As I suspected, the wood flooring job that the “specialist” came in to “patch” last Friday still looks like phooey. There are sanding marks, areas where the stain was put on heavier than others, and a distinctive black ring around the perimeter of our entire second floor. The steps were about 3 shades darker than the rest of the wood. They completely obliterated the beautiful bull nose on many of the steps and at the landing. Not to mention, they left areas so rough that I am bound to get splinters should I ever dare touch it. Now that is a fine quality – kidding!The unfortunate thing is that now I am stuck with a botched floor and I will have to refinish them after we’ve moved in. Given how incredibly dusty these guys were the first time around – all of my belongings are going to be laden with construction dust. The one thing I was trying so hard to avoid! I am contemplating telling the wood floor guy to go away. I really, truly think I might just paint them white.Did I mention that there is a fine coat of dust on every surface in the house? The flooring guy led me astray by insisting I have the painters come in first and that he go last. All my fresh paint looks terrible! Always, always paint last – I knew this, and he convinced me otherwise. I am still trying to get through cleaning out the romper room. My right shoulder is so sore from my bike accident that I really can only do little bits and pieces at a time before my shoulder gives out and I need a rest. Since I am moving so slow, I had hoped to have an entire week to prepare the house for move-in. Now I am down to one day. I decided to hire a team of fellas to come in and help me clean the mess that the wood floor guy left behind. It’s the only way I will be ready for the movers to arrive. Why bother to clean if they have to come back? Oh lordy, will we ever be settled?I have been collecting images of painted steps and floors for a while, but didn’t realize I might be painting my own! Here are some images to check out painted floors and stairways: red steps from Dos Family, pink painted steps image via Michael Graydon, black and white steps via pretty organized palace, checkerboard floor via Decorno, an array of flooring options from Wide Open Spaces, High Heeled Foot in the Door gives a tutorial on painting wood floors, white steps with natural wood “runner” and turquoise painted steps featured in this post are from Apartment Therapy.