Archive for November, 2010


New Jeld-Wen Interior Doors and custom wall vent

With a smaller home details are very important as you notice everything. After being unable to purchase any standard 8′ by 10′ wall vents for our 100 year old home we decided to custom order an Art-Deco register from Classic Grills. The vent will be right above the TV so it’s worth the extra effort and expense.

This week I also realized that we really do need new interior doors. It would be more convenient to stain and varnish the new doors while the floors are being refinished so I’m going to order three Jeld-Wen Ponderosa Pine doors for the bedroom, bathroom, and office.


Refinishing the Hardwood floors

Over Thanksgiving break I decided to tackle the job of refinishing the hardwood floors which has been an ongoing project this fall.

The floors were stripped of varnish in three steps:

1. Paint the Citrisript paint stripper all over the floors to strip off the first layer of varnish.

2. Apply more abrasive force with the Wagner Paint Eater to remove the next layer of varnish.

3. Lightly sand with the DeWalt orbital sander to acheive a more even finish down to the bare wood.

This process is still not finished and has taken more than six days to complete so far! Keep in mind I am doing this project on my own and there is a learning curve. The Wagner Paint Eater can leave marks in the wood if you are not careful.  At first I tried to have the Paint Eater do the whole job but it is more like a Paint Nibbler and can only remove a thin layer of paint or be soon overwhelmed.The DeWalt orbital sander is fantastic and provides continuous even smooth sanding over an entire day.

Here is the floor covered with the Citristrip paint stripper.

The sanded floor. While it may look ready to be stained the sanding is not yet even and I probably have another two or three days work ahead of me.

The uneven sanding. It is a very meticulous job to sand down to the bare wood.You can see demarcations from the Paint Eater.

Our Dyson vacuum which has been overwhelmed throughout this dusty process.


New Jeld-Wen Exterior door

Earlier this week our tenant Don’s door lock broke and we decided to replace the whole door instead of just the lock. After some consideration, we decided to go with a fiberglass Jeld-Wen door  with the Mission Prairie design crescent opening in the Hartford Green color. The door should arrive at the Home Depot in three to four weeks.

The Mission Prairie design Jeld-Wen exterior door in Hartford Green. The door hardware is satin nickle.

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