Saturday, November 19, 2011

Drastic Change

As mentioned in my last few posts, we have been in the throes of home improvement.  My wood floors were officially finished on November 8 but it has taken this long for some of the dust (and mental fog) to clear so that I can post a few pics.

Let me preface by saying that I have been saving for new floors for four long years.  You know how you have a vision of what something is going to look like and then the reality doesn't quite match?  That's kinda where I am.  I love the variable width of the planks and the true handscraping of the boards.  The wood tone, though, is different than what I was envisioning.  We went with engineered so couldn't customize, but I knew I didn't want espresso or chocolate brown because it would be too dark for me.  The stains that were lighter looked somewhat washed out.  I was going for a medium brown.  Let's just say that tears were shed and I have beat myself up a lot over the past week or so with woulda, coulda, shoulda.  Now you know why I suffer from Analysis Paralysis.

I think the shock of going from light to dark has just thrown me a little lot.  These are beautiful, rich floors!  As you can see from the Before pics, my family room was very monotone.  In that sense, I think the wood helps to warm things up.   I will need to buy some rugs (what kind??) and My Man said we can buy some new furniture pieces for the family room.  I guess I should be excited by that but I just don't want to think about it anymore right now.  I guess I don't do well with drastic change.

What do you think?

Here are some more views in other rooms.  Ignore my lack of staging because I haven't gotten anything everything back in order yet:

Master bedroom looking into foyer
Dining Room
Guest bedroom
I know in my head that I am SO BLESSED to have such a beautiful home and I refuse to let this be the winter of my discontent.  But I feel a little heartsick because I was hoping everything would look pulled together and "done" like I see every day on so many beautiful blogs.  I think I have more work to do.

For what it's worth, My Man and and children love the color!  I don't hate it, I just think everything looks so DARK now.  The gloomy weather we have been having lately hasn't helped.

Enlighten me!  Please!


Gypsy Heart said...

Vicki, I can understand your angst. However, I LOVE the floors! I think they look beautiful and not too dark at all. Perhaps this uneasiness you feel is due to a real major change + gloomy days. The sunlight will reappear and I think you'll feel much better!

Please don't compare yourself to other blogs! You really don't have a timeframe for long it took someone else to accomplish a major reno plus put everything back together. We all work differently and that's ok!

I really like the floors ~ :-)


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Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

We are in the process of choosing wood floors right now. It's so hard to imagine the finished product. But I LOVE what you have done. I think you just need a few rugs. More $$$, I know. I don't see that you've made any mistakes. Just looks like you might have a little more work to get to the look you want--but no hurry, right?

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Vicki, I LOVE your floors, I think when you get the right rugs you too will love it. Sometimes it's just a matter of time for your mind to adjust! And rugs will make a HUGE difference - right now it is so much dark colors but very........ pretty!

Vicki V @ said...

Thank you, ladies! I guess you all can guess that I am a little OCD about stuff. I blame it on middle age, but the truth is that I think it's just the way I was made. Makes me lean on my Savior even more! :) I'm just one of those people who finds it difficult to step out of my comfort zone when big $$$ are involved. I'm always seeking the optimal when good enough can be good enough. I'm just getting tired and old! ha ha

Andrea said...

I think they are beautiful. The dark color will probably take some adjusting too, but with all of your white woodwork, I think it looks fabulous. Great investment!

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