This quick guide will take you step by step through the floor refinishing process. She got a fantastic deal on the flooring, and reasoned that with the savings she could just hire someone to install it. Since we only have occasional weekends up North, and when we do we’ve got the whole family trying to live out of this space, she felt like it would be hard for us, and unfair for the kiddos, to live among the construction of floor installation for a weekend or two.
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Above the green were two layers of yellow and white oil based paints, an undercoat and top coat and on top of this a brown oil based paint with a heavy lead content which quickly clogs up even the sanding belt; and which when heated by the heat gun rather than scraping away just turns into a thick oily goo that sticks immediately to the wood and become even more difficult to remove.
Although a little more expensive than pine the advantages of opting for oak is that oak floors look nicer, are more durable and unlike pine flooring the oak boards are interlocking; reducing the risk of unsightly gaps appearing due to shrinkage, although a gap will be required around the edges to allow for expansion, these gaps being concealed when the new skirting boards are fitted.
However, as the messiest work is at floor level the golden rule of working from the top down will have to be turned on its head for this DIY remodelling project; until all the remodelling work is complete and everything has been prepared for decorating when the paining and varnishing in the final phase can be done from top to bottom, leaving the varnishing of the stairs to last.