Did you miss me?
Nah... didn't think so. But I'm back anyway.
I was going to tell you all about the floor this past weekend but after being "freed" from my on-call shift on Saturday, my manager asked if I could come in early Sunday morning for a floor-set change instead. Cool! I've done one or two of those and they're kind of fun. It's "good work" because I always feel like I've really accomplished something.
I think I forgot how hard it can be... especially when there aren't any men around to move the furniture... and especially when we have to move some of that heavy furniture into our off-site storage area. By the time I got off work, I was too tired to move... much less type.
That's "floor tale" number one.
Floor tale number two is about the staining of the concrete. That was finished about a week ago and we were able to start moving furniture back into the family room last Thursday. We're not fully "operational" yet but there isn't any rush as I'm kind of enjoying the lack of clutter.
That will be back soon enough.
I did promise to show you the process of staining the floor, so here goes.
After the carpet was removed, the concrete ~ the foundation ~ was cleaned, repaired, patched and sealed. Then a thin coat of a concrete/polymer compound is laid down.
Pretty boring, isn't it?
The purpose of this is to give the acid stain something to bond to, and to provide a smooth, even surface for the stain. The cool thing is that there is a texture to this, it isn't perfectly smooth like some concrete floors. When we first had this done, I thought I wanted it super smooth ~ that almost glossy look ~ but I've realized that's not a good thing for someone who spends as much time in socks as I do. Too slippery.
Once this has set, then the first layer of color is applied.
The color is built up in layers using different colors.
The good news? You can keep adding to it to give it depth, texture and more color.
The bad news? You aren't exactly sure how it's going to look until it's done. And you can't undo anything. You can go darker but you can't go lighter.
It dries and then you add more color.
The color is put down using one of those big cannisters with a spraying wand. Laying down the color takes a few minutes, then you wait an hour or two for it to blend, mesh, dry and mellow a bit. Then you add more color... if that's what you want.
The variation in color and depth is also affected by the thin coat of concrete/polymer accepting the acid stain to different degrees.
To make it even more fun, change the lighting in the room and the color of the floor changes. It was amazing to see how different it looked in the morning than in the evening.
This is the color taken early morning, without drapes, the morning the finishing sealer was applied.
And this is about what we have now ~ still without drapes and still mid-morning.
Now that the drapes are back up, the color is a bit mellower.
It's a little bit "rustier" than I had thought we were going for but here's the thing, anything darker and I think it would have been too dark for everything else in the room. The most important thing is that my Mom loves it ~ she thinks it's perfect.
I think Rosie loves it too ~ she's certainly been having fun playing on it. And laying on it.
So that's where I've been... or rather, what I've been doing.
I did get some work done too. I finished my quilt for the Year of Schnibbles ~ I think I'm going to call mine Winter Nights. I changed one teeny tiny little thing on the quilt... and I made it a little bit scrappier, about 75 different fabrics. I also finished the pattern covers for two new Schnibbles patterns, now I just have to finish up writing the patterns. And I finished the quilts for four more Schnibbles.
Geez... no wonder I'm still tired.
See you Thursday ~ I'll have a few quilts to show you. Or quilt tops.