wrecking bars & loads of dust

We're at it again...digging into our pile of house projects crying for attention. I think last year at this time we were just starting to plan our total kitchen rebuild. & I think we were sprucing up our office spaces just a wee bit. Not all the way because the floors were pretty awful and would need fixing at some point. Our house was built in 1918 and is a really cool Craftsman style. Somehow over the years barely anything was removed and 'modernized' which makes for a place with lots of character.

Right before moving in (Oct. '05) we refinished the floors in half the house. Some people warned us not to do it ourselves but we're gutsy and stubborn & trust our own judgement so we went ahead with it. The floors came out fantastic & we were thrilled. But, there was no time or energy to do the rest of the house...till a few days ago!! We used the last few days of vacation to jump in and take care of the remaining original hardwood floors. So far we've stripped two tile floors, an old linoleum floor, and the backings from the linoleum floor and some tar paper that was hidden under the hall tile - probably from some really old linoleum that used to be there. Then we rented power sanders and began to refinish the floors. We're at the stage where we're just about ready to apply our finish. Just a little hand sanding needed to clean things up in trouble areas. The finish we're using is really cool and worth mentioning. It's called Osmo Polyx Oil and is also called a 'hardwax oil'. It's a product from Germany, is fairly natural & environmentally friendly and good for those concerned with indoor air quality and limiting harmful VOC's in their homes. The main ingredients are sunflower, soybean, and thistle oil, plus two types of carnauba wax. There's more info on it here and here.

I have a bunch of process pics at my flickr and will also post the 'after' photos there soon too!

Then finally (hopefully) by this weekend we'll be able to move all our stuff back in (which is currently ALL in the living and dining rooms - including our bed!) and can get back to more normal life. My shop is sadly neglected and I'm starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms from not having been able to paint or sew very much for FAR too long! I'll let ya know right here on the blog when I have new cuties available. I have a couple of adorable lap dogs and a really gorgeous owling in the works :o)

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, devon