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Old 08-28-2006, 01:55 PM   #1
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hey all-
i'd been browsing this site for a while and finally joined today. my fiance and i just bought our FIRST HOME here in connecticut last monday and so this forum will be invaluable for advice regarding our huge to-do list. we're trying to get it to the point where we can at least MOVE in (even if it's just an air mattress and some clothes and food to start).

we've ripped up the carpets, exposing hardwoods that are in rough shape. we're sanding all of the trim so that we can paint the wood trim white, push a fresh coat of white on teh cieling, and start priming and painting the walls which are right now all white which lots of gross unidentified stains and writing all over. once we are done painting, we'll get professionals in to refinsih the hardwoods. then we'll be able to "move in" and work on alllllllll the other projects!

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I would suggest that you refinish the floors before you paint.

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people seem to be on one side of the fence or the other. the people who suggest painting first, has the argument that you wont have to worry about drips on the floor (no need for drop cloths), and if the refinishing company is good, there shouldnt be that much dust. dust can always be wiped away. there would be a week between painting and refinishing. i also understand those who say to do the floors first, so that you wont have any dust getting stuck into fresh paint. like i said, everyone we talk has an opinion.

what is your resoning for doing the floors first? the more opinions we get, the better.
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Hello Jan
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Congrats on the home in my former home state



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people seem to be on one side of the fence or the other. the people who suggest painting first, has the argument that you wont have to worry about drips on the floor (no need for drop cloths), and if the refinishing company is good, there shouldnt be that much dust. dust can always be wiped away. there would be a week between painting and refinishing. i also understand those who say to do the floors first, so that you wont have any dust getting stuck into fresh paint. like i said, everyone we talk has an opinion.

what is your resoning for doing the floors first? the more opinions we get, the better.
There are not many profesionals on the fence Jan
The painting is done last
The only people who want to paint before floors are some flooring guys, afraid the painters might ruin there work and they'd have to come back (on their dime)
Or possibly DIYers hoping to "save" a step (drop cloths), or attempting to create a logical arrangement of events (acting as a general contractor) without the experience of what really happens out in the field

The truth is, the flooring work always ruins at least some of the paint (if it's up) and drop cloths are not any interference or hassle or an extra step for painting, and a blob of latex paint spilled on a new floor can be wiped up with a rag if caught early, a wet rag if caught late, and scrapes up easily with a fingernail if not caught for a week
It's just not a big deal
Gouges in the floor molding/wall however, that can take delicate touch-ups, if not repaints or even repair and repaints

Never mind the crucial fact that dust from flooring work embedded in still curing paint can not be wiped away
It's permanent
And it can take over a week for paint to cure

I'd strongly recommend the floors get done first, then the painting
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hey thanks slickshift for the explaination. we have no idea what we're doing (but we're learning new things every day!) so i really appreciate the reasoning for doing the floors first.

are there any specific questions that i should ask when making calls to flooring professionals? i've got the name of four companies from friends/family that have been pleased with work done, so i'm going to call for quotes. i've heard (correct me if i'm wrong) that refinishing is $1-$2/sq ft so i'm assuming the cost of the three rooms (~500sq ft) will cost around $1,000.
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... i've got the name of four companies from friends/family that have been pleased with work done, so i'm going to call for quotes...
That's the best way and a great start

As for prices, even in your small state it will vary depending whee you are
It's mostly labor so the cost of living in your region will determine the price
The southwest is considered NYC suburb and pricey and the northeast is farm country and more affordable
Inland/shore, it'll run a bit different

You'll know about where it should be after 4 bids
If there's any that are a lot cheaper than the rest or way more expensive than the rest, you can sort of put those aside

For specific flooring questions to ask, I'd post up a question here:
http://www.diychatroom.com/f5/
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thanks. yeah i'm in central CT in middletown, so it's affordable (for CT standards..!!!)

i'll go ahead and post further questions in that section once i've made some calls.
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...yeah i'm in central CT in middletown, so it's affordable (for CT standards..!!!)
Lol...I know what you mean

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oh man i'm at eli's every weekend!!!!!!!!

if you dont mind my asking, but where in CT did you previously live?
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no way. haha from my neck of the woods! i've been living in saybrook for 5 years with my parents.
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