So, here's what we learned today:
Sandblasting a pine floor is labour-intensive, back-breaking and, as an added bonus, sandy and dusty.
Sort of like everything we're doing these days, come to think of it.
But we discovered something new. While sandblasting is messy, and the interior of our house now feels like a Scirocco wind blew through it, it was effective, just slow. The nozzle we have is a 1"diameter, and it would have taken forever to do the entire room, so we did a small area, and put on our thinking caps.
(In the meantime, I was trying to figure out what I could sandblast, given we had the compressor out and everything set-up. I came up empty - sad really - because often I come across things and wonder, hmmm, wonder if I could sand-blast that? Owning a big-ass compressor just so I can sand-blast stuff at my leisure is one of my dreams).
Again, I digress. Back to the floor:
Obviously, using sandblast grit means we're both wearing full-face masks, as well as our hearing protectors. It felt funny to have the full-face mask on again. It's been a few months since I wore it, and I didn't miss it one bit. At the end of the day, taking off the hearing protectors and mask felt so good.
I'm thrilled with today's events. I'll be even more thrilled when the first coat of paint is down.