One of the first things we chose with this reno was how we would finish the wood floors. A lot of y’all have asked about the floors you’ve seen in pictures and what we chose.
I did love the contrast of the dark wood with all of the white walls. We also were told to go with a “more-durable” water-based finish on the last floors because it would be harder and help prevent scratches. For example, we put painter’s tape down on it at one point and when we pulled it up, the entire strip of finish came off! There were great original hardwoods in the existing part of the house, but when you’re doing so much new construction, you want them to match as best as you can.
To match the existing wood, we laid 2 1/4″ white oak boards. One issue with going so light is that the older boards are naturally going to be darker because of time and age.
If you look closely below, you can see right past the foyer where the wood changes slightly. The dining area was in the existing house, but the wood was damaged in that room badly and had to be replaced. What we love most about choosing the natural stain is that you can really see dimension and a variation in color in the boards. And don’t forget about the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours Thanksgiving series this week!