October 13, 2016Can I Just Invent My Own Please?!?WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ALONG ON OUR JOURNEY?Never Miss A Blog Post!*E-mail Address * I swear that I am not the most difficult person ever. I honestly try so so hard. Owning a kitchen/bath company plus the five years I spent in college as a restaurant server has made me mega conscious of the fact that I do not ever want to be THAT person. I absolutely refuse to be THAT person. I try oh so hard to be easy to please. And then come days like today…So we purchased this house you know. This house that was built in 1905. This house that was stripped of absolutely everything historic and original. This house that I am trying so hard to restore rather than just renovate. Stripped of everything except 1,700 square feet of hardwood flooring and two pocket doors. Yep, that is all my friends. So restoring those floors is pretty high on my want list these days. And so was light, ashy, white-ish hardwoods. And you know the most fabulous part? Those 1905 hardwoods sanded down to that color I have always dreamed of. Well, started dreaming of like six months ago…WARNING: This post is all iPhone images. Ugh. 😉You would think that it would be beyond easy to just add a clear coat and call it a day. Right?!? So I thought I was going to be the easiest flooring customer EVER. Until I saw the stains… And yes, this picture is extra awful.Yea… NO. And guess what? The bottom is a CLEAR poly! Say wha?!? And once again, please excuse the horrible pictures. They suck. I took them with my phone in not great lighting. Anyways the bottom line is that I hate them all. They’re all too orange, too grey or too dark. Oh and the reason he did so many is because I AM doing the master bath different. And that will be a surprise 🙂Here are more images of the flooring post sanding… I mean, they are freaking GORGEOUS right?!? Add on the fact that they are one million times prettier in person then clean them up, add a little shine and voila! I would be one happy camper. So I text Mark “what do you do when you hate all of the choices?” LOL. And he replies exactly what he did when we were painting the exterior “Invent your own paint like you always do…” So that is what I did. I created my own stain. Stay tuned for the samples they’re painting in the morning! And say a prayer that I like at least ONE of them! Mark AND the flooring crew may hate me if I don’t 😉Deal of the Day!Details below on how to SAVE BIG on this top!Top / Jeans (favorite ever!) / FlatsAll Paint Colors…XOXO, Brittany Hayes
How discouraging! Too bad the clear coat made it look orange; what I love about the wood is the ‘ashy’ look you described. Hopefully one of the stains this morning will be perfect. Good luck 🙂 I enjoy living vicariously through your renovation and am taking notes for when we come back Stateside and (Lord willing) my dad builds our rustic/mountain dream home!
Brittany Hayes says
Gosh I know! I actually thought I was being easy for once! Thanks so much and hoping today samples work better. I created a little mix last night. I hope everything works out with moving back to the states! How exciting!
Thanks; my husband is career military & we have 3 years left until retirement
Jeannie Pierce says
I am working on a project and LOVE the grey # 4 from the top. Please share this stain color. Thank You
Brittany Hayes says
Absolutely! When I stop by the house tonight I will look and let you know!
Laura Cote says
That’s how I feel about light fixtures. I know what I want. It just doesn’t exsist. Can I just design exactly what I want and have it made?!? Considering hubby is in the lighting industry you’d think I could find something. Blah…….
The house is coming along so beautifully! Can wait to see your invented stain. 🙂
Heart and Haven says
The house is looking beautiful already. What is the paint color you used on the walls in the living room? I love how they are light & bright, but still a good contrast with the white trim.
Katherine B says
I can’t wait to see what you have come up with!
I am finding that as I get older, I have gotten decidedly more picky. Or maybe just more confident in what I want. It scares me sometimes because I never wanted to be “that person” but maybe it isn’t that bad after-all??
Btw LOVE everything I am seeing in your photos so far!
Have you thought about using tongue oil instead of poly?? Much more authentic restoration look.
Fortunately, stains are very easy to play with to create your own custom color!! We recently had the floors redone in a “new to us” house we purchased. We wanted dark but not too dark floors and ended up going with a mix of 2/3 French Provincial, 1/3 Dark Walnut, which was perfect! However, I admit I secretly considered having them clear coat it!
Melissa S. says
Trying to recall from a very early post/vlog of OHW – wasn’t there a sort of built-in (or perhaps it just fit really well in the nook) butler’s pantry? I seem to recall that while you were removing it, you had hoped to salvage it and restore and use it somewhere? Any updates on that piece and how it might fit into your current design plans?? (If I’m crazy and my brain completely made that up…please ignore me. HA!)
Can you share the paint color of the inside of your windows..is it the inkwell color in your color palette?
Maria (I think?) from Dreamy Whites (instagram dreamywhiteslifestyle) had this issue with her sanded down wood flooring and I think she used woca white lye. They were black oak floors. I’m sure you’ll come up with something great!
If this helps, I prefer the Varanthane brand over Minwax. I really dislike Minwaz’s finish and performance. As always, custom mixing two or more colors is the way to go to create a custom finish.
HUGE congratulations for you exterior and interior paint color choices… could not be more gorgeous. Your house is stunning and it’s so kind of you to share your paint colors and decor choices.
Keep us posted on the floors!