Week 58: Finally finishing floors!

The last two weeks have been a little bit disjointed as we’ve done pieces of things for which we had pieces of things! Pieces of lighting went in as it showed up. Pieces of tiles went in as Josh had time. We filled pieces of the floor with epoxy and waited for them to cure, in the meantime working on pieces of cabinetry. All to get to this week, when we could final finish the floor!

Ultimately, I was most excited about finishing the floor because I wanted to see what it would actually look like. I mean, generally speaking we knew we had a lot of character and variation in the floor. But with the knotholes filled, the wood filler finished, and everything finally sanded, it was time to see what we’d wound up with!

We opted not to stain the floors, instead just sealing and sanding the natural red oak. And….viola!

They dried just a touch lighter than the picture above which was taken while everything was still wet. However, we were SO SO SO pleased with how they came out, and had just the variation and character we were looking for!

Validating our choice to keep the woodwork natural (on both the floor and on our doors and cabinets now too) was my work on the one painted cabinet that goes in our master bathroom. It’s been a pain…primer, paint, sand, paint…sand and scrap again because there are drips…paint again. Josh tells me this tediousness is what we would have dealt with on everything that we stained, which is all the justification I need to say we don’t need to stain anything…ever!

Josh did the “easier” painting this week in that he got to use the sprayer to paint all the door frames! Now that the floors are finished, we can move to door frames and trim. However, first my parents will come this week. Josh has two big projects planned with my dad, and my mom doesn’t know it yet, but she and I will be doing a lot of sanding and cleaning, so hopefully big progress ahead in week 59!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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