March 31st, 2008
I called in the experts – the Hardwood Experts.
It was insane to think I could do the floors myself after checking out the equipment and reading up on the process. My hands were so bruised from scrapping the kitchen floor that it seemed impossible to sand down the 1000 sq. ft of white oak flooring in the house. I have never made a better decision. Three guys came out and sanded and sealed the floors for $1.70 a sq ft. Plus, they patched in a damaged board and filled the dings in for free. They were courteous, helpful, on time, and very professional. They also did the whole thing in 2 days!
(look how dark the floors were stained!)
(This is right after they started sanding and throwing down some patches)
(They had to sand the white paint off the floors in each bedroom. The poor plaster wall, it came off the cement bricks about 4 inches – so we had to tear it down, and we will rebuild.)
(bags of sawdust from the sanding)
It turned out beautiful – and if anything goes wrong with the urethane in the next year they will come out and fix it for free.
March 31st, 2008
We’ve demolished a lot of stuff. Sticky, Nasty, Gross stuff.
(water damage under the fridge) (bees and sunflower contact paper, as well as some surprising patterns underneath)
The floors in the kitchen and both bathrooms have been removed, as well as the layers and layers and layers of contact paper in the cabinets. There were about 4 layers of vinyl tiles and laminate that took 3 days to rip up and still we could not get the original layer of 1950′s speckled linoleum up.
(the original linoleum – it had begun to disintegrate and turn to crumbly powder)
There is a lot of debris from everything we destroyed as well as 2 contractor bags full of sawdust from refinishing the floors.
(construction debris – we do not keep a clean job site -shame, shame, shame)
(the Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets, rusted and dented)
The cabinets are in decent shape, they are a little rusty and dented – some paint and Bondo will fix that!
March 25th, 2008
Its over! Lets tear some sh*t apart.
Escrow closed last week and I now have keys. My agent asked me how it feels to be so very much in debt as well as informing me that this was the lowest priced house he’s ever closed on…shazaaammm. I’m a little sorry I was such a maniac, sorry real estate guy. Good thing I fired my first agent after 3 months of house hunting, and you only took me out for 1 day! Commission earned.
For the past few days we’ve been destroying everything in sight. Mostly I’ve focused on the kitchen floor, but what a pain in the ass that turned out to be. One layer of stuck-on vinyl, three layers linoleum (the original is still there and looks like it used to be awesome – white with red, turquoise, yellow and black speckles) and one termite spot. Three days and three people scrapping and theres still a lot of crap stuck to the floor.
The hardwood refinishing company is coming Tuesday. I can’t imagine refinishing the hardwood myself after the hell that is the kitchen – my hands are still bruised from the scrapping. The price is right and I hope they will do a better job than I ever could.
The Brick House is in destruction and construction mode, the family and friends are helping out in a major way (praise jebus) and I will post more in depth about each project shortly.
Thundercats are go!