See this spot in the dining room?Now look again. And now it's gone! I love a good sander. It's smooth enough you can sock slide. I did and didn't even kill myself. Most importantly, I didn't knock any holes in the new walls.After a good sanding and multiple vacuum jobs the floors are ready for staining. I used Minwax Wood Finish Special Walnut 224. That's what we used in the other rooms before we found out the flooring was red oak. It still looks good.When I stain a floor I do it on my hands and knees with a rag. I make sure I get stain in all the little imperfections that didn't sand out. I'll show you the saw cut marks in the living room later. Once I stain it I leave it alone for about an hour and let it do it's thing.
While I was waiting, DH put the swinging hardware on my door and we hung it in the opening.Hi Honey! No there isn't any glass in the door right now. It's coming.
After we got done monkeying around and tracking dust everywhere, I got an old cloth diaper and went over the whole floor catching dust and any stain that might not have soaked in.
Now it's time to put up barriers. This goes to the kitchen and now has a door as well as a flowered sheet hanging there.This is to keep the cats from going in the living room from the hall.From this point on, nobody, but nobody gets to walk on this floor but me. If I catch you on the floor I yell and scream and you'll go hide.
I put my hair under a shower cap, make sure I don't wear anything fuzzy and that my bare feet are clean. The first coat of poly was done completely with a brush. If I see a fuzzy of some kind I pick it up and stick it in my pocket. It took 2-3 hours to do both rooms last night. I had trouble seeing once the storms rolled in.
This morning it was nice and dry. Not tacky at all. I lightly sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper and vacuumed again. I put the second coat on using a low nap roller and brushed it out. If you do this make sure not to roll more than you can brush before the bubbles dry and be sure to overlap your edges.
Here's the dining room after the second coat.Here's looking from the dining room into the living room. Can you see the difference? The living room has one coat and it's satin. That's what the whole thing will look like eventually.This is a stinky job, but it's going to be worth it. I love my floors with all of the little imperfections and blemishes.