Well, this is such an interesting thing to be going thru.
So it seems that the floor is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. To me, it’s extremely important that the old floor be reproduced piece by piece and I’ve been fighting the “You vant to mitre corners” demand. No Boris, I don’t vant to mitre the corners. (In the meantime, Boris is showing me photos on his phone of all sorts of inlay floors he did at extreme expense. They look like swirly fans and flowers gone wild in various shades of wood. “Dis million pieces,” says Boris, “Dis wery expensive.” I’ve no doubt, but
dis this is a Craftsman floor, it must be simple and no mitred corners please.
Then, “You don’t vant shoe 1/4 round, you vant crown moulding.”
Well, the first day day of reconstruction happened within the old marquetry borders. The hardwood floor refinishing was made just as the old floor was in great swaths of lengths.
The second day of floor reconstruction was consumed with carefully removing the marquetry and reconstructing it in new wood. Boris #2 painstakingly drew the pattern out on cardboard, cut exact bits of wood and recreated the twelve corners.
The third day was yesterday. The corners are done, the non-mitred corners are done! Now just the straight forward bedrooms to go. Then the sanding starts on Monday.
Here’s our little TV room/library where C and I are hanging out at the time.
So, now, like the good mom I am, I’m about to leave my child to deal with the mess and get out of town for a few days. 🙂
Addendum (AKA, well, if you can believe this!!!!)
Spoke to Robbie this morning, sent him progress photos and he said, “Where’s the second marquetry strip in the dining room?”
Holy smokes!!! Thank goodness this is just about the most documented floor in the history of floor renovations.
Several planks are being taken up as we speak and second marquetry feature strip is getting put in.
Isn’t Robert just the bestest in the world? I think so!