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3 Years Later – DIY Hardwood Floor Refinish

Three years ago, I decided to refinish our hardwood floors. Myself. It was a ton of work but I don’t regret it one bit. You can read about it  in my original post.

Over the years, I’ve received many emails and comments asking me how the floors are holding up, whether I would do it again, if I’m happy with my decision to skip staining them etc.

So I decided to answer some of the most popular questions I get.

small entryway

How much did it cost to refinish the floors?

I refinished around 650 square feet of flooring. I spent less than $300. My biggest cost were the drum sander rental and sanding belts from Home Depot (around $130 total). That said, DIYing it saved me $2,000+.

Do you regret skipping the stain?

Not at all. Our house measures only 1,050 square feet. I wanted floors that bring light and openness to our small home, which these floors do. I also love our floor’s different color tones.

Hardwood Floor Refinish DIY

small entryway

Are you happy with the satin polyurethane finish? How are the floors holding up?

I love the satin finish because I don’t care much for super shiny floors. I wanted mine to look natural but still have protection. The satin finish gives the floor a sheen without the high gloss. Although I have kids and dogs, the floor barely has any scratches and they don’t bother me at all. The floors are 48 years old and have that lived-in look that I really love. Minor imperfections just add to the character of these floors.

Did you really do ALL the work yourself?

Yep. From beginning to end. As soon as my kids left for Florida, I dove right into the work. Moving all the furniture from the bedrooms into the garage and kitchen was the hardest part. I couldn’t have done it without  furniture sliders.  Would highly recommend them. Refinishing hardwood floors entails lost of dust, a sore back and bruised knees.

I want to do this. Do you have any tips?

The most important tip: Keep moving and go slow with the drum sander! Do a lot of research beforehand and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t.

Hardwood Floor Refinish DIY

Would you do it again?

Absolutely! However, I would prefer refinishing the floors of a vacant house (no more pushing furniture). When you put so much physical work into your house, you can’t help but feel proud. You get very attached to it because you know how much sweat (and even blood) it took to make this house your home.

Fiberglass Wall Panels As Tub Surrounds

Fiberglass Wall Panels

A tight budget and the fact that this is the only bathroom in the house didn’t allow for a major remodel when I bought the fixer, fours years ago.  The tub/shower was the thing I wanted/needed to get done right away. I removed the old dry wall,  tile and wall panel. After installing the new cement board, I purchased FRP panels (Fiberglass-reinforced plastic) for my tub/shower surround.

Fiberglass Wall Panels

FRP panels are a laminate surface wall and ceiling panel that is ideal for wet environments like bathrooms. Fiberglass is mixed with plastic to produce panels that are tough, durable and water-resistant. FRP can be installed in any area of a bathroom and will help ensure the walls remain easy to clean, for the life of the installation.

Fiberglass Wall Panels

This is what I had in mind minus the price – Swanstone 3-Piece Easy Up Tub Wall.

 

This is what I created: My own “Easy Up” with these 4×8  FRP panels for $33 each.

null 4 ft. x 8 ft. White .090 FRP Wall Board

To install the FRP, you need

 

Fiberglass Wall Panels

The FRP  panels provide a very basic, clean, simple look – they may not be for everyone. Some people prefer the high-end look of tile. And that’s fine too. Heck, maybe someday I’ll have tile in the shower. But in the meantime,  FRP is extremely durable, resists mildew, moisture and staining and is easy to clean. It’s also a lot more affordable.

Have a great week!

 

My 5 Big Projects Of 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was lovely … and white!

When we moved into our fixer upper in 2014, I was in a rush to get everything done so my kids could have a home they’d feel comfortable in. I soon realized unless you have $100K to spend on a 6-week remodel (HGTV kind of remodel), your home/house is going to be a work in progress… for many years. Before 2018 rolls in, here are a few projects I poured my energy into this year.

1. Kitchen Pantry: Our kitchen needed more storage so I did the obvious (haha) – I took two bookshelves and turned them into a pantry.bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry

bookshelf to pantry

 

2. Chain Link Fence Upgrade: A few old fence boards can make a chain link fence look so much better, don’t you think?

chain link fence makeover

chain link makeover

 

3. Dog House Makeover: I almost didn’t think this old dog house could come back “to life”. This made the end result so much sweeter. dog house makeover

dog house makeover

dog house makeover

 

4. Modern Entryway Table: A couple of hours of work and $30 worth of products can get you a new entryway table. It’s perfect for our small entryway, which leads into the living room.

diy modern entryway table

small entryway

 

5. New Door Handles: I can’t tell you how much I love our new door handles. Your hands can be full, that’s ok, because your elbow can open the door.

kwikset door handle

door knob

exterior door handle

exterior door handle

I’m looking forward to new projects in 2018! May the new year be filled with all the very best.