Happy Sunday friends! Obviously this day of the week just works better for me for the One Room Challenge, hah! I actually have an exciting update this week so I’m pretty pumped! We refinished our wood floors… not just in this room, but the whole upstairs! It was a huge win for me because I feel like it’s taken forever to actually complete any one project in this house!
After we sanded down the floors I couldn’t believe how much better they were already looking! If you need a reminder of what we started off with you can head back to Week 1 for all the before photos.
Our floors are maple, and to be honest I didn’t really do much research on the wood species when it comes to staining floors until after we sanded them down. I started looking things up and basically came to find that maple floors don’t stain well and most people just seal them. Well… as pretty as the bare wood was this is NOT the look I want for our entire house so I had a bit of a panic attack. But I started testing stains! Funny thing… I tried 3 different stains and they all looked identical on maple. I’m not sure why, but there was very slight differences and all very red. Again… NOT what I wanted. I was looking for a worn in light brown color to blend with the feel of this old home. So I took some stain and dumped in a gray stain and mixed it all together and here’s what I got. The top is the custom mixed stain and the bottom is just the maple sealed.
You might also notice all the sanding marks… yeah that freaked me out too. I did a little more research and found that maple shows all flaws and yet another reason why most people just seal it. This was in one of the most difficult places that we sanded, so I decided I was going to fight the odds and just jump in and stain it. I’m SOOOO happy I trusted my gut. While some people might not love the finished result of stained maple, it was exactly what I wanted. It looks reclaimed, worn in and gave me a very pretty brown (despite how much gray stain I dumped in my bucket to fight off that red).
Sure you can see some sanding marks because we aren’t professionals… but it’s nothing like the test area above (which made me super nervous). I couldn’t be happier with the results and can’t wait to show you what it looks like in all it’s glory. But for now… here it is with the pink board and batten.
Now that the floors are done, which was one of my biggest hurdles I have exactly 3 days to do the following:
Remove Closet Refinish Floors Add Board and Batten Paint Board and Batten Paint Walls Paint Trim and Door
- Change Light
- Paint and install doors
- Redo interior windows
- Hang Curtains
- Assemble Furniture
Oh… and did I mention the floors won’t be done curing until Monday night. Yes… I like to live life on the edge. Here’s to a few more late nights and working like a crazy person.
Catch up on the whole process here:
- Week 1: Design Plans
- Week 2: Board and Batten
- Week 3: Priming
- Week 4: Pink Board and Batten
- Week 5 (Current): Refinishing Wood Floors
- Week 6: Full Reveal