Flooring progress has been slow and mostly more of the same. I decided to take out a few more damaged floorboards in the front bedroom; we’re better at it now. And reinforcing them from below, a two person job, hasn’t started yet. Instead, I did a floor reinstallation dry run in the back bedroom to see how much more I needed. And even though it’s all pretend, I can totally see the after in my imagination. Just squint a little until the spray foam looks like walls, the floor looks sanded, and the sawhorses look like a dresser.
Then, with some idea of how much more flooring I needed for the room, I needed to go to Philadelphia Salvage and buy the rest. Luckily, they have an excellent match. I came up with 45 square feet or so, but decided to up it to 60 to make sure I had enough for more patches in the front bedroom and to finish the back one properly. I didn’t count the closet in what I needed, so any extras, along with the damaged boards I rejected for the rest of the room, will go in there.
So then I got to the salvage yard and got impatient with calculating the usable surface area of every random width board I was buying. I was also getting through most of their in stock inventory of boards that match mine. So I left with about 42 square feet. They have another location with tons more, so I’ll be back there to buy the rest of what I need at some point. It’s all for the best though; I discussed with the owner how much damage will sand out, and what he said assured me that I have more in the reject pile that is good enough to use. And this way, I won’t have to spend an extra dime.
But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean I walked out of there with extra money in my pocket. I made up for less wood by impulse buying a light fixture.
Is this a practical purchase? That’s a good question. It appears to be a flushmount, which is what the room requires – the ceiling is low at about 7′-9″. It includes no mounting hardware or anything to cover the electrical box in the ceiling, so it’s going to require some rigging. And I’ve been hesitant about bare bulb fixtures in the past because energy efficient lightbulbs are usually ugly. And 6 lights is excessive for this small room. And it’s the fanciest light fixture in the house in a room that I’m going to have furnished like a cabin (see rug and buffet/dresser below). I bought it anyway. And it will be awesome.
The good news is, I now have enough decent lighting (maybe not all wonderful, but all decent) that I will have no boob lights in the house! You know, these. Note to Home Depot: selling these in two packs is not helpful.