Remember my horrific to-do list for the back room? Well, here’s all that’s left on it:
→ prime floor (2 coats)
→ caulk any large gaps/cracks in floorboards
→ paint floor (2 coats)
→ live in fear of walking on painted floor
Yesssssss. I think I may actually be able to finish this today, depending on how quickly the first coat of paint dries. I’m SO EXCITED to see the room with the floor painted!!!!!!! (!!!!!!!)
By the way, if anything about the photo above looks appealing or refinish-able, it’s either the light or the fact that the floor is wet making it look that way. The floor is gross. It’s the original pine plank subfloor (the rest of the upstairs has wood floors on top of this subfloor—this room was at one point a kitchen when the house was a 2-family, and the wood floor had been removed) that has never been finished. It is stained, grimy, warped, cracked, and splintered. There were areas with rot and water damage, too—I had to dig out the rot and do major patching/sculpting with epoxy.
When we bought the house, there were two layers of glued-down carpeting directly on the floor. Even getting it to the point of being paintable has been a chore, so don’t come down on me and try to tell me I’m “ruining” beautiful old wood and I don’t deserve to own this house. (You can save all of that for when I paint the rest of the floors upstairs! Hah.)
Anyway! Guess what else is amazing? WE STARTING TILING LAST NIGHT!!! We wanted to get the first row up (we just back-buttered them, we didn’t spread the thinset on the wall) and give it time to dry so the rest of the tiles will have something to rest on and not slide down the walls and make us insane. The shimming situation was kind of frustrating, because our tub isn’t precisely level (and there’s nothing we can do about that). Each shim had to be a slightly different thickness so we could get the tile perfectly level. Once we got going, though, it was actually kind of fun. I’m excited to do the rest today. (This is the first time either one of us has tiled anything!) I want to grout next weekend, so I hope we finish!