(Pre Blog) Living Room Floor & Shelves

One the first projects we did after moving in (besides painting over all the pink) was ripping up the carpet in the living room and hallway replacing it with wood. We did this in December of 2010, so you will have to excuse the crapiness of the photos. I had no idea that anyone besides my family would see these, as it was a pre blog project. Anyway, here is what our floors look like.
Acacia wood flooring
I freakin love them.
  • Carpet is gross. When I clean these I know they’re CLEAN (keyword is when).
  • They look amazing.
  • They’re hand scraped and somewhat rustic and hold up beautifully. They’ve gotten a few scratches since we’ve put them in, but they were well deserved.
  • We got a really good deal on them.
  • They make my totally not fancy house feel custom and expensive.
  • Oh, and no more carpet. That’s worth mentioning twice.
So the terrible pictures I was telling you about? Here ya go.
The very before…
The just before
The during (they’re glued down)
They’re handscraped  Acacia  from Skyline Floorscapes. I couldn’t tell you what color or the exact price, but want to say they were around $4 a square foot (including glue). That’s WAY cheap for nice engineered flooring. One of the best parts is that they come in a lot of different lengths (as opposed to the normal one length). You usually have to add about 10% for waste, however we had basically no wasted wood. The only leftovers we had were used to make the counter in our laundry room, and if you go check it out you’ll see that its not much.
Also, along with replacing the floor we also replaced the trim…we’re working on slowly replacing the trim throughout the entire house.
Next item up is the shelves in the living room (we did these not long after the floors.) I really really wish I had taken more pictures of the process, it would have made a great tutorial.
I designed these…we needed a solution for our huge empty living room wall and we also needed storage. (They are pretty substantial, the longest one is twelve feet.) My brother in law, Keith, did most of the actual building. (He’s a woodworker and dang good at it.) They’re designed to look like solid pieces of rustic wood, but in reality they’re just made of plywood. Keith and Adam decided to use the “bad side” of the plywood so that there would be more variation and knots showing. We sanded the crud out of them, stained with our own concoction (so they would match the floors) and finished with tung oil.
Now, we could have just cut some plywood and put them together, but then the ends would have showed and you would know instantly that they are simply little plywood boxes. Instead, Keith decided to cut all the pieces at a 45 degree angle so that all seams would be hidden. Here is a close up shot…
Totally should have dusted before I took close up pics. Oh well, my secrets out…I have dusty shelves.
The shame!
I did take a couple pictures when they were being installed. Here is before, and if you look closely at the shelves on the floor you can see how they are hollow in the center.
To get them to stay on the wall, the boys hung a strip of wood the size of the opening and then slid the shelf on (actually they had to pound them on, those suckers aren’t going anywhere).
 To keep them from potentially drooping and to add an industrial look we secured the shelf front to the wall with wire cable.
(Oh the wires…we need to put them in the wall. Hubby nagging commences now.)
And there you have it, beautiful custom shelves. Consider yourself caught up on all of our living room projects. Now to move onto the new, fun, non brown ones :)


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  1. Your floors are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! After seeing this I may want to rip up our carpet! Here is my blog-feel free to stop by!


  2. I love your floors and your shelves! The room looks great!

  3. AHHH! You're floors look AMAZING!!!!! I want hard wood flooring. Your shelves look great too. Visiting from Keeping it Simple. :)

  4. Your wood floor is beautiful!!!


  5. Gorgeous floors. They feel so awesome on cleaning day. Someday I'll have wood through the whole house.

  6. Beautiful floors and shelves! I have wood floors, but they are scratched and need alot of TLC! Unfortunately, we rent our home right now, so I just have to deal with it and drool at pictures like yours! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Your floors are so neat!!! Love the rustic look they have! The dents you mention just make them look even more rustic and custom! :)

  8. I agree with you. Carpet is GROSS! And my dog is constantly throwing up on it :( ugh.

    I pinned your hardwoods and the shelving for future reference.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Your room is gorgeous now. The wood floors are beautiful. Love the new color on the walls, and the shelves look really nice. You did a great job in transforming this room. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday's Best!

  10. great job everywhere!! crazy to think those beautiful floors were covered!!
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  11. The wood floors are gorgeous – they are in our long term plan and I cannot wait!!

  12. Excellent choice! Love that flooring! We want to do hardwood in our dining room and I think this would look really good in our rustic home.

  13. Your floors are gorgeous- I love them!! Thanks for linking up at FEathered Nest Friday!

  14. Nice pictures! I love the way you’ve posted the now-and-then pictures of your flooring. It’s a good thing that you’ve found the proper flooring for your home, it looks rustic and formal. Good work on that one!


  15. Floors look great! What type of wood did you use and where did you buy it?

  16. The floors are beyond the usual, over-used, complements!

  17. OMG, thank you so much for giving me just the inspiration I needed. I am making a coffee/tea bar and I was wanting to put shelves over it, but I could not find brackets that I liked & could afford, this will be perfect. I love your blog….

  18. You have a beautiful home. Your wood floors are gorgeous. Odd question, but where did you get your floor trim. I love the simplicity of it. Thank you!!!

    • Thank you Nancy. We actually made the trim ourselves, it’s a 1X6 MDF board that we routered to give it a design. We did that in all the main areas of our house then decided that it wasn’t quite simple enough…so all the bedrooms and bathrooms are just a 1X6. It’s super easy and cheap that way!

  19. Hi, Ashley!

    I was wondering how you guys installed your wood flooring. You have it over concrete, right? I’ve read articles using spacers and all that stuff and I was surprised to see that you only glued yours down. We were planning on having pallet woods installed or something. What would you advise? Great floors, by the way!
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    • Yes, we glued them down directly to the concrete (ours is engineered). Floating them was an option, but after walking on a few samples we both decided gluing it down was the way to go, the floated floors were kinds clicky and sounded, well, cheap. That was about four years ago and they are doing perfect….except for one thing. We didn’t level the floors before we glued the wood planks down, and so there are high and low spots. That in itself if okay, except for one spot in our hallway that pops when you walk on it (because of a low spot). Leveling it would have been easy, we just don’t know it was necessary. Live and learn!

  20. Janet Morelock says:

    I was wondering which color of the Acacia you went with..There are several different handscraped Acacia on their website. We are getting ready to do our floors as well due to my washing machine overflowing everywhere :( Thank you for your time, I absolutely love what you have done to your home…

  21. I would like to say that this blog really convinced me, you give me best information of living room choice floor. Thanks, very good post.

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