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Once our library floor had been laid it was time to turn our focus to sanding and polyurethane-ing the floor, therefore last weekend we hired a sander and began our first foray into finishing a floor.

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After PC ran the industrial sander over the floor a few times; Michelangelo, Princess and PC puttied all the nail holes. When we laid the floor we had secret nailed but as our timber was recycled it contained many previous holes.

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As our flooring was recycled it came complete with ready made ‘character’ in that they had been worn unevenly across their surface in their past life in a classroom.  To keep some of this character we chose to not use the industrial sander to sand everything completely flat but instead took out the worse of the unevenness between boards and then hand sanded the parts where the big sander hat not yet reached.  This was mostly at the join edges of some part of most boards. Fortunately we had many willing hands to assist.

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Next the edges were sanded with the much smaller orbital sander. Then the industrial sander completed a few more laps, finalising with finer grained sand paper.

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Such an exciting moment when the first coat of polyurethane was rolled on.  After deliberation we decided on water based polyurethane and were surprised at how little it smelled.  In between coats the floor was give a light sand and received three coats in total.

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So pleased with how it now looks 🙂 🙂

Skirting boards go on this Saturday and this Sunday, Mother’s Day I receive the best present, we move all the books into our new library!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


*Sharing over at The Builder’s Wife with this week’s Home Improvement Thursday.

24 Comments on Library Ready And Waiting

    • Thanks Kate 🙂 I’m beside myself with glee, really letting myself now believe it’s going to happen.

  1. Congratulations on an awesome job. What an incredible crew you have who labor with love. The room looks beautiful. I love the way the light comes in and makes it so cheery with those walls. I’m so excited for you.

    • We are blessed indeed to have a library, a dream come true. Well we’ve had one before but not this inviting

  2. I am so excited to see next weeks post, when hopefully you can share the finished product!! Imagine the stories those floors could tell if they could talk. It looks fantastic and as always I love that your whole family is involved. xx

    • Yes the floors have stories indeed and I like imagining that too. I must send pics to the Nuns, I’m sure they’d like to see the new life ‘their’ boards are ‘living’.
      ‘The family that works together..learn a lot of togetherness’ 🙂

  3. I have filled the holes and the cracks along each floorboard in our jarrah floors throughout our home so know exactly what you’re going through! I wish I had a heap of hands to help me with this task as it takes ages a real labour of love but what an improvement it makes, your floors look great!

    • Michelle
      I’ve been checking out your pics 🙂
      Yes many hands would have helped you indeed! As you say a task worth doing.

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