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  1. Flooring
    im curious if it's recommended that we be out of the house during the entire process? certainly when the stain is applied but also when sanding? i'm mostly concerned about my 6-month old and the dust that will be created. the contractor said we'd only need to be out of the house when they're...
  2. Interior Decorating
    Not sure if this is where to put this but here goes: Approximately 18 years ago repainted a white bedroom dresser from the 1970s and a wood/formica end table from the 1960s. The dresser top and drawer fronts also had that shiny Formica finish with gold trim. I primed them first, then painted...
  3. Carpentry
    I have a wood countertop that I'm refinishing. It currently has a dark brown stain and a heavy finish. I'm going to remove that and want to achieve a more natural feel. So what is best to finish a butcher block countertop? I don't like a heavy shine. I see oil and wax options out there, which...
  4. Painting
    Hello. I am a new homeowner and am seeking some advice for prolonging the life of the cedar shake on the side of my house. I have heard conflicting opinions on oil based stain and am hoping someone on here can help guide me. Most of our house is shielded and has maintained it's beautiful...
  5. Painting
    Our home is about 6 years old and the wood siding, trim, and support beams are needing some attention (see attached pictures). My question is do I need to strip off the current stain to apply the same color or can I go right over the top? Hoping to get a little more than six years out of this...
  6. Painting
    I do a fail amount of refinishing and recently was introduced to Cabinet coat. It sounded like a great product with great reviews, no priming, self leveling, non-yellowing and dries hard. I used in three different kitchens and all are having problems with the paint chipping. I cleaned...
  7. Flooring
    The horizontal step surfaces on my staircase are worn. The staircase is old and somewhat large. The vertical and decorative surfaces are in good shape and have a patina (home is 90 years old) on them. If I sand and polyurethane only the horizontal step surfaces it will stick out like a sore...
  8. Flooring
    Hi everyone, new to the forums but I've been a lurker for a while now. I wanted to ask for advice on whether or not fir flooring under plywood and vinyl in the kitchen would be salvageable? Our house was built in the early 1900's and our entire house has fir floors, we have removed the...
  9. Remodeling
    I have a 12 x 10 foot room with a hardwood floor that needs to be refinished. Do you think a good hand sander would be good enough. I'd hare to have to rent a big floor sander for $75 for such a small room. Suggestions?
  10. Remodeling
    I bought my first house, the only carpet in the house was on the stairwell. It was covering oak stair treads and plywood(?) risers. The risers have tons of cosmetic damage to them (50-100 staple/nail holes per riser and Two different colors of paint). What is the best product that I can use to...
  11. Painting
    Hi, I have bought a Pre 1960's brunswick pool table. The owner before me decided that it would look good in maroon (Texas A&M fan). I am trying to restore the table for my game room and need some help. I have stripped the paint and have it down to the veneer. No what?? I want to go with neutral...
  12. Painting
    As some of you know I'm in the process of refinishing a wood panel door. Prior steps were cleaning, repairing with wood filler, and sanding. I've just finished priming it with X-I-M UMA. Next I'll be applying two coats of Duron Signature Select interior acrylic semi-gloss. Questions: 1...
  13. Painting
    I live in NYC in a building built in 1939. I decided to refinish 2 window sills and one radiator cover. I stripped the paint with a chemical stripper and quickly realized there was joint compound underneath the multiple paint layers. Underneath that was rusted metal. Now this has turned into a...
  14. Flooring
    Ok....here it goes. At some point in time the previous home owner decided he had the skills to refinish the hardwood floors himself. It's a disaster. There's enough hair under the poly to make a wig for Elton John. Besides the hair and other foreign objects suspended in time under the poly...
  15. Flooring
    Okay, Still new, could not figure out how to edit my old wood flooring post. So here I am starting a new one! Basically I have a couple of questions for my 1912 small bungalow. We have started working in the front bedroom (ripped up stinky peed on carpet, floor was still original wood and...
  16. Flooring
    Hi all, Just bought a "new" home that contains original oak hardwood floors, circa 1962. Apparently due to the floor's age and seasonal humidity changes in the area (Connecticut), there is some inconsistency to the level of the floor from board to board and even across the lengths of single...
  17. Painting
    My daughter just bought her first condo. The kitchen cabinets were gone over with a light white wash at some point. It feels like there is little if any "finish" coat. The wood is a little bit raw feeling to the touch. She wants to put a clear coat on them. Is it safe to put a water base clear...
  18. Flooring
    Hi all, I have 100 year old pine floors in my bathroom, which have never had any kind of finish whatsoever on them. Any ideas on how I can refinish them so there are no issues with water??? Including filling in the spaces between the tongue and grove, and cracks etc in the wood? There are...
  19. Flooring
    Hey guys, Bought this as a forclosure. I am wondering if any of you can tell by looking if these floors can be refinished or should i just start over with all new hardwood floors?
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