12 Gorgeous Restored, Refinished and Reclaimed Floors

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This last week, I started the process of packing up my current home and cleaning and painting my future home. Both are very similar in a lot of ways. They are both brick apartment buildings built a century ago, they’re both spacious two bedrooms, and they’re both full of beautiful original hardwood floors and moulding. One thing that will change the way I decorate my new home is the finish of the floors. My current floors are a very orange, light wood stain. The floors in the new place are dark and deep with red undertones. The dark pieces that gave weight to my old floors will get lost now and lighter or brighter items will show off the beauty of the rich wood and its finish. All that to say, now more than ever, I’m appreciating the impact that a finish and texture of a floor makes on a space.

The 12 floors in this gallery have been reclaimed from barn wood, refinished with coffee grounds or a white wash, or restored to their former glory. Enjoy! –Lauren


  1. I’ve seen pictures of that brewery–it’s amazing.
    We took out the broken, uneven tiles in our place, which started as the village showers (!!) and replaced them with wood. As you note, the hardest part is finding the right shade for the stain.

  2. CA says:

    The first reclaimed floors I ever saw (or had even heard of) were in the loft of a friend. They had gotten the flooring from an old gymnasium. The floors still had the colored lines from the basketball court but they were put in random order so there were fragments of yellow, red and blue throughout. Way cool.

  3. Jeff Carbine says:

    My current apartment has the orange, light wood stained floors. I would love to have it changed to the darker toned wood floor that you have in your new place. The seventh picture in the gallery is so beautiful. I cannot believe it was made with plywood!


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