Yeah...about those new floors....

6.30.2010

Slight problem. They're not done yet. Starting over with a new floor guy. Old floor guy not as knowledgeable about the kind of wood and stain we choose as we thought. Floors were looking like crap. Had the old floor guy stop work. Panicked! Called around and found a new floor guy. He started this morning. Feeling better.

Bottom line... I guess our combo of maple wood and dark walnut stain is a tough one. (Probably several of you out there warned me about this and I didn't listen! I'm sorry, I should have!!!) Sounds like you really have to know what you're doing and have some experience with staining maple to tackle this job and do it right. The original floor guy we went with came with recommendations from several friends whose floors we have seen and liked. However, none of them involved maple and dark stain! Aaahhhhhh! After the first coat of stain this guy admitted he was in over his head and wouldn't stop apologizing. He even said he would feel better if we found someone new who knew what they were doing to come in and take over the project! So I started calling around to find someone else to "save our floors", someone who had done this before and had the confidence to say that it was not an impossible task, just a difficult one. He came this morning and began sanding everything back down to unfinished raw wood and is starting over. Hopefully next time I bring this up it will be a post with finished, beautiful after pics!!!! (New guy thinks we should be able to move back in by Sunday.)

If you have no idea what I'm talking about (lol!), check out here, here, here and here.

Of course, this is the first major project of this scale we've "taken on" since moving in, so for it to go this wrong is slightly disheartening. To make me feel better, have any of you had to deal with house project emergencies before? Did something not go exactly as planned? Did you hire a professional you weren't pleased with?

11 comments:

  1. It will work out! Take a deep breath...staining flooring right is a hard job and you definitely have to know what you are doing. I get the feeling guy number 2 does...I'm looking forward to hearing good news!! Janell

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  2. Ugh! How horrible going back to step 1! Definitely will look FAB in the end though!

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  3. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................................

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  4. How frustrating! Nothing worse than (finally) getting to start in on a project only to have it waylayed....but at least your old floor guy sounds honest and upfront and didn't throw a fit when you replaced him.

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  5. Even what I think will be some of my easiest renovations end up being a complete pain. Don't worry, in the end it all will come together fabulously and I can't wait to see the AFTER pics! Happy 4th!!

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  6. Seems like those mishaps are just par for the course. While we were remodeling our bathroom, the plumber who was installing our new drain pushed down too hard (???) and cracked our ceiling below. Not happy. We've had plenty of other home "surprises" over the 3 years we've lived here but I've unfortunately learned to accept them.

    It may be taking longer than you wish but I know they'll be beautiful when you're finished!

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  7. I'm really impressed that floor guy number one was nice enough to be honest. Shows he takes pride in his work and wasn't happy with his own result. How awesome! =)

    Hope new floor guy and new floors meet all of your wildest expectations. Yay!

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  8. 如果成為一支火柴,也要點亮一個短暫的宇宙;如果是一隻烏鴉,也要叫疼閉塞的耳膜。.................................................................

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  9. Yikes! I have not ever run into that - but I think it sounds like guy #2 knows more about what he is doing!

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