This is what we have been up to, but we paid someone to do this project, because it was quite involved. We put down wood flooring in the kitchen, the open living room/dining area, and the library (2nd bedroom). We wanted to do this almost three years ago, and now, we finally could. It was hard to choose, because I wanted it to look nice with the kitchen and my furniture. I brought home lots of samples. I finally decided on this, and the product had to be in the house for 30 days before it was installed.
The floor is grayish with brown streaks and off white scrapes. It is hand-scraped and distressed, so it looks older, and looks nice with my French style furniture. Yet with this place mostly empty due to the installation, it does have an almost a contemporary feel, and it could work with more modern furniture as well. Believe it or not, it is bamboo, and it doesn't look like it, even up close. It's super hard, much harder than oak, which we had in another home, and it is sustainable. It is going to make a huge improvement in how the piano sounds in the home. Not only did we have concrete floors, the original exterior/outside walls are concrete covered with plaster.
There is quite a bit of orange dust everywhere even though they used a vacuum. In retrospect, besides covering the furniture, we should of taped plastic to the walls. The concrete floors had a finish that we applied in the areas where it was badly damaged. It also had an original finish where it was in better condition. The finish had to be sanded off to glue this down, otherwise the floor would have to float, which would have created a hollow sound.
In the last photo are the windows that we had restored. They now have twice as thick glass and were re puttied. It was difficult to find someone to do it, but so worth it. They are called haveresque: nine-paned mid-century cornered windows that go to the floor. We still need to redo the wall paint, but it is just as well, because the wall paint needs a touch up everywhere now. So now we have to put the living room/dining room, kitchen, and library back together and reinstall the baseboards ! It will be a good chance to clean this place out and donate what we don't need. It's like we are moving in again!
The pictures are not the best, because I took them when it was already getting dark.