The Old and Improved Floor

Thursday and Friday were busy days for the floor in what will be the new boys’ bedroom.  The gaps in the floor were cleaned and filled, the whole floor was sanded down, and by Friday afternoon, the floor looked like this:

This was with the first clear coat down on the floor.  It was a gloriously inspiring sight.

On Saturday, the floor got a fine sanding and another clear coat.  This is what it looked like by Sunday night:

We can now walk on it with clean feet – it’s had over 24 hours to dry and cure.  We have to wait at least 3 days before putting any heavy furniture on it, and we can’t put down any area rugs for a minimum of two weeks, but apparently it’s better if we wait a month, so no moisture gets trapped and wrecks the finish.

The plan is to get the room painting in the new blue colors that we’ve bought, and then put some molding in around the floor.  But this is a HUGE step forward in the Great Room Swap.

To show you the contrast of the awesomeness of the restored floor, here’s what the floor of the closet looked like before:

And here’s what it looks like now:

The floor is not perfect – not even a fill job and sanding can erase whatever wear and tear was inflicted on it before there was carpet – but it has character, and it’s part of the original bones of the house.

I hope it has a long and useful existence from here on out, and I’m so glad that we get to use it now.

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