Posted on July 23, 2012 - Filed Under Environmentalism, Humor, News, Personal
Hi Boz, or do I call you Mrs Dolphin now,
you may like to know that I (finally) finished doing my (ooops our) kitchen floor.
You know, the one you started back in March by ripping up (whilst I was at work) 2 of those rather yuck tiles, that started out grey, but some had turned green and started to crack and break up, I dont think sticky vinyl tiles were meant to be stuck to a wooden floor that expands and contracts with the weather. Below are a few pics of the progress, the first 2 you are familiar with, as you took them.
The sanded floor free of glue and without the hideous yellow quarter rounds (what do I do about the door frames).
The sanding wasnt too hard, a bit scary as the machine seemed quite aggressive (and noisy) and took a bit of controlling.
The hard part was to let it down slowly as I walked, not “drop” it suddenly.
Sanding should be done with the grain, but to get the glue off initially I had to go diagonal. The other hard part was cleaning sticky sawdust off the sander.
The edge sander was harder to use though, not sure I got the hang of that one, in the end I did a bit of patching up using dads square orbital sander . There was a bit of hand sanding too in hard to get to areas.
I also didnt do the draw scraper thing, maybe I should of , but $40 ????
The above pics are from various angles and times of day after one coat of oil.
I went with Livos Ardvos natural oil, rather than polyurethane. After some research and reading various woodworking and renovation forums I liked the idea of oil.
It soaks into the wood and hardens rather than sits on top as a plastic coating. It is also easy to repair (my kind of finish) with a light sanding and reoiling, plus I wasnt moving out of the house for a week until the poly fumes went away, this stuff has a light smell of linseed oil and so far it feels nice under my bare feet.
It is dead easy to apply too, no mixing parts A and B just a good stir, brush it on with one of those lambswool brush/mop things, leave it 20 minutes then wipe of the excess then leave it 24 hours between coats, although I did walk on it in as soon as it felt dry, wearing socks .
After 2 coats, one more to go and a photo or two to go with it.
OK 3 coats of oil down, so I guess it is technically finished
some close up photos of parts of the floor to show the grain patterns.
There a few areas I am not happy with, especially with the nail holes where the wood putty didnt blend in as good as I hoped. I used 3 colours of putty, black, jarrah and a beige. Mixing them together to get different shades. Also after the first oiling dark lines appeared which I think are where the joins in the vinyl tiles were (they are the right distance apart), not sure what I could of done about those. Sanded more?
Anyway I am happy it looks a lot better than the vinyl tiles, now I dont want to put the furniture back in the room on my new floor lol.
what do you think?, worth the effort?