The paint is finally done in Eric's office. We ended up hybridizing a Benjamin Moore colour called Versailles:
Centre Decor Hudson is a paint PRO. I've heard of Lea through the community grape-vine, but we've never patronized her paint shop until now. Wow, were we impressed! She's a real artisan and managed to capture Eric's wish perfectly. We both love the result. Lea managed to balance the strength of blue and purple so that neither colour was dominant. What's unfortunate is my inability to capture the colour properly with my camera! It's far too blue in the photos further below, but it's all I've got!
Note the red lid beside the small crowbar and broom in the photo below. We have no clue what was here once, perhaps a toilet, but it's yet another hole that needs to be repaired. Eric is going to make a plug out of wood for this, and ordered a 1/2" rabbet set from Lee Valley, so I'll be sure to post how he goes about fixing this.
Eric treated himself to a new tool which helped our progress in removing the shellac: the Fein MultiMaster. Now, here's a tool we should have bought AGES ago! We were actually fighting over who got to use it! Once our tug-o'-war over the MultiMaster ended, we attacked the floor, and estimated we had the entire finish removed in about 6 hours or so. This is THE TOOL if you're renovating an old house, its uses are only limited by the imagination. Seriously, we were sitting there using it, saying, hey, if only we had this tool earlier, wow, we could have saved ourselves a lot of blood, sweat and tears. (It's not that tragic, just sayin'.)
We bought model FMM250Q, either the special or limited edition version that is currently being marketed by Fein Canada. The Fein MultiMaster is built in Germany, and it's tough. We looked at the comparable Bosch model, but after some research, we were quickly sold on the Fein. They made it first, and they make it best, as far as we were concerned. We own other Bosch tools (I think a huge drill and a reciprocating saw), but the Fein outshone Bosch in the multi-tool department. We are in love!
The tool was not cheap, I think this edition retails for CAD$349, which when our crazy sales tax is added comes to around $400. That's a LOT of money for a tool, but we feel it's worth it given what we still need to do upstairs, in the barns and with our old boat (a thought I need to repress).
You need hearing protectors to use the tool, but it's not an aggressive sound that will make others in the room run for cover. I could easily sweep up the room while Eric used the tool with hearing protectors. The only caveat both of us noticed is that it's easy to get carried away and use it for an hour or so non-stop, and only when you pry your hand off the tool do you realize the vibration does affect your fingers and hand. I've been operated for carpal tunnel on my right hand so I'm careful with tools; using the MultiMaster was not the least bit uncomfortable, but I wouldn't go using it for, say, a three-hour grout removing marathon.
So, the next step is repairing the carved groove, filling in the 6" hole, plugging three 1" holes, one 2" hole, and a variety of other pings and dents. There was also a lot of plastic wood we removed between the boards that will need to be epoxied. Nothing really major, just time consuming. But we'll get there eventually.