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New Kitchen, Part 16: New Floor

This is a photo intensive post, but a lot went into getting us our new floor…

We used to have carpet in our family room. We decided to have it replaced with a hard wood floor. Here Oscar is cutting out pieces of our old floor to feather in the new floor.
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It was amazing what a great job Oscar did feathering in the wood.
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Oscar also needed to feather in where the idiot that built the house didn’t put hard wood so that the entire kitchen and family room have hard wood.
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Since we were taking out the island, Oscar had to repair the board that had a hole in it for the electricity supply…
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Here Oscar is sanding the new floor and removing the old finish.
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Here is where the old and new floor meet… He did a GREAT job!!
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WOW!
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Here’s the Powder Room floor…
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This is Steve (he’s a sub-contractor) he’s applying warm water to the entryway floor to raise the grain so that the wood will accept the stain (yep, we’re staining it)..
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Here is the kitchen and family room just as they’re applying the warm water…
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After the floor has dried (about 1-2 hours), time to apply the stain. Red Mahagony
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See how the grain stands out? This is from the warm water…
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Steve and David “dipped” the new heat registers so they’d match and the insides are done, too…
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… The stain they use dries in a couple of hours and then it is time for the AWFUL smelling first coat…
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All done… we had to go to a hotel because the smell was soooo AWFUL!
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I was wearing a respirator the smell was sooooo bad!
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There you go, Brad/Brent/Kevin… I posted a picture of me… ;)

Here is the floor the next morning… YES the backdoor and windows were open… I was trying to air the house out…
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It was SOOOOOOOOO cold in the house!!! I had all the windows and doors open! I could see my breath! It was worth it! It smelled so badly.
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BURRRRRR!!!

There is one more coat to go on the floor when everything is done… I sure hope it’s warmer…

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