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Hello, Summertime // Refinishing Oak Floors

The last of the peonies are blooming in the yard and slowly dropping their petals.  Summertime is here!  I managed to snag these few and throw them in some water before they got too hot and wilty outdoors.  Peonies don't get as much love as they should.  Man, I think these babies smell better, or at least more than roses do.  They are, in my opinion, as pretty, and they are just so fluffy and feminine!  Some day, when we buy a house, the first thing I'm going to do is plant lilacs, forsythia, & peonies.  Lots of peonies.


On another note: we refinished our wood floors last weekend and they're finally cured enough to let us put our furniture back in.  We had all of our living room and dining room furnishings crammed in to one room for about two weeks and looked like crazy antique dealers.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure (pictures of the floors, probably won't be any of our crazy junk hoard).


Here are the floors before/during sanding.  You can see the oil based polyurethane makes the wood have a warm yellow glow.   Normally, this doesn't bother me, but with such wonderful light oak, we wanted the natural oak to show through.  So, we opted for water-based poly.



Here is the after, with the flowers, and the fat-cat.  The water-based polyurethane doesn't leave that yellow tone, dries in about three hours, and doesn't smell nearly as bad as the oil based.  However, you need to put on more coats.  Which, if you're impatient like me, it might just kill ya.  Good thing the husband is reasonable and made me wait before slathering on more poly.