Oops, hopefully the saying is true and “a picture is worth a thousand words” because this got posted sans text a little prematurely. I guess that’s what happens when you have a tad too much going on and you forget what day it is. Anyways, today I am sharing one of my favorite home projects to date! When we purchased our “fixer upper”, aka #projecthayesdreamhouse, in December 2013, my honey-do list could’ve probably filled our 9 acre lot. And as it usually goes, once one thing got marked off my list, another thing or two became more noticeably outdated or, for lack of a better word, ugly, so the list kept growing. At some point, about two months into our overhaul, we decided to move on in and push some projects off for a time. The main one was replacing our carpet.
I do not like carpet. Period. Yes, it’s cozy and warm and inviting and all of that jazz but for some reason carpet and my family are just not two peas in a pod. We can keep our white furniture clean all day long but our carpet has gotten more stains in the last year than seems humanly possible. As I continue to grow as a designer and my hubby and I tackle more and more projects, we learn so much about products, projects and everything in between. Although I was so bummed about not doing our flooring at the time, I am so glad we waited. If it had been done a year or so ago, I would’ve continued our dark hardwoods throughout. However, after living with them for a while I have realized that they are about as difficult to keep clean as a toddler eating Cheetos. They’re beautiful, yes, I love them, yes, but I have about all I can handle and I wanted something a little more rustic. Something that would hide dirt and scratches rather than showcase them. Insert my love at first sight, our beautiful new white oak hardwood flooring…Montpellier Oak
First things first, everything had to be moved out of our guest room, playroom, upstairs hallway, Winter’s bedroom and Addison’s bedroom. We decided to hold off on our master bedroom and use that room to house everything from the upstairs rooms. Sounds great right?!?
Yeah, not so much. Lesson learned. Next time, we will be scheduling such construction work while we are out of town. Living in this mess for a week, plus the four of us all sleeping in this room for several nights was not the most fun ever. Not to mention that Winter was sick and up every couple of hours needing medicine or some loving.
Once some of the rooms were finished up, things made their way out of our bedroom and the girls bunked together for several nights…
For the quarter round, we used THIS STAIN and it was a perfect match!
Obsessed is an understatement. I absolutely LOVE our new flooring. Even my hubby, who rarely has too much of an interior design opinion, has said numerous times how much he loves the way everything turned out. Next up, master bedroom! I think we will wait a little bit on that one…
Table- Bombay Co., Flowers- HomeGoods, Lamp- Custom Made
SHOP OUR GUEST BEDROOM:
The Montpellier Oak flooring seen above was installed in our guest bedroom, Addison’s bedroom, the upstairs hallway and the girl’s playroom. However, for Winter’s room I decided to do something a little outside the box. Shocking right? I can’t seem to bring myself to do a project and be done with it. So, we had raw wood flooring installed. They sanded it and installed raw quarter round as well. I guess you will have to check back see what I do next!
For information on any of the wall colors, products or sources seen above, see “TOUR” for source links and links to blog posts.
And don’t forget to shop my Joss & Main Sale! Sale ends this Sunday 3/08/15!
XOXO, Brittany Hayes