Last weekend I mentioned that if I fix some desired item in my mind garage sales would soon provide. That was in reference to a haul of stuff for my grab-and-go kit.
It should also be noted that garage sales provide items that one would never think of fixing in one’s mind.
Not if one were sane and sensible, anyway.
I’m not sure what it is. A candy dish? A planter? Who knows? I just know it made me laugh, and that alone was worth the two bucks I donated to the church hosting the sale. I’m not big on tchotchkes. When I’m done chuckling over it, it’ll probably find its way to eBay.
About that floor “issue” …
Damn and drat. Drat and damn.
The main bedroom of my new-old house has oak flooring. That’s unusual in a century-old working-class home in these parts. At that time even the business executives who lived up the hill would more likely have had only vertical-grain fir. The living room, adjacent to that bedroom, seemed likely to have oak, too. A few quick peeks under the wall-to-wall carpet said yep, I was gonna luck out and have oak floors there, too. Yeehaw! I love wood floors with beautiful area rugs on them. Don’t like wall-to-wall carpeting for a bunch of reasons.
But this weekend, in preparation for the big tear-up-the-carpet project, I peeled back a section at the other end of the room and this — sob! — is what I found:
Even the “good” wood there doesn’t appear to be oak (fir?). But the bad wood … oh, it’s so very, very, very bad. And this is in the most prominent part of the room — right in front of the (soon-to-be) tile fireplace surround.
I haven’t yet removed the carpet and pad, so I don’t know how far the bad wood extends. The ugly part is at least eight feet wide, but no idea how deep. I’m now making a guess that my nice, big living room was at one time two separate rooms, one with an oak floor, one with fir, and the fir floor got badly patched at some point. So once this carpet comes up, I expect I’ll have a room with three different types of wood flooring.
Any of you wood geniuses out there want to make some suggestions about how to make a silk purse out of this?
Even if I end up having to sand the whole floor down and paint it to hide a bunch of bad patchwork, that’ll still be cooler (and healthier for the dogs) than wall-to-wall carpet. I can picture it: gloss black or a deep rosewood floor paint varnished to the max. Kilim rugs (eBay specials) in strategic places. Unfortunately, I can also picture the effect of dog claws on a painted floor.
If there’s a way to get a good, polished wood floor with a lovely grain instead, without spending a mega-bazillion to lay all new floor, I’ll go for it. Ideas from the woodworkers very welcome.