So, the front of the Schoolhouse is getting its original floor back – sanded, scraped, and stained into shabby chic-dom. The back of the Schoolhouse – hallway, bathroom, two bedrooms, and stairs – is new and needs a whole new floor.
We spent weeks talking with different people and considering different options, but then we met Scott the floor genius. Several weeks ago, on his say-so, we made two trips to Heritage Salvage in Petaluma to hand pick 300 cedar fence planks, which he’s using to make a floor for the back of the house. It’s a bit of an experiment, and several contractor-types we know have dissed it, saying cedar’s too soft. But here’s the thing. We want something that looks old. And when I was impaled on the horns of a dilemma, weighing this option against some wide plank Doug fir we’d found, and asked Scott what the ultimate difference would be, he told me, “That will look like a house floor; this will look like a barn floor.” I was sold.
That, and the fact that the photos he showed us of other jobs he had done were stunning, and we’re running out of money and this is, for once, not only our fave option but the least expensive. He thinks we should stain the concrete floor in the basement too, which is something I’d love to learn to do – maybe next year.