I had a stack of 4' x 4" about 2' long that I had saved from the dump always knew I could do something with them. They have been sitting around for a few years now DH has taken a few to use for different things , goat feeders, raised garden beds and the list goes on :).
As we are building our house I have been looking at a lot of floors and decided on a cobblewood floor for the guest bath that will be all recycled wood, tin & brown paper so the floor fit right in .
First I gathered up all my 4x4s and started cutting after about 200 the saw burned up :(
so off I go to get us a new saw .
as DH is setting up said saw hes testing the cut size 3/4" is what it needs. He has told me over & over NEVER cut short wood . (this is a coumpound miter saw and it will hurt you .)
He picks up one of my shorts and makes a cut then goes for another .. Yeppers you gussed it he cut his finger lucky for him it was only 4 stitches and not the loss of the finger..
Hes fine .. back to cutting I need somewhere around 600 blocks
on to the layout Or so I thought...
After a few setbacks I got the cobblewood floor down I knew the blocks were 2 different sizes but it wasn't that much of a difference or so I thought Untill I started doing the layout and after 3 rows the pattern was lost . As im using recycled wood and thought I had found all the 4 x 4s we had I would have to come up with something else . Not enough of either size to do the whole room ..
So I came up with the idea of all the LG SQs on the outside of the room and the smaller ones down the center we didn't see much of a color difference till we took pictures. Then I ran out of the smaller Sqs we hunted around and found a few more 4 x 4s some holding up the cast iron tub . some behind the weels of the 5th wheel etc it really got down to the last cut of wood
Elena, as much as Id like to take credit for the cobblewood floor they have been around for a very long time
Got the floor coated with sanding sealer but then had to help DH put up 2 more beams.
may take tomorrow off or start the grout .. Ill know in the morning :)
Trackinsand , you could use the spacers but Ithe look I wanted was more done by eye more random
the blocks are already glued down, dry and sealed, ill grout next useing a 50/50 mix of sawdust & shellac
bivbiv, after making quilts for 30+ years with all points matching & corners all sq.
I am embracing the perfection of imperfection :)
the other 2 floors that will be cobblewood will be more tile like . But this bath is all recycled from floor to ceiling and should look like an old west bath house
so you are right on about the charm & beauty
Denim, how do you apply the sawdust and shellac? Do you clean the tops of wood as you go? I do mosaics and am going thru the grouting process. Is there a ratio to follow with the sawdust and shellac? What will you seal it with? So many questions. But I know you know this will last beacause of all the hard labor you have put into it. I was just wondering the process. And yes this floor will be beautiful when you get done. I was amazed how it looked it the pic with part done and undone. Awesome.
Two main questions: how were you able to cut such thin slices of wood? and what's the light colored areas around the wood that hasn't been grouted? It's really an awesome floor and quite the labor of love!
sawdust and shellac 50/ 50 and I but it on with my hands and a paint stirstick
yes I do try and wipe as much off as I go just to keep sanding down I will all be sanded when grout dries
your seeing the glue in the spaces between the blocks
I used a 12" sliding compound miter saw to cut the 4x4s
the next floor will be 4x6 useing the left over chunks of ceiling beam 2
& I think one will either be 2 x 4 or tree slices (if I can get DH to fall the small dead trees here on our place
hahaha!!! don't hold your breath it will be close to last im sure I still need to refinish the clawfoot tub, brown paper bag 2 walls then old barnwood on the botom 1/2 and old barntin on the upper half
make the sink, towel racks etc.
you can see the whole house on my Facebook
Your Right June I wasn't standing there when he did it he came up to the front house with his hand in a rag and had to tell on him self ... lol
i may start sanding on the first area later today its hard waiting for the next step wanting to see how its going to finish out
One of these days I might tell you what I was doing 40 years ago . It wasn't wine , it was Jack and water .
Isn't it odd , the way life is , different times , a different lifestyle, and altogether a different person . I guess that's what they call "experience "
All your ideas are visionary. They all work . Thank goodness D H is so talented , you guys complement each other . BTW , beautiful grandaughter. I like the little black dog too . Poodle ?
We could have done it together Juney, reported to each other what she was doing while the other one slept . Goodness knows , she has enough energy for two people .All the pictures show just how much work and planning goes into a project like that .
40 years ago I was learning to drive a stick shift, and getting my 66 mustang ready to paint. I also had my first love and not my last. My Dad had already put me to work in his construction business.I remember being fascinated with my Mom laying a brick patio herself. I have 350 bricks still waiting for me!
My poor hubby is doing the same thing in our second brick courtyard. He turned 80 a few weeks ago and that hasn't slowed him down one i-oda. When he finishes that, he has to start on the fence that was destroyed in the storm in the early summer. He has been busy since spring getting rid of destroyed trees and gradually burning the remaining tall stumps plus pulling up the concrete based posts of the old fence. Poor man... but he says that is what keeps him young.
He's like me , a little here , a little there, and someday in the future , you're through and can go to the next thing .I would so hate having to have someone else do everything . You're a lucky lady , that he doesn't want to quit , and he's a lucky man, that he can still keep on keeping on . That's what keeps us all young . lol
Bet you're the same way .
That is why we took down the other ones near our barn. It just wasn't worth trying to second guess the next storms. Those were sheer winds that got all of ours and the area where we live is still cluttered with the debris all over the neighborhood. Many folks just couldn't do the job themselves and can't afford to hire it done. Our subdivision still looks awful. The people behind us just got back in their house a few weeks ago because it was so badly damaged. I talked to a couple the other day who live about a block and a half from us and they just got back in theirs after over 7 months of living elsewhere and working to get it back in livable condition. They had to gut their whole house because theirs caught fire plus the roof was ruined and the rains got the entire inside.
Oh Denim , so sorry about your back . All that down on your knees and bending over is a lot of strain on the body . Get that back rested so you have many years to enjoy and keep the house up like you want . Not sitting , and watching someone else caring for it , and not dusting or mopping properly.lol
Do take care of yourself .
Thanks Digger & Plants,
my sciatica has shown its ugly head and just wont go away
didn't hurt my back working on the house .. I messed it up about 10 years ago and its crazy when it decides to act up .. all I did was bend over to pickup a dog toy off the floor ...
one time I was shaking out a table cloth.
rest & my tens machine & stretches . but its getter better every day
Hey , I have one of those double head vibrator that saves my life . Whichever hip is the bad one , lay on your other side and draw the "bad" leg up . Press the heads deep in between the muscles in your bu - -. Believe me , it works and it should put you on your feet the next day .I've had that problem for fifty years . I bought it at W M under 30.00. Probably higher now . D H taped a handle to it so I can run it down my back too .
I take it with me when we're on the move .
Ouch! I was born with sciatica and you would think that I would have learned by now.. I mess up and turn the wrong way or bend the wrong way every few years and it is just awful. I hope it goes away soon and you have no more troubles with it.
That down on the floor is horrid for sciactica. Wrapping Christmas presents kills me and does me in for weeks after. Wait on that sanding. Also a tennis ball against the wall helps if you push the booty against it, also for knots in the shoulder blades too.
Denimangle, I am sorry to hear about your back. It sounds like you know what it takes to fix it. I hope you're up sooner than later :o)
Digger, sounds perfect!
Curvesarein, I was just in Walmart this morning, scouting around, and I didn't see a single one. To be honest, you would find a better one at maybe, Sears. I had one picked out a few years ago with heat and 4 settings, long handle and all. They sold out and I still don't have one :o(
To me it is anytime...Doesn't make sense. I use their ten dollar (rice?) bags that you heat in the microwave. They work wonders for me for back pain and sciatica. I put a damp cloth in with the bag in the microwave. I heat it as many times as needed. Once I found that works for me, I have used it as a remedy for years. I run a cord through the loops that are on each end and hang it around my waist or back. I forgot one time and went out in the front yard to reply to a question from a neighbor with the bag tied around my waist. I was so embarrassed.
Lisa's building too and hopes to have one big room ready to occupy and decorate for Christmas. Lisa, I have forgotten, is it the living room or den and kitchen area? I was starting to watch your pictures on Facebook when we were at the KYRU and got called elsewhere and missed the showing.
deni, we've been building for 5 years now, steady but slow. We've not occurred any debt, building as we can. We are also the "contractors"..we are using a whole bunch of reclaimed material. I like your idea of cordwood flooring. We will be doing some wall spots with cordwood, have also tossed around the idea of flooring. Thanks for the pictures.
Elena, the kitchen, living room and dinning area will be an open floor plan.
I'm glad you are still enjoying your pralines. I will have to restock you soon.
Lisa is there a likn to see your home would love to see it ... we are doing the same pay as you go .. no banker living in the guest bedroom for 30 years I love the reclamed/ upcycled
with all the local cedar we are useing . I keep telling DH there is no scrap pile ...its all still good for something he just rolls his eyes at me .
the concete counters with recycles glass are next
well im off to try and get some work done today .. hope my back agrees
The rice bags are easy to make. Take a wash cloth and fold in half. Sew the bottom and side and fill with 1 lb long grain rice, then sew the top up. Make cut pillow cases for them. Great gifts. I have several and use all the time for back and fybromyalgia problems.
deni, we are converting a post/pole metal building into a home. We took a huge financial beating several years ago in Louisiana due to hurricanes -we are native Louisianians-and are now rethinking life in the foothills of Kentucky.
Lisa, can I view your pictures on my computer even if I am not a Facebook member? I have never joined and don't really have the time to keep up with another site. I have more sites to follow now than I can say grace over. :)
Lisa and Demi, ordinary (not wealthy) people used to do just exactly what you two are doing and build as they could afford to do so. I admire both of you for what you are doing and for not going into debt because you just HAVE to have what you want RIGHT now like so many people do!!!!!
Curves, I couldn't live without my rice bags. I have several now of all sizes and descriptions so I won't need to make any for a long time. (I hope others will try to make and use them though.) Once my family saw my needs they have loaded me down with bags for every gift occasion imaginable. I think I need to spread the word that I have enough to last me even if I live to be 110 yrs old.
My fibro pain responds well to the heat also.
well got most of the floor sanded today and helped DH tie the chicken wire in the counter top frames
then we went to the mill and pickedup 300 12' cedar boards so we can take then to the other mill tomorrow to have the profile cut.
should start putting polly on the floor Sunday
Whew! That prep-work is exhaustingly detailed, but it is going to look so nice!
How many times do you plan on sanding? A former landlord sanded down to a mirror finish...eek! It looked like a million bucks but was very hard to walk on! Even sitting on the furniture would cause it to move suddenly. We had to buy a sheet of rubber and glue it to the bottoms of everything!
LOL @ June
I wan't a rustic look so no mirror finish here. ill sand a bit more tomorrow and then start polly and then a light sanding between coats between
If I don't get side tracked ...(ADD...I do have a few glass orders on the table)...I should have it finished this next week
You remind me of me 50 years ago. Some people used to laugh at my working so hard but they also stayed renting apartments for a lot of years. I was raised to believe in having my own home. Husb. and I have always done all our own work, from wiring to ceptic tanks and all in between. Never built from ground up always remodeling which I think is worse. You have to tear out and start again. This is our 4th and last home now. From RI to Fl. I still have my small sledge hammer and crowbar but try to stiffle the urge to tear out as we have both slowed down a bit. Got one wall to knock down in his workshop and am looking forward to it. We have a lovely location 15 acres just 5 miles from town so plan to stay until we croak. The Lord has been VERY GOOD to us over the years. Been in this house 45 years and house is approaching 80 years. All tongue and groove cypress walls and some ceilings. Took old chimney out in kitchen and learned all walls are concrete block poured full of concrete so remodeling this one isn't going to happen. Can't even upgrade wiring. We are comfortable so its OK.
When you have finished your home you will look back and be so very proud of yourselves. It's a great feeling. We are at the age that we realize in a few years we won't need a home here anymore so no need to knock ourselves out. Enjoy your youth and energy while you can. HOWEVER, I don't sit down much and keep finding new projects that I can handle. Just dug 2 new koi ponds and husb. did wiring and plumbing for them. I do all the digging cause he has lung desease and I'm thankful I can still do it. I tore down old pasture fence with help of my tractor and cleaned up a lot of our yard as we were hosting a plant RU. Had a ball even tho I was pooped after. Like the 80 year old man mentioned above I firmly believe it keeps us going. I see people in their 40's that aren't as physically active as I am and I think get off your butt and accomplish something while you can.
Keep on keeping on and you will reap the benefits both mentally and financially. Feels great to not have any debt on property. God Bless all your efforts.
We are lucky to have good health over all we have built the house thinking down the road all doors are wide for walkers or wheelchairs just in case...lol & went with single floor for that same reason . We arn't getting any younger (60 & 62) but plan to live many more years .. After the house & shop are finished the green house will be built.I like you have to be working on something .
well off to work I go . :)
denim: I think Curves meant to write: " Take a washcloth..." etc.
Also as an old nurse who has seen many patients with back problems from picking things off the floor: if you have a bad back (or even if you don't) never lean over to pick something off the floor...use good body mechanics and bend you knees, pick the toy off the floor and keep back straight...
You are smart for planning ahead. Facts like our b'rm. is not wheelchair or walker accessable is what may cause us to move as remodeling what we have would be extremely expensive. I tried to talk my husb. into doing it years ago but he couldn't see it as he was sick of remodeling. Now its too late. I talked to a contractor I know and she said it would be at least $40,000. to make our b'rm. handicap equipped. We will have to try and manage with what we have.
I compliment you on thinking ahead.
Bonniegardens said, "Keep on keeping on and you will reap the benefits both mentally and financially." I agree 100%. My dear hubby has been so busy the last two days. He had some muscle aches but other than that, he is fine. I got out the rice bag and he went around with it tied to his body for a while. Reported back later that he felt fine. He spent the days buying, loading, etc. fence posts, more cement mix, cross boards for the fence and some fence lumber. He made several trips to Lowe's and came back with the trailer loaded each time. Of course he is the one who unloaded it all. Yep, it keeps him young. Lisa knows him, so isn't that right Lisa? Here he is next to Lisa at one of our great KYRUs. The other guy is Keith, hubby of our very own DG's Melody. Muddymitts is the sweet lady sitting next to Keith.
J2222 you are so right ...I so know better then to just bend ... but sometimes just do it not thinking ill pay for it in pain ...lol
Bonnie . DH had a motorcycle werck 11 years ago and was in a wheel chair & then a walker we learned then all things are not made for either .. It was a real test as we were living in the 5th wheel at the time & had to rent a house but still couldn't get into the bathroom .
Elena looks like y'all are having a great time!!!
Well I got the first coat of polly on the floor today will light sand tomorrow and may get 2 more coats
I got the floor sanded twice . 2 more coats of polly not sure if ill go for 4 :)
fired up 2 kils & cut & foiled a 12" cross orders to fill
forgot my camera this morning and to beat to walk back down .. it will wait :)
:>) I will buy my rice in bulk form rather than by the boxes. May even put a little lavender or nice smelling herb in them. They have loops on the ones I buy for attaching them to the proper place on the body and continuing to move around. I use a cord looped through both loops and tied to hold them securely. Gotta start on Santa's workshop right away after cleaning up the garden to make it presentable for winter. I just started putting my garden photos for the year on my "The Gathering Place" website. I will post that link when I am finished. I had no idea what it would involve to decide what pictures to use. In some cases, I know that I have a better photo from a previous year for a certain plant and I am spending a lot of time going back and looking for the best photo to use. This is gonna be time consuming, and no wonder I never did it before. I may never do it AGAIN either. Have a great day everyone. Looks like I have hijacked this thread. Sorry.
Lisa the last picture is not my house the others are my floor & yes I did it from cutting the 4 x 4s to laying the floor I have 2 more rooms to do . the launder room will get the left over 4' x 6" ceiling beams cut 3/4" thick
the pantry will get either 4" x 6" or a cambo of 4" x 6' & 2" x 4" what ever is left over
I used sawdust and shellac 50/ 50 , I don't think crete would work well as the wood would suck the water out of it before it had time to setup right and it would srink up . I don't think i will have to regrout anytime soon . I made sure heavy polly got down in the grout
thank you FlowrLady & Elena,
have everything lined up waiting for DH to finishup whet hes into so he can do some heavy lifting for me. Ill be starting all the plate covers this week watch for my new thread
A bit off subject but I saw a house on realtor.com that had a floor made from Penny's, in a bathroom. It seemed like they were fixed to the floor and then coated with a laquer finish. It would be cute in a rustic small powder room, I think or on a bar top. I love the color of the copper, aged and new.
My DH and I have renovated two houses by ourselves and built a big addition to one. I know first hand what a pain (and pleasure) it is... all the hurry up and wait and smashed fingers, so good luck with your house! It's looking great!!!
I hope I get to renovate a house one day. I like that show Property Brothers, it makes me want to buy a home with good bones and let it be fixed into my dream home. I don't want to do it all by myself though. They can start it and I will finish it. lol
I have a Glass Studio across the yard & a quilt/craft studio on the end of the house that is 28' X16' that has its own entrance
heres where the glass shop is its middle door with window there is a Wood shop Harly shop 2 car carport & storage
All 4 are Australian Shepards 2 red tris and 2 blue merles . the trailer is up by the road about 1/4 miles from the house . the house & shop are in the middle of the woods . we see nothing but trees & deer.. & no one can see it from any side.. LOL DH is never in the doghouse hes to busy building me my dream house
heres one of my favorit pictures of some of our dogs & our dog whisper
As I've been reading the comments about your "cobblewood" floor, I just had to make something hot to drink while reading more comments. I guess just by knowing you live in a colder climate at this time of year, I needed something to warm my insides. I made a cup of hot Abuelita [mexican] hot chocolate with 1 tsp of instant "Nescafe" Clasico brand coffee, topped with some canned whipped cream. Yummy!
@ denimangle ~~ I know this thread of yours about making your bathroom out of the "cobblewood" and walls from the recycled barn wood are from 2011, but I just saw it from the thumbnail photo on the Trash to Treasure forum & had to take a look. Wow! Lady, you did great on that floor! I know that it took quite some time to finish it, but when I saw the final photo after the final sanding and the polycoat finish on it -- it looks awesome! I was thinking the same thing about what you were going to use for grout & then I saw your answer. Nice choice, since it blended so well with the color of the wood! I just looked at your Facebook page a few minutes ago and saw some photos of the "framing" part of it. I sent you a friend request too.
At the moment, I own a mobile home and am doing renovations on it. Basically, I'm working on one room at a time, since that's the only way I can see any progress being made. I love to do the DIY stuff and keep all my paint supplies & paint accessories stored inside one big tote.
My way of keeping the materials or tools that I'll use when working on a room, I'll keep the materials in a plastic bag in that room. At least that way, I know where it is. :) I just keep one bag, as I don't want the bathroom to be too cluttered even tho it's a mess right now. I guess I'm kind of going back & forth between working on the back bathroom & the kitchen doing what I can when time permits.
Presently, in the kitchen I'll be replacing the old faucet with a new one that I bought from Home Depot. I'm like you in some ways too, have to do things a few steps at a time. Mostly due to lack of finances because I'm unemployed at the moment. I just make do with what I've got to work with. I pick up things when I can afford what I need.
After owning this mobile of mine since 2006, I finally made my first outside electrical fixture replacement. I believe the ugly old one that I replaced was an original fixture to this place when it was manufactured in 1977. There is one just like it on the driveway side too. That one is next on the list to replace. [see attached photo] For some reason the electrical fixtures are a snap to take care of while the kitchen sink faucet is another story. Probably because I've never attempted to do a plumbing repair of that type b/4. I keep telling myself..."okay, do the faucet thing on the weekend, plenty of time."...well...the weekend comes & goes...still not done. At least I have the handles of the hot & cold stops loosened enough to turn. I've had to treat the connector areas with a can of lubricating oil spray. After I sprayed that on the hot water stop handle, it turned so smooth - just like cutting butter!
Unfortunately, I can't do the kind of work on my mobile home like you're doing with yours, but I do what I can. I've commented on other threads too and have even started a few of my own. I have followed some of your posts and what I've seen has greatly inspired me! I tip my hat to you denimangle! Have a great weekend!! :)
thank you Fleur nice to see you on my FB page
Yes we pay as you go too no banker sleeping in the back room when its finished
I love going to the Restore to find things along with the T2T friends just shake their heads till they see what I have done ..
Starting the next copplewood floor
Fleur , as I said on another thread , I like the old one , but that part that the fixture screws into was getting brittle and needed to be replaced . Years ago when M H were wired with aluminum , they were the source of a lot of fires .
Denim , you still amaze me ..
Will try to flowerlady have been busy with life ... you know how it get in your way ...lol we had to redo 1/2 the goat pens so it would hold hogs turn 30' or dog pens into rabbit pens & chicken pens & have had the Grand kids for thanks giving break .. maybe next week ill get back to the new floor
I'm a day late and a dollar short but I had to stop and admire the wood flooring you did!
There was another thread on here where someone did a penny floor. It came out nice however the person did not use spacers so the lines we a bit skewed. I have looked into doing something similar with both pennies and wood. However because I'm a bit strange I'd prefer 1 in thick flooring so that it can be sanded more than a few times if needed. :)
As for the pennies, did you know you can make them "gold"? It is awesome looking and I for one could never live with a boring copper color might be something to think about, would be a great supervised science project for the grandkids not to mention free labor! One must teach the kids early after all. ;-)
I love the aged look of copper . Each one has a bit different patina and not boring at all .
Do you think that a gold finish over such a large area might look gaudy . I don't know , I'd have to see it to decide .
BTW , Denim did the "penny " floor .
cicci sorry for find my penny floor distasteful The pennies were put down on a grid & everyone that sees it in person wonders how I got the lines so straight not one thought they were SKEWED!!!! And as for the color I find fake gold just a bit Gaudy . I happen to love the copper patina all most all my sinks are copper & it really fits the rustic look of my Home
thanks Pat we are getting close DH is working on the butchblock counter tps we were going to do creat & Glass like in the laundryroom & master bath.. but didn't want all the mess in here with the hardwood floor already down & the pecan cabinets
Denim - First of all I must say I love everything you have done with your house and many of your posts are what got me hooked on Dave's a year+ ago. (If I recall, y'all also ride Harleys like we do, right?) Anyway...had to say the penny floor was perfect. Turning them "gold" might be a good project for kids to make jewelry out of but certainly not a floor, much less in a rustic home. Nope the copper patina fits. I love the cobblewood floors, the tub surround, everything ...and that kitchen...Oh my goodness...I'm envious already.
Thanks Decolores,Cville_Gardener,Cicca & digger
Digger we still have the green house to build & the water tanks a pole barn for the RV & tractors ...lol & lots of planting of fruit & nut trees oh yeah & get back to riding the Harleys lol
Cicca the counters wee made by glueing boards together :) on the one after they were glued they were cut and glued again .. lot & lots of planning & sanding
or Port Aransas ? We left this morning and are back here at Rockport ,about 15 mi from Port Aransas. There are some very nice places at P. A. Even the small , older homes are desirable . Give me one , I'll take it in a heartbeat .I know nothing about Port Arthur .
What part of Co ? I love that state
Well this floor has been kicking my butt this last week .. blocks kept popping off thought I had everything back down & put the first coat of sanding sealer on the floor . about 1/2 way through the room I start hearing a strange popping sound finish the floor & had to wait 4 hours to see what was going on . Well most of the blocks had come loose again . :( still not sure why ... So yesterday I used liquid nailes & put all the tiles back down . Today I got the second round of sanding sealer on . tomorrow ill grout. if the wood is still glued to the floor ...lol
if i was to ever do another one id just start out with the LN
this didn't happen with the first cobblewood floor we arn't sure if useing bigger pieces has anything to do with it put thats the only difference ..