finished floors

The day has come! The happiest day ever — well, at least the happiest day in the last eight months. The other day, we got to walk through the house (in sock-feet of course) and take a look at the newly stained floors. It felt like walking into the house for the first time. Our house. Now that the floors are finished, we can finally start moving our furniture that has been locked up in a climate controlled storage unit since APRIL. I still can’t believe it’s been that long.

If you remember, we started out with carpet in the three bedrooms and tile in the kitchen. We also has a closet or two that had linoleum flooring (check out the full floor plan breakdown here). In order to improve the overall flow of the house, we decided to rip out the carpet and tile and put hardwood floors in these areas. We also chose to have the existing hardwood floors refinished (more about that process here, here and here). Check out what the house looked like when we purchased it (for the complete recap, check out the house tour):

After a really good cleaning, new fixtures here and there, a lot of paint, old fashioned elbow grease and, of course, the new floors, here is what the house looks like today:

Since we don’t have all of our light fixtures up yet, the floor color looks as though it goes between brown and reddish brown. In natural light (which is what we love) it’s definitely brown brown, though. Some of the old light bulbs (bright white, industrial CFLs that we’re not big fans of) make the flooring look more red. That’s really not what we want, so we’ll be putting in some different light bulbs in the near future.

We are so pleased with how the new kitchen floors look! Before, the area was broken up by the tile, which made the kitchen look so much smaller. Now that the wood has replaced the tile in the kitchen, it really opens up the space! Read more about our plans for the kitchen here.

The already long hallway seems even longer now with the dark flooring:

Before the floors were refinished, we were worried that the new paint color in the guest bedroom would be way to bright. But now that the floors are a nice dark walnut, it has toned down the wall color tremendously:

Here’s Greg’s soon-to-be office and a sliver of the master bedroom through the door:

We really love how the floor color looks with the new tile in the bathrooms:

The master bedroom. I can’t wait to move our bedroom furniture in!

What was the price tag on this house-wide project? Here’s the breakdown…

Felt Floor Lining $47.98
Shoe Molding for entire house: $278.71
Red Oak Flooring(886 sq ft): $1,955.54
Ripping up Carpet/Tile & Installing Hardwood Flooring (886 sq ft): $1,400
Refinishing & Staining (approx. 1,800 sq ft): $2,600
GRAND TOTAL: $6,282.23

Worth. Every. Penny. In our opinion, the house doesn’t even look like the same place. With our paint, hardware and flooring choices, it feels like our house rather than the previous owner’s. Now that everything is finished, paid for and photographed; it is time to celebrate. Tonight, we are celebrating with takeout and a movie (on a laptop) in the house that feels more ours than it ever has!

So this wouldn’t be considered the longest blog post known to man, we decided to share our step by step flooring process in a separate post later this week.

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    November 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Considering everything you got done, 6k isn’t a bad price AT ALL. You two got a really good deal!

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    November 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Well done!! The floors look awesome!!!

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    November 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Wow! What difference floors can make! I also noticed that you removed the chair railing throughout. Well done!

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    November 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    They look fantastic! Makes such a HUGE difference!

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    ELizabeth C.
    November 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Wow! Absolutely beautiful. LOVE everything you have chosen. Can’t wait to see it decorated!

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    [email protected]
    November 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Your new flooring is gorgeous! Wow, what a difference! Love it! You are so right about trying to keep the same flooring throughout, especially if the area opens to the kitchen – we did the same thing (except we put in laminate wood), and it makes the kitchen and whole house seem so much larger! 🙂


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    November 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I need to pipe in and say you guys got a great deal on the price. Very nice work too!

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    Rebecca @ the lil house that could
    November 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Looks great guys!

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    April Moss
    November 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Fantastic! It looks like a different house!

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    Kathy Isaacs
    November 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Beautiful pictures. The floors were a great selection.

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    January 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, I’m a new reader. I just wanted to say your floors look really nice and I’m in the process of refinishing floors as well. I just wanted to ask what finish did you use for your polyurethane? Thanks.

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    February 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Beautiful use of colors! We just did our floors in jacobean too. Could you let us know what the paint names were?

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      February 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you! We actually blogged about all of the paint colors here: http://bit.ly/fLukrF
      Hope it helps! 🙂

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        February 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

        Thank You SOOOO much for responding! 🙂

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    June 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    love the floors and the blog.
    we are currently choosing stain color for ours
    can i ask how many coats of stain you used?

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      June 12, 2012 at 3:56 am

      Thanks! Two coats : )

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    Carpet Novato
    June 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    The new floor looks beautiful! Is the dark wood hard to keep clean?

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      June 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

      We vacuum, sweep on a regular basis and our dog doesn’t shed, so the upkeep has been pretty easy and we love them!

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