Hardwood Floors 2 of 2

Have you ever seen cupping of hardwood floors?
Do you know the cause?!?  More moisture in the subfloor (below the floor) then in the wood itself, leading to an abnormal concave shaping of the planks. We had cupping, but thankfully the horrible humidity issues that were discovered just before closing on our house had a simple solution.  Circulation, stop the automatic sprinklers from running for hours each night, especially when the temps are still in the 60s at night, and a few other preventive treatments, you can read about that emotional mess here.
All was good now so on with the floor beautifying!!!  With a week left before moving day we needed those floors done like yesterday.  Sadly, we had 2 days of rain, a constant, deep saturating rain, where humidity was high everywhere, but thankfully not too bad within our new humidity fighting house.  Despite the rain they extended kitchen floor to match the original throughout the rest of the house including, through the new opening where the wall had once been.  Then all the floors were sanded and from my little entry way where we left the original tile, if you looked down, the sea of wood seemed to go on forever,  the house looked new, clean and fresh (yes, dust layered every other part of the house).

When the sanding was complete, the temperatures dropped into the 50s and we had to patiently wait for the floors to be stained.  We were so thankful to rent two additional weeks from the new buyers of our old house, but began wondering if that would be enough time.  We decided we would need a landing spot for our boxes and furniture and just before the sanding decided to have the front room’s floor finished later.  Finally, the temps crept back up, as they always do in Texas and work began.  The floor company stained four different spots in the wood for me and let me pick my favorite.  Okay seriously they all looked the same as 8in x 4in rectangles.

One of my good friends has hardwood floors through her kitchen and main living areas and just weeks before I had walked in and thought to ask her the name of her stain color because I LOVED it!  DuraSeal (which was the brand our floor company was using) in the color Antique Brown.  So with total confidence I selected my color.  With less confidence I returned and the floors were covered with still wet stain.  The floors were as dark as midnight and I nearly screamed (well, maybe I did).  It had gone from a sea of hardwood floors to a dark cave where I couldn’t imagine living.  A night’s sleep dulled the pain a bit and in the morning the floor company was here putting the first of three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.  Seriously, the amount it had lightens as it dried was unbelievable and once again I was picturing all my furniture in the home and me laying comfy on my king size bed with my apple laptop on my lap just as I am right now!  All was good, and became even better when Gigi and Pa offered to fly out pick up my B’s, play with them for a week and then drive them back to us!

If you’re a grandparent reader, seriously this was the most loving thing EVER for us and our kids!  And according to Gigi and Pa, they’re the ones that were blessed from the time with their B’s.  They received tons of hugs, kisses and cuddles!!!  This day in age, everyone is so busy and transport that this doesn’t occur near often enough as it did with generations prior!  Proverbs 13:22 says, “Good People leave an inheritance to their grandchildren.”  I think this is referring to much more then a check, but rather an inheritance of stored up heart memories that can never be taken away!  These memories are built in the simple moments of life where creativity and laughter is spurred on by an audience of their biggest fans in life enjoying every second completely captured by funny made up songs and dances and ridiculous stories that make absolutely no sense!!  An inheritance was definitely eternally invested in my sweet B’s hearts this week!

Coming home to their familiar furniture and their rooms set up similarly to their old house, despite the collection of boxes, paper, and junk everywhere else, they felt settled and thankful for their new home!!!  Are you checking out the floors!?!?  Do you totally agree that Antique Brown ROCKS!?!

Now if we can just paint our fireplace and mantle white, we’ll be ready for a magazine photo shoot.  (Well, we may have a few more projects in addition to the fireplace, but I think the fireplace will definitely add so much)!   We won’t be missing our pink bricks one bit in case you’re one who is totally against brick painting!   See what I mean about the pink brick ~ I think my house could be the logo for Susan B. Anthony!?!

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  1. Maureen says:

    Thank you so much for linking up! I’d love to see your continued progress. We are going to need to re-do our kitchen floors soon…I’m on the fence between tile and wood…yours are looking GORGEOUS!

  2. jewelrybyrebecca says:

    The floors look great! Can’t wait to see the brick after you paint them. 😉

  3. PeggyJean says:

    I love it! One day I hope to have hard wood floors.. so jealous!

  4. Anne says:

    I’m renovating a 1930s home, so I’m fascinated by anyone else who’s diying their way through a reno. Newest follower here!

  5. Chris says:

    I don’t know what my favorite part is–your new floors or the incredible grandparents! 😉 How sweet that they would do that! The floors are incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nicole@Thrifty Decorating says:

    Can’t wait to see it finished! It looks amazing! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday!

  7. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear says:

    What a great post. Found you via Shabby Nest. Would love for you to link up to my weekly Things I’ve Done Thursday party that runs until noon EST on Saturday. We also have a custom blog button giveaway going on right now!!


  8. Maury says:

    This looks amazing! I’ve just been looking through your past posts and you’ve done so much work! I’m a new follower! I hope you’ll follow me back, but no pressure! Have a great weekend!

  9. Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano says:

    That’s the color I picked for you even before I read that you picked it. Love it! And as someone who has painted bricks before I’ll just say that primer is a brick painter’s best friend. Lots and lots of it.

  10. Honey at 2805 says:

    The dark hardwoods are beautiful! They are gorgeous!

  11. Honey at 2805 says:

    The dark hardwoods are beautiful! They are gorgeous!

  12. Honey at 2805 says:

    The dark hardwoods are beautiful! They are gorgeous!

  13. ❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life says:

    It’s such a beautiful difference. 🙂


  14. Anita says:

    I absolutely love dark hardwood floors and that color is gorgeous!! Love the inspiration photo too!

  15. Meg {henninglove} says:

    great staining!! seriously you picked the best color although initially you were unsure, i definitely think it was the best one!! and i think you are so right about grandparents leaving a legacy, it is so much more than money! and i am happy your children get to see and spend time with their grandparents! thanks for stopping by my blog and following, i’m following you back now

  16. Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} says:

    Hi Aimee!

    Thank you so much for visiting and befriending The Best of this Life and for your sweet comment 🙂
    I couldn’t find your email address on your blog, so I’ll answer your question here – For me BlogHer has been
    worth it…I’ve found it to be a great community, a good tool to get connected and to get discovered by other bloggers too. I’ve been pleased with my experience so far. It didn’t take long to be approved – I think it might depend on the category of your blog and what they are looking for. Your blog is lovely and I’m sure they would accept you.

    So glad you came by, so now I can follow yours too!

    xo Emily

  17. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Gorgeous mantel pretty girl. Your floors look amazing, they’re gorgeous now, I love the dark floors and yeah go for the white bricks. Your children are adorable, I have two darling granddaughters I’m crazy about. Thank you for your following me and for the lovely comments, you’re so sweet and generous. Now I’m off to follow you, lets visit each other more often, I’ll be visiting your pretty blog. Lots of hugs, FABBY

  18. Cranberry Morning says:

    Go for it! I love the idea of painting those bricks white. In fact, all the white kitchens I see are making me think about doing some changes next spring!

    You may be interested in this post on our schoolroom makeover, for my husband sanded, stained, and sealed all that flooring too. I know just what you mean in how hard it is to pick out a stain. We bought 4 wee cans of stain, brought them home, stained one of the new boards with each one, then chose. Anyway, I’m now going to become your newest follower. Thanks so much for the nice things said about Cranberry Morning and for following!! P.S. Your floor looks beautiful!

  19. sherri lynn says:

    The floors look AMAZING! I love how dark they are!

  20. Emily @ 52 Mantels says:

    Antique brown IS beautiful! And, your white fireplace/mantel is stunning. I can’t wait to see it jazzed up on 52 Mantels 🙂