I’m finally getting around to putting some new floors in this place. But it wasn’t easy. Lot’s of issues with trying to straighten out an old farmhouse floor with a hump in the middle and numerous patch jobs – but it’ll be worth it.
The area cleared and a temporary wall of cardboard and plastic going up – we have to keep the business open to pay for the new floor and have a way to get in and out of the space easily.
I used 3/4″ plywood to cover the whole floor. There was a hump that bisected the room that had to be ground down with a floor sander because it would show when viewing from the other gallery space that is three feet lower. Layers of felt paper are used to shim slight dips to create a flat floor.
Now to the floor – ah if it were only that easy. You see, this is floor number three. The first one came in and it was an oak floor – with a finish that looked like a 1980’s kitchen. Kinda brown with some salmon thrown in. Ugly and nothing like the sample. “Take it back” I said. #2 arrived as another oak floor. Supposedly hand scraped but looked like a machine made little grooves that looked like crap to me – and again, nothing like the sample. “Take it back” I said. So finally I found this 3/4″ hand scraped hickory floor – “great! I’ll take it”. Only one problem they said “It usually comes in three widths – 2/12″ 31/2″ and 5″ – we don’t have the middle one”. “great! I’ll take it”. So that’s why there’s only 2 widths and I like it this way. It looks a little more contemporary to me. The linear element is even more pronounced as the sight line of the floor is 40′ long.
The medium variegated color will work well with the fixtures and furnishings that will go in the space. The tone is not too dark or light and will not show dust or dirt as easily as other more uniform colors.
We’ll finish it up next time and get some stuff to sell in here.