A few phone calls made, a price set to carry off as much as we could over a week, and some manual labor secured, we could barely contain our excitement.
Steps to reclaim barn wood:
1. Find gullible friends
2. Hook Dad’s flatbed trailer to his truck
3. Remind yourself how to drive with a flatbed trailer attached to a truck.
4. Stare at piles of wood and realize there is no way you can move that much wood with one truck and three people.
5. Coax the “artsy” one to stop looking for “cool” pieces and just load the damn truck.
6. Take first load out to Dad’s.
7. Have Dad belittle your flatbed maneuverability skills and show off his skidsteer prowess.
8. Return to barn site for second load.
9. Get distracted by wife who shows up and starts picking through things and randomly throwing them on the truck.
10. Realize barn site looks exactly the same as when you got there this morning. Like you hadn't even taken anything away.
End day 1.
Day 2 was similar except it was just me and Scott. Oh and it torrentially rained. And the wind was blowing so hard I thought we might be taken over the rainbow at some point.
Now the majority of the barn wood still sits at my parent’s house awaiting a nail pulling party and to be placed on the saw mill to make into more manageable pieces. Yes, my dad owns a flatbed trailer, skidsteer and saw mill. What of it? (And a big John Deere whose function I can’t remember and a mini bulldozer and a “dump box” which is like a small version of the back of a dump truck that you hook to your regular truck. Who doesn’t?)
Steps to rescue a wood floor (most people):
1. Hire somebody
Steps to rescue a wood floor (Revival):
1. Move anything on the main floor behind an arbitrary line made with painter tape.
2. Lots and lots of sweeping and mopping and scraping to remove a decade of residue including chewing gum.
3. Rent a drum sander from Home Depot
4. Rent an edge sander from ABC Rental
6. Sand some more.
7. Keep sanding.
8. Shop vac dust.
9. Apply polyurethane.
10. Pass out from asphyxiation.
12. Apply more poly.
14. Apply three more coats of poly.
15. Cleverly stage bulk of inventory to look like a real store. (That was me!)
16. Purchase $80 worth of cleaning supplies from Ace Hardware.
17. Wipe up all the foot prints and dust we tracked all over the fresh floors while staging it.
18. Cover the remaining unfinished floor in paper so we stop tracking foot prints.
19. Open doors!