Monday, October 31, 2016

Cleaning Cracks

In two weeks the old pine floors in this farmhouse will be sealed with four coats of oil-based Bona Semi-Gloss Polyurethane, so now we are cleaning the cracks between the floor boards with puddy knives and strong vacuum cleaners.

Leif is using the Shop Vac and Christian is using a vintage Electrolux with often replaced vacuum bags. It takes most of a day for one person to clean a large room, but the results are worth it!

Bill and Christian reinforced some of the floors first with 3/4" plywood from below and filled floor holes cut for a new AC system we won't be using.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Refinishing Floors

In the past, Bill laid new oak floors in our house and we both applied three coats of tinted oil based polyurethane to them, which has warmed in color over the past 30 years. We also installed wide, recently harvested and cured boards our neighbor grew and milled in a newer outbuilding. These were bleached with lye, stained with white oil, and polished.

In this 1717 Cape house, we restored and re-painted the oldest floor boards that survived with the house. They are beautiful with and without furniture I think.

One room has original spatter paint I refurbished, which is now protected with an area rug some.

As we begin to refinish Christian's farmhouse floors, some of our past efforts will have a big influence. The new floors to be laid may be oak or hickory and the old pine floors will be sanded with four coats of oil based polyurethane applied to them all. The step-down master bedroom floor will be painted white.

Below is Christian's library which was sanded previously and looks very nice to us this lighter color. Soon it will be slightly darker, warmer in color, and well protected.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stripping in the Dressing Room

The dressing room off the master bedroom here, has four closets with six doors that are now stripped along with two windows and a built-in window seat. Hooray. This room will have "Benjamin Moore White" walls, trim, shelves, window seat and doors; with polished chrome knobs. The side wall right of the tall window, will be a built-in mirror. The floor will be bleached before sealing.

The two larger closets here are lined with cedar. Nice. Below is the view into the master bath.

The previous owner who created all of these closets for such an old farmhouse is my hero. Less furniture is needed now because of it, and living will feel large.

Stripping Doors...

I am now finished stripping twenty-seven doors of all sorts upstairs at Christian's old farmhouse, and most of the trim. This means we can consider having the old floors sanded and refinished before Christian and Leif move into the bedrooms here. The doors will be stored in the master bedroom (this floor will be painted white) while the work is done.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Pottery Progress

Bill has made a series of Ikebana vessels of all sizes and sold one this week at an exhibition in PA. It is lucky for us to have this pair still in our fern garden at home. These were slowly built with hand rolled coils of clay.

Now he is making a pair of ceramic garden seats which are much like the ones he sold in the Kansas City Art Museum. His large sculpture there nearly sold as well, but was only there for a week on display. We feel lucky to have another pair of these lovely garden seats soon and his tall sculpture still here. Below is the process.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Painting Progress

The second bedroom of Christian's old farmhouse is now painted "Buttermilk" walls and "Iced Cubed Silver" trim. The stripped; original old beaded plank doors are soon to be hung on the cedar closets...

as well as the double wooden closet doors also painted silver, here. The closet space in this room is terrific and an AC duct etc. has been  removed from the large closet - whew. Below is the guest room painted "Buttercream" walls with "Dove White" trim; two different times of day. There is a nice old closet door behind the entry one to this room.