8.30.2007

finished refinished floors! oh my!

the floors are finally done! i am so happy with the end result. like
gary said, a color change from classic oak to espresso on an old floor is like painting an old car black. everything shows. but we were lucky enough to have some dedicated contractors (when all is said and done) who spent an entire day on their hands and knees (when they thought they were already done) "finishing" the floors. treatment normally reserved for trimwork was used on the entire surface, not fun for them, but boy is it perty. we're still working on window treatments and wall decor and maybe a new entertainment center/tv and i don't want to show you the final rooms till they are perfected, so i'm just going to reveal the empty rooms for now:



post move-in. you can see that the finish is horrible, down to raw wood in the main traffic patterns. and it's an ugly honey color. okay, honey isn't really ugly, it's just not my favorite.


after day 1 of sanding. they filled in the worn down traffic areas with some wood filler and evened out some of the boards. they even replaced two whole sections where the former owners had "patched" the floors.

just another view of the living area post-sanding. and.....drum roll, please.........



and my fabulous new espresso floors. they look like new. and smell like it too! in fact, the former owner's doggy smell is now completely gone. thank goodness!

9 comments:

Diane CaƱate said...

OOOO...That looks beautiful!

AlexisTexas said...

good grief-a ton of work-but it shows-for sure! it is more beautiful than i even imagined. and i thought i had a decent imagination. well worth the pretty penny! soooo nice. can't wait to see new house someday! it really makes a difference-looks gorgeous! love it! miss you!

Kateastrophe said...

That is GORGEOUS!! What a fantastic difference and the inside of your house is amazing!

buddens said...

That is so gorgeous! We have refinished the floors in our last two houses and we did it ourselves. I was pregnant the first time, so I didn't have to help, but for this house I helped and it sucks. Plus, it turned out nicely in our last house but we made a lot of mistakes on this house. I think it's because we stained the floors here, and just finished the natural color in our old house, so it wasn't as difficult, and like you said, lighter hides more. Anyway, after all that, especially our mistakes, I think just paying someone is CLEARLY the way to go. You are happy, have GORGEOUS floors, and didn't have dusty eyelashes for five days!

Wendy Burke said...

Wow!! They look amazing!!

Alifinale said...

Wow! They look so gorgeous! The house looks awesome so far, I can't wait to see it all!

Jewels said...

It's official - we can no longer be friends. I am SO jealous of your house! Those floors look so rad, I can't get over it. Nice work! Can't wait to see it when it's all done!

Lori & Rj said...

Your new house is looking so cute.

Two Wheeler said...

Wow guys, that looks so nice! Can't wait to see it in person. I think that just with that you added quite a few thousand to the value of that house.