Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Painted Floors and all that Jazz

House Beautiful 2002, designer Miles Redd

This weekend I will be sanding the wood floors in the Kitchen. Originally they had some really abysmal pink 50's tile. He got rid of those asap (contracted out, Yeah!) but in their wake left a pretty chunked up mess (for us to deal with, Boo!) Old stain was removed first. Then came the lengthy process of filling the deeper holes with stainable wood filler. Much discussion has been given to the final finish for the kitchen floor. I've always wanted to do a painted wood floor, something graphic and individual. Like Miles Redd's kitchen:

Image via Lifes scattered thoughts, 8/23/07

Or his famous and often photographed studio apartment floor:

Image via Miles Redd online portfolio

I just love black and white harlequin patterns:

Or brown and pink stylishly applied:

also image above, House Beautiful June 2006

So we decided to do a painted pattern of our own. Sort of a painted adaptation of some beautiful 1920's tile uncovered in a renovation at the Fort Sam Houston Officers club. Its amazing what you find hiding under wall to wall carpet. I guess vacuuming is easier maintenance than keeping these beauties ship shape.

THIS is the one!

We had plans to do a trace of the tiles. And then make an acetate template. Changing a bit of the colorway in our version to fit better with our decor.

Another rooms uncovered treasure!

But... we have removed part of the wall between the kitchen and next room to recreate the existing arch present between the living and former dining rooms. When this is accomplished the overall feeling should be of an almost loftlike space one room falling into the next all the way to the back door. So in the interest of continuity we are giving up on the painted floor concept. We're going for dark stain on the rest of the floors. Something like an ebonized floor. I know it will be beautiful. But, it can be hard to let it go.

So the stain and poly has been purchased. I can see it from here. Away we go!


pve design said...

Painted floors add so much personality!

London Calling said...

PVE, I agree!

beth said...

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cotedetexas said...

Where are you from? Wondering about the Ft. Sam Houston floors. Also, I've always wondered of your name had something to with the Clash. ! I watched a documentary the other night that Mick Jones was in and boy has he aged not very cute - I used to think he was so cute, yucck.

London Calling said...

San Antonio just down I10 from you. On the name, definately Clash inspired also something of an Anglophile, renovating a tudor, so a play on that. Normally I'd ask which channel and look for a rerun but I prefer to remember him-the way he was.

pve design said...

love the new background color -of your blog, wil add you to my blog envy list today!

London Calling said...

Thanks PVE! You flatter me!

Chris De Dier said...

San Antonio...not exactly an original or creative city any longer. Glad to see someone is bringing life to it again. Hopefully it will catch on.
Great blog!

London Calling said...

Smiles to you - Chris! Left you a comment on your blog. Love the coffee at Joe's on South Congress...Austin is a fav.

My Notting Hill said...

Good luck with the floors, your plan sounds great. Thanks for listing my blog. I've listed yours too - look forward to seeing how the floors turn out.

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Mélanie said...

Painted floor looks great. I love the tiles and the floor in the 2 last pictures

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