Painted Floor Dreaming, Again

Painted Floor Dreaming, Again

I’ve been wanting to rip up the ghastly (and dirty) carpeting in my upstairs rooms since forever. It’s finally happening, at least in the hallway, and I hope, the master bedroom, which is just about the same dreamy color as this lovely picture. I can’t remember where I got it from, but its been stored in my fantasy file for some time.

The carpet overlays linoleum (!) over heart pine that was never varnished or polyurethaned. I’ve had the linoleum tested and it doesn’t contain any asbestos, remarkably, so I should be able to remove it. At the edges, it looks like it will come up in rather large sheets, with the paper underneath and the glue rather degraded.

Its going to be a messy job, but I can’t wait to get started. I go back and forth about trying to refinish the floor or just paint it, but given the tack strip and the probability of stains I’m pretty sure that paint it will be. I love the clean look of this white. What do you think?

Kitchen Window Casing

It occurred to me that I should have the window and door casing redone before I painted the floor, so this morning Mr. R stripped the old casing and measured for the new, which will match what is in the rest of the house (at least what has been put in by me — the old casing is different in almost every room, sometimes with two profiles in one room! — Gotta love old houses and their quirks . . .).

From this:

window after the old flat casing was removed

To this:

casing profile in the "new" old areas

More pics tomorrow!

Decluttering

Have you ever just looked at a space in your home that has been that way for a thousand years (ok — maybe five or ten or two) and just thought “off with their heads” when you looked at those collectibles you lovingly added over time?  This morning I woke up, channeled my inner Red Queen, and decided to edit, edit, edit in my kitchen.  Less is more!

From Country Living

Doesn’t this pared down kitchen look swell!

Country Living

It has been interesting to search for painted kitchen floors as I make my decision about my own beat up heart pine (see previous posts), and to really think about how design trends and the realities of family life and finances merge (or don’t!).  So many shelter mags and design blogs feature beautiful, expensive and often sterile environments. I live in a modest old farmhouse which will always have ants in the early summer, mice in the late fall and those pesky stink bugs year round.

Stinkbug

I have dogs, and they bring in mulch from the garden, put their dirty paws on the furniture, and regularly bury their food (or try to) under the kitchen mat.

quilts make a nice dog bed, grrr.

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Bathroom Door Hardware

For one whole year after the new master bath was done there was no door to the bedroom because I was waiting to find a five panel salvaged door to match all the others in the house.  Then my neighbors bought and renovated the little house between our two and kindly gave me two doors.  However, as you can see, the door had yucky cheapo hardware installed by my handyman until I found just the right thing. And it doesn’t even fit, but hey, it closes the door (sorta).

Yucky ill-fitting doorknob

So today I found a wonderful website, House of Antique Hardware,  that has just what I need to cover up that extra hole and look fantastic.  And they have hinges too!  So, two of these babies will be ordered, one for the master and one for the downstairs bath that is getting a makeover in chrome.  Won’t these look swell!

(It will be in chrome in my installation.)

And they have hinges, too, and all sorts of other beautiful hardware for period or even more modern homes.  When my new front door arrives I’ll source the hinges and backplate here (I already have the doorknobs I want).

Painted Floor Part 2

OK.  I’ve really fallen in love with the patterned painted floor from yesterday’s post.  After getting a paint sample at Home Depot (gotta love those little samples for $2.95) and then playing with the Behr website virtual design studio I think I have decided.  Here are the colors I picked out:

my kitchen color scheme

From bottom to top — Vermont cream is my trim paint –it’s a lovely creamy white used throughout my house; cottage white on the walls; light rattan porch paint as the floor base with Vermont cream squares and (top color) traditional tan tiny squares at the corner. Kind of like the picture from yesterday. . . and oh — cabinets are 20 year old Ikea creamy white beadboard:

and counter is slate gray procelain tile bounded by inch thick oak (that needs a refinish –also on the to do list):

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Kitchen Floor Update

OK.  So I am a little bit (lotta bit?) undecided about the kitchen floor.  Still sourcing the reclaimed heart pine but also thinking about painted floors.  Don’t these look dandy?

(All photos courtesy of Cottage Living)

So . . . I’m thinking about brightening up my kitchen with a nice new painted floor instead of the heart pine . . . pics to follow after I’ve actually done the dishes and vacuumed the floor 😉

Heart Pine Flooring

I spent way too much time yesterday surfing for info on flooring options for my old house.  The kitchen floor is desperately in need of some TLC, but it sure is hard to find replacement 2 1/2 inch heart pine.  It seems as if everyone wants wide boards or 2000 square feet.  After toying with the idea of painting the floor and not worrying about what the replacement boards were I found this article: Flooring Options for Period Homes which suggested that painted floors were quite common for less public rooms like bedrooms. My kitchen might be the most public room in my house!

Old House Online has a great set of links for period flooring sources which I wish I had known about before I spent hours looking on my own!

Antique heart pine, contrary to popular belief, is as hard a flooring option as oak and was used at Mount Vernon, Monticello and virtually every home until about 100 years or so ago when oak became a popular choice.  Now, finding reclaimed heart pine means saving flooring from homes about to be demolished or barns and factories suffering the same fates.  Some old growth heart pine is reclaimed from logs submerged in rivers.

Back in the day these floors were usually either left bare, rubbed with linseed oil or varnished.  Today polyurethane finishes or tung oil are the most popular choices.

If I can get the heart pine I want I will try to get the kitchen floors refinished by a non-sanding method.  See an example here. I’d love to replace the yucky wall-to-wall upstairs, but that will have to wait. . .