Friday, January 11, 2013

Saving floorboards - part 2

What will we do with these floorboards?
 Hmmm something a bit different, taking a chance, don't even know if it will work. The advantage of owning your own home is you can please yourself, especially as we don't need to worry about re-sale value.
One hundred+ years of dust needs to be scraped out of the joins and vacuumed up.

A pic for Kylie. Mr CH does wear some safety gear, just not on his feet. After years and years of wearing steel-capped boots in previous jobs,  he "doesn't want to!"

The floors in the process of being filled and sanded, filled a bit more and sanded, until good enough. No photos of dust masked renovators though, that's just embarrassing.
A few extra nails in some boards, combined with a bit of car bog has stopped most of the creaking.

Products used include this lot -
  • the wood hardener - didn't make enough of a difference. We thought pumping a bit of this into the borer holes would soak in and harden the wood enough to sand.
  • interior wood putties - for the nail holes and carpet staple marks. No preference, we just needed one each and this was what we had (I like the polyfiller)  Not colour matching this.
  • lightweight car bog - (Super Cheap Auto brand) for the bigger cracks and between the old and replacement boards. Very hard to remove once in.
  • the acrylic gap filler - for the deep cracks, is paintable, flexible and will move with the wood.
  • Mr CH's new fav - Super Grip 30 minute polyurethane glue which foams to spread. This was for gluing the new boards in place for nailing. Also for gluing the packing strips (on the bearers) underneath the new boards to bring our 19mm metric boards to the same level as the old imperial 7/8 inch boards. The replacement boards were dressed pine boards from Bunnings, striped down to size on the table saw.



 The water damaged gaps in the doorway have been filled with the same gap filler we used  on the Reno Cottage kitchen floor.

 The filler was piped in and pressed downwards with a finger to expel air bubbles and retain some semblance of a groove. Normally we would then wipe excess with a damp cloth. This time it was just sanded with the rest of the floor.

Lovely fine layer of sanding dust! 
Now throughout the house despite attempts with plastic sheeting, door worms etc.

Floorboards all sanded and ready.

The overhang of tung oil varnish from the doorways of the other rooms, was sanded to rough up the surface.

 Who is so relieved that part is done?

Still looking pretty shabby.

Hmmm, a layer of dust on piles of Lego. Best to shut the door and think of good things!

 A bit of creative distressing .

One pain is the fireplace hearth. It sits on a piece of carpet, which wasn't going to matter if we re-carpeted. To remove the carpet requires the dismantling of the flue by drilling out the rivets, removing flashing from the outside roof etc. which we want to avoid until we need a new fireplace. A case of, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".  We have decided to leave as is for the time being and perhaps fix a stained strip of beading with double-sided tape as a visual solution.

    The first cut (-ting in) is the deepest!


  1. OMG ! Is that a paint brush I spy? You are freaking me out! Very curious to see post 3 in this series. mel x

  2. oooooh are you painting the boards white? looks great guys so much hard work - makes me feel lucky our floor boards where in such good nick! i guess we were bound to have a win somewhere along the line :-) can't wait to see next instalment xxx

  3. Hi Simmone! LOL - I have shut the door and gone to a happy place many times whilst looking in the boys playroom with Lego as far as the eye can see. I love the colour on your walls! Good luck with the rest of the floors : )

  4. White boards against that eau de nil are going to look lovely Simmone. The floorboards in the original part of our house really need some attention, at the moment we aren't looking too closely at them, we are pretending to embrace the rustic because fixing then will be it such a crappy (and MESSY!) job. You know what? I am sick of cleaning up one lot of mega dust only to turn around after another job and have to clean up again. Whinge. Please tell Mr CH I like his style. I barely wear shoes too - except when I'm working with sharp and dangerous objects. Ha-ha! Have agreat weekend Simmone x

  5. You're painting the floor? I can't wait to see how it looks. When we sanded our floors we had just painted our walls...yep..the wrong order I know! The easiest way to get the fine dust off the newly painted walls was to go over them with a microfibre mop before a quick dust with a damp took next to no time.


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