Floor teaser

Posted by Nate in Home Improvements.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 at 1:52 pm

Long night of staining last night – thanks to Sierra’s help we managed to get down the whole second layer, the red lines.  The tape was incredibly fiddly to get right, and the gap ended up varying from around 1/8" to 3/8", but the overall effect is fantastic.  It make the sections seem distinct and intentional, and I think to the unknowing eye it will look like grout lines!

12-5-2006-8-53-33-am_0002.JPGThis morning I did some quick touchup trying to even out the color intensity a bit and add some accents, and finally took up the tape.  I was running late, but couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures of the progress, so here you go…

12-5-2006-8-53-19-am_0001.JPGWhat’s left?  Taping a border for the intersection squares, and staining them black.  Hoping to get that done early tonight.  Once that’s dry (3-4 hours) I hope to slap down a quick coat of the glossy sealer, so I can do the second coat tomorrow morning.  The sealer says it needs 72 hours before furniture can go back on it, and by my math that puts us at Saturday morning — just in time to set up for Sierra’s birthday party that evening!  Down to the wire…

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5 Responses to “Floor teaser”

  1. Rick Says:

    YOWZA! The floor looks incredible. What an advertisement for persistence and elbow grease! I am super excited to see it up close and personal (although not in quite so personal a way as has been described in other postings …). Great job, Nate (and Karen and Sierra). I’m impressed.

  2. mps Says:

    The floor is gorgeous!! So nice that it’s coming out so well, all that trouble with the stupid paint and grinders, etc., it was so worth it! And your timing is incredible. What a great way to initiate the floor – a party!

  3. MJ Says:

    Wow, what a difference. Now that you’ve got it figured out and have all this experience, I’m sure there are several of us willing to offer our basement floors to help you refine your technique.

  4. troy Says:

    Hot damn! That looks fantastic.

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