The journey began in January 2012…planning, research and purchasing of plywood. If you’re a regular reader then you may recall that our main beach cottage renovation this year was going to be new flooring. Well, I’m excited to share that I’m currently sitting in my new library/office which has a delightfully beautiful whitewashed, shabby cottage wood floor.
We previously had horribly stretched, soiled and old brown carpet in our home. I got the wild idea to rip it out and replace it with plywood. Surprisingly there were a ton of plywood flooring how-to’s on the Internet. After months of whining over the condition of the carpet I finally talked my hubby into the idea. How did I get him to change his mind? I shared photos and how much it would cost in comparison to other flooring options. $800.00 for over 800 square feet of flooring is what really sold it!
So, the library/office is finished and is standing up very well. We will be digging into the next room in the next week or so (keeping fingers and toes crossed).
In case any of you are interested in trying something like this yourself, I’ll write up complete instructions to share with you soon – today I’m just going to share a couple of un-staged photos.
Before: Old wrinkled brown carpet
Beach Cottage Floors After – The plywood floors were hand-cut, hand-sanded, hand-painted and provide our home with an “old cottage” feel yet are finished with a high-traffic Varathane protectant.
Our home’s entry leads directly into the (once) living room. We’ve turned the space into a library and office; which offers a wealth of natural light. The space was once a room that was never used and now the family congregates in it daily to enjoy coffee, chit chat or to just quietly read a book. As you can see, the beachy chalkboard we made last year now resides in this space instead of our bedroom (I just can’t stop re-decorating!).
I’ll try to get some full room shots in the very near future. I just finished setting my office up and trying to get things “just right” before I share with you — but maybe I’ll just share some more un-staged photos with you instead. Would you mind?
Hope you have a beautiful week, friends.