March 6, 2012

Flooring Installed!

So, if anyone is keeping track here, our planned move-in day was… yesterday. Shocker. It didn’t happen.

I don’t know how many times or how hard I can stress this. Renovating is just about the single most difficult thing to truly “plan” for and keep on schedule. Next to, oh.. preparing for a baby. Yea, those fancy video monitors and wipe warmers may make it seem like you’ve got it all figured out… until it’s 3am and baby won’t stop screaming, you’re running on 20 minutes of sleep in three days, and you’re emotions were topped out five months prior to delivery. Not that that happened to me. Duh, of course it did. That happens to nearly every parent (or so I told myself). But how could you ever fully prepare for that kind of struggle? Yea, you can’t.

So, in the middle of the learning process we are. Some things are taking a little longer than anticipated, which is fine. Any by fine I mean, what other choice do we have but to go with the flow? But in the midst of all the frustration some REALLY awesome things are coming together.

For example, our new floors!

The guys seriously kicked butt on these. They are absolutely beautiful.

(ignore the random kitchen cabinets, more on those soon!)

(and the collection of cardboard boxes taking over the house)

(oh, and ignore the missing doors frames, trim, and transition piece into the bathroom πŸ˜‰)

Really though, how fantastic do these look? I’m head over heals for the seamless floors from the front of the house to the back bedrooms. And the finish is exactly as we had pictured it, rich and textured. The perfect mix of modern and rustic. Reminding us a little of the finish of the floors in our last house actually. Especially next to the identical paint color.

What’s next? Well, the crew is moving right along with the kitchen and bathroom. We’re still shooting to move in before next week hits but until then I figured we could talk doors! I mentioned a while back that we had custom ordered new pre-hung doors for nearly the entire house. We didn’t completely despise the original doors of the house, but we figured once nearly everything else was replaced they might stick out like a sore thumb. They lacked any detail, were kind of flimsy, and basically just plain blah. Plus, we loved the idea of adding some character like the doors in our last home had.

We shopped around some but held off until we spotted a special at Lowes for a free solid-core upgradeΒ on Reliabilt special order doors. Um, hello? Yes, please. You are beautiful.


Not only are these super durable and loaded with character, but they only cost us around $70 per door! We actually opted to go with a design that isn’t pictured above, a 3-panel craftsman style. It looks more like the pic below and will be painted in a nice white to match the trim in the rest of the house.

I’m pretty sure they’ll be screaming for some oil-rubbed bronze hardware… πŸ™‚

And since we’re on the topic of doors, might as well share our latest purchase. A new entry door! This door was actually the inspiration for the interior doors. We again, love the craftsman style, and can’t wait to get a nice pop of color on her.

More details once she arrives, but here’s a look at our current entry door (with new floors!).

I can’t say that I hate it. In fact, I’m thinking of keeping her around and using it in some unconventional way. Headboard possibly? Coffee table? Bar top? Who knows. Way ahead of myself.

More details on actually selecting the flooring here.


15 thoughts on “Flooring Installed!

  1. Jenna

    I found your blog through your nursery on pinterest. I was trying to find if you had the details of where you purchased items in your nursery. (mainly your dresser) And also I really love your grey paint color in the nursery. Could you tell me what that color is and where you got it? Thanks! It’s gorgeous!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Danielle,
      We love our floors, but I will warn that they are a soft material. With the finish we chose, we don’t mind a few scratches and dents. In fact, we almost embrace them as they add to the character, but we understand not everyone would feel this way. I would definitely advise against them if you tend to be rough on your floors or aren’t as open to a few marks along the road. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

  2. Lindy

    Hi Jessie- love the blog! How did you guys install the flooring? And how do the floors hold up where the furniture feet stand (like beds or dressors)? Thanks!

  3. lauren deloach

    I love your floors. We are in the market for new floors. Could you tell me what brand, where you got them, and if they are engineered? Thank you!

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  5. Lizzie

    Love your blog! I’m a new follower and could spend days looking around! Question, where did you get your front door? I am looking for something pretty similar (we are planning a complete home renovation in the near future!)

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  6. Lily

    I am so glad I found this blog! I am re-doing the home we just purchased similar full reno like yours.. ranch style ect.. and we ordered ikea adel white cabinets. I have been painfully searching for a true gray without any blue in it… I am going out to buy a sample of your paint tomorrow!
    Question- what color of subway tile did you use on the backs plash in the kitchen?

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      The subway tile was “snow white” I believe, from home depot. Hope that helps!


    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Donna,

      We’ll share progress on the roof as we tackle it. Haven’t dug in just yet πŸ™‚


  7. Christine

    Hi! Just found you via Pinterest, via Very Handy Girl. πŸ™‚
    I’m building in 15 (pocket) doors and was looking at your pic above of the doors without frames, etc.
    What did you end up using for the frame part? Trim, I’ve already read and am ON to it! πŸ™‚ I’m a bit stymied because I’m trying to figure out egg before chicken.
    Just curious how you treated the doors before you trimmed them.

    I’m selling modern, exterior 6-panel Reliabilt on CL right now, replacing them with antique 5- or 6- panel doors I’ve stripped and hung. God bless Citristrip. My point, though, is that I love the door style you’ve chosen and am looking it up for my remaining two!

    Thanks for your posts!


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