Monday, July 31, 2017

And So Goes the Kitchen Floor

The kitchen floor has been an eyesore for the past three years.  One of the things that was supposed to be done before we moved in that didn't happen.  

Old linoleum was ripped up leaving tar on the floor that was steamed and scraped, but still leaving enough remnants of tar to look dirty and requiring another sanding.

These are 75 year old yellow pine subflooring, which is throughout the house.  We exposed them in the kitchen and master bedroom, but the rest of the house was somewhere along the way covered with oak.  One day I would like to pull them all up and have the pine throughout.

Thanks to my man Jake, the sanding is completed leaving me to tung oil the floors for a natural effect.  

Jake was happy there wasn't much dust!

That's a man for ya!  Everything had a layer of dust on it, and I am still wiping ledges down.

Look how beautiful!  The graining is awesome.  Everything looks clean!  Jake forgot to tell me that I needed a couple of dry, cool days to oil my floor, meaning no walking in the kitchen.  Now how is that possible?  That was one reason I didn't want to poly the floors.  

Looks like we won't be able to oil the floors for another month or so when we start to see signs of fall, even though last night it was 59 degrees!  We should have taken advantage of that, but it took us by surprise.

So down on the floor goes the contractor's paper until that time comes.  My kitchen is back to looking a mess.

For some reason, the dogs seem to like the paper.

The next floor project will be the bathroom.  I was willing to live with the ugly floor tiles, until I found out how dirty they get and how hard they are to clean, so goodbye ugly tiles!

I want a cement tile that is matte, and that is not easy to find.  It would blend nicely with the cream tile wallsm which we are not replacing and the Mercer tiles hanging on the walls, which have a lot of concrete.

This is as close as I have been able to come with a tile from Lowes and not going custom.  

They go nicely with the stainless fixtures, too.  The grout would be dark, so much easier to clean and dirt will not be as noticeable.

I had thought of going with the beige natural stone, but wasn't working for me. I think the gray is the right choice. 

I wanted to post my $32 turk's cap lily.  It bloomed today, and it is gorgeous.  I say it is $32 because I bought a dozen, and between rain, chipmunks, squirrels and dogs, only one survived, sadly.  At least it has three blooms!

In rescue, this is Donnie, who is in an SC shelter.  A chow rescue in Buffalo wants him, and I was supposed to get him today, but with shelter complications, I won't be getting him and Marie until Aug. 11.

This is Marie.  I guess their last name is Osmond?  LOL She will be coming with Donnie, and I will be getting them on a transport to Buffalo.  Looking forward to meeting these two beauties!

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