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Re-flooring our master bedroom


Troy has been making great progress on our master suite, and I hope to be able to do 2 things soon: 1) show you all the transformation, and 2) move out of the smallest, least attractive room in our house that we’ve been squatting living in since last summer. The master suite will be a large office- bedroom combination, with tons of natural light filtering in through a skylight and tons of windows.

In the house’s former life, the back room was added on to create a daycare playroom and napping room, so there is still a large happy sunshine mural painted on the walls (what do you think, should we keep it? j/k…) and the floors and ceiling never got insulated. That was our first project, because last summer the temperature in here reached about a billion degrees under the sweltering flat tar roof. Next we removed a sliding glass door and replaced it with windows, and removed a 6 panel door that entered onto the bedroom from the mud room so that the room only has one, traditional and more secure entrance through the main hallway.

Finally, we’re adding a master (walk-in! ermergawd!) closet and installing flooring. And here lies (literally) our current dilemma- what type of floor should we lay?

The question is both practical and philosophical. Practical considerations include cost, durability, and how it fits with the rest of the house. Philosophical considerations get more complicated, because here we are considering whether we build the master as our dream suite, or as a widely appealing space that would re-sell quickly. We don’t have plans to move immediately but the equity in our house, seller’s market in our town, and desire to be closer to family are tempting us more and more, so its a thought we’re keeping at the peripheral of our minds.

This is where I need your help. Let’s walk through it, and then you tell me in the comments what you’d do, or what you think I should do. I reserve the right to change my mind stubbornly or wantonly last minute and heed none of the bestowed wisdom, but I would vastly appreciate your input nonetheless. Here goes.

This is my inspiration- clean, rustic, white washed Scandinavian style floors. Floors that make everything you place on them pop with drama and at the same time, lay a serene mat on which to build our master suite’s design scheme. I’ve interested countless pictures of this alpine inspired dream, here are a few:

Image via Design Sponge
Image via Design Sponge
Image via HoneyPie LivingEtc.
Image via HoneyPie LivingEtc.
Image via BlissfulBBlog
Image via BlissfulBBlog
Image via Postris
Image via Postris

The white wash would be affordable, given that we already purchased a large amount of wide plan flooring from the Millwork Outlet recently. The already tested plan would be to paint on several coats of a flat white exterior paint, sand off the edges and corners for a rustic look, lay the flooring and then seal the completed floor with a couple of clear coats. If we don’t use the material for this, we will use it to build the mudroom storage instead, so there is no waste at stake.

Unfortunately I have one big fat concern. The office currently has a well loved (i.e. worn out and haggard) 2 1/4 inch traditional oak floor. The hallway and other two bedrooms also have this lovely floor:

oak 2 1/4 flooring

If we do white washed floors in the master suite, will it be adding another jarring, random floor to our already busy-for-such-a-small-footprint home? Our living-dining room has these pretty hand scraped bamboo floors:

handscraped floors from lumber liquidators

and our kitchen and bathroom currently have an fugly beige linoleum that hides everything and nothing at the same time. We hope to replace the soon with a rectangular slate looking tile similar to this, and run it through the mud room, kitchen, and bathroom:

image via pinterest, original poster unknown
image via pinterest, original poster unknown

Will 4 floor finishes be an overwhelming variety for our ~1500 square feet home?

And if you were an in the market homeowner, would you welcome the white wash, or immediately replace them in your mind and start subtracting that theoretical cost from your offer price?

Please submit advice in the comments, I’m begging of you- my weekend’s productivity depends on it!

The "glass" behind the garden to glass cocktails, Belinda is the owner of the Happy Camper Cocktail Company, bartender, recipe developer, younger sister and karaoke lover.


  • Cheri Arkell

    I can appreciate your dilemma. Although I really love the look of the white washed floor, it is a risk when it comes to appealing to future buyers. If you plan to sell within the next 1- 2 years, I’d keep the oak floor. Most buyers moving into entry-level homes have the money to paint walls, but refinishing wood floors they don’t like can be a deal breaker. The white washed floor is a special designer touch not a lot of people (especially men) may appreciate. With the fantastic decorator updates you are making in the bathroom and kitchen, your house will appeal to those who are looking to move in and be done. I say go for the white washed floors in your next closer to “forever” house. Or, roll the dice and white wash them now because there’s no guarantee about the future:) See, I’m not much help!
    A beautifully built 1957 home next to us has been for sale for 3 years. It has never been updated. No one will touch it even though it is at an entry level price. We have talked to many who have shown interest and they all said the same thing….the bathrooms, kitchen and windows are too expensive to remodel and replace. We have come to the conclusion that younger buyers do not have the time and/or money and/or vision and/ or DIY skills (like you and Troy) to invest in wonderful older homes. The elderly homeowner just turned it into a rental…(sigh) .

  • Maria Bennyhoff

    Considering I am ALL kindsa gung-ho about you moving closer to family…ie. ME I vote for a more widely appealing oak floor.

    You know me…design ideas such as the white washed distressed flooring makes my heart go pitter patter but if resale is ever in your future…even in the distant future a less personal finish would benefit you better in the long run.

    Love you! Looking forward to seeing what you guys decide to do!

  • belinda

    ugh I feel you guys. I think the right, mature practical thing to do is get the oak floors …and then find a super cute old 1900’s home in downtown Sumner to white wash! It may not happen right away but I think we will keep this remodel on the generic side in case we do decide to move it he next couple years.

  • belinda

    also, that 1957 home sounds like a great buy. Let us know if it goes up for sale again đŸ˜‰ Troy is a little tired of updates currently but for the right price…who knows!

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