Bedroom and Office Floors Finished

The office floor under the old kitchen sink had some missing boards that needed replacing.  They are tongue and groove boards so fortunately some boards that I had salvaged snapped into the existing space.


Then the floors were stained and polyurethane was applied:

The bedroom is done.  There is still quite a bit of finish work remaining in the office but the part where Dan’s desk is located is completely finished so he can work there.

Our friend Bobby came over and helped to install the sink cabinet, sink, and counter top:

The spacer between the old and new cabinets will be painted white and as will the old cabinets.




Office and Bedroom #3 Are Painted and Floors are Sanded

After sanding, cleaning and caulking, the ceilings and walls are now painted.  Here is the bedroom:


The wall paint was donated by our friends (the color did not work for them).  It is a medium aqua.

And here is the office:


The color is a medium/dark blue/gray.  The room has lots of natural light so the color works well.  What I really like about the color and/or paint is it hid all the wall blemishes extremely well.  The kitchenette cabinets still need to be painted but we need to get Dan back into the office before the end of the month so the cabinets will wait.

The next challenge was the floors.  I decided to do 2 bedroom floors and the office floors at the same time – that’s about half of the hardwood floor area on the 2nd floor.

Here is the “Throne Room” bedroom #2 before and after sanding:


Here is bedroom #3 before and after sanding:


So they were the “easy” rooms.  “Just” the standard sanding.  The office / kitchenette were a different story.  They had 2 layers of linoleum with plywood between them over the hardwood.  After prying up the plywood and bottom layer of linoleum there was a felt like black paper firmly glued to the hardwood.  It would not scrape off.  And the heat gun barely worked.  So I tried sanding it off which did work.  I used an orbital sander to do the bedrooms which worked fine.  But it wasn’t beefy enough for the office floor.  So it was time to try out a drum sander which I had been avoiding as they can be tricky to use.  It was exactly what was needed for the job.  Here are some before and during pictures:

And here are the after pictures:

The perimeter edges of the office still need sanding and the damaged/missing boards under the sink need replacing but that should be fairly easy to do.  Then comes the staining and polyurethane.


Office and Bedroom #3 Continued

The plaster around the electrical outlets in the office have now been patched and all the walls have been skim-coated:

The plumber must have too much business as he never rescheduled the job so we enlisted the help of our friend Bobby.  The job was to move the lower right most water pipe to the left about 6″ so it would fit behind the new cabinet:


The wall had several holes and the lower wall/baseboard was actually tin.  So Bobby was able to turn the pipe without having to cut it then I patched the wall.  It still needs another coat of drywall mud but it’s looking much better.

I decided that I would remove the wallpaper in bedroom#3 and skim-coat it so that I could paint the office and bedroom ceilings at the same time.  Most of the paper came off fairly easy but two walls were pretty difficult.

Dan suggested we explore how good the brick is over the mantel (behind the plaster in bedroom 3).    The wall needed major repair work anyway so I took a hammer and putty knife and removed the plaster (major mess).

The lathe on each side of the brick needed to be trimmed so Bobby took care of that while he was here doing the plumbing work.  I was not sure how to finish the edge between the brick and the plaster / drywall.  It’s about an inch deep which is too much to caulk.  Thin strips of leftover kerdi board (from the bathroom reno) did the trick.  It provided enough substance that I could mud drywall corner tape to it.  So we will now have exposed brick in a guest bedroom.  The stove pipe access extends outward so will be covered with a decorative cover plate.

Today I finished skim-coating the ceiling and the walls.

Tomorrow I hope to lightly sand the seam between the ceiling and the walls then paint the ceilings.



Dan’s Office:

All  the ceiling has been skim-coated but the area around the light needs some additional work – that will happen tomorrow.  With a little light sanding in spots the ceiling will be ready for painting:


About half the walls have also been skim-coated:

Tomorrow I plan on patching and skim-coating the remaining walls then will get the trim ready for painting.  Have not heard from the plumber so it’s time to give him a call.


This light switch and electrical outlet are under a cabinet.  Drywall will need to be patched in before the wall gets skim-coated.   The below plaster also needed drywall inserts.


I was going to start taking up the linoleum but decided to leave it down until after the room is painted.  With luck that should happen next week.






Office and Bedroom #3

All the wallpaper has been removed from the office and most of the wall patching is done.  Still waiting on the plumber so the lower wall behind the sink has not been patched yet.  About 20% of the ceiling has been skim coated  (thin layer of drywall mud is applied to smooth out the surface)- hope to finish that and most of the walls this week.

We have moved Dan’s office to the lakehouse which means I can start renovating the room he was using (bedroom #3):


The pictures don’t show all the defects – old telephone wires running along baseboards; multiple layers of wallpaper on the walls and ceiling; crumbling plaster; etc.  The floor is in good shape – just needs to be refinished (no linoleum to remove!).

Here is some broken plaster over the hall door:


This picture shows some of the defects in the wall over the mantle:


I removed that wallpaper today and the plaster needs some significant re-patching – someone did some patching in the past.  This is what the ceiling looked like after just a couple of hours of using a putty knife to remove wallpaper (no water needed yet):


Fortunately the wall paper is coming off fairly easily in this room (so far).  The plan is to finish skim-coating the kitchenette and then switch to this bedroom while I wait for the plumber.



The past several days have been spent removing wallpaper from the ceiling and walls.  It was hard to tell but I think there were at least 6 layers of wallpaper everywhere.  And the walls were painted between some of the layers which was REALLY difficult to remove.   The ceiling was fairly easy to do (no green paint) – the walls were a royal pain.  As you can see, it is a messy job.


It has all been removed except for the small area that was directly behind the sink.

The ceiling is in pretty good shape – it just needs a little patching around the light.  The walls are also in decent shape except for the wall that was behind the refrigerator – it will require quite a bit of patching.

Several days ago I determined there is hardwood under the plywood.  What I didn’t know is if there was linoleum under the plywood and if so was it going to leave a layer of black backing that is stuck to the wood.  So today I decided it was time to find out.  Sure enough there is linoleum and the black backing is stuck to the hardwood the same as it was in the annex.  It will take me at least 5 days to remove it if I use the iron method so I think it’s time to check out a heat gun.



Office / Kitchenette

The annex room is essentially ready for painting – after a little bit of sanding.  So work has begun on the kitchenette part of the office.   The corner cupboards and a smaller sink cabinet will remain.  The refrigerator and stove will be given away.   Here are some before pictures:

The radiator on the right belongs in the annex (next room over).

We determined there was a brick chimney behind the stove based on the part we can see in the attic.  We thought it may be presentable enough to leave exposed.  So today’s challenge was to uncover the brick.

The brown square is the glue from the linoleum tile that was behind the stove.  I decided to remove the plaster in the lower right corner and check out the brick before doing the entire wall.  It looked good so all the dirty, dusty plaster was removed.

The brick still needs to be cleaned to remove the excess plaster dust but the nasty part is done – very happy to have antique brick in the office.  Now all the wallpaper on the ceiling and the walls needs to be removed.


Dan’s office – annex

Dan is currently working out of a small un-renovated bedroom.  The plan is to move his office to a room off the kitchenette (annex) and have additional office space and storage in the kitchenette.  So far the popcorn has been scrapped off the ceiling, and the baseboards and linoleum flooring(s) have been remove.  Here are the floors with the linoleum:

The lighter linoleum is the top layer followed by 1/4″ plywood followed by the darker linoleum followed by hardwood – yea!  Very excited to find the hardwood.  Not so happy to have the backing of the linoleum and glue stick solidly to the hardwood.


I tried scrapping it off but found that was not a solution.  So with a little research I found that steaming it then scrapping removed the backing.

It is a very messy/dirty process.  The iron can never be used to iron clothes again.  The dark spots left on the floor are glue which should come off when the floors get sanded.  I got about 50% of the steaming/scrapping done today – the rest should get done on Monday.   The annex renovation should go fairly quickly.  There is minor hard-wall patching that needs to be done on the ceiling and walls then it will be ready to paint.  The annex, kitchenette, and throne room floors will get re-finished at the same time – after the kitchenette is painted.


2nd Floor Hall Bath Completed

Final touches were completed on the hall bathroom (minus grouting of the back-splash which will be done tomorrow).  This room took a LOT longer than expected but we are happy with the results.  Here is a repeat of some of the before pictures:


And here are the after pictures:


The closet required a lot of time and effort.  The floor was about 1.5″ lower than the bathroom floor so getting them level was a challenge.  The side wall of the closet is cedar which the prior owners splattered with paint which has now been sanded off.  The electricians also left a hole in the cedar wall near the ceiling which has now been covered with crown molding.  There is lots of storage in  this closet which will be nice to have.

The towel bar was installed over the radiator which will make the towels nice and warm.

The floor is not level but it aligns with the hall floor so we left it the way it was.  Fortunately the vanity came with adjustable feet but they were unsightly so trim was added to hide the metal pegs.

So now onto Dan’s office.



2nd Floor Hall Bath – Functional

Grouting was completed on Monday and our friend Bobby came over today to help install the vanity and tub water spout.  The copper pipe inside the spout was too short so some modifications were required to lengthen it.  While Bobby was here we conned him into helping re-install the radiator.  Of course the radiator and the vanity installations were more complicated than desired but they have now been successfully installed.  Tonight Dan and I reinstalled the toilet.  So now the bathroom is functional.  There is still some blue tape around the ceiling and window edges which needs to be removed.  So that is next on the agenda.  Then the baseboard and door trims will be sanded, painted, and reinstalled, and the doors shortened given the floor is now higher.