Our House: Natural Pine Flooring

For reference, this is the original pine flooring in the bathroom.

For reference, this is the original pine flooring in the bathroom.

Over time, I'll be featuring posts on every room in our house that we've transformed (which is all of them) but before we get to that, I really have to dedicate a post to our flooring upstairs. Without re-doing these floors, the house really would not look as gorgeous as it does. 

The carpets on our first tour of the house. (ew.)

The carpets on our first tour of the house. (ew.)

 My father-in-law, a retired carpenter, was generous enough to install new natural pine, wide-plank flooring throughout our second floor. Rather than having exposed nails, we drilled holes and plugged each one (hundreds in all). We also used a natural stain to match our aesthetic. We opted to go with this look because this is what would have been used when the house was first built and we wanted to stay authentic to that. The bathroom upstairs as well as the landing on the first floor actually both still have their original pine floors and we hope one day these new floors will match them. 

I should also mention here that we really had no choice but to fix the floors. I believe the carpets upstairs scared away many a buyer on this house before we purchased it. The carpet upstairs was thick, beige, covered in stains and smelled terribly. Turns out (and we didn't discover this until after we moved in) the previous owners had a pig that they kept upstairs. I'll include a picture of the guest bedroom carpets before so you can really get a good comparison. After seeing how poorly carpets hold up to wear and tear, wood flooring was a no-brainer for us.

I'll be blogging about our guestroom and master bedroom makeovers soon, but these floors are really the base that we were able to renovate these rooms on and deserved a post of their own! They came out so beautifully and are already turning darker as they're exposed to the sun to match the other pine in the house. Major thanks again to my awesome father-in-law and husband for installing them! I can't take any credit here.

Finishing up the pine flooring, a built-in closet, and a wall.

Finishing up the pine flooring, a built-in closet, and a wall.

Almost done.

Almost done.

Finished pine floors!

Finished pine floors!