We are getting closer and closer to putting the finishing touches on The Vintage Round Top's new Boho cottage! As we approach the big reveal in the coming weeks, we'll be sharing sneak peek images of the details chosen for the design of Boho.
Today we're excited to show off the new flooring in the great room! As we've said before, it's fairly hard to find enough reclaimed wood for a 900 sq. ft. great room at a decent price. So we decided to make our own! We wanted it to look real and authentically aged, so we created a process that gives us the effect we want.
First, we bought brand new flooring at a discount from Lumber Liquidators. Smoot and the kids distressed each piece with chisels, hammers, chains and sanding. All of the digs and rivets you see here are from the distressing they did.
Next, we stained the entire floor. It was a little tough, because we had to go through each piece and make sure all the cracks and crevices were covered. We chose a darker stain because we knew it would pop more through the white paint.
Third, we painted over the stain with a white high-glass paint. I know! All that work we did to stain the floor and we just painted right over it! Luckily we had tested the process before and knew it would create the effect we were looking for.
Lastly, we went back over the white paint with a sander in certain areas so that the stain we worked so hard for shined through. Even though it was a lot of hard work, we love the distressed painted look of the flooring. And we love that it was much more affordable than covering the entire room in reclaimed wood. While we always try to reuse and repurpose materials, sometimes it's just not possible with our budget.
We'll share an image of the entire room soon, but for now we hope you enjoyed a sneak peek of the flooring process!