If you haven't been over to her blog (ummm...that has to be impossible unless you live in a cave) go check it out now!
And in other (less exciting) news, our bedroom is almost ready to move back into! We've been sleeping on our mattress, on the floor, in our son's room so it will be wonderful to have our room back. Hubby worked on the second coat of poly today so now we just have to let it cure for the week. And he likes the paint color now, it's looking way less "pea soup" now that it is all done.
Love those gleaming new floors. They will be scratched and dusty in no time, but for now...ahhhhhh.....
I did the windows in black again. I'm hooked!
~ Start with a lower grit, course sandpaper and move up from there until you get to fine.
~ Use a tacky cloth to get the dust up off the floor. It's almost impossible to get every speck of dust but we did the best we could!
~ Stir, don't shake the stain and poly so as not to create bubbles. Foam brushes work well for staining.
~ Cotton is great for wiping off the stain once it sits. Try not to use paper towels as they give off a lot of lint. Our Home Depot sells bags of t-shirt type squares that work perfectly.
~ We use lambswool pads to spread the poly around. They give a smooth, streak free finish.
~ Be sure not to skip any steps. It's very important to sand in between coats. Your poly will have a nice, durable coat that way.
~ If you have appliances that run on gas or propane, you may notice an odor. Don't panic! It is a reaction with the chemical and will go away as the floor dries. It's best not to use your dryer while the smell is strong as it will transfer to your clothes. Open as many windows as you can for the most ventilation.
Here is a helpful article:
Onto the kitchen....It's back to the way it was with the island in the middle. *sigh* I couldn't get used to it by the window as nice as it was for the laptop. I left a chair by it though so I can still plop down and do some blogging. I've been meaning to paint my spice rack for a while now. It blended right in with the back splash.....