I’m so excited about our latest home improvement that I couldn’t even wait until the project is completely finished before sharing it!
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll already know that one of the projects that made the biggest difference to the look and feel of our Edwardian house in Manchester was sanding the floorboards.
We sanded most of the floors in our house in Manchester over the course of a very full on weekend and whilst it was physically hard work it was such a worthwhile and rewarding project to do.
As much as I loved the result, I hated the work and swore it was a project that I never wanted to do again but I just couldn’t help myself and all of this week I’ve been busy sanding as much of the apartment as I could!
On the one hand, it feels like I’ve lost my mind even considering tackling a floor sanding project again but on the other, it was such an easy project to do and by sanding everything ourselves we saved a lot of money the first time around so we just couldn’t resist doing it all over again.
We learned a lot from our first floor sanding experience (I wrote a detailed and very honest post about what it really feels like to sand your floors and what no one on the internet seems to tell you which you can read about here). The biggest mistake we made was not changing the sandpaper enough times, especially when sanding the floors for the first time with the very coarse sandpaper.
Another thing we learned is that it’s a really dirty job. Okay, so that may not come as a big surprise but it’s amazing just how dusty everywhere gets even if you try to limit the dust to the area you’re in it still gets everywhere.
In an ideal world, we’d recommend sanding your floors as one of the very last jobs on your home improvement list. That way you can do any messy work and things like painting without worrying about messing up your beautiful new floors.
As usual, we ignored our own advice though and decided that sanding the floors should be one of the first jobs we undertake. It’s a bit of a tradeoff between having to be careful not to mess up our floors when we’re doing any other work but for me, the priority is being able to live in a clean apartment where I’m not constantly getting splinters in my feet!
There’s still a lot more to do before I can even get close to calling this project complete and I already can’t wait to see what the floors look like once I’ve finished sanding and have oiled them!
Now we just need to keep going but we’re already soooo pleased with how it’s looking!
Have you ever sanded your wooden floors? Do you have a favourite before and after project? Needless to say, this one is probably going to rank pretty high on my favourite projects list (if I ever get it finished that is!).