Installing Antique Pine Heart Flooring #FarmhouseStyle

Before we get started installing the antique pine heart flooring, I wanted to tell you a little bit about these beautiful boards -
The boards were reclaimed from the second floor of an old farmhouse just north of Oxford, NC in Virginia. The nails are antique square cut nails leftover from the construction of my grandfather’s house in Troy, NY.
This is only part of the whole story about these boards. We have wide plank heart pine floors in most of our downstairs. They are original to the house, and add so much character!
You can read more about them, and how I found them on Craig's List, as well as the preparation steps here:
Before you nail in that first board, you will need to do some math to figure out how many board widths you will use across your room. I've got all the details on the blog post. Just click the link at the bottom of the photos.
I chose to create a mitered frame around our fireplace. This took a little more measuring and time, but the results were well worth the effort.
Phew, that only took a day and a half! I laid out ALL the floor boards without nailing. Moved a few to stagger seams or put prettier planks in a more prominent spot. When everthing fit, I lightly numbered each board with chalk and stacked them up near the end side of the room.
FINALLY! Install the floor!
Because our floor planks were custom planed, they had varying heights. But, that wasn’t a big deal because we were planning on finishing our own floor.Well, at first we were so scared of ruining our beautiful wood floors that we almost paid a professional to come finish them for us. But, Mark Kegler (the guy who planed the wood for us) reassured me that I could definitely do it myself.
Get all the tips and necessary equipment for refinishing on the blog.
I hope you noticed that I didn’t mention the stain color we used. That is because we didn’t use a stain. This is the actual color of antique heart pine wood! No stain, just glorious amber red heart pine.

Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Kristin Topping Kristin Topping on Jul 17, 2015
    I was really amazed while I was touring this wonderful flooring.Thanks to those contractors who have done this project. I really appreciate your suggestion and tips. I am also expertise in this filed and provides a variety of stunning flooring options as well as installation and remodeling services for Orange County and surrounding areas. Thanks for incredible work.

  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 05, 2016
    Great project, Very professional. Where did you find your rug?