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12 Gorgeous Restored, Refinished and Reclaimed Floors

by Lauren Chorpening

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

 

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When Kevin and Devin restored the floors for their brewery, they got creative to get the job done. “I went to the coffee shop next door and asked for their spent grinds, which Devin and I covered the wooden floorboards with,” Kevin shares, “they looked at us like we were crazy!” The coffee stain gives the floors a stunning finish.
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The reclaimed barn wood in this Catskills bedroom brings rustic warmth to the modern design.
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The original wood floors in this dreamy home were a selling point for Pia and Jeppe. They have a soft, glazed quality to them that adds a pretty and casual feel to their ornate home.
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Paige Morse combined two sheds into one stunning guest house. Combining the two, rough hardwood floors from each space left a seam where they meet. Paige refinished the floors dark to hide the seam while adding contrast to the space.
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The reclaimed wide pine boards make Sisse Jonassen's 2005 addition fit with the rest of the 1795 home.
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Sofia and her husband started the renovation of their Swedish home as soon as they moved in. Their white washed floors are the perfect complement to the white and wood seen throughout the rest of their home.
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Sarah and Daniel's floors are a DIY with plywood cut into wide planks and finished like hardwoods.
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When Hollie and Mike found this home, they knew the floors in the house would need to be salvaged. "These floors were among the ones that were painted salmon pink," says Hollie, "and Mike did such a great job restoring them!"
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This 1890s Victorian home still has its hand-nailed hardwood floors, refinished and maintained to keep its charm.
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Vija and Greg left the original bolted, oak floors in the kitchen during their home's renovation. They lightly sanded them but left them unsealed for a rustic aesthetic.
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The warm, light wood floors add a playful and creative feeling to this ceramics studio with the uneven, slatted and reclaimed look of this floor.
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Every surface in this foreclosure property had to be refinished by Lisa and Justin. They stained the floors dark as soon as they got the keys and had to climb into the window on a second story and live there for a few days before they were able to walk on them.

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Comments

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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