One of the first thing people say when they walk into our house, other than hello, is they look down and go..."Nice floors". We were initially baffled by it a little, that the floors make such a statement, but it's a nice reassurance that we did what was right for our home. Our goal was to maintain the integrity of the house. I realized I hadn't shown the "process" of our floors, and seeing as they cost us a good % of our funds in that month of renovating, they probably deserve a little post.
First, we chose the thinnest planks available to us, I think it's 2", vs' the more modern look of 4". We used Durasel Antique Brown to stain.
We did the hard stuff, to save ourselves as much money as possible. We tore up the old wood floors, that were neglected. We considered the option of resanding + staining, but the floors were on their last life, and wouldn't take a good sanding. If you've ever torn up a wood floor, you'll know that awful sound of nails coming out of wood. *shudder* It's like nails on a chalkboard. We had to manually take out every single nail with the back of the hammer. I threw my back out after that incident. It still saved us TONS of money to do it ourselves, but it was back breaking.
We hired a flooring guy (whom we adore) and he installed new hardwood throughout the first floor of the house. After installing, they poured stain on the floor (I nearly had a heart attack when they did this) We took a day to pick the colour, bringing home samples to our parents, mulling it over. We picked "Antique brown" as it had little red undertones to it. (Not a big fan of reddy woods). T
There you have it! :-) Our floor story. ;)
Floor - Unfinished wood, installed, sanded, and then stained on site
Stain - Antique brown by Durasel