work,it bubbles up and then you have you do it all over again. Those kids certainly enjoyed the rafting, but how come it doesn't sink with all that water going into it AND so many people on board to weigh it down?

Anonymous said...

Over brushing can introduce too much air. My other thought given what you were saying about fumes is that your room might be too hot so the varnish is setting too quickly not allowing the air time to escape.

Mickle in NZ said...

Oh, dear friend - all that work then bubbling annoyance. Hope Sam got some solution advice from his venturing out into the cold.

Fingers crossed etc........

Mickle and Zebbycat from a too warm Wellywood night, xxx & too warm for purring and mickle / zeb huggles over here

Maggie May said...

I expect the names are of the carpenters who put the original flooring down.
I should imagine that smell would send me crazy. I would get terrible migraines and cannot stand anything like that. Fumes of any kind.
You are doing very well with the renovating.

Nuts in May

TSannie said...

That's weird about the bubbles. One thing for sure, water based urethanes aren't worth the time. They look like crap in 6 months.
That smell will do permanent damage! Be careful, Aims!

Akelamalu said...

How interesting to find the names on the flooring. Hope you get the 'bubbling' sorted out. :)

aims said...

Roseiro - The river guide who is sitting here with me says it's all Magic!


Years of Tibetan training.

(obviously the secrets are not to be divulged but it sure is fun!)

bermudabluez said...

Sorry I can't help with the floor either....I hope you get it all sorted out!

BT said...

Oh dear, it's disappointing when things don't work as they should. I hope you manage to sort it out, I'm afraid I'm no help at all.

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