Finally we are back to making some progress on the kitchen remodel. We've been putting finishing touches on drywall for weeks now, and clearly losing steam in the process. So it was nice to move on to something new, especially something manageable over the course of a weekend.
We'll be painting the kitchen floors (at least for now), but that means sanding them first to even things out. Before the sanding could begin, I had to replace some banged up boards at the kitchen/dining passage. A few boards on the dining side were also screaming for replacement — we could plow ahead with the kitchen and ignore these, but it makes sense to do this work all at once.
The time consuming part is the chiseling, to get crisp and square edges at the short ends of the remaining boards. Also I was trying to leave the painted door casing intact, which made it quite difficult to extract the old boards from underneath. Bad on the knees to say the least. If you are trying this at home, then the best advice I can give is to put on some Blind Pilot and promise yourself a cold gin & tonic at the end of it all.
Our unpainted fir floors are dinged up throughout the house, kind of embarrassingly so. But people always comment on the rich warm hue, and they seem to overlook all the gouges and stains. So we've grown to love the color, and will probably leave it to some future homeowner to sand them down. Luckily I salvaged some old boards with a similar finish and patina:
I'm quite pleased with the result — we couldn't ask for a better color match. Once the old floor is cleaned up and the nail holes are filled, I think it will look like these are the original boards.
Next steps: Sanding the kitchen floor and putting up interior siding.