Oct 3, 2013

Fireplace Fixup Stage 2.5 - DIY Dojo

Prior to this fireplace fixup, I'd never worked with brick and mortar, malicious cat whiz or an oak floor refinish.  Figuring things out yourself on home projects is an effective teacher, a DIY dojo.

Pigtails was out of the house last night for two hours, so I spooled up the orbital hand sander and chewed the wood floors beneath the bookshelves.  The oak was beat up where I removed the cabinets.  Scratches and residual cat piss needed tended to.

YouTube is a great place to find how-to video on home projects.  I watched a few clips to learn the rhythm of sanding and refinishing a floor.  Needed to remove cloudy old polyurethane, plus sand a few millimeters of oak to smooth scratches and cat skat.  24-grit sandpaper got after the topcoat.







I sanded the area for 5 minutes, vacuumed the mess and repeated four or five times until the surface was stripped.  The dust is extra fine and nasty stuff, gets into everything.  Walls were coated white when done, spent 30 min. last night wiping.

Wasn't perfect, a bit of permanently damaged dark wood up on the right corner.  But we'll make it 87% better than how it started.  Here it is sanded, before applying the finish:



Attempting to match color with the rest of the floor, I used an oil based clear poly:



The only good thing about not being married is you can use kitchen towels on dirty projects without getting busted.  Wax on, wax off with a kitchen cloth.  Note:  Don't ever again use said towel to dab face at dinner.



Brutal dust, had a bloody nose despite the ninja mask.  Daniel son was getting whipped in the dojo.



Refinished the floors flanking both sides of the fireplace.  It turned out nice, was glad to see the color lines up with the rest of the floor.  Also painted the side vents black to match the fireplace.



Starting to populate the bookcases with everything but books.  Set 'em up asymmetrical so the left side has three sections, right side is open.  Likely will plant a row of my Precious Moments collection succulents on the top.  A few of our favorite games are snugged in the middle:  Othello, Yahtzee, decks of cards and a 100-piece kitten puzzle.  A $10 IKEA LED lamp is tucked in the bottom nook to liven the photos.

Painting on the right is by an Iowa artist living in the Amana Colonies.  Gordon does good work, his pieces have a Grant Wood feel to them but with T.J. Maxx prices.



Started like this.  Too much going on there.



I'll get the wall trim up this weekend and TV bolted when it ships next week.

Can't wait for the fall chill, offset by a hot hickory fire and football on the tube.

-Beard

10 comments:

  1. Looks awesome and two thumbs up for asymmetry! I've always loved your blog but feel even better about following it now that I know you play Yahtzee. My great grandfather, Yoseff Yahtzee, would be pleased.

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    1. My great uncle, Wendall C. Tampax, like your great grandfather Yoseff Yahtzee, will go in the annals of those that mattered.

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  2. Looking good my man! If you plan to do more sanding, get yourself a decent mask, with respirator, you will always get a blood nose with those simple "keep the germs away" variety, they are not built for DIY. Floors came up really nicely. Love the black vent blending with fireplace, as much as you can love a vent, that is. I like Mr Eames tucked in that corner, the black goes well. The framed artwork looks perfect. Once you get the greenery going on that bookshelf, I would say you pretty well smashed the styling of the bookcase all at once! Getting close to done, must feel good? Then you will be free to get started on that kitten puzzle!

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    1. Agree, next time I won't use a bird flu mask when sanding my wood.

      Simmer down on the black vents, and thanks for your help!

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  3. A room ain't finished until there's a plant in it, so I'm diggin' the top shelf idea. You're like a regular Joe Fix-It!

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    1. My plant will last 9 days. I think I over water it, like feeding the fish too many flakes.

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  4. It looks great! Nice floor work too - I have heard matching floor colour is very hard. I remember when you first posted about your fire place...I may have mentioned something about kitchen cabinets, oops. Sorry.
    I'm not brave enough to paint my not so pleasing red brick fireplace yet, but I love seeing your upgrade!

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    1. Kinda lucky on the floor match, something to be said for a clear finish over a darker stain for a more natural look and simpler match. Glad you planted the kitchen cabinet seed, knew I had to get them out of there once that idea was in my head.

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  5. It looks so much better! Love the painted brick!

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  6. I'm so glad you made the fireplace surround black -- I think if you'd painted it the same color as the brick, the opening would have looked too small. It looks awesome, Beard! :)

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