Our attic renovation are progressing well, we have done so much work already to get this space to where it is going to be and I am so excited to almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am very undecided on what to do with the floors in the space and I am needing some floor inspiration. I am on the fence if I want painted floors or to keep them natural in the space. Let me know your opinion in the comments below!
Painted or Natural Floors
We are hoping to keep the existing fir floor in the space however I am not sure what finish I want it to end up having. The current floor is extremely well aged and has been beautiful surface nailed through out the space. Through the rest of our home, we sanded and clear polyurethaned over the original fir floors however I do find them very orange and am wanting to stay away from that in the attic.
Option 1. Natural Floors
This would be to simply wash and clean the floors as they currently are, then simply oil or polyurethane over them. This option would be the least amount of work however the floors will look extremely rustic and I am not sure that is exactly what I am hoping for. Below is a picture of our actual floor in the space. I have used Minax in the past and it is a very durable product.
Option 2. Painted floors
Paint the floors a with a solid white deck or floor paint and give them a very clean and fresh look. The concern with white floors is that they will show everything. With a young family and this is going to be our ‘family room’ so I want don’t want to be worried that the kiddos are making a mess in the space or getting the floors dirty. A product like Patio White by Benjamin Moore would do the trick.
Option 3. Distressed Floor
This is the option I am leaning to the most, is a combination of both. A painted floor that is distressed to show through the natural tones underneath, see the below examples. The trick with this floor is making it look authentic, like the paint has been on the floors forever. What I love about this finish is that it adds so much texture to the area and makes you feel the age of the space. Our house was built in 1903, so this finish allows that detail to be felt.
Option 4. Bleached Floor
Use a product/oil to almost bleach out the orange in the fir. There are products out there that will allow you to dull or alter the undertones in the wood, like Woca floor products. My only concern with that is I don’t feel it stays true to the heritage of the house the same way a painted or natural wood floor does. What type of floor do you like the best? Which would you choose if you where refinishing a space like an attic in an old heritage home? Leave me a comment below!!
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