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May 24, 2012

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The floor in the studio has been a topic of conversation over here since we started this little reno.  After we weren’t able to find a match to our existing laminate to temporarily lay, and were discouraged to lay new flooring in here (for fear it would be discontinued by the time we were ready to re-floor the rest of the house), we happily decided to work with the subfloor.  Specifically paint it.  Once we lay the FLOR carpet tiles down, there will only be about a foot border of the subfloor showing, but we wanted it to still look chic…and not like this:

Eeks.  Granted, that was before we removed the tack strip and cleaned up the debris.  Chris was a champ at getting that part done.  I swept with a push broom first and then Chris meticulously vacuumed the floor so that the paint would cover evenly.

Errr, technically, we used a solid color stain–not paint.  I sent Chris to get porch and floor paint and he came home with this.  Either way, it worked beautifully.  He chose (yup, this was all Chris) a dark chocolate color called Cordovan Brown.

Initially, I worried that it was too dark, but by the time I finished rolling out the whole floor, I was in love.

Here’s another before:

And the dark, chic after:

The whole process only took about an hour and a half.  I cut in with a brush around the baseboards and then rolled the rest of the floor making sure I ended up at the door leading out of the room.  Not worrying about floor drips was bliss!
How do you feel about the color? We are so glad we went this route for now, but would love to hear if you would ever bare your subfloors.

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  1. Tiffanycardon says:

    Hey Julie! It’s creed and Tiffany. We are in Utah this morning and wanted to stop by and give you something! Well be here until 1… This is way last minute so if it doesn’t work out or you don’t check your blog in time…. It’s all good. Give us a call! We are up! 716 796 8421 ( my number… Meaning Tiffany)

  2. erica says:

    Great choice! The colors go really well together. I can’t wait to see the FLOR tiles!

  3. michelle says:

    that looks incredible!!!
    never ever would i have considered baring my subfloor for the world to see…even a foot around the perimeter.
    have you considered caulking the seams? just the foot or so in from the edges that will be exposed. just a thought.

  4. I love how this room is coming along. Seriously, it looks awesome! :)

  5. Awww. Thank you so much Jena. Don’t be a stranger.

  6. Jena Burr says:

    Okay, so I am a secret reader. I am not a DIY’er in any sense…but for some reason I am OBSESSED with your blog, and all the amazing things you are doing to your house. I also love your honesty and I think you and your husband are the cutest things. And don’t even get me started on Greta. Gorgeous.

  7. We have no clue where we’ll end up when we replace our floors. Definitely darker than we have now, but I am not sure we’ll go quite this dark. I have always liked a walnut color.

  8. It’s definitely not smooth, but it isn’t comparable to sand paper either. Hahaha. I have seen people sand them down first to get them smoother, but they are usually using their subfloors as a more permanent solution.

  9. Jessie McKinley says:

    Oooh I love the color!! Good choice! How is the subfloor on the feet?? I know you’re going to be putting a rug down but I can’t imagine the exposed part feeling too smooth. Great idea though. And way cost effective!

  10. meaganbriggs3 says:

    It looks ah-mazing (or amaze-balls as Lexy would say). Does this inch you towards dark hardwood floors? Because my mouth is watering over the idea.

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