Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our New Hardwood Floors

Yea! The floors are finally finished! There's still a bit of caulking and painting of the trim to do, but the major back-breaking work is done.
We went with a 5/16 solid hardwood "Tiete Chestnut". With this type of flooring you can either glue it down or just glue the joints and make it a floating floor. We decided to glue it down. I'm really pleased with the color. Its a nice medium to dark wood, but there is a lot of variation of lights and darks throughout the planks, so I think that will help transition it between whatever furniture I decide to purchase in the future. We installed the hardwood throughout the entire first floor with the exception of the bathroom. That's my sewing room you see at the end of the hall. As soon as I get the walls painted in there, I'll take you on a little tour. :-)
I still need to decide on area rugs. I'm thinking of a room size, cream-colored berber for the bedroom and something a little smaller for the living room. Have you seen the new Amy Butler rugs? They are large renditions of many of her fabric motifs and simply GORGEOUS! I would love to get one of those. A little pricey for our budget, but definitely splurge-worthy.

This project is also part of the "Make Your Monday" link event on Kim's Twice Remembered blog. Click here for other Make Your Monday participants.

28 comments:

goldenbird said...

The hardwood floors look great. Your house is so pretty! It looks both artsy and cozy. I'll have to check out those Amy Butler rugs.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful and you must be so proud of your accomplishment. Those rugs are just amazing. I didn't know she was doing rugs now.

willywagtail said...

That looks absolutely wonderful. Yes I have seen the Amy Butler rugs and with your neutral background they would be worth the splurge.

GeorgiaPeachez said...

I'm so impressed! The floors are fabulous and you did all that work yourselves, wow! Those AB rugs are too fab, and my husband could never wrap his mind around those prices. xo, suzy

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I went to check out the rugs, you are right, they are really wonderful. But so is your floor! I'd hate to cover it up, if I was you!!

Anonymous said...

Very impressed with your floors. I wouldn't cover them up for a lllooooooooong time! Amy Butler's rugs are dreamy. I'd like to stretch out on them with those beautiful cats!

Kay in Kansas

{kimmymade} said...

I am very, very impressed. You've earned yourself a week off to just kick back, rest in that cosy chair, and soak it all in :-) Great work!

Sugar Bear said...

Looks fabulous! The color is a really nice contrast with your walls and furniture.
Karla

Melody said...

Lovelovelove the new floors!! Those rugs actually match your artwork!! Great job!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

There is something about dark wood and white furniture. Love it. The floors are beautiful.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Thanks everyone!
I am very happy to have them done. The physical part wasn't even as hard for me as was having the house in chaos for 2-3 weeks.

Karla and Kay, Yes, I am torn about covering them up with rugs, but I think I'll be glad to have a little something soft underfoot come winter. ;)

Kimberly

Junie Moon said...

Your new hardwood floors look simply gorgeous. There's a lot of hard labor and love put into this project and I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

Your floors are gorgeous!! I love the color!
You and your husband did a wonderful job!

Marilyn in NM said...

Just beautiful!

Jerusalem said...

oh it looks so happy! I love your house and the floors are perfect! I love Albert and Dash rugs and hope to have them everywhere one day...

Richardson's Randoms said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! As is your decor... so, so serene! Thank you for sharing.
~Kimberly

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

The floors look marvelous! The white furniture really looks great against the dark of the floor! I didn't know Amy B did rugs!

Manuela

Shabbyfufu said...

Hi Kimberly. Sooo jealous over here, I hafta tell you. I really wanted hardwood floors, but Mr. Fufu insisted that we do the entire house in a stone tile....as he said that wood wasn't practical in Miami. It looks nice...but not as nice as wood would have looked. You guys did a fabulous job!~ xo~ Janet

Happy Nester said...

Your floors look beautiful. Great job.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Monica

Jenny Kerr said...

pretty floors! THe window above your couch is just like the ones in the upstairs of my house!

Gail said...

Your hardwood floors look great! We just had hardwood floors installed in our house in March and I absolutely love them.

Gail

Twice Remembered said...

Your new flooring is just gorgeous! I love that color! I know it was hard work but well worth it - they are so beautiful!

NoƩmia said...

Beautiful! :)

Jen R. said...

They are beautiful! I love the color!

KitschKrafts said...

The floors look Fabulous! Great job!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Your floors look great! I love new wood floors. Your website looks great too. (We met in Va at the MMP conference last year.)

Jillian said...

Pretty floors! Pretty house...thanks for sharing.

rochambeau said...

Looks wonderful!!
Love the floors and your everything in the room!
Looking great!
xox
Constance