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Feb 18, 2010 -

The Find (and Deal) of the Century

This afternoon, I got the floor up in the dressing room and began to make inroads in the kitchen. I need to make further inroads before I can consider putting down more flooring in the dressing room. I’ll work on that tonight and then get the dressing room floor in tomorrow. My work was interrupted more than once by my need to attend to splinters.

I stopped at about 3:30 to go and check out a used furniture store in Willowpoint to see if they might have the lingerie chest I need to finish up the dressing door. Finding the right item would be real motivation to work late into tonight getting the floor in so that I could then deal with my clothes. I need to do that to make progress in the kitchen. Picture what you will. 😀

The store didn’t have a suitable dresser, although one came close to the right dimensions. Unfortunately 5″ too much is way too much in an RV. 🙁 But it was worth it to go there when I found an item that was on my ‘unrealistic wish’ list.

Since I’m putting the dinette table at counter height, I planned to get a stool or two to sit at. I had a hankering for a certain style popular in the 1950’s that doubles as a step-stool and would be ideal for getting into my upper cabinets and maybe even the loft. I did some research and found out that those stools are rare and expensive now as they are a hot item. I decided I wasn’t going to expend any energy in looking for one.

So imagine my surprise when I stumbled on this at the store:

It just needs a good scrubbing with an SOS pad, a reupholstering (easy, the padded pieces are screwed in), and new non-slide material on the steps.

The lady let me have it for $20, taxes included.

This was after I picked up another small item for the study (more on that later once I figure out what I’m going to do with it) that was marked $9.95 and which she let me have for $9, taxes included.

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Feb 17, 2010 -

Calling It a Day

I feel like I didn’t get anything done today because the flooring in the dressing room still isn’t in. That said, I haven’t be sitting around!

The weather was beautiful so I took everything out of my large pass-through compartment, set aside things I want to donate, and then loaded up one of my large RubberMaid tubs with all my cold weather gear. While gathering all of that together, I made up another bag of things to donate. I then reloaded the pass-through and came inside to tackled the floors.

This project has officially turned into a nightmare. 🙂 It is a huge job to get as neat an edge as possible near the walls. I have to pry up a board, snap it as close to the wall as possible, and then use a hammer and chisel to reduce the protruding edge to splinters that I pull out with pliers. It’s a small and awkward space to work in and I am so sore from twisting my body into a position from which to inflict maximum damage on the wood. My dad’s chisels are getting quite a workout!

did you know that in French chisels are called ‘wood scissors’?

Tomorrow, I will focus on getting that floor done and then move on to finishing up my study.

I also have some furniture shopping to do, but I think I will need to go to Nanaimo for that. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find an affordable lingerie chest in Campbell River? And how many people don’t know what such a thing is? It’s a tall, skinny dresser. Guess where I’m going to be putting it.

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Feb 15, 2010 -

Examining the Hardwood

Whew. Tonight’s project took me close to an hour and you’d never know it.

Before going at the floor with a pry bar, I wanted to know what I was dealing with. Was it a floating floor? Was it lying on the same level subfloor as the previously-carpeted rooms? Did it have some sort of underlay?

What I did was use a chisel to carefully remove a top layer of floor, roughly 2″ by 4″ in a discreet corner. I made this piece as neat as possible so that it could be replaced if I got to the subfloor and decided that the hardwood was staying. I then chiseled one thin layer of wood after another until I got to a stiff plastic opaque vapour barrier. Under that, I found the same subfloor as in the study.

I’m therefore good to go for the removal of the hardwood. It still feels SO wrong, but it really is the right decision in the long run.

The biggest difficulty is that motorhome walls are the last thing to be installed, so the hardwood runs under the walls. I will have to use a combination of chisel and pry bar to remove those boards, but the boards in the middle of the room will come apart with a minimum of fuss.

The forecast is for sun all of my weekend (Tuesday through Thursday) and if this holds I will be SO happy!!! I’m going to do like last week and push up my bedtime to get up early enough to add several hours of sunlight to my day. I’d like to have all three boxes of flooring installed by Wednesday night, which should take me to the kitchen. I’ve decided to not go with my usual habit of doing trim last and instead doing the trim as I go along. There’s no point reusing any existing trim as it is all a weird hodgepodge of materials and sizes. I plan to go with a uniform style in wood. Most of the trim now is cardboard, which makes no sense in wet rooms!

There’s no time to waste. I am expected in Dawson three months from today!

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