More pondering, this time about the floors

Alternate title: Can someone gift us ~3,500 square feet of old factory flooring? Because that’s what we’d love to install throughout the firehouse. Reality hits pretty hard when you start looking at the price of reclaimed wood.

Assuming that the scratch-off lottery tickets Santa always tucks in our stockings don’t pay out big this year, we’re on the hunt for more economical floor coverings. While we don’t need to install anything right away, we do need to make some serious decisions before the kitchen reno we’re noodling.

Right now the firehouse floors are a hodge podge. Downstairs the kitchen is covered in dark tile. The best thing I can say about the tile is that it doesn’t show a lot of dirt.


The rest of the downstairs has been coated in an epoxy akin to what you would put in a finished garage. The fun (sarcasm) thing about this coating is that it would either need to be removed via shot blasting or covered completely. The options get thin when you consider the 4″ lip that borders the wall to the studio which has also been COVERED in this material. Palm meet face…


Upstairs, the same coating exists in the living area and hall, except it’s a nice shade of poop brown.


Both guest bedrooms have low-quality laminate flooring.



And we can tell in the workout room that the former floor left a lot of… glue?? We think it may be residue from old linoleum tile.


The master suite is a combo of uninspiring ceramic tile.


We don’t HAVE to decide on floors for the upstairs, but we do want to consider the overall aesthetic. Aaron’s been pinning lot of options. If you want a glimpse into “what’s in their heads/what could we see in the future in the firehouse” you should definitely follow Aaron’s Pinterest account. If your Pinterest interests lie more in the cooking/desserts/some home stuff/really random, then feel free to follow mine as well.

But I digress, let’s take a look at some of the contenders.

Painted Plywood


Image via Little Green Notebook

I love, love, love this image. It seems I’m not alone considering nearly 200 people have re-pinned it from Aaron’s page.

This would certainly be a cheap option, but we’re not sure how to get that perfectly weathered look. We could paint some plywood and let it wear, but the traffic patterns would be pretty pronounced. Painting and sanding prior to installation seems like it might work. The other knock on this option is that it would be a pretty bold pattern when spread across a lot of space.

Plank Plywood


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Another economical choice, that’s getting kind of popular on Pinterst. We like it because we could do wide planks that would be reminiscent of an old factory floor. But it would take a lot of time for Aaron to fabricate all of the pieces and the subfloor.

Stained Concrete


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True to our industrial loving hearts, we’ve always been fans of stained concrete. Truthfully we were a little bummed that the concrete floors in the firehouse had already been epoxyed. Considering the square footage we need to cover, shot blasting the floors clean and staining them might actually be a good option. Cost is a big question mark, as is whether the concrete will look good enough to be stained when the shot blasting is done.

Steel Floors


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This wins the “interesting use of materials” category. We like the dark look and the chance to incorporate more steel, but we’re not sure of the logistics. We don’t love the tile pattern above so we could try DIY-ing it with some bigger panels.

Thoughts? Votes? Winning lottery tickets?