How to refinish wood floors. If you do it yourself you need to know this is no easy task. It takes time, patience, and special equipment to do it right.
Oh, I am so glad you are here! If you came back to see the finishing touches on our beautiful wood floor in my studio, I am glad you are back. If this is your first visit to My Hall Closet, I am so glad you decided to take a peek. I sincerely hope you find some inspiration here.
Let’s get started.
First step: Move Kitty No!
Seriously, we removed ALL of the furniture, plastic, and texturing debris. We swept, vacuumed, and mopped the floor. I wanted to make sure we had a good clear surface to keep from tearing the sand paper on the sander.
We rented the Square Buff Floor Sander, sand paper, and red pad from Home Depot. (*not an affiliate link). I loved the fact that this sander had the vacuum bag attached to it. Makes the dust problem so much easier to clean up. Note the fan in the window, blowing the dust to the outside. The front of the fan was facing the outside. We covered the closet door with heavy plastic. Trust me, you will want to do that.
My man was actually very excited to help out with this task. We made many passes over the floor. First, to remove the old finish, then to smooth the surface.
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Sweep again, vacuum again and mop with a damp mop. Not too much water so that the wood grain doesn’t swell. Kitty No thinks that this whole room belongs to her. I love the large rooms in my house but that also means that the tasks are bigger and more expensive. The floor is now ready for the polyurethane finish.
But maybe we need to take a little cat nap in the sunshine before we get started.
Move the cat, again. This time she is banished from the room. I don’t have photos of this step but I used a lamb’s wool pad applicator with a pole to apply the polyurethane finish. We selected glossy and applied 3 coats!
Oh, happy dance!!! High-fives!!! We were so excited at how it turned out. Just a note: I had already refinished the wood floors in our living room 8 years earlier and the floor in the guest room 5 years earlier. So, this was not my first attempt at refinishing wood floors, but we were still excited at the results.
I waited 3 days before I moved stuff in. I wanted the floor cured, not just dry.
My new studio! I couldn’t wait to start painting and creating in my new space. What a great way to start the new “Empty Nest” season of our life. That was 2013
This is my studio in the Summer of 2017. Stuff has accumulated. It’s a bit of a disorganized mess. I scoot stacks of “stuff” out of the way to clear a space to paint. It is time to de-clutter this space. I am inviting you to come back and see how I have re-organized my studio.
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So He was saying, “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and THE BIRDS OF THE AIR NESTED IN ITS BRANCHES.” Luke 13:18-19
’til next time!