We’re loosing our minds. Seriously. We keep saying that we’ll finish one project before starting another, but for some reason, we just can’t help ourselves.
Last week we shared the state of our kitchen floor with you.
The pictures really don’t show how bad the dirty, sticky and mouldy mess really is. It’s disgusting.
Well no longer! We went completely mad and spent the whole of Friday sanding the floorboards.
The floor was in such an awful state, that we weren’t sure what the floorboards would turn out like. The amount of gunk and dirt made it almost impossible to tell, but we had to do something!
Things didn’t go quite as smoothly as we would have liked and we had a few nasty surprises along the way.
This was nasty surprise number one – Rotten floorboards. Yuk.
They obviously had to be replaced before we could even consider doing anything else. It turns out that there is a downside to having the original floorboards in the house. Whilst they are a great feature, they are a lot thicker and a bit wider than any modern replacement ones that we can buy.
So, we decided to replace the rotten ones with ones that we ripped up in the small back bedroom. Admittedly, this might not be the most intelligent thing that we’ve ever done, especially as there are now holes all over the bedroom floor!
Replacing the boards was actually a lot easier than we’d expected. We just prised up the rotten ones with a crowbar and used a saw to cut them off over the centre of a joint. Then we just needed to cut the replacement to size and nail it into place.
Then we sanded the floor. I started on my own and worked flat out for the first 8 hours before Jan had time to help me for the final three hours.
While sanding, we came across our second nasty surprise. Woodworm.
At first, it was just a really small patch, but as we sanded the floor, more and more areas popped up. We’ve not done anything about it yet, but we’ll definitely have to look into it in the future.
After hours of sanding, we were desperate to get the floor finished and with the last rays of daylight, we applied three coats of varnish to the floor.
We’re still concerned about how well the floorboards will hold up in the kitchen, but it’s such a huge improvement on before and there was no way we could have left it as it was.
Even the patched up area where the floorboards were rotten doesn’t look too bad.
The dining room and kitchen also feel much more like one room now, as the finished floor goes seamlessly from one area to another.
For the first time since moving into our home, I feel like I can walk barefoot around the house without catching some yucky infection! It’s all just so much cleaner and brighter.
Considering the state of the floor before, we’re really happy with how it turned out.
Have you ever had a woodworm problem? Any ideas on how to treat it?