J.’s been wanting to polish his wood for a loooong time. It was all he could talk about for months. Then one day several brown boxes were delivered by UPS. And he actually started — and FINISHED. In 3 days.
STEP ONE: Move all furniture (a real challenge when you live in Manhattan), cover everything else with plastic tarps.
STEP TWO: Begin Sanding (great upper body workout!). The machines were no joke.
STEP THREE: Apply Wood Filler to cracks in floor, then SAND again.
STEP FOUR: FREAK OUT because there’s 3 inches of dust coating everything (and his family is arriving in 24 hours)!!
STEP FIVE: Apply First Coat and do not step in it, on it, near it — for a few hours.
STEP SIX: Apply Second Coat. Let it dry. Afterwards, socks for everyone — especially the dog who slides across the floor like Tom Cruise in Risky Business.
AFTER: Wha-laaah! Brand new floors!
Despite being forewarned by others (“What are you freakin’ crazy? Hire someone!”), J. managed to save thousands and do an incredibly professional job. Here’s what we learned:
- Start this project a few days before you have family from out of town visiting (although it may provide extra motivation to finish!)
- Do this in the summer when the average temperature is 90 degrees and the humidity is so thick Manhattan feels like the Amazon Rainforest
- Enforce “no shoes” rule
- Cover everything with plastic tarps and tape them down (or they’re useless)
- Offer nonstop encouragement and praise (“Honey, you’re a master!”, “You’re so close!”)
- Give kudos to the handyman boyfriend who just saved thousands of dollars by insisting on doing it himself!
EXTRA BONUS: I’m totally cool with the five-second rule now. My man knows how to polish his wood.