driftwood, pickled and white washed; downstairs floors…

we’re getting dangerously close to being done with the first main phase of construction on our kitchen renovation, and the next big step is to refinish the floors throughout the entire downstairs… we were lucky enough to discover that the entire house including the  kitchen and both bathrooms had intact 1940’s doug fir floors, so we are just trying to decide  how we want to refinish them…

we want to bring in as much light as possible, while still letting the grain show through, so we’re going with some type of light grey finish… this will be  achieved by either pickling, which will let the natural warm tones of the wood shine through under raised grain which would be greyish, or we can bleach the floors, eliminating the warm tones, and then go overtop with one of the Bona stains in Driftwood…. this would  achieve the look i’m going for, but is by far the most labor intensive and toxic of the options… we can also whitewash (in this case greywash) by custom mixing a light grey paint, and then thinning and rubbing it into the raised grain after sanding… whatever we choose, we will have to try samples on the actual wood to ensure we know what it will come out like… once we start this process i’ll post about our findings…

in the meantime i can dream that it’s finished and looks like some of these beautiful images pulled from google….

white washed…

bleached oak floors…

pickled floors…

quarter sawn white oak with a driftwood finish…

white washed flooring in the bathroom…

a super clean iteration accented with spots of black…

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8 comments

  1. Pingback: in between spaces; renovating the stairwell… « Materia Designs

  2. Mike Kelly

    We are in the process of doing a similar project with our fir floors. Wanted to Lime the wood but with 2 small kids not a good idea.

    What did you end up going with? How did it work out? I’m looking into the Saman stain line or he osmo

    • materiadesigns

      Unfortunately I don’t know where these sheep are from, but i know they are similar to the Lalanne sheep sculptures…

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