Well, I now officially know why Chris and I weren't too thrilled to get started refinishing the floors: it sucks. After we'd covered the floor in our trowel on wood filler, the next task was sanding it all off. So we trekked on over to HD to rent a sander, brought it home...
...and got to work
After a few passes at a small sample area we cleared the dust (oh, and get ready for LOTS of dust) in order to see what it would look like once everything was sanded
With things looking like they'd end up being okay, from then on for the next 4 hours it was sand sand sand sand sand sand sand sand sand (Chris with the finish sander, me with the palm sander), and holy crap was it a dusty process
But we finally finished all the sanding...
...and were left with allllll the cleaning that was needed to be done
First, we vacuumed in the hopes of getting at least most of the dust off the ground. Then, the plastic came down
After that came the horrible task of cleaning all the walls. And that sucked. The dust was so heavily caked on...
...that in some places we had to clean 3 times in order to get all the dust and haze off the walls.
Once the walls were (mostly) clean, it was on to the baseboards
We ran the sponge over them first, then came around with a scrapper and scrapped the wood filler off them
At that point we were pretty tired, so we called it a day and yesterday morning we woke up and finished things off. With most of the walls and baseboards clean, bits of dust had found their way back to the floor. I got the broom and swept everything, then we vacuumed...
...and then we used the tack cloth.
In the end we got to see how well the trowel on wood filler worked. While in most areas I thought it did a really good job, there were still a decent amount of places we weren't able to quite squish it all the way into
And we found about a dozen shiny nail heads :(
But, what are you gonna do?
It was a long long long long process. But at that point we were finally ready for stain