Monday, April 18, 2011

white hardwood floors: chapter 3 & room tour: living room & dining room

ok, the day has finally come.....the "reveal!!"  i have a mixed bag of emotions here!  i'm really pumped with the results, so i'm proud to show it off, however i realize it's not for everyone, so there's bound to be critics out there too!  there's always going to be the argument that you're "devaluing" your home for sure....and all i have to say to that is, we're not moving any time too soon and it's JUST wood.  if we had to move or decided we totally hated it at some point, we could sand it off and refinish it.
bottom line is we hated the condition of our floors before, so we figured 'go big or go home!' kinda thing!

here's a shot of what the living room looked like, as we went for the 'walk through' before purchasing this place:


and....drumroll......





love the "sheen" from the sunlight or from lamps in the evening!


for instructions and product info used, click here:





didn't do tons to it, just simply covered the pillars with mdf to get rid of that fluted look, ran the baseboards around the pillars so it looked more finished, and gave the whole thing a coat of bright white paint.  i know lots of designers say "bright white" is a bit harsh, but i couldn't disagree more.  for more traditional homes, a creamy white is appropriate for sure, but if you want to achieve a look more like mine....then go "bright white."  extra bonus.....i buy the behr "ultra pure white" at home depot, so it's always ready to go.  no color matching or waiting around.  good for an impatient person like me.  plus you never forget what shade you put where!


 i do realize the fireplace is super dusty from all the sanding that's been taking place in this house!  i gotta get on that!



on the hunt for new dining room chairs, so these ones can go back to the table they came with in my kitchen nook.  they're way too low for this table and not nearly "comfy" enough for sitting around for hours after dinner!  also on the hunt for an area rug for this room, although i do like the way it looks without.  



updated pics below!  since posting this originally, i got new dining room chairs and some shelving to the dining room....







still needing to repair the bottom of the stairs and completely finish the baseboards, window trim and door casings, so really could only show this half of the main floor!




so because the spacing was so horrible with our flooring, there is the present situation of paint not quite filling it completely.  at first i was bothered a bit by this.  after living with it for the past week, i realize if you like painted floors, you have to embrace the imperfections, the cracks, the inevitable scratching that's bound to happen....all of it!  so i'm good with it.  it's a look!


thought i'd throw this picture in, of this inexpensive light i got from rona.  i'm replacing all the "boob" lights as i call 'em, throughout the house with these.  love the sparkle and the shadows it casts on the ceiling and wall.


tips:  whether you like traditional, modern, country, or beachy, remember to play with textures!  in order to achieve my "beach style," i make sure to incorporate a little "natural" with a little "sparkle"


tip:  i'm loving all the fabulous water bottles out there right now!  they are beautiful enough to display as decorative and come in so many options!  think about it!


tip: wanna save on having to meiter (sp?!) corners?  create a header a smidge thicker and longer than your casing and you won't have to worry about hard cuts!  ours could use a little more paint, i know, i know!


become friends with "dap"



and your lines will disappear!

that's all for now.....let me know what you think, by leaving a comment!  but if you HATE the floors, i don't wanna hear it!! :)




51 comments:

  1. Hello! Found you via Centsational Girl. LOVE your floors, I think they are gorgeous. Your style is a lot like mine, so I believe I am going to get a lot of inspiration from your blog. I'm your newest follower!

    I really love your mosaic mirror and your aqua glass vase with what appear to be capiz shells on stems - both are breathtaking and lovely design points in your room.

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  2. Yay! Thanks for following! I'll be sure to check you out too!!

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  3. Love, love, love your floors. Do you mind sharing what kind of paint you used and if you used a clear coat on top? Love your turquoise too!

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  4. Hey Linda, thanks so much!! I'm happy to share what I know! I actually did post the directions in "chapter 2" so check it out!

    http://beachhouseinthecity.blogspot.com/2011/04/white-hardwood-floors-chapter-2.html

    No clear coat....b/c I used a floor and porch high gloss paint from sherwin williams, so it was unnecessary. I'm told they're discontinuing the high gloss b/c it's really slippery if used outdoors on a patio, etc....so i bought an extra gallon if i should have to do any repairs. I'm in Canada, so maybe things are different in the States (if that's where you're from, I didn't double check!)
    So just sand, prime 1 coat, top with 2 coats of floor paint. Done!

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  5. Your floors are so fabulous! I wish I had the guts to do this! Beautiful!
    Jo-Anna

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  6. Gorgeous floor!!! I laid cabin-grade hardwood in my daughter's room this fall with the intention of painting them. Once they were in I loved the natural wood so much I decided to tung oil the floor, but it really turned out too orange for my taste. So, painted floors up there may be in my future.

    I'm re-doing our basement right now and planning to lay plywood over the subfloor and paint it. It is so good to know you only used primer and porch paint! I thought for sure I'd need about four coats of poly.

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  7. I want white floors...but we plan to sell in a couple of years...if only this were our forever home, i would in a heartbeat. your floors came out lovely!

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  8. thanks so much girls,
    definately try out the painted look hillary!
    and janel, wait it out until you're in your forever home! unfortunately it's not for everyone and it might hurt your resale if you do it now! not everyone has taste as great as ours! :)

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  9. Natalie, your home is amazing! I am in love with the white floors. You pulled it off so well, and it's making me want to do the same to our home (if only I could convince the hubs - ha!). I'd love to add a few of your pics to my inspiration galleries and include you in a feature post. Let me know if you're interested!

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  10. Thanks Jena! Please add any pics you want to your inspiration gallery and/or feature me in a post! Yay! Please remember to link people back to Beach House in the City tho, as I'm new at this and could use all the traffic I can get! But, of course that sounds awesome!

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  11. WOW!!!! What an incredible, jaw-dropping transformation, Natalie!!!! I'm just speechless!!! It looks like something out of a high-end decor mag, girl! Beautiful job - and I adore your floors!!!!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

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  12. I LOVE it! It look fabulous. You have made a beautiful home.

    Jenni@houseofwhiteinteriors.blogspot.com

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  13. Omg your home is gorgeous! And it's so nice to know it's a fellow Albertan's house too (not just Canadian!) (I'm from Edmonton)

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  14. I am loving your blog, found it via CG. Two questions for you:
    - Can you pls do a tutorial on wallpaper and where you find your best wallpapers, and how to make it work in a room well with the rest of the walls.
    - I am loving the big white artwork in your dining room with the huge white matting. Did you make it yourself?

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  15. Thx glowing gal, I'll be sure to do that!

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  16. Your home is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love every part of it! the floors, the colors, the beautiful lighting. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the wallpaper in the dining room. Stunning, seriously.

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  17. @Natalie - looking forward to the wallpaper selection tips and tutorial.

    Would love to know more about the large white frame and art in your dining room too.

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  18. Glowing Gal: the large white frame is simply a large ikea frame with the matting it came with. Rather than buy a picture that fit that, i bought a smaller image that had matting as well, and sat that inside. both ikea. cheap!

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  19. Coming to you via A bowl full of lemons. Wow! It doesn't even look like the same place. Great job!

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  20. Gorgeous floors...you took this home up to some great level of classy decor...I love it...
    I'm planning on doing the same...

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  21. I've been searching the internet all night for inspiration and stumbled across your home tour....I'm in LOVE! I share your love for the beach, turqouise, white, sparklies, etc etc! Would you mind sharing who made the wallpaper in your living room and master bedroom? I've been on a wallpaper hunt lately. Thanks!

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  22. are you kidding me!??! the floors look absolutely stunning!!

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  23. you are totally awesome. belongs in better homes and gardens diy mag. i cant find the right words to tell you how they look. simply amazing...and all your little additions just set it off. fantastic job sister!

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  24. Wow!!! This is so BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
    I can't wait to have my own home so I can experiment and do projects like these, rather than in my parents home and sticking to old fashioned things they like. Hopefully when I finish college =)
    Love this and your blog!!!

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  25. Love it. Good for you. Like you said, it's only wood and you aren't planning to move anytime soon. Love the metal lamp shade (replacing the boob lights, which is what we call them too ;-) I think the only thing I would have done differently is the fireplace surround. I LOVE white marble, but with all the other white it seems a little out of place. I might have gone with a beach glass look there instead (just my opinion). But I think the overall reveal is fantastic, congrats!

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  26. OH MY GOSH! YOU ARE SO GIFTED AND TALENTED! YOU'RE HOUSE IS A DREAM HOUSE! I LOVE IT. SO CREATIVE! I'M YOUR NEW FOLLOWER, YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION! <3 KIMBER!

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  27. Natalie, Once again I'm after info - where did you get the pale blue upholstered chair in your living room. I'm moving into a new place next month with painted concrete floors that are white (I'm so excited) and new furniture is in order.

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  28. i got the blue chair at ikea stephanie....only hitch, i bought it about 5 yrs ago and i got it for a steal b/c they were discontinuing that color, so you could check them out....maybe they have something similar now. i got the chair and the slipcover for just over $200 at the time, so i was thrilled! good luck on your hunt!

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  29. Stunning floors ! Beautiful house ! Im totally in love with white floors, very scandinavian.. Trying to convince my man to paint our floors white! Not sure how white they will stay though with 2 dogs and a cat in our house :-)Love your Blog !

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  30. First of all, when your home was featured on the Nate Berkus show, I actually paused on each room and took pictures of the tv!!!! I am in love!!! My living room is done in the warm nuetrals with an accent of teal, so it immediately got my attention (I am always looking for new ideas in there!) But my main question is, where did you find the beautiful wallcoverings in the living room and bedroom???

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  31. Wallpaper is in stock from the home depot. Very inexpensive!

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  32. Hi! I'm so in love with your blog and your style! I was actually wondering where you got your couch! I've been looking everywhere and can't seem to find it. I thought I found one similar on ikea, but can't tell. It's perfect!

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  33. I like it its really awesome. You can show beautiful designs. I must appreciate your work.

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  34. Wonderful Blog, thanks for putting this together! This is obviously one great post. Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have so provided here

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  35. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it Smile I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

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  36. Where did you get that glass aqua vase? Not the ones on the mantel. The one next to the chair. Great blog by the way!

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  37. Wow! What an excellent transformation. You really did a great job. It looks like precious. Big thanks for sharing.


    Charles A

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  38. Great ideas indeed! I will surely keep these in my mind!

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  39. This is a great blog, usually i don't post comments on blogs but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so!

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  40. Hi Natalie do you still like the high gloss floors as I am thinking of doing this to my hardwood floors as well, I love the high gloss look!

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  41. Whoa! Am I looking at a home improvement magazine spread? Your new floor looks so fabulous. We usually see brown wooden floors in traditional floors, so I definitely didn’t expect white flooring to look good in one. It is also a good thing that you stuck with one color palate. That made your home more organized.

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  42. Wow! You've done a fabulous job - your home is gorgeous! Thanks for posting your floors and I've got this linked to my DIY roundup of painting floors projects post too today!

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  43. Wow indeed. Ugh, I wish my home looked like this. But that would cost me a lot of money haha. Thank you for sharing :)

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  44. Hi there!

    What a beautiful effect the floors have to the feel of the room. Amazing! Now that you have "lived them in", how do you think they fare? Any troubles? How often would you say it got grubby, and how often would you be cleaning them? In fact, how would you clean them?!

    Clever you!

    Rose

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  49. Now I believe in love at first site after seeing all of these rooms! You really know how to accentuate your style through furniture in your place. I'm looking for these kind of tips to decorate my place after we renovate our wood floors. Any suggestions?
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  50. The look of white hardwood floors is absolutely beautiful. I wonder if it shows dirt more than traditional wood though, and if it’s harder to keep clean. The shine is beautiful in the sun though.

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