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Thursday, January 12, 2012

(Pre Blog) Living Room Floor & Shelves

One the first projects we did after moving in (besides painting over all the pink) was ripping up the carpet in the living room and hallway replacing it with wood. We did this in December of 2010, so you will have to excuse the crapiness of the photos. I had no idea that anyone besides my family would see these, as it was a pre blog project. Anyway, here is what our floors look like. 
I freakin love them. 
Why? 
Carpet is gross. When I clean these I know they're CLEAN (keyword is when).
They look amazing. 
They're hand scraped and somewhat rustic and hold up beautifully. They've gotten a few scratches since we've put them in, but they were well deserved. 
We got a really good deal on them. 
They make my totally not fancy house feel custom and expensive, lol. 
Oh, and no more carpet. That's worth mentioning twice.

So the terrible pictures I was telling you about? Here ya go.
The very before...
The just before
The during (they're glued down)
Now
They're handscraped  Acacia  from Skyline Floorscapes. I couldn't tell you what color or the exact price, but want to say they were around $4 a square foot (including glue). That's WAY cheap for nice engineered flooring. One of the best parts is that they come in a lot of different lengths (as opposed to the normal one length). You usually have to add about 10% for waste, however we had basically no wasted wood. The only leftovers we had were used to make the counter in our laundry room, and if you go check it out you'll see that its not much.

Also, along with replacing the floor we also replaced the trim...we're working on slowly replacing the trim throughout the entire house. 
Before.
Now.
Next item up is the shelves in the living room (we did these not long after the floors.) I really really wish I had taken more pictures of the process, it would have made a great tutorial. 
I designed these...we needed a solution for our huge empty living room wall and we also needed storage. (They are pretty substantial, the longest one is twelve feet.) My brother in law, Keith, did most of the actual building. (He's a woodworker and dang good at it.) They're designed to look like solid pieces of rustic wood, but in reality they're just made of plywood. Keith and Adam decided to use the "bad side" of the plywood so that there would be more variation and knots showing. We sanded the crud out of them, stained with our own concoction (so they would match the floors) and finished with tung oil.

Now, we could have just cut some plywood and put them together, but then the ends would have showed and you would know instantly that they are simply little plywood boxes. Instead, Keith decided to cut all the pieces at a 45 degree angle so that all seams would be hidden. Here is a close up shot...
Totally should have dusted before I took close up pics. Oh well, my secrets out...I have dusty shelves.
The shame!

I did take a couple pictures when they were being installed. Here is before, and if you look closely at the shelves on the floor you can see how they are hollow in the center.
To get them to stay on the wall, the boys hung a strip of wood the size of the opening and then slid the shelf on (actually they had to pound them on, those suckers aren't going anywhere). 
 To keep them from potentially drooping and to add an industrial look we secured the shelf front to the wall with wire cable. 
(Oh the wires...we need to put them in the wall. Hubby nagging commences now.)

And there you have it, beautiful custom shelves. Consider yourself caught up on all of our living room projects. Now to move onto the new, fun, non brown ones :)






Ashley
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14 Comments:

At January 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Your floors are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! After seeing this I may want to rip up our carpet! Here is my blog-feel free to stop by!

http://www.thisheroesnest.blogspot.com

 
At January 15, 2012 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Artsy VaVa said...

I love your floors and your shelves! The room looks great!

 
At January 15, 2012 at 8:56 PM , Blogger Karla Medina said...

AHHH! You're floors look AMAZING!!!!! I want hard wood flooring. Your shelves look great too. Visiting from Keeping it Simple. :)

 
At January 15, 2012 at 9:49 PM , Blogger ✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Your wood floor is beautiful!!!

Dee

 
At January 16, 2012 at 4:19 AM , Blogger Miranda said...

Gorgeous floors. They feel so awesome on cleaning day. Someday I'll have wood through the whole house.

 
At January 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

Beautiful floors and shelves! I have wood floors, but they are scratched and need alot of TLC! Unfortunately, we rent our home right now, so I just have to deal with it and drool at pictures like yours! Thanks for sharing :)

 
At January 16, 2012 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Kassi at Truly Lovely said...

Your floors are so neat!!! Love the rustic look they have! The dents you mention just make them look even more rustic and custom! :)

 
At January 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM , Blogger Jess @ The Junk Nest said...

I agree with you. Carpet is GROSS! And my dog is constantly throwing up on it :( ugh.

I pinned your hardwoods and the shelving for future reference.

Thanks for sharing!

 
At January 17, 2012 at 8:48 PM , Anonymous cathy@my1929charmer said...

Your room is gorgeous now. The wood floors are beautiful. Love the new color on the walls, and the shelves look really nice. You did a great job in transforming this room. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday's Best!

 
At January 18, 2012 at 2:55 PM , Blogger momto8 said...

great job everywhere!! crazy to think those beautiful floors were covered!!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

 
At January 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM , Blogger Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

The wood floors are gorgeous - they are in our long term plan and I cannot wait!!

 
At January 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM , Anonymous Beth @Under A Pile of Scrap! said...

Excellent choice! Love that flooring! We want to do hardwood in our dining room and I think this would look really good in our rustic home.

 
At January 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM , Blogger Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Your floors are gorgeous- I love them!! Thanks for linking up at FEathered Nest Friday!

 
At March 9, 2012 at 2:13 AM , Blogger Express Flooring said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLoYIXK110&feature=player_embedded
Interesting! Your floors are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

 

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