Painted and Sealed | Day 145 | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith


So what do you think? Looks pretty good, doesn’t
it? They say an eco-friendly house can’t be built in 150 days for $150,000, and I say
it can. I’m Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity
with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. This floor has dried now for
four days, and we’re able to walk on it. There’s a single coat of polyurethane over this. It
gave it a really nice finish — this is a semi-gloss. It’s gonna make it a lot easier
to keep clean. Now if you recall, we painted this floor with a floor paint, a true floor
paint, and we applied two coats. This color was Benjamin Moore’s Black Bean Soup. I’m
really happy with the color. I think it’s gonna work well with a lot of our furnishings.
In fact, let me show you one of the rugs I’m gonna use in the entry hall. You know, everybody
thought I was crazy for this dark color, but just take a look at what these beautiful colors
do against the dark floor. So see how well color is going to play against this dark floor
and these white walls? I just can’t wait to get to the decorating. So far so good. Now,
getting the floors the way I wanted, that was a different story. Back here, the polyurethane
is applied with a roller and it’s causing some little air bubbles to surface, which
if the air bubbles don’t settle and dissolve and become smooth then it’s gonna dry just
like this. And we’re gonna end up with a texture on the floor, which we don’t want. It might
be an interesting texture for a wall, but I don’t really want it for the floor. It’s
important to drag the polyurethane with a natural bristle brush to make sure that there
are no air bubbles in it. You see, I’ve done that here and it’s much smoother. Can you
go in there with a brush and brush it down? Not right now. So we’re gonna have to re-sand
this one? Yeah. Sand it and redo it? Okay, alright. We had some bumps in the road. We
stubbed our toes a couple of times, but I think we’re in good shape. Hey, if you like
where we’re going with the house, check in with us regularly. We’re about to start the
decorating. And make sure you subscribe to eHow Home.

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