Refinishing Existing Floors and Wood
Over time and through various owners, a house was built around the original schoolhouse, resulting in the majestic 3700 sq. ft. structure seen today. When this happens, owners need to pay careful attention to keep the continuity of the original structure so the house flows.
In the case of the schoolhouse, the addition rendered wonderful living space, but lacked the finishes of the original house. Although there were no wood floors in the original part of the house with the exception of the kitchen, all trim work was finished in an off-white paint. Whereas the addition contained unfinished oak: all base wood trim, window wood trim, doors, railings and balusters, stair footings, library bookcases, basement bar and the floor in the great room. The oak railings also consisted of tree cut-outs giving the entire area a “lodge” feel. And although quaint, the house looked like it was two different structures.
To merge the house to better resemble one continuous structure, all woodwork was stripped, sanded, primed and painted a bright white. The stairs and wood flooring in the great room were stripped, sanded and stained a dark cocoa bean with a black blend. The railing and balusters were removed and rebuilt to better closer match the stair railings in the original part of the home.
The home owner then repainted the original structure wood trim to the same bright white finish. The dark floors against the white trim work gives the schoolhouse a crisp, clean look while keeping the overall home look and feel consistent.