Hello friends! I’ve missed you all. Though I must admit this internet break has been just the R&R I’ve needed. There is a possibility I won’t be a Christmas Grinch this year and that would be awesome. I’m sadsies I can’t decorate my Cottage fireplace mantel (its currently covered in debris) or put up a tree (table saws and hvac ductwork crowding up the floors) but good things come to those who wait and I know that by this time next year Me and My Cottage will be in a whole different state.
The post today is focused on my current debate- Wood finish for the first floors. For those of you who follow me on instagram or facebook, I apologize because this is old news. But I know a lot of you check in via the blog (or subscribe to the RSS feed and get DM delivered to your email) and I wanted to share with you as well.
So the deal is that Dad says my original painted pined floors are too beat up and I need new wood. I spent a few weeks being depressed about this, but construction must go on, so now I want to choose a wood that I love and feels really fitting for my 100 year old cottage.
The top contenders are “Walnut” and “Espresso.” Both are by Appalachian Woodand the species is Red Oak. Appalachian doesn’t provide room views of their wood and only gave me a single board to use a reference which makes this process much more difficult. Vendors, don’t you realize that provided samples results in sales? So frustrating not being able to make an educated decision. But the price is right, so I’m going to try.
(FYI- I’ve already tried discount places like Lowes and Lumber Liquidators and no one has anything I Like at the price-point I want to pay.)
Here is what the internet tells me Espresso and Walnut look like…
Based on this sampling alone, the walnut looks a little red and I prefer the neutral brown of the espresso.
Then we factor in real life photos taken by me, against my rugs with my single board samples. Don’t be fooled by the grain- it is the same wood, just different grain variations on each board. This is typical of red oak.
(Above is my bedroom- the 2nd floor will maintain the original pine)
I love drama of darker floors, but they also feel a little modern to me. My cottage is not modern and I want to keep the architectural elements in line with the cozy, traditional feel. That being said, the darker looks much better against my blue kitchen cabinets. (No picture, sorry- the doors need another coat.)
Then to confuse me further, I spy that Appalachian has another finish “Treebark” that looks really spiffy on the interwebs, but looks totally different in the sample version. What the What?
I think I will need more boards of each sample before I am able to commit. I sure do like the internet version of Treebark.
As is always important when planning a big purchase, I have looked to my inspiration for direction. Here are some floors that inspire me… (All taken from my pinterest “Wood Floors” board.)
As you can see, I am drawn to both dark and medium tone woods. Confusion! I wish Santa would just deliver me a perfect surprise.