Marc did back-breaking work all weekend sanding, staining and finishing the back porch wood floors. They look beautiful!
It is pine flooring with a Zar stain in rosewood with black dye added (by the kind folks at our local Benjamin Moore.) Between coats of finish he'd have to lay flat on the living room floor to ease his back. Poor guy.
So this area is almost ready for a porch party! Break out the chips, beer and cards. NA beer for me of course. Guiness makes a pretty tasty one called Kaliber.
Meanwhile, I was doing some back-breaking work of mine own. One of the items on my pre-thanksgiving list was to stain and paint the dining room chairs. My mom graciously bought these chairs (and a small round table) a couple of years ago at auction. They are sturdy, but in various states of painted and unpainted. So I sanded, stained, sealed and painted them to blend better in our dining room! Here is the before and after:
If I was smart, I would have taken the "before" picture of the worst chair, but I didn't, this is actually the best one. You can see the most challenging one behind it, it was competely covered in about 5 layers of paint!