28 March 2015

New Floors
























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.


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40 comments:

  1. Lovely floors-I know how hard it is to pick them out. I just picked our a hand scraped wood for our remodel and ordered it all this week! Big job!

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    1. Thank you, DD. Yes, it is hard to pick out. It took me a couple of months to decide on the product.

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  2. Oh Su they are beautiful. Bamboo never looked so stunning and the color is divine and you are right with your choice, compliments all your furniture styles. That's a lot of rooms you just did. I hear you with the construction mess, We are living through an update in our kitchen and the dirt is driving me insane but will of course be so worth it in the end.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. It's amazing... Where does ALL the dirt come from?

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  3. Su, your floors look great! Very pretty choice!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It was a nice mid-point. One could spend twice as much or half if laminate is chosen.

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  4. I'll take hardwood floors or even vinyl floors over carpet any day of the week! I'm sure you'll love them.
    Brenda

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    1. I agree, Brenda. It lasts forever, and anything can be wiped up from wood or vinyl. It's a little easier on the feet than cement and the interior sound is better.

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  5. Congratulations, these are beautiful. I sympathise about the dust - I once moved into a place where the floors had been recently sanded, and although they swept up, I was washing the walls for what felt like months afterwards. And the ceilings got dusty - dust everywhere!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I was noticing that today when the sun hit it a wall just right! The film of dust on the walls. They will have to be washed, before they are touched up.

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  6. I love the color of you new floor and it looks great!

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  7. What a wonderful choice off floors. I love the color. Sometimes it takes us a while to get a chore done but once completed - Wowza.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Though the process is messy the result is beautiful! I'm sure you are going to enjoy everything about your new flooring! Love the color too! Blessings, Cindy

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  9. Beautiful floors and windows too. Really looks good with your furniture.

    Judy

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  10. You are going to love your floors - they looks great.
    Mary

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  11. I so love the new Wood Flooring, its so what I would havé chosen for this home I am in, but Boeing an investment home I wanted to keep the cost down. Next home I so would do a grayish like wood, you are so right it will look so French, rural French and ever so rustic in a primitive way.many pieces you place down on this floor will look great, I could even see a black and white checked floor in a kitchen working with this floor, you could even add area rugs with the checked pattern, or shirt stripped, even faded worn and aged vintage. You are so not going to regret this choice, and I can't wait to see more of the area with furnishings placed here and there.

    Amazing look!


    Thank you Su, for taking the time to grace your beauty and comment over at my place.

    See you soon

    Xx
    Bisous

    Doré

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  12. Both the floors and the windows look amazing. I think your choice in wood is perfect for your home. Isn't the tidy up afterwards the worst? As you know I recently had some painting done and even though we paid someone to do it, I was putting the house back together for days!

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    1. That's going to be us. I hope I get it back together before the holidays coming.

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  13. The floors look fabulous - you must be so pleased! Everything is coming together so nicely. Enjoy your Sunday!

    xo

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    1. Thank you, Anne. It has been so much work, as you know!

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  14. I can imagine what the piano will sound like ~ wonderful choice and it is beautiful as well.
    I don't think we will be taking on any big projects this year. Last year we did the patios/walkways. Time to focus on some little things.
    Enjoy!
    xoxo,
    Lin

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    1. Hi, Lin. I like little projects they can have such a big impact. We are almost down to the last of the big projects.I don't know if you know that this place was a complete fixer-upper, yet we intend to stay. That's why I've just done what I wanted in the kitchen. We have no desire for a large home again. This is just more practical is so many ways as I know you understand.

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  15. Beautiful Su. Just gorgeous. I bet you are so excited to have this done. I love those windows too and how all the light comes into the room. Everything looks wonderful. Happy Sunday.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. I am. Happy Sunday to you too, and a wonderful holiday week.

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  16. Your floors are gorgeous, Su! I didn't realize what a hard surface bamboo provides. I really like the finish you chose. When we had our hardwood floors refinished on the second story, I made sure that the finishers would also install new quarter-round molding so everything would be done when they left. Apparently there was a misunderstanding and that job fell onto my shoulders. There's still one bedroom left to finish and it's been over 2 years! Your windows are lovely. I know how hard it is to find skilled people to reglaze windows as it's a dying art, but they did a nice job on yours. It's all looking good!

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    1. That is unfortunate that they did not finish. A couple of years ago, my spouse installed new baseboards when he ripped out the carpet. He took them down for this installation, and now he has to repaint and install. (In past homes, it added quite a bit to the cost, so he thought he would do it.)The installers did do the six feet of kitchen that is builtin, which is nice, because he won't have to mess with how the quarter round and baseboards meet there. He is going to start today. The production of the glazing was interesting. An older man came with a crew that were suppose to help him. Basically they got nothing done the first day, and the older man removed the mess they were making. The older head man spoke to my spouse and told my spouse how to take off the old paint. He stapled the glass so they would hold until he could come back alone. Fortunately there was no lead anywhere according to the tester.) So my spouse removed the old and did a great job. (The stuff we do to keep things the way they were!) The older man came back the next week alone, because it goes faster alone. ( He said it is difficult showing young people anything these days.) It took him into the early part of afternoon. He installed the specially ordered tempered in on the bottom, and replaced the new glass that the crew cracked and scratched as they installed it the week before... Oh my! At least we don't have to do this for a long time now.

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  17. They look beautiful, Su. I know it's a lot of mess but so worth it. Nothing like wood floors for warmth and character. Patty/NS

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    1. Thank you, Patty. They do have a nice feel under the foot after having walked on something so hard for so long.

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  18. The floor look amazing and I'm in love with those paned corner windows!

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  19. The floors look wonderful and the windows too.
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  20. Hi, I hope your hand is fully recovered.
    Your floors are beautiful and I LOVE you floor to ceiling windows, they must make your home so bright and welcoming, simply lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Judith. It's a very simple home, but the windows are classic. Thank you for appreciating why I wanted to keep them. It's hard to show on camera, but they have really thick wooden panes. The options to replace these were quite ugly or undoable. My hand is so much better. It still aches sometimes, but I can use it now. Have a wonderful week, and thank you for visiting. xoxo

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  21. How nice! You must feel so happy every time you walk into the room.
    Amalia
    xo

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  22. It is gorgeous and looks so amazing in your home! Very much your style!

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  23. I love the color of the floor, Su. It is both warm and rustic and masculine at the same time. You are right about the color matching well with the French style furniture. Happy Gardening to you! I am living my gardening dreams through you.

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  24. The flooring looks great!

    I'm so happy you didn't replace the windows. They look beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you, I'm happy that owners over the years didn't touch the windows. As hard as it was, it made it easier.

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