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Vintage Life: We’re Floored!

The renovation of our 1920s bungalow has truly been a labor of love. You’ve seen the tile floors go down and penny tiles in the bathroom.  We replaced the roof too as well as building a cat porch. Now we’re excited to put down laminate flooring.

Laminate2 We had originally thought that we’d refinish the original hardwood floors, but most of the boards were dry-rotted and had to be completely removed.

We chose a dark walnut laminate rather than true hardwood floors because of the durability against scratches from the dogs’ nails.

We liked this particular laminate because it had staggered sizes of boards and it has a textural wood grain feel. It also has a vintage or distressed look to it, and it has a very thick attached padding to the underside.

Greg worked with our handyman, Frank, to put down the laminate, which we had never done before. They started in the front living room.
Laminate Floor FrontRoomIt really went pretty fast! Greg and Frank were able to lay the laminate in the front living room and dining room in one day.

Laminate floor DiningRoom

In this shot of the dining room, you’re getting an early peep at the kitchen. I’ll show you how the kitchen came together in the next Vintage Life blog. Next came the master bedroom:

Laminate floor MasterBedroom

And then the closet:

Laminate Closet Do you like my vintage Capodimonte light fixture in the closet? I love it!

IkeaClosetNow that the floors were down, we could build the closets that we purchased from Ikea. Ikea does know how to provide a great amount of storage space in a small area. Our master closet is now in the same footprint as the only original bathroom in the house.

Now that we actually had flooring throughout the entire house, we could start bringing in furniture, which made us feel like we were really making progress!

We started with the vintage green leather English sofa and chair set that we had purchased in Asheville.

 

Vintage Leather furniture

Next we brought over our bed…

Headboard

…and our antique dining room table and chairs.
antique dining table and chairsStay tuned! The kitchen is the last piece that is truly needed before we can move in and that will be the next Vintage Life blog post!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Life: We Love Penny Tiles!

Greg and I knew from the start of our 1920s bungalow renovation that we wanted to place penny tiles in the bathrooms to keep the vintage look of our home.

Penny Tiles in Half BathroomWe started with the smallest room first: the half bath located off the living room/dining room. We chose all white tiles with a dark grey grout to emphasize the shape of the tiles.

The beadboard trim was created with original beadboard from the ceilings and it is painted a bright white while the walls are a rosy lavender – I love it! I just can’t get a good photo because the room is so small, but I’ve added a beautiful Italian vintage Capodimonte chandelier complete with pink drop roses.

Next came the upstairs guest bathroom and small side closest, where we also chose all white penny tiles.

Penny tile vintage look

I’m concentrating hard, here! This was our first experience with penny tiles and we have to say that they are a little more difficult to lay than large tiles. Penny tiles come on square sheets, but the sheets stretch, which makes it a bit difficult to get the spacing exactly even.

FInished upstairs bathroom penny tiles

Our floors aren’t perfect, but I think they show vintage charm! This is the finished upstairs bathroom. We carried the beadboard trim motif upstairs too but we had to use new beadboard sheets as we had run out of the original old beadboard. The trim is painted a bright white while the walls are a pretty green tea. It isn’t installed yet, but this is where my restored pink claw foot tub will go! What do you think?

restored pink bath tubFor the master bath, we chose marble penny tiles featuring varying shades of grey and white with hints of blue and yellow. We set it off with a dark grey grout.

MasterBath with penny tiles

We used the last of the original beadboard, painted bright white, in the alcove where my restored yellow claw foot tub will go.

yellow bath tub for vintage bungalow

We also added a bling-y vintage Rococo chandelier with sparkling crystals. Ta-da!

Master Bath with crystal vintage Rococo chandelier

Although it is not installed yet as we haven’t finished tiling the large walk-in shower and the adjoining wall, we have converted an antique Louis XV sideboard into a double vanity by removing the top and replacing it with Alabama white marble with grey veining to complement the tile floor.

Converted vanity antique French Louis 15

We’re considering placing a pair of the new Ambella Home Star Mirrors over the vanity. Here’s a photo of the mirror – let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Ambella Home Mirror Star

If you just can’t get enough tales from the tile side, our last Vintage Life: Time To Tile! blog post talked about our adventures with the pretty Mexican tile in the kitchen, sun room and utility room. Grout on!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Life: Time to Tile!

Greg's FancyTileSawIn the continuing story of our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation project, now that the walls were up and painted, we needed floors! Greg and I have completed several tiling projects together so we knew we could tackle this project too. Besides, Greg really likes to use his fancy tile saw.

We started with the largest area first – the kitchen, sun room and utility room – which would all have a pretty Mexican tile that complements the warm Creamsicle color on the walls.

Kitchen and Sunroom before the tilesThis is the kitchen and sun room before the tiles are down. AimeeTileFirst we lay out all of the tiles and I mark where the cuts need to be made,
while Greg cuts the tiles.

Greg applying mastic for tilesGreg then puts down the mastic in sections….

Greg laying tiles…and spreads it evenly.
Yep, we’ve got to be extra careful to keep all our cats and dogs out of the room at this point!

Tiles with spacersFinally, I lay the re-lay tiles on the mastic, press down firmly and get them aligned with spacers. It isn’t difficult work but it does take time to get it right. We spend so much of our time in front of the computer on a daily basis that it is actually fun to work on a project with your hands that requires your total concentration.

Grouting the floor tileIt took three full days to put down all the tiles in the kitchen, sunroom, and utility room, which we did over a long holiday weekend. The next step is to fill all the spaces between the tiles with grout, which makes a great big mess. I actually think cleaning up the grout at the end is the worst part of tiling!

FinishedSunroom

But it’s all worth it in the end. Above is the finished sunroom floor.
And below is the “before” photo of the utility room…

Utility room before floor tileAnd now here’s the “after”…

Utility room with tiling floor finished

Quite a difference, huh? After the tile was finished in the kitchen, sunroom and utility room, we hung two vintage chandeliers

Vintage chandeliers and new tile

One has a brass finish and the other is a Flemish chandelier with a copper finish – to give an interesting mixed metals effect. I recently wrote a blog post about the trend for mixed metals in home decor so it seem we are all the rage!

Next up is tiling in the master bathroom, guest baths and the front porch. I’ll tell you about that next month. If you love vintage penny tiles then stay tuned…

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Classic Painted Floor Designs

A while ago I wrote a post on traditional painted checkerboard floors and how to paint a floor. But the checkerboard design was just the beginning. I’ve also seen some great ideas for other styles of painted floors. Some can be a bit whacky and perhaps too outrageous for most of us. I mean, you look at the floor every day and you need to be happy with your floor treatment for years, so you might get fed up with the “urban graffiti floor” look quite quickly!

But I also found some classic designs that give a beautiful look without swamping a room.

Stripes are very traditional – they are one of the painted floor styles that would have been seen way back when. (Because decorative painted floors are not a new idea in decor… they were a popular feature in American homes as long ago as the late 1700s.) The simple painted floorboards in this coastal cottage style room look clean and fresh.

Here is a similar look on a deck of a different house. It would work well in any porch or sunroom too. The nice part about painting each individual plank is that it’s a much easier job! You don’t have to figure out how to line those stripes up so they aren’t wobbly.

But if you have a hardwood floor like this one and you aren’t painting the individual floorboards as such, then you might have to reach for the painter’s tape. A tutorial on Houzz on how to paint stripes on your floor shows how this enclosed porch in New England got a facelift. There are some great tips in the tutorial and the before photos (utilitarian and uninviting) and the after photos (light and breezy) are worth seeing. (While you are on Houzz, we’d love you to pop over and see our EuroLuxHome Houzz page.)

Or how about this elegant plaid painted floor? This otherwise quite simply constructed dining room is given heaps of charm by the grey plaid design on the floor. Because the floor is painted in similar tones to the walls and other decor, it blends in without looking noisy.
Chandeliers always kick a dining room up a notch too… but I’m biased because I get to see and handle so many gorgeous antique and vintage chandeliers in our gallery each day!

I’m guessing that a lot of people look twice at this bathroom’s painted chevron stripe floor. They probably assume it is a carpet or rug at first glance. The pattern wouldn’t look out of place on a textile, so I think that’s why it works. Also, the chevron is slightly irregular, which tones down the visual punch. If all the zig-zags were the same width, it might look a bit like old-fashioned TV interference! As it is, the painted chevron floor looks light and pretty and a bit playful against the otherwise formal decor with a marble bath and swagged drapes.

If you want take it up another notch – pick a stencil! The large stylized flower pattern stenciled on this vintage kitchen floor covers up damage to the original hardwood flooring. The lovely honey tones of the fir wood floorboards still show through, but the stencils disguise the damaged sections. By the way, the original kitchen had a huge 1950s-style stove, but although the new owners couldn’t keep that, they did keep another memento from the past. The wall art came from old newspapers the owners found in the cabinets – they tore out some pictures to frame. How cool is that?

If you have painted floor designs in your home, we’d love to see the pictures! You can contact us at this blog or just show us your photos on our Facebook page.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Checkerboard Painted Wood Floors for Traditional Style

Painted wood floors add such a lot of character to a home and a traditional checkerboard painted design can be a very effective way to cheer up worn wood floors.

Recently I mentioned that we were invited to join the Houzz marketplace. (We’re at EuroLuxHome on Houzz.) This means I’ve been spending a lot more time on Houzz answering customer questions, so I get to see all  the great home decor photos flying by on the screen!  Some of my recent favorites show how a checkerboard painted design on a wood floor gives a room an instant facelift. Doesn’t this neutral checkerboard design in a traditional bathroom look fresh and elegant?

Although painted wood floors might seem like a modern idea, they are actually a traditional choice. Painted floors featuring decorative patterns were popular in American homes by the late 1700s. Often they replicated tile designs, and the black and white painted checkerboard pattern remains a classic choice for painted wood floors. But you don’t have to stick to black and white and neutrals.

This smart red and green painted checkerboard floor adds a little color to the mix! The floor is in a restored 1850 plantation house in Texas. The bold colors might be slightly strong for a living room, but they are a good choice for a hallway like this as they create a sense of energy and movement as you travel between rooms.

This Charleston, SC, room is gloriously inviting! Notice how the softly distressed blue and honey-colored checkerboard pattern painted on the floor doesn’t go right up to the edges. The plain border around the edge gives the illusion of an area rug. The border also creates a breathing space for the eye – a brief transition before you pass into another room with a different floor design. Also notice the real Palmetto Trees in the bookcases! Crazy, huh?

If you don’t want to paint your floors, try a wood stain instead. This splendid entryway in Philadelphia has a diamond or checkerboard floor pattern, but in more subtle wood tones. The painted checkerboard floor look works for every style of traditional home and for modern homes too. If you want to try it for yourself, this helpful Houzz tutorial on How to Paint Your Hardwood Floors should get you started.

This Old House also has a detailed How to Paint a Floor tutorial with specific instructions for a painted checkerboard floor design.

I’ve got some more ideas to share for painted wood floor designs that are just as beautiful and just as classic as the checkerboard design, but that is for another blog post! If you have a checkerboard painted wood floor, please tell us about or (or even share a photo!)

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Life: To the Floor Joists

 

During the two month-long demolition phase of our 1920s bungalow renovation project, we discovered that the original pine floors, which we had planned to refinish, were actually completely dry-rotted due to a moisture problem under the house.  So not only did we tear the house apart to the studs, we went all the way down to the joists.

I don’t know why we didn’t take more photos of the house without any floors – I think we were too focused on trying not to fall while stepping from joist to joist.

It didn’t work though – I got a little too careless and ended up slipping off a joist and falling through. Yep, huge ugly bruises.

 

Greg stepped on the end of a board that suddenly became a see-saw – he ended up with a couple of broken ribs from falling right on the joist.  Bungalow 2, Aimee & Greg 0.

We did have to replace some rotten joists in the bathroom, kitchen, utility room and the family room.  Then we put down new, tongue-in-groove subfloors throughout the entire house.  Below is the front room with the new subfloor.

We also began to change the flow throughout the house by removing and building walls.  Below is a view from the front room toward the front bedroom.  We have closed up the door to the left side of the fireplace and made a new opening to the right side of the fireplace.

You’ll have to read the next blog post to find out how the flow will change as walls come down and new ones go up.

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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