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Old 05-01-2009, 10:51 PM   #106
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SH#T. would you believe it? when we went to the city dump to unload a bunch crap piling up in the back yard - which included the old cupboards that are not needed anymore - we accidently threw out the ONE draw we needed to keep! ack! notice in the previous pictures that there is a bunch of draws with one missing.

damn..

a minor set back is all.. a minor set back..

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Old 05-03-2009, 09:17 AM   #107
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prepping to stain the floor.. went into a discrete area (under the stove) to apply different options.

good thing we did this.. DEFINITELY changed the way we felt about stain choices. we flip-flopped and went from Dark Walnut to natural! ha.. dark walnut is just too dark on this floor. though golden oak is nice...

the winner: Golden Oak (originally chose natural). reason for change at the last minute was because we wanted to blend the white maple with red cherry just a bit more...


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Old 05-03-2009, 09:31 AM   #108
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I know what you mean about the dump... I've lost a couple of tools... once realizing mid "heave" what I was doing, but not able to stop momentum... good choice on the stains... I like the natural pattern you've got going!
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the poly is still drying, and the picture was taken at night in poor lighting.. we are very excited, loving the floors!




applicator Pad (left) for poly, and if you are staining, wipe excess with the cloth (right)
* Stain is applied against the grain, excess is wiped off with the grain.
* Poly is applied in thin coats with the grain, and 220 grit pole sand in between if required.




effects of poly




pole sand with 220 grit after first coat



poly applied & drying..




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THATS FRACKIN BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I am so jealous! I am glad you went with a light stain so it would really show the contrast of the wood.
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thx man. we feel very fortunate to have found such a gem in the rough (real rough!).

.. so what's next? probably can seriously start thinking about the concrete countetop.

after much research .. the first steps:

1) find out if i can rent a small cement vibrator called a "stinger" ?
2) gather all other tools & materials
3) make a template of the countertop
4) make a pour table
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your welcome oh and i am a chick! you have deffinately found a gem in the rough wish I was so lucky with my old house that I am renovating did find some pretty hardwood myself but havent taken on the challenge of refinishing yet. that will be my next project after the bathroom.

I have seen on tv concrete countertops being done but I wouldnt even know where to start on that one. Good luck and keep the pics and updates going.

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sorry, my bad!

the floor refinish trick... start with belt sander and go through all the grits up to 80 (or 100). use the edger up to 100. THEN... use a hand held belt sander with 80 and 100 and 120 grit to take out the swirl marks that the edger will leave behind (unless you are a natural and can somehow figure out how to use that tool properly). it is a time consuming process.. you must think to yourself "this is worth my time... this is worth my time ... i need a BEvERage".


the best place to start learning about how to make concrete countertops is the local library. find the book "concrete countertops made simple" by Fu-Tung Cheng. it comes with a DVD too.

buy all the products from Fu-Tung (see my previous posts) for your first countertop to make things easier.

follow the steps (or avoid the blunders!) listed in my thread here

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before we leave the subject of floors.. this picture is really interesting.

at the transition from kitchen to pantry (pantry is just a concept at this point, it is still unfinished project) there is an oak strip. the pantry floor is rough pine, unfinished.

so you have a picture with 4 different types of wood:
1 - Rough unfinished pine
2 - Oak with stain "golden oak" and polyurethane
3 - Maple with stain "golden oak" and polyurethane
4 - Cherry with stain "golden oak" and polyurethane



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Neat! I am pretty sure my floor is oak but I am not super sure the house I am living in was built by my husbands grandfather and he was on a cash and do budget when he had cash he did some work. My floors are completely unfinished.... they have been covered up with UGLY PINK CARPET for at least years until I convinced my husband to take the nasty carpet up. here is what I found they are in very short planks and there are so many variations in color of the wood. I am excited to see it when it is all done but I know its going to be a task getting there. here is what it looks like
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Hey Knucklez, that floor is not too shabby....not too shabby at all!! And definitely different!! Good job!!
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wow i really like the floor. I started looking at your post quite a while ago looking for hints/tips on the concrete countertop! can we get going with it already???

We are gonna be doing concrete countertops also and want you to do all the trial and error work for me!

keep up the good work!
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after much research .. the first steps:

1) find out if i can rent a small cement vibrator called a "stinger" ?
I think a sawz-all without a blade would provide quite a bit of vibration, or a sander without paper
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wow i really like the floor. I started looking at your post quite a while ago looking for hints/tips on the concrete countertop! can we get going with it already???

We are gonna be doing concrete countertops also and want you to do all the trial and error work for me!

keep up the good work!


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