In the new house we have hardwood floors on 2 floors and then parquet (spelling?) in the family room in the basement. The kitchen and mudroom have laminent so we plan to install new hardwoods in the kitchen. It’s really hard to match hardwood stain when it’s from the 1960’s since it tends to yellow so I’m planning on spending the money (budget allowing) to have the floors refinished.
The floors are in good shape from what I’ve seen so far and I’m guessing we could get away with not refinishing them BUT it’s so much easier to have them done before you move furniture in the house. Right now they are an oak color like this….
I could work with this color and in reality when all the bids come in from the contractors we might have to live with them but ideally I’d like to have them done in a Walnut color like this…
The deeper floor color I think makes paint pop more and gives a warmth to the home. In the kitchen I am still leaning towards white cabinetry and think a walnut floor will show them off. Here are a few kitchen images to give you a feel for what I am going for.
In our current house when we renovated my hubby talked me into a really dark stain more like a Jackobean for the floors. I actually hand mixed the color of the stain so it’s a bit of a mystery about the actual color. We love them BUT with 4 dogs and 16 paws that show ever spec of dirt I can’t do it again! (Even though I do love dark floors).
Some of you may be reading along and wondering why we aren’t doing tile floors in kitchen. This is a personal preference I actually love hardwoods in the kitchen maybe it’s because I grew up in an old home with hardwood in the kitchen. This will be the 3rd home that I have installed hardwood in the kitchen. I find it hold up perfectly fine and adds an element of warmth and coziness to the kitchen that tile just doesn’t do.
Well that’s it for now….Monday we close on the new house so keep you eyes peeled for a post Monday afternoon/evening hopefully with a video tour of the new house.