Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bergen County NJ
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Nursery Before and After
So this was our latest project - the tiny 3rd bedroom. The main issue was the floor - it was in bad shape. The previous owner had tried to fix it with a bad sanding and staining job, but it was obvious that is wasn't suitable as a livable bedroom with rough, scratchy wood that was also splintering. Our choices were: having it professionally refinished ($$$), renting a big push sander and doing it ourselves ($$), or buying a hand-sander and doing it ourselves ($). Hubby was very confident he could do it himself, although he never refinished a hardwood floor. So we went with option #3. I was skeptical, as the hand sander wasn't very strong and he had to make several passes, but was pleasantly surprised with the results, which matches nicely with our other bedrooms. BTW, we found out that because of a chemical reaction, the vapors from the staining, when combined with an oven, produces a really strong propane-type smell.
Sorry, these pics are not the best. The first two are from the day we toured the house with the realtor, the 3rd is after the floor was done but before the painting, then after the paint. I originally wanted a chair rail but decided against it considering how uneven the 100+yr old plaster walls were.