Friday, March 19, 2010
I'm sure my husband dreads that word by now. Reason why? Because every time I start a project it ends up taking longer and costing more than originally planned.
Project - Repaint the girls room during Spring Break. That's easy enough - right?! Wrong. I then decided that we might as well take out the carpet (since I hate carpet). The floors look awful so the project just got bigger.
Step 1 - Buy paint and supplies - $75
Step 2 - Let's pull out the carpet. After all, I hate carpet because it's so hard to keep clean.
Step 3 - Look at floor - it looks terrible. And a good cleaning isn't going to do it.
Step 4 - Try sanding it with my little corner sander (to save money on the drum sander) - Wrong move.
Step 5 - Call hubby and request that he pick up a drum sander on the way home
Drum Sander rental - $43.
Sand Paper for sander - $16 (bought 2 different grades)
Step 6 - Sand the floors - uh oh, not enough sandpaper
Step 7 - Go back to Home Depot for more sandpaper
Sandpaper for sander - $16 (two more)
Polyurthane for floor - $20
Step 8 - I only have about 3 hours until I'll be charged for another day, so I'm trying to finish what can be
done with that sander.
Step 9 - Return drum sander. Just made it to store with about 5 minutes to spare!
Step 10 - Look at orbital sander and decide this is what we need (very glad now)
Orbital Sander $39.97
Sandpaper for sander - $8.00
Step 11 - Sand some more. So glad that I purchased the sander - it's making my job alot easier.
Step 12 - Run out of sandpaper (should have bought more, but wasn't sure how the sander would work)
so it's back to Home Depot.
Step 13 - Finish the sanding. It looks great. Have spent at least 12 hours sanding.
Step 14 - Now for the cleanup. Wipe all the walls, baseboards and floors clean of dust.
Step 15 - Put first coat of polyurthane. Let dry for 10-12 hours
Step 16 - Lightly sand the floor.
Step 17 - Put second coat of polyurthane on floor. Let dry 10-12 hours more.
Step 18 - Put final coat of polyurthane on floor. Let dry and keep off for 14 days.
Step 19 - Clean walls again and patch cracks.
Step 20 - Paint walls. (probably 2 coats)
Step 21 - Paint window seals and baseboards.
Step 22 - Move furniture back into the girls room
Step 23 - Find a new rug for room - will probably cost about $50 for the one I want.
There you go! We are about to start step 15. The boys decided they want their carpet out. I tell them I'll do it in about 10 years! It's still cheaper to do it ourselves. To have it done for us would cost well over $1000. That's motivation enough to do it ourselves.
Pictures will be forthcoming once I finish.