Lily the Beagle would like you to know there’s never a dull moment in this 191-year-old house. As I write this, the talented Michael Kerner is refinishing our entrance hall floor. Would you like to see some of the work in progress?
Before the first step — sanding — could commence, Michael and I removed tables, chairs, paintings, and a large antique carpet from the entrance hall. We stashed all these items in the parlor, located on the other side of the hall’s pocket doors. Michael climbed a step ladder in order to cover the green and gold window hangings with thick plastic.
The parlor in question. Presently it looks like a cluttered antiques warehouse.
Here’s the hall after the first sanding. I say “first,” because the floor has required many “going-overs” with different grades of sandpaper.
And here is the same floor after every layer of polyurethane, stain, and dirt had been sanded and vacuumed away. You’re looking at 19th-century nakedness. Of course, the floor won’t remain undressed for long. Next week, stain and varnish will be applied. I’ll post the final results in “Part 2” of this post.
Happily, Lily the Beagle has become great friends with Michael. She looks forward to his 9AM arrivals.
Here’s the hall as seen from the kitchen door.
The hall is “L” shaped, to accommodate the staircase. The different types of wood will not be noticeable once the floor is stained. Click here for proof.
And here’s Michael’s equipment, stashed for the evening under the window bay. He’s a tidy contractor.
I’ll admit that floor-sanding comes with lots of dust and noise. But the end product is worth these inconveniences. Personally, I like to see progress on this old, old house!
Any restoration or improvement projects happening in your own place? Talk about ’em in the comments field below!