Thursday, October 28, 2021

French apartment renovations, Day 310: Floors 2.0

Soooo tired. I slept only 3 1/2 hours and then ding! I was awake at 4 am and couldn't get back to sleep. I putzed around on the internet for a while with my phone on the dimmest setting.

And then, we had a huge work day: we sanded down the wood floors completely. Oof. I did the big machine, Eric did the edger machine, and my dad did the corners and hand sanding. By dinnertime we had done 4 passes on the floors: 80, 80, 100, and 120.

Tomorrow we'll return the machines and do a final sanding with the orbital sanders on any spots that need attention. Then we'll raise the grain. We're hoping the wood will be dry enough by late afternoon to do a quick sand, vacuum, and then apply the undercoat.

Then, if all goes well, on Saturday we'll sand down the undercoat, vacuum, and apply two top coats. And then it's done! We can walk on it after 24 hours, put furniture after 48, and put down rugs after at least 5 days.

And...if we stay on schedule, then we can call the plumbers in early next week to install the toilet, sink, and shower base. Which then means that my parents can move into Le Catamaran. Right now they're sleeping on a mattress on the living room floor.

Oh--something fun: we found a dining table and 4 chairs at a local flea market store. I paid for them tonight and we'll pick them up tomorrow when we return the sanders.

Inga is feeling sick, so we're going to get her tested tomorrow morning before soccer camp.

Tonight we started our papier-mâché piñata using newspaper strips and wallpaper glue. I have fond memories of doing this as a kid with flour & water paste. 

Wow, I sat still for the first time today and my fatigue is catching up with me. I should probably go to bed.

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