Seamless Floors

Friends! We have floors!

When you are in the thick of a remodel, you get excited about the littlest things, and right now, we are pretty pumped about our new wood floors. They make the room feel a million times bigger and they are just pretttttty in general. As a reminder, when we bought the house, the kitchen/dining area floors were a nasty yellow linoleum.

We quickly got rid of the linoleum, and we were left with wood planks…

And then a few weeks later, these beauties were laid…

My favorite part about the floors is that they “seamed” the new floors into our existing wood floors in the living room so you really, really can’t tell that the rooms once had different floors. They flow perfectly and seamlessly. Yes! You also might notice we opened up the wall by the front door – more info about that in another post:).

Now…about choosing a stain color. Any tips or suggestions for us?

20 thoughts on “Seamless Floors

  1. Helen Said:

    Were you thinking about going dark? I’ve always like Minwax dark walnut and jacobean. The walnut is a bit warmer than the jacobean but you could always mix the two together for a custom color. We used English chestnut which is pretty, but a little too red for my tastes. you can see it here http://handmaidtales.com/2012/06/05/the-kitchen/. The new floors are gonna look great!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Helen! THAT kitchen! It’s SO amazing! Love everything about it!

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  2. Ashlee Said:

    We just had our floors done about a month ago and had new hardwoods put in the kitchen to match the existing hardwoods in the rest of the house. It really is amazing how they can seam them to make it look like they’ve always been there!
    I think picking a floor stain color was my hardest decision so far in our renovation, there are so many choices and many look so similar when sampled on the actual floor. I would have loved to go dark, but with three animals and stories from other friends with dark floors, the upkeepy just wasn’t for us. I found a beautiful warm, medium tone brown with hardly any distinct red or yellow casts, it’s called Spice Brown by Minwax. I also leaned towards the Antique Brown which was a touch darker, but I felt it had more of red undertone than I wanted. Of course it will all depend on what kind of wood you have and how it receives the stain. Good luck and have fun! Such an exciting time! :)

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  3. Ashley Said:

    I wouldn’t call floors a small thing! They are gorgeous!

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  4. Jenn Said:

    These are gorgeous! And, I love that they could seam the floors into your existing floors. Such a great way to save some money!

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  5. Brooke Said:

    Looks awesome! We refinished our hardwoods and used Minwax Dark Walnut. I love the warm dark wood floor look – it’s my fave :)

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  6. Carla Said:

    I had the floors refinished in my new house before I moved in this summer. I ended up going with Special Walnut from Minwax. If I had it to do over, I’d probably go with the Dark Walnut bc I’d love if they were a bit darker. That being said, the Special Walnut is a million times better than the weird pinky pickled stain that was there before! There is no red in the stain which was important to me. Also, they are dark, but not too dark that dust shows easily. The sun has to hit just right before I see it and cringe at my housekeeping skills. :)

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    1. kirsten Said:

      I looooove special walnut too – it’s for sure on out list to check out!

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  7. Jenna Said:

    I’m going to hit you up for info in like two years when I do this to my kitchen!

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  8. Sandi Said:

    Love it! Can’t wait to see what you do. My fave stain is a light walnut (not too dark, but little to no red or orange)

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  9. Jade Said:

    What kind of flooring did you lay down? Can’t wait to see it stained!

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  10. Heather Said:

    I know dark floors are all the rage, but I LOVE our light floors!! The previous owners installed reclaimed gym floors from a high school into our 1950s house, and they are a light birch/maple color (I have NO idea what kind of wood.) Our walls are a pale yellow with white trim, and it’s just so light and airy. The floors go great with our white kitchen too, where the black countertops are the splash of dark. LOVE your new floors! That space looks huge now!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Heather – reclaimed gym floors sounds AMAZING. Lucky you!

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  11. Kristen @ Inspired Whims Said:

    They’re gorgeous, Kirsten! As far as stains go, I’d say find a picture of a room whose floors you LOVE and then pick a similar stain. That way you get the look you’re going for. After all, all wood stains can be beautiful but not all wood stains go with every style.

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  12. Katie Said:

    They really look great!!

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  13. Louise Said:

    My husband, a finishing carpenter, would advice that you stick to a natural finish on your floor if possible. The reason? It’s impossible to match stain when you need to fix a ding or scratch (and these will happen over time), even for professionals like my husband. They can get them close, but you’ll always see it. When you go natural a repair will become invisible. Having said that, if you are OK with the patina of life happening over time go for something darker!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Louise – such a good point! Something to think about for sure:)! Thank you!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Mckenzie! Your floors are so pretty!

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  14. Terri Said:

    Our homes are about the same age. The darker floors are cool, but remember, dust bunnies are light! I have to agree with Louise, it’s easier to match, if you need to make a repair. Another thought would be the amount of natural shade from outside. We have HUGE windows and HUGE trees, making our home a bit dark. Our kitchen has a giant window, but a patio outside, so we went with the lightest bamboo for our kitchen floor and white cabinets.

    Your house is coming along so well!!!

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