We certainly don’t give a ship around here! I don’t give a ship that I’m up past my bedtime writing this post. I don’t give a ship that our dog is acting uber annoying this evening. And I certainly don’t give a ship that it’s raining outside right now. What do I give a ship about? The shiplap flooring shenanigan-ery going on in our guest bedroom. We recently took the flooring situation from this:
Goose approves. The flooring installation was super easy (mostly because I didn’t do any of it! Ha!). For a full blown tutorial on how to install wide pine flooring, more affectionately known as shiplap, you can check out this post of yore. Otherwise, I’m just going to highlight what we did and embellish a little bit, because every good
story blog post needs embellishing.
The big difference between the hall floor installation and the guest room installation was that we used tar paper instead of rosin paper. We were all out of the rosin paper so Colby picked up a fresh roll of tar paper for $18 at a local lumber yard. This stuff is instrumental in the floor laying down process as it provides a buffer between the sub floor and finished flooring to prevent squeaking. Installation was easy and including rolling it out, overlapping the rows, cutting it with a utility knife, and stapling it down to the sub floor.
With the tar paper down, the next and probably most important step was measuring the room. You see, in an old 100+ year old home, rooms tend to be unsquare and unlevel and this room was no exception. The room wasn’t square, go figure, but at least it wasn’t bad enough to be noticeable in the flooring. If it was noticeable, the solution would have been trying to split the unsquareness between the two unparrallel sides by trimming or tapering down boards, combating the unsquareness monster. Could I say unsquareness one more time? College co-eds are making a drinking game out of this right now…I can hear them…”she said unsquareness…drink!”.
Next, it was just a matter of laying the boards, one at a time tucking one edge under the other edge, shiplap style. Not to be confused with gangnam style. That’s a whole other style!
You remember when we mentioned how much yellower the older craft room floor was compared to the newer hallway floor (read about it back here)? It’s from the oil based poly yellowing the floor and darkening it over time. Well, you can kind of see it starting to happen with the hallway floor which is the bottom board compared to the lighter guest room floor which is the top board. It takes some time, but our floor will end up a similar shade of yellow pine throughout the entire second floor, regardless of when we installed it.
After nailing in all the floor boards with the Paslode finish nailer, it was cut nails time. I didn’t do the cut nail justice in the last post so I’m going to rectify that today with a little history lesson. Blog readers…let me formally introduce you to the cut nail.
They’re essentially square head nails with a taper. I like to refer to them as old school nails since they were popular back in the day. We’re talking 1820-1910 back in the day. These nails were made by blacksmiths who hammered them into shape. You can still buy these nails today, but they aren’t quite as popular as their round head counterparts. But ironically, cut nails are about four times stronger than the round nails. In fact, while Colby was pounding away on the cut nails, you could see the floor boards tightening right up even though they had already been nailed down with the nail gun. Don’t believe me? You can kind of check it out in this poorly produced video (I’m still learning how to shoot videos with my camera):
Cut nail installation is pretty easy. The only secret to it…drilling pilot holes.
The pilot holes help keep the floor boards from splitting, which is inevitable if you just start hammering in a cut nail without first drilling a pilot hole. Colby measured and marked the rows for the pilot holes since this room was much larger than the hallway floor. Hence the level. Then, Colby’s lovely assistant (that would be yours truly for those of you still debating whether or not Vanna White lives in our hood) prepped all the nails:
While Colby hammered away (with his brand new Dewalt hammer from NH Bragg…shameless plug for the day job).
It was a team effort. In the end, we were left with a beautiful new floor that we couldn’t be happier about.
We still need to layer on a few more coats of poly now that the floor is installed. We only pre-polyed three coats, so we’re thinking another three to four would be ideal. I know it sounds like overkill, that many coats of poly, but trust us, it’s worth it. The extra post-floor-installation poly coats help seal any gaps between boards, cover up the cut nails, and add extra protection for years of wear and tear (including Goose nails). Besides, it’s way easier to poly now than it will be once the room is full of furniture and we determine the floor needs a few more coats.
Pssst…Have any of you guys installed new floors lately? Anyone else go the pine shiplap route? Or maybe you have a favorite pre-finished floor? Do tell! We love a good wood tale!
Two things…one…I’ve been watching ALOT of Die Hard lately (hence the blog post title) and two…we’ve laid down the pine flooring in our upstairs hallway and took it from this (a laminate mess):
To this (a wide pine masterpiece):
I’m not gonna lie, we tackled this project a couple weeks ago but I’ve been dreading posting about it because it’s kind of a boring “how to” subject. But I’m going to channel my inner John McClain and bring the action to this “how to lay your own wide pine floor” tutorial. PINE HARD!
Okay, let’s do this. We started by bringing home a few 1″ x 10″ x 10′ shiplap pine boards from the local lumber yard for about $7 each. We needed five of them to cover the hall so the flooring cost us only $35.
But alas, they were unfinished planks. Random note…this kind of shiplap flooring isn’t necessarily meant for flooring but it’s been gaining some serious popularity lately as the wide pine, old farmhouse style flooring is making a comeback. It may be really cheap, but the wood is also relatively soft. Meaning…lots of poly. Our poly of choice…the Minwax Fast-Drying Semi-Gloss Poly.
Before we even started to think about laying down the
John McClain smack flooring, we layered on three coats of the poly, waiting 24 hours between coats so it had plenty of time to harden. We would still have to layer on a few more coats after laying down the floor, but this would allow us to lay the floor and not worry about staining/damaging it in the process.
After the pine planks were pseudo pre-finished, it was time to prep the hallway. And by prep the hallway, I mean remove the laminate flooring that we put down temporarily over two years ago. We plan on keeping the flooring just in case we ever need another “temporary” floor again.
The other hall floor preparations included removing the transition between the bathroom floor and the hall:
And trimming down the door jams to the bathroom door so the new flooring could slide right under it. To do this, Colby whipped out his favorite tool…well…he is a boy after all so I guess this would be his second most favorite tool (Lord…I apologize…be with the pygmies in New Guinea).
Generally, when you lay flooring you layer a buffer in between the sub floor and the new floor boards. This keeps the two woods from rubbing up against each other and squeaking. We used rosin paper, but tar paper is another option. This was the leftover rosin paper from the laminate flooring, which we just kept for the new pine flooring.
Let the pine laying begin! We had already put down a pine floor in the craft room, and because we wanted a continuous floor throughout the second story, we started right where we left off.
The first board can be a bit tricky. Because we have an old, unsquare and unlevel home, Colby made about a gazillion and a half measurements to make sure all the cuts and doorway notches for the first board were accurate. But if he was a little off, at least the future baseboards would cover any gaps between the floor boards and the wall.
As you lay the flooring, you just “lap it”…aka…put the top groove over the bottom groove. Does that make sense?!
And since the hallway leads to the top of the staircase, Colby trimmed down a piece of pine to make stair tread nosing, and lined the pine planks up against it.
Then it’s just a little tap tap to make sure the boards are tight up against each other.
And then tack the boards with a few finish nails:
Colby just repeated that process, measuring and making cuts to go around doorways and vents, until he made it all the way to the guest room and master bedroom side of the house.
Now…this is where things are going to get old school. So old school that I’m feeling a little Amish over here. Some body get me a horse and buggy. After all the flooring went down, we used cut nails to really secure the flooring. The finish nails were used just to hold the floor in place until we got to adding the cut nails. What are cut nails? These guys.
They have a wide head and a tapered body. They don’t have traditional round nail heads, but a square head. These nails are hardcore nails! Rugged nails! They nail right into the face of the board so they’re 100% visible. Typically when you use cut nails in flooring, you pound them into the wood in a parallel fashion. So using an old piece of trim as a straight edge, Colby first drilled a line of pilot holes.
Two nails go in each board all the way across the hall.
After drilling a line of pilot holes, and setting up the nails, Colby pounded them all in.
And punched in any nail heads sticking out of the wood so no sock would end up losing it’s life in a battle against a stray nail head.
We worked our way down the hallway, nailing in a row of cut nails every two feet until every board was properly secured. One word of caution…be UBER careful around knots. The knots may be all cute and add that rustic charm to the wide pine floor, but they are deadly! Deadly monsters! We’re talking a real wood splitter kind of deadly. When you nail into a knot, chances are pretty good that you’ll split the wood. So avoid the knots with the nails.
But you never know, you could still split the wood if you’re not careful. Kind of like this.
At least the split wasn’t so bad that we would have to replace the board. A few coats of poly will take good care of that.
The thing that I love the most about the wide pine, shiplap flooring is how it ages. Here’s a pic of the craft room floor, which we laid a couple years ago, lined up with the new hallway flooring.
I love how the pine looks when it scuffs up and also how it yellows from the oil based poly. It took about six months for the wood to go from the light colored pine to the yellowed, more intensely colored pine flooring. And alas, we have a REAL floor in the upstairs hallway.
We still have to continue the flooring into the guest room and then the master bedroom, but this is a start. But I love the floor…except for how I keep tripping coming up the stairs because the new pine floor is so much thicker than the old laminate floor.
Pssst…Whew, that was painful to get through. Me and construction, not such a good fit. But me and staining and painting…totally my speed. What projects have you guys been working on lately? Any floor laying? Or polying?
This weekend was a whirlwind…wait…uh…no…not really. We got snowed in this past weekend thanks to winter storm Nemo. Neither Colby or myself left the house the entire day on Saturday, but we stocked up and prepared for the storm Friday night. And by stocked up I mean we came home with a case of beer (Long Trail’s winter classics variety pack…mmmm mmmm good) and a couple gallons of paint. We got our DIY on this weekend…our guest bedroom DIY on, which when we last left off looked a little something like this.
We got some serious work done in the guest bedroom this weekend. It’s starting to really come together and I can’t wait to share all the details with you all. But as much as I would like to jump right to the painting part of this story, we gotta back it up a bit and go down undah…undah the floor. There’s still a little demolition to be had in this room when it comes to the flooring. We still had to take up the sub floor.
We had originally left the sub floor in this room since it was void of cracks and was nice and smooth, meaning it would make demolition debris and sheet rock compound dust much easier to cleanup off the floor. So we left it there for now knowing perfectly well that it would eventually need to be removed before laying down the wide pine planks for flooring. It was just one layer too many for this space. And this weekend was the ideal time for removal…just after drywall sanding and before painting, since you don’t really want to make a demolition mess after you’ve cleaned up and painted a room.
And the sub floor removal went pretty smooth and relatively quickly. It was as simple as using the claw end of a hammer (or even a pry bar) to hook underneath the sub floor:
And then pry up the pieces (while Goose relentlessly photo bombs):
This was my best action shot of Colby’s demo work:
I love how I captured some of the pieces flinging up into the air while Colby pried the floor apart. #photogeniussaywhat
After prying up all the sub floor pieces and tossing them into a heavy duty trash bag to take to the dump, the next step was nail removal. In our DIY relationship, Colby loves to make the messes (demolition, wood working, heavy construction) and I like to make things pretty (painting, trim staining, decorating). The other hat I also wear…nail removal.
And boy were there ALOT of nails in that floor to remove. Lucky for me I enjoy a good ol’ tedious task such as this (I’m totally serious…I’m not sarcastic at all…ask Colby…I could remove nails all day long…you should have seen me in nail removal heaven after we removed all the plaster and lathe from this room). And nail removal is easy using the claw end of the hammer to gently pry up the nails.
After the floor was removed and all the nails were pulled, we cleaned and swept up our mess while Goose protected us from the dangers of squirrel attacks.
Goose is good like that…he’s always protecting us from squirrels…and the men in brown (UPS guys…and their trucks). And no, we don’t normally keep our window open during freezing February temperatures. We just find it easier to remove construction debris through the window rather than drag it through our pseudo clean house. Don’t believe us? Just check out this video of yore when we made a game out of throwing construction debris out the window. Told ya!
After cleanup was all done, we were left with a ready-to-be-put-back-together room. FINALLY!
And because I love a good to-do list, here’s what remains on the “Operation Finish The Guest Bedroom” list:
- Prime the walls and ceiling
- Paint the ceiling a bright white (Benjamin Moore’s ceiling paint is my all time favorite)
- Paint the walls a taupe/gray color
- Install new flooring and poly the crap out of it
- Install, stain and finish baseboards, window trim, door trim and even the new door
- Since the attic entrance is in this room, install a pull down staircase and finish the opening (paint or stain, still haven’t decided)
- Add some sort of flair to the window wall (maybe a stencil, maybe a pallet wall, maybe some wallpaper…still deciding)
- Add bead board to the slanted party of the ceiling, painting it bright white
- Decide on and install a new light fixture for the space
- Make some curtains (I’m thinking white with some fringe or pom poms)
- Build a custom daybed for the space
- Turn a little dumpster diving find into a sweet little night stand
- Add some storage and shelving
- Art, art and more art
Whew….that’s quite the list! I heart lists! There’s nothing better than a list to keep up the DIY motivation and also keep me on track so I don’t stray. Although I did stray a little bit already and worked in the master bedroom and entry this weekend. Whoops! But it’s just because we ran out of materials for the guest bedroom, I swear! Excuses excuses. Tell it to the judge. What if I just start crying? I heard that gets you out of tickets.
Pssst…Any other New Englanders out there who chose to bunker down and DIY their way out of the storm? And holy crazy amounts of snow! How much did you guys get?! We’re guessing we got about 24″ which was light compared to most places!
It’s time to put your
thinking caps memory caps on, cuz we’re going back…back in a New York Groove. What?! Every good blog post deserves a little Kiss. Anyway…serious time now. Or about as serious as we get around these parts. But do you remember when we refinished our hall floor? The floor along the staircase? To recap…we sanded/stained it, then struggled along polying the floor with a water based poly, and then two weeks later realized the finish was peeling up.
Fast forward six months and the floor was still peeling…and apparently gathering a significant amount of dust since our cleaning quota for the month is limited to once a year and we maxed that out prepping our house for wedding week guests coming by.
So apparently it was time to tackle this project and tackle it for good. I knew back in May that the water based poly we had used to seal the floor would have to be peeled up. It just didn’t take from the get go and it was just too far gone to save and it seemed like a better idea to peel it all up and start over again. So on a whim during my lunch hour on a random Monday, I grabbed a scraper and went to town. Consider it my idea of work related anger management…aka…work aggression getter outer.
It didn’t take long…maybe twenty minutes…and I had amassed quite a pile of scraped up poly. Some of it even came up in long strips. For some reason I kept thinking about snakes shedding their skin as I was doing this.
Fast forward one evening and all the poly had been scraped up off the floor. It was surprisingly quick and easy to peel up all the poly. Maybe that’s a sign that we used the wrong poly. But anyway, poly scraping lasted about an hour and only damaged the floor just a little, in areas where the old poly was difficult coming up.
At this point, I probably should have re-stained the floor or at least touched it up in the areas where the scraper scraped just a little too much. But this was at that crucial moment in a DIY project where you realize that this floor is a temporary floor, as in it’s probably getting replaced next summer with some consistent wide pine flooring, so why am I spending so much time on it?! Besides…the rough looking-ness of the floor and inconsistent stain gave the floor that “old world style” that we love. Here’s to character floors thanks to laziness! So out came the OIL BASED poly.
Emphasis on oil based. I really think that’s where we went wrong on the floor before, using an oil based stain with a water based poly. And not letting the stain dry out as much as we should have since the wood wasn’t terribly into accepting the stain. So consider this re-refinishing project a test in water based vs. oil based poly. So on went the oil based poly.
And of course since the hallway needs to stay accessible as it’s the only means of accessing the bathroom upstairs, we painstakingly polyed the floor in strips. The left is the un-polyed side vs. the right polyed side. Isn’t it amazing how much poly helps to bring out the color in wood? Could I say poly anymore?! Poly poly poly poly poly! Seriously…I am three. Poly.
So a couple weeks later and a few stinky evenings of oil based poly fumes, we have successfully re-refinished our hallway floor.
Ain’t she pretty?! With no peeling poly and Goose nail gouges?!
And I can admit that the oil based polyed floor has already lasted longer than the water based polyed floor without a single scratch. AND I’ve even pushed the limits and played a round of cookie tossing down the hall with the Goose. (Cookie tossing = throwing cookies down the hall for Goose to chase after, it may have been one of the main reasons why the old finish on the floor was scratching).
So in the oil based vs. water based poly battle royale, in my opinion, oil based poly is the clear winner. Although water based dries faster and doesn’t stink up the house, the oil based seems to be a much harder finish and protects are floor so much better. Even in the parlor and the dining room, we’ve had some serious scratching going on with the water based polyed floors. I’m going to give it a little bit more time before I make my final commitment to the oil based poly, but so far so good. I’m thankful we tested out the two before we laid down our forever floors.
So to recap…water based poly dries fast, doesn’t stink, but isn’t as strong. Oil based poly dries slow, stinks, but is rugged and withstands Goose nails. Thus, oil based poly trumps water based poly anytime. And we prolong projects WAY longer than we should.
Pssst…While I’m recovering from the poly fumes…whoa…almost fell down there…what have you all been up to recently? Dish!
So some of you super observant, sneaky sneaky folk (but surprisingly not my mom), may have noticed the new addition to our living room back when we posted about our little fall art project. Yes, there’s a rug in town! And by in town, I really mean in the living room. Our living room was desperately in need of a rug. It was all bare floors and naked up in here!
Since we had an unused rug hanging out in the basement, Colby grabbed it and threw it down as a “just for now” kind of thing. The 5′ x 7′ rug came from Target earlier this year, for a measly $67, and was meant for the parlor. But sadly, we were rug buying novices at the time and got a rug that was too small (you can read about that here). Shortly after purchasing the Target rug, we decided to go with a FLOR rug for the space (read about that here and here). Needless to say, the poor rug has been stored in the basement ever since the old parlor rug switcheroo. Until now, when she’s hanging out in the living room.
Of all of us, I think Goose is appreciating the new living room rug the most. Note the plethora of Goose photo bombs in this post. We had to keep kicking Goose off the rug as we tried to arrange the rug, and shimmy it into place under the couch. He LOVES rugs. Specifically to chew things (toys, bones) on rugs. Here’s Goose in the beginning stages of demolishing his rubber chicken on the barely laid down rug.
And the chicken demolishing continues….
And I believe this is where the chicken lost its head…literally…
But at least it makes for a happy Goose.
Goose isn’t the only one loving the rug in the living room. Colby and I are both quite ecstatic about the rug sitch (that’s short for situation). It adds some coziness that’s been missing from the room and our tootsies are enjoying the soft feel as we lounge around the couch.
I’m not 100% convinced that it’s the right size. I’m wondering if it should be a smidge larger. I’m curious what you guys all think. But for a free rug it’s working out just fine.
Football watching just got a whole lot cozzier!
I think the rug is going to stick around for awhile. At least until the time rolls around to refinish the floors in this room to match the floors in the hallway and the parlor. On another note, I’m seriously considering painting the rug.
Yes, that’s right, paint the rug. I’m thinking a fun patterned rug would add some serious pizazz to the otherwise solid color state of the living room. It would be like Emerill in a kitchen…BAM! Whatever happened to him by the way? Is he still making infomercials? That’s what he does, right?! But can’t you see a fun, colorful pattern contrasting off the solid gray couch?!
And it’s not like I’m the first person to paint a rug, it’s been done before. Enter exhibit #1 below. That’s a yellow painted rug from the Honey & Fitz blog. I love that rug and the tutorial that they include in their blog post about it is super easy to follow. They purchased a cheap, white Ikea rug and painted on top of it with yellow paint using a wall stencil to guide them. So easy!
Exhibit #2 isn’t a painted rug, it’s a rug I found via the Matters of Style blog that I LOVE! I’m thinking it would be a cute pattern to paint on our living room rug since it plays off the Maine cottage, coastal vibe that seems to be happening right now in that room. I may even be able to free-hand a simple coral pattern like that!
But back to the painting of the rug dilemma. I’m not totally convinced that if we decide to keep the rug, that I’ll paint the rug. I want to finish a few other projects in the room first, like a sofa table, coffee table, new wide striped curtains, refinished floor, and some wall art. Once those projects are finished and in place in the room, there may be enough going on that painting the rug will be overkill. It’s definitely a back burner type of project, but I’ll keep it in mind as the other projects start coming to fruition. But as always, you know I’ll keep you posted on what we decide.
Pssst…By the way, I’m changing up the blogging schedule going on here at Angie’s Roost. Instead of a Sunday through Thursday evening daily schedule, we’re switching to an every other day schedule. It was getting difficult to juggle projects with posts and life in general. I’m going for more of a quality over quantity approach. But if posts start piling up, I’ll probably throw in a couple extra posts and projects here and there. So keep coming back for more! I heart you dear readers and wouldn’t be here without you!