Before and After: Wood floors

I thought it would never happen.

But it did!

Eight years after moving in, we finally got wood floors on the main floor.

Earlier this year, as we were looking at ways to spruce up the living room and kitchen, it felt like anything we did would be like putting lipstick on a pig if we didn’t touch the floors. So we did the floors.

To say they knew me in the flooring store is an understatement. But it’s a big decision and if you end up with something you don’t like, you’re kind of stuck with it.

Thank goodness, we like them. A lot.

Here’s the reveal!




The wood has to acclimate in your house (not in your garage or basement) for at least a week.




I wanted mixed-width, a matte finish, lots of variation in the color, and lots of imperfections. I’m really happy with it, and with the job the contractor did.

Next, I’d love to paint the kitchen island and cupboards, change the countertops, install a gas range and double ovens, paint the house exterior, replace the tile in the laundry room, do a nice patio in the backyard, finish the basement, do the master bath, repaint all the walls in the house, especially the kids’ rooms and bathrooms, repaint the half-bath downstairs… and oh yeah, replace the hideous standard-issue chandelier in the foyer.

See what HGTV is doing to us as a people??



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