Renovations: Hardwood Floors

Well, my purge has temporarily been halted yet again.  I have been spending all day, every day at the new house this week because the guys are here refinishing the hardwood floors.  I will say that it has not been pleasant, but I am trying to make the most of it.  I have been confined to the basement as they have blocked off all entrances to any other room in the house on the main level and the upstairs (one staircase is getting refinished as well and the other is blocked).  Mind you, we still haven’t moved anything over here so I am set up with a small card table and a tailgating chair and that’s it.  The first day was miserable because they were sanding all day.  It was very loud and the amount of dust it generated is indescribable.  I had a headache by the time I left that evening, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe for most of the day from inhaling all the dust.   Yesterday, there was a little more sanding, and then they began the staining process. It also had a really strong smell that gave me another headache.  I think I have mentioned before that strong smells are one of the big things that trigger my migraines.  Needless to say, the sanding smell and the stain smell were very strong, even down in the basement with the door closed and the entrance down here sealed with plastic. I have had to go around to the back of the house and down to the basement door in the backyard to even get in here.  I’m just so thankful that I have that option because I don’t know what I would do if I had to sit upstairs in the midst of it all.  

If the smells triggering the headaches wasn’t bad enough, they have had the heat turned off while they are working (1stday was so it wouldn’t stir all the dust around) and multiple windows and doors open the entire time.  It is still pretty cold here (currently 29 degrees), and I am in the basement so I have been freezing to death every day.  I had one blanket here on Monday just because I thought it might be cold (I had no idea they would have to turn the heat off), but it didn’t make a difference at all.  I was so cold. Yesterday, I brought another blanket and dressed warmer.  It still didn’t help.  It was miserable.  I looked like an Eskimo all wrapped up in my blankets.  When I got here this morning, the thermostat in the house said it was 42 degrees on the main level so I am certain it is even less than that in the basement.  I thought I was being smart today and found an old space heater that we had years ago and brought it with me.  I am sad to report that it no longer works!  So much for that brilliant idea! I guess I’ll just be cold again today.  

Despite all of the challenges, I couldn’t be happier with how it is going.  See, I am choosing to find joy in the misery! LOL!  The workers have been extremely nice, despite the fact that they don’t speak English very well, so I have to keep asking them to repeat themselves a million times.  I know they have to be annoyed with me, but they don’t let it show.  They have done an amazing job so far.  I am so pleased with how it is turning out. When we bought the house, there was a large section of the hardwood in the sunroom that had been destroyed by the previous owners, and it had to be fixed.  We decided not to ask the previous owners to fix it themselves and instead took some money off of our offer so that we could get the floors done ourselves.  We figured if that part had to be redone anyway, why not redo all of it and stain it a color that I preferred.  It was a light brown color that I really wasn’t fond of.  The front staircase also had a carpet runner through the center of the steps that we wanted removed. As soon as we closed on the house we hired someone to get the job done before we moved in.  I really wanted the floors stained a dark color.  Let me tell you that picking the color from a small square sample is very nerve wracking.  I didn’t want it to be too black, but I also didn’t want it to be too brown like it was.  I know that doesn’t make sense, but it was so hard to choose.  I finally settled on a color and just prayed that it would turn out the way I envisioned it in my head. When the guy called me upstairs to look at it yesterday once they had completed the sunroom part, I was so nervous.  You guys, I am obsessed! I love it so much.  It looks amazing! The finished product is going to be so worth the misery I have felt while it was being done.  I cannot wait to see it all completed. It is going to totally change the look and feel of the house for the better. The pictures below don’t even do it justice. It is so pretty!


Each day I have made my stint in the basement a little more comfortable.  Today I have my two blankets and warm clothes, food, water, tissues, music playing, and my diffuser going with a nice refreshing blend (I am hoping it will help with the smell of the polyurethane today and keep me chill). I’ve got my computer for working, my iPad to watch a show if I run out of things to do, and I have my book club book that I am trying to finish up before Friday’s review.  As I sit here now waiting for the guys to arrive this morning, I am thankful that my husband went along with my crazy idea to stain the floors darker, and I am daydreaming about how it is all gone to look once it all comes together with our stuff here.  I am also secretly planning out the renovation of my new office down here in the basement (shhhh…don’t tell my husband). Haha! Just kidding! He knows that I am scheming, but I know that it has to wait a while.  I can still dream, though, right?


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  1. […] As I have mentioned before, I really wanted darker floors than what was in the house originally.  I just felt like the color that they were to begin with was a little outdated and not as warm as I would have liked.  While the whole process what a disaster with all of the dust and mess it caused all over the house, the end product is well worth it. I am so in love with the floors. They turned out just like I wanted.  You can read more about the floor renovations here. […]

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