Painted or Natural Floors * Hardwood Floor Inspiration

Our attic renovation are progressing well, we have done so much work already to get this space to where it is going to be and I am so excited to almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am very undecided on what to do with the floors in the space and I am needing some floor inspiration. I am on the fence if I want painted floors or to keep them natural in the space. Let me know your opinion in the comments below!



Painted or Natural Floors

We are hoping to keep the existing fir floor in the space however I am not sure what finish I want it to end up having. The current floor is extremely well aged and has been beautiful surface nailed through out the space. Through the rest of our home, we sanded and clear polyurethaned over the original fir floors however I do find them very orange and am wanting to stay away from that in the attic.


Option 1. Natural Floors

This would be to simply wash and clean the floors as they currently are, then simply oil or polyurethane over them. This option would be the least amount of work however the floors will look extremely rustic and I am not sure that is exactly what I am hoping for. Below is a picture of our actual floor in the space. I have used Minax in the past and it is a very durable product.

Option 2. Painted floors

Paint the floors a with a solid white deck or floor paint and give them a very clean and fresh look. The concern with white floors is that they will show everything.  With a young family and this is going to be our ‘family room’ so I want don’t want to be worried that the kiddos are making a mess in the space or getting the floors dirty. A product like Patio White by Benjamin Moore would do the trick.


Option 3. Distressed Floor

This is the option I am leaning to the most, is a combination of both. A painted floor that is distressed to show through the natural tones underneath, see the below examples. The trick with this floor is making it look authentic, like the paint has been on the floors forever. What I love about this finish is that it adds so much texture to the area and makes you feel the age of the space. Our house was built in 1903, so this finish allows that detail to be felt.



Option 4. Bleached Floor

Use a product/oil to almost bleach out the orange in the fir. There are products out there that will allow you to dull or alter the undertones in the wood, like Woca floor products. My only concern with that is I don’t feel it stays true to the heritage of the house the same way a painted or natural wood floor does. What type of floor do you like the best? Which would you choose if you where refinishing a space like an attic in an old heritage home? Leave me a comment below!!





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14 thoughts on “Painted or Natural Floors * Hardwood Floor Inspiration

  1. I like option 3 because it is the children’s space for now. When they are older, you can always try out options 1 and 2.

  2. Love your selections! I’m happy to weigh in on your decision, hope you find my reply helpful… I think option 2 Painted Floor (especially if you use a durable paint product in a satin/gloss finish) would be great for a number of reasons;
    1. Historically accurate for heritage home 2. Can be painted in your favourite white or other light colour to complement the rest of your home 3. Easily wiped (and Mr. Clean magic eraser in a pinch), 4. Paint will protect the wood from spills and wear, 5. Can be retouched easily if an accidental stain is too problematic. 6. In time can be sanded/warn down to look like option three.
    (Opinion from a mom of three with an interior design background.) Can’t wait to see which direction you go!

    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback Sara! I couldn’t agree more. I will be posting more photos of the space this week so everyone can have a better look ❤️

    1. I agree Marilyn ❤️ yes I think I will be adding one in part of the space for sure. I will be sharing more photos of the space this week for everyone to see. 🙂

  3. Oh I love all those looks but yes I totally see why you would want to avoid more work and keep it rustic. Have you though about staining the wood another color after you sand it? You can get white stains. I have a friend who did that and it looks so good and it’s durable and easy to keep clean. She clear coated it after as well.

    1. Thanks so much Vicky! Yes that is what I am leaning towards for sure but I was worried about it showing everything. I’m glad to hear your friend finds it easy to keep clean! We start today and I am so excited to get started!

  4. You have such a beautiful home and your attic is going to look amazing when it’s finished. I love the idea of the painted and distressed floors. I also think the inspiration photos of the bleached out floors are stunning! I think that look would go gorgeously with the space. Looking forward to seeing it finished!

  5. Option 3! I agree, it really would make you feel the room. It’s beautiful and I don’t thinks you would have an regrets. I can’t wait to see it finished!!!

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