Yup, still hate sanding, but we did more of it on Sunday, boo. The good news is: no more sanding for a while!!! (until we get to the nook, redoing the kitchen, the art room, our bedroom, the hallway and the office...yuckola). Saturday while I was at work - yay baseball season!
Chris put all the trowel on wood filler on the floors
And Sunday bright and early we got started sanding it all off. Chris put it on thinner this time so it sanded off quicker, but still got the job done filling in all the holes - nail holes, gouges in the wood (there were actually a lot in this room) and small gaps between boards. This is a step that isn't fun and may seem overkill, but we've sanded and stained without putting on the trowel on wood filler (in the kitchen) and it seriously makes a huge difference in making everything flat, even, uniform and it really does cover all the little tiny holes that you'd never pick out and cover with a putty knife and wood filler.
But yes, sanding it all off sucks.
Chris drove down to HD while I got started sanding the perimeter of the room with the palm sander
Don't mess with me
By the time Chris got back I'd done about 1/2 the perimeter of the TV room
And Chris got started with the finish sander
And then it became the room full o' dust
We vacuumed very frequently to try to keep the dust to a minimum, although it's probably more appropriate to say we tried to not keep it at the maximum
But work on we went
Per some instructions from the rental guys at HD Chris used a screen on the finish sander to sand off the wood filler. He found that it didn't clog up as much as the sandpaper did, but is also didn't sand things down as good. Next time, we'll probably use sandpaper on the finish sander first to get the wood filler mostly off, then finish it off with the screen.
When we'd finished sanding the floors and taken all the plastic down, Chris sanded the bullnose of the stairs
And I got started cleaning the floors with a sponge (all the floors this time so we didn't make the same mistake as last time)
And cleaning the floors with a sponge before the final screen and clean is a good idea because even after vacuuming look at how dirty they were
After things dried Chris went at everything with the screen to knock down any raised grain from the sponging
And the last step? A final tack cloth to get any of the last little bit of sanding dust off the ground
And now??? We are finally ready for stain, hooray!