I have suffered from a serious case of floor-envy ever since my sister installed reclaimed barn board floors in her home some time ago. She and her husband bought pre-cut tongue and groove boards from Century Wood and installed them themselves (ahem, DIY-overachievers) many years before the rise of “modern rustic.” She is always ahead of the curve.
It’s knotty, grainy, chunky and raw-looking. I love how tactile it is, and how it adds warmth and history to a space.
I love the drama of the dark stain in the photo above, but am also fond of the lighter grey tones of the boards below, a more Scandinavian look that might keep things cheerful in the dark winter months.
But old barn board isn’t as cheap as one might expect. So, we are weighing our options between this, other reclaimed or sustainable floorings, and some new ethically harvested (or FSC-certified) hardwood. We have found some great companies here in Ontario who specialize in just what we are after, including:
I’m dreaming the space will have the same retro-modern-meets-farmhouse charm as the room above. And, while we won’t be stealing a page from my sister’s book and installing the floors ourselves, we are feeling inspired to choose good quality, sustainable floors, and to recycle, upcycle or “freecycle” whenever we can. There is nothing more sobering than seeing a room full of waste amassed from a reno. Sadly, what little hardwood we did have on the main floor wasn’t able to be refinished or matched up to fill in gaps (and whole rooms) where it had been ripped out to make way for that “snakeskin” linoleum I waxed poetic about in my first post. Does anyone know of any good projects or crafts for three bundles of old oak-strip flooring?!
And, with pets, and a propensity toward bringing muddy bikes into the house (though this may change during the honeymoon phase with our new floors), I think reclaimed flooring is ideal for its durability and ease of cleaning. That, and any dents or claw marks in the boards just add more charm. Wish I could say the same about the rest of the house!