Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

It’s starting to look like a real house!!

The last glimpse that you guys got of the flip was of the bathroom tile – well, things are moving fast and instead of writing a separate post for each update I’ve decided to lump all the recent developments into one giant mega-post.  Are you ready?

First of all, let me apologize for how crappy these photos are – most were taken on my phone, and most were taken at night.  Forgive me?

Okay, let’s get started.  Remember how there were 50 year old wood floors hiding under nasty carpet?  And we had to add wood floors in the kitchen, and the original floors had to be patched in a bunch of places where we knocked down walls?

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

Well the floors have all been sanded, and they look gorgeous!!

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

Our wood floor guy wanted us to go for a hand-scraped finish because he was worried that all of the blemishes from the carpet tacks and staples and the patched areas would look bad, but we wanted to try just a plain sanded finish first (since that’s what we prefer – and it’s cheaper to boot).  Luckily, it looks amazing and totally seamless.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

I love how all of the rooms look cohesive and unified now with the wood floors – can you believe the difference?

Day 14

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

Once the floors were all sanded and perfect, it was time to choose the stain.  The two finalists were Dark Walnut and Antique Brown.  We loved both options because they were rich and dark, but not too dark.  In the end we chose Antique Brown, which has a slightly less reddish tone (although in reality I think they’re pretty darn indistinguishable).

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

We’re so happy with the result!!  The floors have been stained and have one coat of poly – the floor guys are waiting to put on the second coat of poly until the other trades get in there and finish up.  The floors were still wet when we went over there, but we were able to peek in and see how things looked in the kitchen:

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

Pretty, right?!?

And from that photo you can tell that the kitchen counters and backsplash have gone in – details on all of that are coming up now!

First up are the counters – they’re all in!!  We went with shavikashi yellow granite (say that 10 times fast) in the master bathroom.  As we discussed before, we chose a remnant from the fabricator to keep costs down.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

And here’s how it looks in the master bathroom!  I admit that it’s not a great pic, and that everything looks kind of dusty and gross – I’ll get you a better shot once the vessel sinks and faucets go in.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

And for the guest bathroom (which is still my favorite!!), we chose a remnant of calcutta marble.  It is insanely awesome.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

I think it looks absolutely killer in the guest bathroom.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

Oh, and you can see in the pic above that the vanity finally got painted!  We picked the paint sample on the right, which is a really deep charcoal.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

Now onto the kitchen counters – you’re all familiar with the saga by now (read here for a refresher).  Bianco Romano was the winner in the end – although not the slab we had originally picked, because even though it had the right square footage it was the wrong dimensions.  Fun times.  Anyhoo, here is our actual slab flying through the air:

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

It was pretty fun to watch!

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

We were really pleased with how it looked when it showed up at the job site.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

They were able to fabricate a piece for the window sill right on site:

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

And here’s how it looks in the kitchen!!  And did you notice the penny tile backsplash?

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

I don’t have a photo of it grouted yet, but it looks pretty darn dynamite.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

The counters aren’t as dramatic as what we typically choose, but I think it will look great once the kitchen is finished.

Wood Floors, Backsplash, Counters & More

So now you’re up to speed on what’s been happening at the flip – what do you think?

Click here to see everything that’s happened at the flip since we bought it in February.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I’m pretty sure I’m in love with this house! Can’t wait to see more!

  2. Maggie says:

    WOW!!! I love all your choices!!!
    The floor looks fantastic — just what I want in my new house!( I would use more exclamation points but I’ve used up my daily quota). My question is what kind of wood are the floors? They look like oak but lighter.


    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Thanks, Maggie! And you’re totally right – they’re oak! :)

  3. OMG those floors make the house! I love how it ties all of the spaces together. The guest bath vanity top is to die for! So much exciting progress going on. Keep up the good work!

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  5. kathy says:

    wow!! incredible material choices!! it looks great!!

  6. Lisa says:

    wow, everything is looking great–its hard to believe its the same space.

  7. Yay for mega post! I am loving those floors. I hope I can get some in my home sooner rather than later!


  8. christy says:

    HOLY MOLY! It looks amazing! Love the remnant you used in the bathroom – stunning! And the kitchen backsplash and open shelves are amazing! I can’t wait to see the whole thing when you’re done. And yes, the cohesive wood floors are SUCH a transformation in the whole space! Swoon!!!

  9. Those wood floors are AMAZING! I love that rich, dark color! And I’ll bet up close they have a ton of character.

  10. Wood floors are magical, aren’t they? I got that same feeling when I saw our refinished (and new) floors…nothing could be more beautiful in a home! I love the finishes you’ve chosen.

  11. LIZ! This looks amazing! AMAZING! I love the wood floors, are they pine? I’m just curious. The color for stain you chose is really nice and very versatile. It looks fabulous with the kitchen and I’m kind of dying over the penny tile. So darn pretty.

    • Liz - It's Great To Be Home says:

      Thanks, Kim! The wood floors are actually oak – glad you’re digging them! :)

  12. Amanda says:

    I can’t wait to see the completed back deck and yard. What is going on out back, are those awesome benches done yet?

  13. kerja says:

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  14. I am loving those floors, the refinish turned out fantastic! Congrats on your project, you certainly have something to be proud of!