Sunday, June 19, 2011

Crown Molding, Blood, and Oak Floors

After a 2 hour shopping trip to Rona to gather supplies, Michael and I spent something like 9+ hours getting the crown molding put up in the living/dining area. Wow, what a job. Luckily, our wonderful Frenchmen again let us borrow all the tools needed to get the job done.

Michael painted all the crown with the same CIL ceiling white as he did the ceiling:

Baseboard, crown molding, floor nosing,  and two closet doors. 
 Michael putting up the first piece of crown:

We're making progress:

And doing it safely! Haha

It's hard to see, but that plastic red thing in the background was the saving grace to cutting angles. It was $22 at Rona and helped Michael huge in getting the angles right. Pierre's angle finder also helped as not one of our corners in the room was 90*. Big surprise.

This little piece was by far the hardest to get:

 Though I following Michael around the room and filled in the finishing nail holes and corners with wood glue I still have some more work to do, as in touch up painting. I was also working on staining the floor nosing intermittently throughout the crown molding installation (more to come on that later).

But for not, let's talking flooring! The most exciting part of the reno (in my opinion). Pierre came over to get the first row put down. I quite literally did a happy dance and squealed frantically as the first piece went down. To be extra secure glue and nails are being used.

As Michael was checking the planks, he scraped his hand across a massive sliver that was the size of a tree trunk. The entire thing was embedded in his palm. As he pulled it out I was frantic and queazy. How am I ever going to take care of a kid?!

Once that injury was dealt with, we moved on. A little blood shouldn't stop the job from being done!

Going around the second air vent was a bit tricky and a router had to be retrieved. Here they are trying to  hold the plank down to cut out the piece....

 ...then they had to get creative for more leverage and stability. It worked like a charm. Nothing like a 250 lb man to hold things in place.

More to come as the flooring goes down. Stay tuned....

1 comment:

Doreen said...

Quite the handyman you married!