I still have renovations to complete at my shop, but thankfully most are minor.
It’s not that difficult to do, but when you are alone and running back and forth to the mitre saw in the next room, well… all the up and down on my knees made me further realize that I am not young any more.
I had very little wastage with this flooring. The room was about 9′ wide and each piece of board was 4′ wide, so I started with two side-by-side (Pieces ONE and TWO) and then the next piece (THREE) was cut to fit. The remaining part of piece three then started the next row, piece FOUR was a full piece and then again I cut piece FIVE to fit. When you work through a room this way, there are no extra pieces left over.
The main part of the room was very basic, as I said above, around the stairs and the angled wall was a little more tricky, but not so bad. I enjoy work like this, most likely due to my mathematical mind.
After finishing the floor, I had to put in baseboards. I had both the old baseboards from this area and some extra pieces from another room that were torn out when I took down some walls. I primed them and used two coats of Simply White in semi-gloss and then cut to fit. I also painted the window and door trim with the same paint, as well as the door to the workshop area. It all looks clean and fresh, but I still have to touch up the pin-nail heads and do a little bit of caulking.
I had not shown this wall below before, this is to the left when you walk in the front door (the door you see in the photo goes to the workshop). I am going to have a chalkboard here to be able to write some information about the store as well as greetings, sales, etc. (More to come on this part.)
I have been spending full days at my new workshop house, there is just so much to do.
In my last post I said I was trying to find some laminate to patch the floor where I took out the wall and also where the old floor vent was.
I looked everywhere and could not find anything to work. I even considered a patch of something different around the front door area that would be covered by a mat. The more I looked at the old flooring, the more I could see there were many small pieces patched together (and not actually clicked together) in the laminate and I would need to do a huge area as a patch. I gave up on that idea and decided to buy new flooring.
So I began to take out the laminate in the retail space. Here is what I found under the doorway.
And then when I took the layer of OSB off:
Isn’t the old vinyl floor amazing? Would that be from the 70s?
Now the patch for the grate area was not so simple. I had to go downstairs and add two braces between the floor joists, to put the new floor patch onto. First I cut through the plywood underneath, about 2″ all around, to give a ledge for the new floor (OSB) to sit on. Then I cut the OSB piece to sit on that ledge and I nailed it to the braces underneath.
About stripping all the laminate out of the retail area, this was NOT something I planned on, both time-wise and expense-wise. So I then figured I might as well use the old laminate in one of the bedrooms upstairs that I will use as a storage room.
There are three bedrooms upstairs, all have the same stick-on tile flooring. Here’s the one at the front of the house:
I removed the tiles and the baseboards and started to put the laminate (from the downstairs retail area) up in this room:
As I got to just over the half way mark, I realized that I might not have enough pieces to finish the room. Many of the pieces were chipped or had damaged edges which would not allow them to click together properly. I then worked like it was a puzzle, setting out the best pieces where I could trim ends to fit. After laying them all out where they would go, but before actually cutting and clicking them together, I had it all figured out down to the last piece. Thankfully it would just work for the size of the room. Of course, as luck would have it, I cut a piece incorrectly (from the wrong end) and there was no way to use it because I couldn’t click the ends to anything, they were both cut! How disappointing, but I did manage to look through all the scrap pieces again and find a way to work it out with another piece. What a lot of time, on something I didn’t even plan to do.
The room will have to stay painted lilac for now, and the baseboards and window trim all need a coat of paint, but I really need to work on the workshop and retail spaces first!
As I last reported, (actually I didn’t report I just showed a photo) we were in the midst of electrical work. The workshop house needed pretty much a total re-wiring. Many of the outlets, switches and lights were improperly and/or dangerously wired. We called in a professional electrician to sort everything out. He said it was one of, if not the worst, house he had ever worked in. Just my luck.
The whole basement area was like a spiderweb of wires going every which way. Some were not connected, some were, and some led to … who knows where (those ones had to be capped off). The electrician was at the workshop for almost two full weeks. Can you say $$$$ ?
After he left, I spent a day and a half picking up old wires and vacuuming up the actual spiderwebs that hung from every beam.
On to the front room, which will be the retail space, that was last shown to look like this:
Since then, the studs for the closet were removed and the door and frame taken down.
That left me with this:
Then I tried to fix the ceiling where the top plates were. I am not a good drywall finisher, but it looked good enough to paint. (If you visit my shop please do not look up upon entering!)
Before I work on the walls I am trying to find some pieces of flooring that match the laminate that is there now. There is laminate missing where the wall to the bedroom was and also a few pieces that have nail holes in them from the closet, which sat on top of the laminate. So far I have been unable to match it, there are so many different laminates and this is from about 7 years ago, so the chances are slim. I might have to redo the whole retail floor with something else. I will check Home Depot this week, it’s my last chance to find a match.
The retail space continues over to the place where my workshop will be (to the left of the door when you walk in) and I need to block that off. I don’t want shoppers to walk into the work space and I don’t want sawdust in the store section.
I will have to make a wall just past where the stairs go up. Directly across from that wall is a window, so the wall I make will need to be on a slight angle.
Here’s a view from the other way, looking towards the front door. Looking at the next photo, the wall will start on the left just before the stairs and end on the right, just past the window. I’m not sure that it shows in the photos but a wall straight out from the stair wall would end up in the window space, thus the angled wall is needed.
I will also remove that large grate and will need to patch the laminate there as well.
Back to the bathroom renovation… apologies again for the thousands of you patiently waiting for an update (LOL)
The new wiring is in for lights and my hair dryer outlet and now to do the floor. This is what we had, it was a sheet of flooring that we found to be glued down very tightly to some type of sub-floor.
We did think about ripping that out and perhaps painting the wood floor that may be underneath, similar to what we did in the guest bedroom here. But because it was so firmly attached we thought we would just cover it with another flooring.
After considering another sheet flooring product and deciding that would not be so easy to get around the toilet (which we were leaving in place), we began to look for something else. We found a really nice plank floor which appears to be vinyl and has sticky edges that you use to stick one piece to the next. I had read about “allure” floors in other blogs and this seemed like the perfect thing for us. It is easy to lay down and can be used in bathrooms. I laid it myself and we are very pleased with the outcome.
This I am going to cover with beadboard. I love beadboard… stay tuned!
Of course, we had no idea what lurked under the thick blue carpet. Actually there was another blue carpet underneath, which the photos don’t really show. But this carpet in the photo below is a bit darker and shaggier than the carpet in the photo above.
Under the carpets was very old wood flooring. (There’s a strange floor patch by the door)
This was a LOT of work, Eric needed a respirator mask and many, many belts of sandpaper. The dust was thick and everywhere. The floors came up quite nicely, but not nice enough to stain.
We then put a coat of primer on everything in the room, the closet door, trim, walls and floor.
Stay tuned to see the rest of the guest bedroom makeover… to be continued.
(Read part 2 here)