One factor the many things that led us to buy the new house is the wooden floors in most of the rooms including all the bedrooms, the office, the dining room, and the living room. The house hasn't been updated in 15 years (according to the report given to us) so everything in it is getting wore out including the floors. So my husband said that we should refinish the floors before we move in. We contacted some contractors around the area but it cost an arm and a leg for them to do it so we've decided to do it ourselves.
We went to Home Depot and rented a two-part diamond brush buffer (square buff floor sander) as recommended by the guy working there. He said that it would scrape off the polyurethane. It did the job but the problem was it scrape the heck out of the wood so it left swirls in it. Now the plan was to rent a drum sander instead of the buffer but my husband was worried to use it as he read so many horror stories using it so when the guy talked him into using a buffer, he took it.
It took my husband 2 days to do all 7 rooms and closets. I am glad he took one week off because this job could not be done as an after-work project as it is a hard core job to do.
There's dust everywhere right now in the house, so we will have some Major cleaning to do before we can move there. We only have two more weeks to work on it and that's hard because my husband is back to work again.
My job is to vacuum all the dust as my husband scraped the poly. I love doing this kind of job with him. I remember when we first bought our first house, we remodeled the basement and I learned how to do the tiles.
So farm we have rented three tools already and it already cost us $1035 already but it is better than paying 5-10 for a contractor to do it. The second tool that we've rented is the Coating removal tool which did nothing in removing the swirl caused by the buffer. We ended up renting the drum sander that my husband did not want to use as it was the only way we could clean up the swirl caused by the square buff floor sander. Even that did not addressed the whole issue as some of the wooden floors are not evenly leveled so we will have to manually sand it.
The hard part to do is the hallway, the closets, and the stairs. So far, I have been using the orbit sander that we bought so I can sand the edges that the big machine cannot reach. Man doing this job is a lower back killer, I can hardly stand up when I keep doing for a long period of time lol.
This is how it looks like now. We still have to rent another tool to smoothen the wood floors then when we are done, we will be staining next, and then put the poly in.
Another project that we will be doing after the wooden floors is tiling the family room, kitchen, and hallways. All the linoleum in these rooms have seen better days already. The fireplace needs an upgrade too. We still haven't figured out what we are going to do but we will get there.
|Fireplace at the family room|
|Family Room leading to the kitchen|
|Family room leading to the living room|
|Hallway leading to the kitchen from the main door.|
|The half bath in the home office.|
The bathroom upstairs is fairly big. You can tell how dated it is, it needs an upgrade but that would be a long project so we will use it for the time being. I like it though because it has a double sink.
This is the bathroom to the master's bedroom. It's a little small but it's okay. Again the color will tel you how dated the bathrooms are. I got to give it to the former though, although everything is dated, he kept it in a good condition.
We will need at least 25-50 more grand to upgrade things in the house but it would be a long time to do it. We just want to refinish the floors before we move in so the dust will be out of the way. Remodeling a house is a huge expense and a lot of work but I am glad that my husband can do most of it as we can't really afford to hire a contractor around here. We learned that lesson when we have a porch built at our current house, we spent 22 thousand just for a porch! When we ask the company to give us an estimate to do our kitchen, they gave us a 40 thousand estimate so I told my husband to just drop it lol. That's why we never had the kitchen done in our current home. Despite the money we put in the house, we will be losing some when we sell this because the kitchen is not upgraded. Oh well, at least now, we have a home that can accomodate the size of our family.