Monday, September 21, 2009

We Have "New" Floors!

We built our house 11 years ago and recently decided our honey-stained floors needed some updating. So we contacted Renaissance Flooring of Jenks because they originally put our floors in and they come highly recommended by many friends. I'm so glad we had them do the floors because they did a FABULOUS job! Before, our floors were honey-stained & had narrow panels. In my mind, I wanted wide, distressed panels but didn't want to pay for all new flooring. So, here's the process...

BEFORE PICS...


Renaissance was really good about taping off areas with plastic and vacuuming up dust right away.
Here's a few pics of the floors after they were sanded...

And now the distressing begins...
They used a few tools to distress the floors to make them look old and worn. They also grooved out every third panel to make it look like they were actually 6" planks instead of 2" planks.




After they had been shaving the floors for about a day and a half, I noticed that they just weren't as distressed as I would like. The workers were Hispanic and didn't speak much English so there was a little difficulty in expressing to them what I was wanting. I told the head guy, "I think I'd like to have a little more distress, please." He said, "More?!" I said, "Yes! Beat up. More." He said, "I be right back." So he came back with chains, hammers and other tools and said, "More?!" I said, "Uh, yes - I think!" Then we had to go to Steve's parents for the night and leave them working. I was so nervous about how they were going to look I could hardly sleep that night! But I was pleasantly surprised the next day when I checked on the flooring and saw the stain for the first time. Whew! They did an AwEsOmE job!!!

Here are the floors before the first coat of polyurethane...

And here's the finished product...



I think the floors look amazing! You can't even tell that they used to be narrow panels and the distressing is just right. I would highly recommend Renaissance if you are considering getting new wood floors or updating what you already have.

Next project: Painting those honey colored kitchen cabinets. Stay tuned!

9 comments:

littleoldladyinashoe said...

Wow! That is beautiful! I was going to put wood in the kitchen also and now this just proved to me thats what I'm going to do! Course we won't have anything that nice since I'm in charge of staining and poly! :-)
Your house is just incredible!
So happy for you, isn't remodeling so much fun?

Amanda Vines said...

I love the floors! They look great!!!

Christy said...

those look great Christy! I wouldn't have even thought about grooving them to making them look like wide planks. I'm glad I know I can do that. HAve fun with the cabinets. Did you ever here back about them?

kenziekylanmom said...

Those floors look fab! They really did a great job. I bet it changes the whole look of your house!

Melody said...

Awesome!! Seriously...they look fantastic! Those are the floors that I wanted! :) Enjoy your "new" home!

kellyl said...

Your floors are beautiful!!! I love them. They really did an amazing job.

ASHLEY said...

LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!!!! i feel your pain with the english barrier... ; ) have an awesome day! i bet you might feel like dancin' the night away on those new floors!!

Stella said...

I just found your blog and I love what your floors! They are beautiful. I am a homeschool mom of four who is updating her home, too. I love the color in your dining room...WHAT IS IT?
Thanks!--Stella from Texas

christy said...

Thank you for all of your sweet comments!

Christy - We did hear back from them but we're going to get other quotes, too ;-)

Stella - Glad you stumbled upon my blog! You asked about the color of my dining room? I think you may be thinking of my kitchen. I wish I could remember the names of the paint but it's from Lowe's and I used a light gold base coat with a dark gold color wash on top of it.