Mucho Polvo

Mucho Polvo

“Hay mucho polvo.” That was one of this week’s entries on my “Learn to Speak Spanish Phrase-a-Day” calendar.

Translation: “There’s a lot of dust.”

No kidding.

Old houses are dusty, and renovation projects are serious “polvo-producers.” We’ve generated plenty over the past three months, as we’ve replaced all of the electrical wiring and some of the plumbing, hung drywall, blown in insulation, installed a new roof, torn down an old brick chimney, stripped wallpaper, painted ceilings, walls and woodwork, installed a few new kitchen cabinets, countertops, and floor tile, and put in new bathroom fixtures. We had a chimney sweep come in a few weeks ago and he took 8 gallons of rubble and dust out of the chimney. EIGHT GALLONS! Now, THAT’S some serious POLVO! In fact, I’ve started thinking of each day’s work in terms of where it will register on the “NCD meter” – Noise, Chaos, Dust.

Though we’ve made a lot of progress in restoring this place, there was another major project that had the potential to send the NCD meter off the charts. The hardwood floors in the house have great potential, but they’re badly worn and, in some places, not even finished, as Ruth’s family had tacked carpets and “linoleum rugs” over bare wood in some of the rooms. But the prospect of doing full-scale floor stripping, sanding and refinishing seemed too overwhelming. So after some research on the Internet, I came up with what I hope will be an acceptable (and much simpler) alternative, using a rented floor buffer and a product that gets rave reviews called “ProShot Industrial Re-newing Floor Restorer & Finish” (it SOUNDS like it should work, right?)

So that’s what we’re up to this weekend. Stay tuned for my next blog, where I’ll let you know how it all turns out. (or doesn’t) Meanwhile, may your weekend be “sans polvo.”

Posted by Melanie Tagged as: home renovation

Next: Mucho Polvo - Part Dos

Previous: The house that captivated us