I’ve had quite a few people ask me about our new floor, having seen snippets of it in my Instagram and Facebook posts, so I thought I’d share some more details and pics here, in the hope that it could help others on their journey to a beautiful floor.
So, it’s taken a while, MANY samples, many posts on the old Scandi Homes Facebook group asking others what they have, pros/ cons, a whole lotta late night internet trawling to get to this point, the point of total happiness!
Let’s start with before, it’s so much fun to look back to what we were living with prior to all the dramatic changes that have happened in the last few months..
Once the extension was built work slowed and we had to wait over a month before the floor could be done, the concrete had to fully dry out first, a month of bare, rough, dirty concrete, carpet thick with plaster dust, sand and cereals (I pretty much gave up cleaning once I realised it was completely pointless)
It wasn’t all bad though, we got to start enjoying the glorious sunshine that streams into the kitchen after the wall came down…
We couldn’t have a solid wood floor as we don’t have enough ceiling height for putting down joists and while it is possible to glue down solid boards, we have so many varying temperatures on the ground floor, with the woodburner in the living room, the extension which is predominantly glass then the kitchen, which is different again, so I didn’t want to take the risk of warping. The next best thing is engineered wood flooring, specifically designed to combat the issues described above. I would have liked to have had reclaimed wood, lots of wear and character already there, but I had to forget that idea. Then I came across exactly what I was after, an unfinished engineered oak floor, 6mm wear layer which is pretty much the thickest you can get, meaning a much longer life, the ability to sand it several times if needed and unvarnished, so I had the control over it’s finished colour. AND it was cheaper than any of the other options I was looking for. The samples arrived, lovely, just what I had been looking for, ordered, so relieved to have finally put that decision behind me. But then it arrived, 54 square metres of it, in torrential rain, delivered to the side of the road…super! In it comes, box by box, I excitedly opened one up to take a sneaky peak and my heart sank.
All I could see was this grey filler, everywhere, on every board, the 4 samples I had didn’t have a single spec of grey on so it came as quite a surprise. I was reassured by several people, including the company I bought from (Nagle Flooring), that this was normal and that it would all darken once oiled, but still, my initial relief and excitement was some what dampened and a little worry set in.
We had to move all of our furniture on the ground floor out and camp out upstairs for a little over 2 weeks in the end, 4 days to lay the floor (we employed the same guy who built our extension to lay it, his main line of work now is conservatories/ glazing, but he’s originally a Carpenter and had the kind of attention to detail I like and need in someone I’m paying good money to!) It took 2 days to oil the floor, I used Osmo Polyx hard-wax oil in matt as it changes the colour of the wood the least out of any product I have tried for wood, something I discovered with our worktops after being disappointed with Danish Oil. We then had some other bits and pieces to sort like the new cooker as our old (ugly one) died, such a shame! and there was the new fridge saga, I won’t bore you with that.
So here is what the floor looked like when untreated. I’ll be honest, I initially wished it was possible to keep this pale washed out colour, I guess I could have white washed/ limed it, but I didn’t want to risk going too seaside beach hut..
Here it is after the first coat of the Osmo, it’s wet here so darker than the end result..
The detail in the wood is so beautiful, it really glows with the light flooding in through the glass but it doesn’t have the shine so many of the prefinished samples I had did, it’s the shine that I had the biggest issue with, it’s all personal preference but I felt it made it look like cheaper laminate. I couldn’t be happier.
The extension has clearly changed our home, the look and how it functions for us as a family, but it’s the floor that has stitched it all together. Previously each room had a very obviously defined footprint, which made the smallness seem even smaller, but now there is a wonderful flow which starts at the front door and draws your eye our through the living room to the garden beyond. No thresholds to trip over and gather dirt, just continuous loveliness.
Previously we had white high gloss kickboard, which matched the cupboard doors, but I wasn’t happy with it so asked the Carpenter to knock some up using the left over boards, I love how it ties everything together, plus the wood hides dirt much better than the white, a total bonus for someone who is rather crap at housework!
Can you tell I’m pleased?! We all are really, the girl’s new favourite game is ice-skating, seeing how far they can slide. That and running laps around the central wall that separates the living room and kitchen.
They can occasionally be quiet too, though very rarely…
I’m sure I’ve missed lots out but my much needed child free afternoon is soon to be ended and I will be thrown straight back into reality.
Eula gave herself a hair cut earlier which was the icing on a very difficult weekend of parenting and I had a bit of a melt down, my husband doesn’t quite get it, but as I found more and more of her beautiful little curls dotted around the living room my frustrations and stress from the last 24 hours burst out of me. My baby will be 3 this coming week, perhaps this has been weighing heavier on my mind than I had realised and now she has butchered many of her baby curls, sad times.