If we have to name the style or feel that we have aimed for in the interior I think Midcentury Modern would be the closest. We have been striving for a mostly white, simple look with natural elements. From very early on, we knew that we wanted to use white marble in the kitchen and baths. I read a great deal about the softness of marble and how it stains easily and requires more maintenance than other stones. Despite the drawbacks we began the search for the perfect marble. My decorator friend Wendy took me to a local stone distributor warehouse.
Marva The Galleria of Stone is like an airplane hanger with rows of raw stone slabs. It’s not a cash and carry place for obvious reasons. Once you select a piece you can tag it and then have your fabricator come and buy it for you. Each slab is assigned a color group and a price category. I tried to consider other stones but was continually drawn to the white marbles, mostly in the higher price categories, until we came very near to the end of the tour. The second I saw this piece I knew it was the one and was excited that it was in the lowest price category! We couldn’t figure out why because to us, it was the most beautiful piece in the warehouse. It was there that we decided that the island would be crafted from this slab of marble and the counter tops would be stainless steel.
Last week the house emptied out and Antique Floors moved in to finish the floors. It took three days to sand and prepare the wood and another two days to apply and buff the finish. Large electric sanders were used to even the surface. Cracks and spaces were filled and the edges were hand sanded with a 2-inch blade.
This is sand paper from one of the rotary sanders. The build up is a combination of wood and sap.
The pics with a date stamp at the bottom were taken by the time lapse camera we have installed in the living room to capture events that take place while we are not there.
Here you can see a corner that the rotary sander missed.
The corners and edges are hand scraped with a blade on a long handle. The blade has to be sharpened constantly. The team scooted around the periphery with a blade and sharpening file.
Once again, we felt like we had the best team available working on our floors. I was really impressed with the attention to detail by one person in particular. Turns out that he is a fantastic artist who not only sketches and paints historical pieces, but also specializes in painting on walls and floors. If you are on Facebook you can check out Blair Oliver Artist here!
Blair prepared several color finishes for me to view and select the desired amount of darkness. The finish is a combination of natural oil and wax with brown pigment. The finish does not include any polyurethane so there isn’t a long drying time involved or harmful VOCs. We are however, staying off the floor for several days to allow the oil to soak in completely and the wax to fully harden.
Daniel is applying stain and oil solution.
We arrived when they were just about done. We put on some booties to look around and get some photos.
Patrick is on the left and Daniel, the owner of Antique Floors, is center.
Blair makes the final passes with the buffing machine in the upstairs Flex Room.
The kitchen completed. It turned out darker than we expected but we love it!
In the direct sunlight it looks lighter. A few more days of booties and inspections and then we can start moving in some of our furniture!