Recently, we uprooted the house and refinished the hardwood flooring at La Maison Fou.
This of course added to the already fastly turning world within the walls of our home.Living with the floors for quite some time now,dare I say 20 years?
I always planned on the summer to pack up, go on vacation and tackle this on my to do list!
Well, we went on a vacay and when we returned there was a opportunity to have the floors refinished while we were out of pocket for a few days.The initial time to complete was not the problem it was moving 20 years of stuff into two rooms!
It actually looked like an episode of extreme hoarders in the west part of the house.
The flooring before:
Inside of the master closet (which is slowly undergoing its own face lift)
Nothing really bad but scuffing, over time yellowing and some cracks in need of filling attention this was the time to complete and get refinished.
The before process with a patched place between the front room and our hallway to the East end of the house.The color really dictated the feel and what could be achieved in these adjoining rooms.
Of course, you can see my little helper, Derby in the background.
A small wall used to exist leading into this room, a year or so ago that was closed up and a more open area was created for a more fluid flow of traffic.
After going through samples and putting these on the freshly sanded floors,it was finally decided to mix a custom stain with a med / dark warm brown stain.Here is a in progress pics of the flooring as it looks with the rug finally back in position.Did you know that if you go dark and want to avoid any white marks you must wait 30 days before applying rugs to newly refinished floors?
Still in progress, and slowly being put back together but also such a different and more put together feel in the flooring.I must say that a bottle of vinegar / water or the same type bottle of Bona hardwood floor cleaner along with a microfiber mop have become my best friend in keeping the flooring clean and dust free.
Also recommended by the floor re finisher and repair / installer.
Now comes the design and put together process that always seems to be ongoing and never ending but packed with fun and creativity.
I have to admit the blank canvass idea is one of anticipation and fun for me,trying to not let the seriousness get too overwhelming.
The area between the two walls in the foreground was filled as 2x4's used to line a solid wall between this room and the kitchen area.I have to say I posted on this a couple of x-mas's ago and did this part of the work my self after enlisting my friend and contractors opinion.The wall was supported enough that removing a few 2x4's was structurally sound.This is always a good idea to consider before moving or taking down walls.This area really looks finished now and the refinishing from the contractor really seamlessly blends the new wood and the 'patching" job that I did to make the space with no wood flow together.
If you are in the Tulsa metro area and need a qualified, talented and reliable flooring re finisher, please call upon Davis Floors (Ken Davis,owner) 918-734-0953
Please remember to let him know you were referred by Leslie Rowlands, I get nothing from the referrals but those of us in the industry try to help one another with professional referrals.
So after the chocolate bordered sea grass rug was put back in it's right full place I have been contemplating a smaller rug on top of the neutral colored rug.Although my heart goes out to a zebra hide rug, which I would like to say was not faux, but those I have seen are not.
I am loving this look, found on Pinterest.
This also leads me to the rugs of Luke Irwin from London.
Look at these Ikat rugs, so softly colored and feeling of brushed and soft underfoot.
I am loving these rugs and the feel of softness against the seagrass texture.
You can find more rugs from Luke Irwin here:luke Irwin
Well, time to contemplate, wipe up the spilling over of ideas and materials available.
Hopefully the feet will walk over a new feeling soon,now I only need to make up my mind!
All home pictures via Leslie Rowlands Interior Artist / Design