Friday, November 11, 2011
The Pine Floor - The Finale
We had problems with the Benjamin Moore Porch and Floor paint we used in Eric's office.
First, it smells like h-e-double hockey sticks. (That's a Canadian-ism, work it out!) We're well aware it's oil-based, but really, this stuff stinks. For a long, long time. It still reeks, and it's been something like 4 weeks since we've put down both coats. It was so bad we duct-taped the door shut.
Needless to say we will NOT be painting the rest of the upstairs floor until next summer, at the earliest. Or maybe we'll go on a protracted vacation, and pay someone to paint it for us...now that would be a fine idea.
Second, the Benjamin Moore paint is supposed to be high gloss. It ain't. It's high-freakin'-gloss where it dried on the side of the can, but on the floor - no! - it's dried to a satin finish. We followed the instructions to a T - the first coat looked great, the second coat looked great - and the following day, it had dried to a satin finish. Huh. Go figure. The challenge will now be to replicate this effect when we paint the rest of the floor upstairs.
That's not what we wanted, but we'll have to live with it...probably the third coat would be a charm, which, as discussed above, is not an option right now.
The satin finish will probably end up being infinitely more practical, since we won't be wearing down a high-gloss finish, but it's troubling when things don't turn out as expected. We're waiting for the Benjamin Moore rep to call us back, but they're not as customer-service oriented as Sico was, unfortunately.
The overall look of the floor (and room!) is amazing, though. Friends come in and say it looks like a Swedish country house, which is nice considering that's exactly the look we were aiming for.
And my favorite photo:
We went to Ikea to buy the furniture to turn this into Eric's office/atelier. It took us FOUR, yes FOUR visits to get what we wanted, and we'll take a fifth to return what we ended up not needing. We also nearly ended up in divorce court during first visit, but really, that was entirely our fault for trying to go to Ikea near a full moon. What were we thinking? I swore I'd never go back to Ikea with Eric ever again, but the next evening, there I was, back for more punishment. The good news is all candles were 50% off, so we stocked up. We now have enough candles to last us the next 5 years.
And then...no more oscilloscope in the living room? No more soldering station on the dining table? No more capacitors and resistors and varistors and MOSFETS and JFETS on the living room table? And then - the pièce de résistance - Eric has promised me that the drill press will be moved upstairs. (I was aiming more toward the direction of the front door, but again, I digress).
So stay tuned to see what we come up with next.