Tuesday is was pouring all day so I couldn’t work on building my office furniture so I looked for something to work on inside the house. I decided to install the floors in my tiny powder room. This used to be a full bathroom but I discovered the bathtub was in the living room when I tore out the coat closet…long story. So now it’s just a powder room– going to be a powder room.
I thought I could knock it out in a day. As always, I underestimated how long it would take! I had always planned on doing some kind of patterned floor for the powder room but hadn’t decided what so I just made it up as I went. I installed around the room to create a border.
Then I got to the point where I needed to come up with a design that would fit within my rectangle — and that was difficult. I tried some different designs and tried to work the math but my brain is more creative than systematic so the mathematical aspect of trying to create a design was difficult for me. I finally came up with a fairly easy pattern.
I built a jig for my table saw so I could cut all the pieces the same, quickly and accurately. It’s crude but it worked.
I filled all the nail holes with stainable wood filler and then used a combination of stain markers to try my best to hide them.
It’s not perfect but it’s done. 2 1/2 days later!
It looks awesome!! I love it!!
Julie W says
See, I could never get that to look right. Love it!
Pretty cool Sandra!
Awesome post! I appreciate your “I’ll just figure it out as I go” approach and don’t let a project hold you back. Following this blog has given me confidence to start projects in my own home (while unemployed) and document them along the way. Just wanted to share how you’re blog has influenced a random across the states to do more creative things he never thought he could do!
Thanks Christan. It means the world to hear that.
The “fly by the seat of your pants” program doesn’t work for everyone but it’s my preferred method.
kim massa says
Beautiful, you did a great job!
Guerrina in CT says
I love it!
jb @BuildingMoxie says
well done Sandra … I don’t know I would have taken the time to build a jig, but I see it gave you nice consistent cuts. Don’t know either I would have put the time into the floor before sheetrock but sometimes you just fight the flow to just keep going. looking good.
…but you know that if you were ME you would have done it just the way I did because there is always a plan and a reason… 😉
Jake's a Girl says
Two and a half days and Well Worth It. 🙂 It looks fantastic!
Lisa E says
It looks fabulous! I always love seeing your projects come to life.
Thank you Erica!
It looks awesome!
Kayce Steadman says
Hi Sandra, Did you use a regular finish nail gun to install your hardwood floors? I will be installing mine soon and thought there was a special kind of gun for that.
So, I’m curious. Did you use prefinished hardwood flooring? And is there two different shades (part of the diamond looks a bit darker)?
I ask because we are in discussions about the border I want in my living room, and I really like your idea!