You Asked, I Answered: Our Reclaimed Barn Wood Floors

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2014

our reclaimed barn wood floors

Our reclaimed barn wood floors are one of my favorite things about our house, they are the feature of our house that get the most compliments (people honestly think we’ve refinished the original wood floors), and they are surprisingly the aspect of our home I get the MOST questions on from blog readers and random internet browsers.

I’d say I get at least 2-3 emails EVERY WEEK with questions about our wood floors — even though my original wood floor post was over 2 years ago (crazy, I know).

So today, I’m doing a little Q&A post to share some of the in’s and out’s of finding, buying, installing, and caring for our beautiful reclaimed barn wood floors. And even if you aren’t interested in wood floors, the story of how we found our flooring is pretty neat (and the pictures are breath-taking) so it’s probably worth the read!


How did you decide to use reclaimed wood?

I first had the idea of using old reclaimed barn wood floors in our farmhouse about 3 years ago — and it should be no surprise to many of you that I found our floors on Craigslist of all places!

We had just moved in over Christmas break 2010, and by New Year’s Day 2011, we were already tearing out carpeting and dreaming up plans for our future renovations. Oh, to be young and childless again 🙂

I knew 100% for sure we were going to splurge on REAL wood flooring for our farmhouse. I have nothing against laminate wood (we put it in our first house) but there was just no place for laminate in our 120 year old house. I wanted the good stuff too — wide planks, lots of character, and something no one else had. The only problem was, I wasn’t sure how to find that. 

I searched big box stores, hardware stores, flooring showrooms and couldn’t find anything I loved — and then (in my nightly Craigslist searches) I came across a family-owned company selling “reclaimed barn wood flooring”. I had never really heard of that concept before, but it sounded really neat, and I loved the idea of putting 120 year old flooring in our 120 year old house.

I started emailing back and forth with the owner’s wife, and decided to make the 2-hour drive to their home and workshop to take a look at the wood.




I was totally sold from the moment I walked into the owner’s home and saw the flooring in it’s finished state — it was absolutely beautiful, and definitely something no one else could duplicate.

Thankfully, Dave was also onboard so we ordered our flooring the next week!



Where did you buy your flooring?

The wood mill I referenced above is called Creation Woodworks in Hubbardston, MI (they have no idea I’m blogging about this, nor did I get any discount for blogging about them in the past).

Creation Woodworks is completely family-owned and operated — it’s literally just a husband, wife, son, and a couple other employees. The owners are Ken and Ruth Gee — and they are honestly two of the nicest, most hard-working people you’ll ever meet.


Their wood mill is about 20 feet from their house and EVERYTHING they do is right there on their own property — it’s pretty amazing!

They get their wood from all over the place — but it’s all from old barns (like the one below), and it’s all FULL of character.


I’m not sure of all the details, but it’s a pretty extensive process to take old barn wood (beams, siding, etc.) and turn it into beautiful hardwood flooring that’s ready to install. All I know is that the finished product is amazing. Relatively smooth, tongue and groove planks, whatever width you want.



What exact flooring did you purchase?

Before I tell you exactly what type of flooring we purchased, I want to mention that when it comes to old reclaimed wood, there is no guarantee that just because you order exactly what we ordered, it will look exactly the same (and that’s what I love about the reclaimed wood!)

Even if the wood comes from the same barn, there will almost certainly be significant variations in color, grain, etc. — so if you’re a perfectionist or obsessed with micro-managing every little detail, reclaimed wood is NOT for you!

That said, we purchased wide-plank yellow pine flooring in various widths (4″ 6″ and 7″). The lengths are totally variable — from 3 feet all the way up to 15 or more feet long. The mill just makes them as long as they can based on the wood they have available.

And for those of you wondering, pine flooring IS softer than oak, elm, or maple, but yellow pine is significantly stronger than white pine, and I really REALLY love the look of pine (not necessarily knotty pine, just regular pine). It’s my all-time favorite wood, and the perfect wood species for our old farmhouse.

wood flooring in kitchen

Of course, Creation Woodworks offers a variety of different wood species — and they’ve even done some really amazing work by mixing different woods together (see gorgeous photos below).



The flooring is 3/4″ with tongue and grooves and relief grooves on the underside. It is kiln dried and planed to show the great character of the wood — along with the worm trails, nail holes and weathering cracks that add to the beauty (at least in my opinion).


How did you install the flooring?

Creation Woodworks delivered all the flooring and helped us bring it inside (it needs to acclimate to your home’s condition for at least 2-3 weeks before you can install it). So it sat in our living room for several weeks before we actually installed it — and yes, this was probably the most annoying part of the process (especially since we were living with a crawling baby for part of the time!)


However, once we were ready to install it, the process was pretty straightforward.

My dad was the one who installed it all — and he just used a regular flooring gun to nail the boards down. We did put a red rosin paper down over the sub-flooring (that’s what we were told to do), and then we simply mixed and matched the different widths in a “non-patterned” way so it looked really natural. Obviously, you’ll need to do full rows of a single width, but then we just mixed up the widths with every row or two.

Using different widths did make the installation process a bit more challenging and time-consuming, but I LOVE the look of the different widths so I’d definitely say it was worth it (my dad might have a different opinion though!)


How did you finish the floors?


After the flooring was fully installed, we did a rough sanding over the entire floor with a pole sander. We actually paid an extra $0.25 per square foot to have Creation Woodworks do the majority of the sanding (totally worth it by the way) but we still needed to do a bit more finish sanding.


After it was all sanded, we cleaned up all the saw dust and dirt REALLY REALLY REALLY well. We used a broom and a shop vac to get most of it. Then we went over the floor with microfiber cloths until we weren’t getting anymore dust.


Once the floors were totally clean, we started with the stain. We used Minwax SATIN stain in Special Walnut 224.


I honestly thought we would go with something A LOT darker, but when we tested out different stains on various pieces of our flooring, the Special Walnut is the one we both liked the most. And it turned out plenty dark for our house.

bedroom flooring

Dave did the staining since I was pregnant with Nora at the time. He used a brush to brush the stain on quite thick and then a ton of rags (we used old t-shirts) to rub off the excess. (Note, you should always work WITH the grain of the wood)

He wore nice cushy knee pads (which helped a lot) and used this respirator mask with brand new filters since the fumes were pretty strong.



We used Varathane brand Floor Finish in “satin” because we didn’t want super shinny floors, just a nice sheen. We also used water based because the smell of of the oil based Varathane was out of control — and it took way longer to dry between coats. It’s been over 2 years and we’ve “abused our floors” but they still look fabulous — so we definitely would not hesitate to use water-based polyurethane again.

We actually did FIVE coats of polyurethane {thanks Dave!} and did another VERY LIGHT sanding after the 2nd and 4th coats (and then cleaning up any dust before applying the next coat).

Dave applied the polyurethane with a large foam pad on the end of a long pole (so he could do it standing up). He poured the polyurethane in a paint tray, then dipped his foam sponge in the poly, then quickly “brushed” the poly onto the floor in the direction of the grain. It’s best to make one single long pass across the entire length of the room before picking up the from sponge — otherwise you’ll be able to see where you started and stopped.


We let the satin dry for 24 hours before starting the poly — and then we only had to let that dry for a few hours in between coats. Once everything was finished, we let it dry another 24 hours before walking on it — and 72 hours before moving any furniture over it (and even then, we were really careful). We have felt pads on the bottom of ALL our furniture and they have really helped to protect our flooring.


Where did you install the flooring?

We basically covered our entire main floor with the reclaimed wood (minus the living room).

We did our bedroom, our bathroom, the nursery, hallway, office, kitchen / dining area, and the back entryway.

We currently have a pile of extra wood sitting in our outbuilding waiting for whenever we’re ready to do the front entryway and the future mudroom (hopefully this spring or summer). We’re also planning to put the reclaimed wood up our stairs from the living room to the 2nd floor — yes, Creation Woodworks also sells reclaimed stair treads. Hello gorgeous!


The 2nd floor is all carpet (bedrooms and playroom) for a little more cozy feeling — but we might put the reclaimed wood in the bathroom up there — depending on the look we end up going for. We’ll see 🙂


How much did the wood cost?

“Normal” prices (as listed on Creation Woodworks’ website) range from $4.75- 7.50 per square foot depending on species, widths etc. However, there are obviously TONS of variations in pricing depending on the company. I’ve seen it as expensive as $25.00 per square foot for HUGE 20″ wide planks.

Also, depending on what type of wood you want, you might be able to get a really great deal. The first time I visited Creation Woodworks, told them I would like yellow pine, and told them how much we needed, they looked at me like I was a ghost. They explained that they just had a builder cancel an order of yellow pine (after it was all cut and ready to go) so it was just stacked there taking up space in their shop. So since he had already put a deposit down, they gave me a good deal on it so they could move it out of their shop — score!

Definitely shop around before you fully decide — but unlike what most people assume, reclaimed wood doesn’t have to be cost prohibitive. In fact, we’ve found that buying this wood and then installing and finishing it ourself was cheaper than buying quality carpeting and paying for installation.

If you won’t be installing it yourself, you’ll want to factor that cost into the equation too. And then there’s the cost of the stain, polyurethane, and other supplies — which probably ran us around $350 total (for our entire main floor).


How do you care for / clean the floors?

Since there are so many flaws, imperfections, and color variations in the flooring, it’s really hard to tell when the floors are dirty (another bonus!) I actually spend WAY WAY WAY less time cleaning these floors than I did with our super shiny laminate wood floors in our other house.

I usually just run a Swiffer or vacuum over the floors twice a week and then spot clean any sticky spots with a damp cloth as needed. I mop them on my hands and knees (with vinegar water) every now and then — but seriously, I hardly EVER do this.

In my opinion, these floors are extremely low maintenance — at least for our family and life-style.



Do you love the floors as much as you thought?


Seriously, we love our floors and they add so much character to our home. Although we obviously chose these floors for OUR enjoyment, it is really fun to tell the story to friends and relatives who are in awe of how we “brought our old floors back to life”.

It usually takes a lot of convincing to get them to believe that these are actually “new” floors that just look old!

As I mentioned above, this post is NOT sponsored in any way — Creation Woodworks doesn’t even know I’m blogging about them. I did not get any deal or discount or bonus for talking about them. We just really love our reclaimed wood floors and they are currently the only company I’ve ever worked with — which is why I’m linking to their website.


Are there any negatives with these floors?

You might be laughing right now, but I get this question more often than you might think 🙂

I hope you can tell after reading this post that Dave and I both are in love with our floors and would not change our minds or do anything differently if we were to start over again. Seriously, I can’t say enough awesome things about our reclaimed barn wood floors.

However, these floors are definitely NOT for everyone! 

There are lots and lots of imperfections, nail holes, worm holes, gouges, knots, and other markings ALL over the wood (see photo below). In my opinion, they add tons of character to the floors, but I know that not everyone would love floors like ours.

Also, since we chose yellow pine (instead of a harder wood) our floors do scratch and dent easier. If we had a dog with sharp claws, I have a feeling our floors wouldn’t look nearly as nice.

We have already put some hefty dents in our floors (specifically when we were moving kitchen appliances in!) but since there are already so many other imperfections, Dave and I are really the only ones who ever notice.

I realize we will continue to ding, scratch, scrap, and scuff our floors — but it’s all character in my opinion. Plus, with solid wood flooring, you can almost always cover up imperfections if you really want to. We’ve already touched up a few areas with a little bit of stain and you can’t even tell anymore.

And if we REALLY wanted to do a full flooring “makeover” we just need to sand down the floors and stain / seal them again (although we aren’t planning to do this any time soon.)

OK, so I think that covers most of the questions I’ve been getting about our floors for the last 2+ years!

If you have more, feel free to leave them in the comments or send me an email — I’m pretty quick to respond.

The bottom line:

We love our reclaimed barn wood floors and would totally recommend them to anyone who is interested.

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  1. Linda Woods


    What is the wood stain and finishes on your final photo, please? We have reclaimed wide pine boards from an late 1800’s house.


  2. Jess


    Love your floors!!! We have reclaimed barn wood walls in our current home and my hubby is currently installing reclaimed wood flooring in our new home. I will be the one staining and using poly on them. I’m concerned about all the worm and nail holes. Is there anything that you used to fill them in? This was not a concern for me with the walls but I’m worried about flooring. Like socks getting snagged and food and drinks getting into those spaces. Any advice??


    Andrea Reply:

    I’ll be honest, the crumbs and dirt/dust WILL get into the cracks and holes — I just accepted this and do my best to clean them regularly. Also, if you spill liquid, it will most likely get into the cracks — but I suppose it dries up eventually!
    As you can tell, I’m not a perfectionist or a “clean freak” so this apparently doesn’t bother me all that much. As long as I don’t feel crumbs while I walk, I’m good!


  3. Melissa


    Ok so this is bugging me. You mention you had a crawling baby when the wood was delivered (and even have the picture with pillows and baby stuff) but then you say Dave did the staining because you were pregnant with Nora…

    I’m guessing there’s not a mystery older child so I’m confused… Lol


    Andrea Reply:

    wow… such a thorough reader 🙂
    We had 2 rounds of wood flooring — one right after we moved in (when I was pregnant with Nora) and one a year later (when she was crawling)


  4. sarah


    Hi there, I’m constructing an assisted living home on an old farm site and needing the barn taken down. Was wanting to use the reclaimed wood for flooring in the home but wondered if that would be an ok idea or not due to handicap people and uneven flooring? Is is a trip hazard or is it not really noticeable? I’m wanting to repurpose the barn into the home to keep the ambiance of the farm alive but in a new way. What are your thoughts on the unevenness of the flooring? I’m not sure of the wood type that the barn is made of but guessing white pine. Is that too soft to handle a wheelchair or two? Thanks.


    Andrea Reply:

    this is SUCH a cool idea Sarah! Wow — good for you!
    when it comes to flooring, you will most definitely need to have any wood you use professionally milled down into floor boards (but I’m guessing you knew that already). It will take TONS of sanding too 🙂
    That said, I don’t think you’d have to worry about it being uneven — our floor boards themselves are not uneven, it’s just the actual subfloor of our old home that isn’t quite level!
    However, you do make a good point about the white pine being VERY soft. We have learned just how soft it is as our flooring already has many, many dents, dings, marks, and scratches. It might not be the best flooring choice for wheel chairs???
    I wonder if you could use the boards on a wall or even on the ceiling? Or have the wood made into sliding barn doors that you could use to divide larger rooms or just serve as rustic accents on the walls??


  5. Michael R


    We have a house that is a converted mule barn built around 1925. Hurricane Florence caused us to pull up our wood laminate flooring as well as the sub floor. What we discovered is a heart pine wood floor from the original barn. We want to keep that as our floor. Any advice on how to refinish it? We absolutely want to retain the character and flaws in the wood. We don’t want it to look like a brand new floor. As you may have guessed,it is pretty rough.


    Andrea Reply:

    Wow — that sounds awesome (the floors, not the hurricane damage!)
    I don’t have any great tips for you other than to sand it down really well (maybe pay someone to do this for you). If you sand it well, the application of stain will be SO much nicer!
    Good Luck!


  6. Katie Shaw


    I was wondering how the reclaimed wood held up in the kitchen? I noticed in article that you had dings & scratches from appliances, but what about spilling stuff? How hard are the kids on it? Thinking about putting it in my kitchen, but have 3 kids & little worried about what they would do to it. Thanks!


    Andrea Reply:

    we chose yellow pine — which is a softer wood, so we KNEW it would get scratched and dinged up more easily. It do have plenty of scratches and dings, but right now, we are OK with that look. If you want something more durable, go with a hard oak and it should be fine!


  7. Cjdice


    Hi, we just ordered reclaimed wood floors for our 200 year old loft. We wanted the floors to feel original so reclaimed was the logical choice. Our contractor said that the floors are not stained when they are delivered. When we picked out the color we wanted we assumed it would be delivered with that color. I mean why pick out a color if it doesn’t come That way. How do we achieve the look that we saw in the showroom? It was a unique looking floor and it’s very expensive, so we want to make sure that we made the right decision.


    Andrea Reply:

    I would definitely contact the company to figure out if the wood was supposed to be stained or not. Then ask them what color it was in the showroom and then buy that color stain.

    You can also buy a few sample stain colors and do one or two small sections of boards to see what you like best.


    Cj Reply:

    Just to let you know that our floors are finally being installed but the floor guys asked if we wanted oil or water stain. I showed them a picture of what I wanted but now I have a decision to make. We are using a combination of red and white oak and the sample we saw is really dark with amber colors mixed in. Which is the best stain to use for that?


    Andrea Reply:

    oh boy — I honestly have no idea. We used Minwax stain and I’m almost positive it was water-based. I have no experience staining red or white oak (we use all pine) so I really don’t think I can be much help. Sorry!


    Cj Reply:

    Looks like it’s ting oil that we need. They installed the floors but is it normal for some planks of different sizes to not be completely level? When I walk in socks there are certain planks that I can feel are a little higher than the plank it’s attached to. We are using red and white oak with different widths for interest. Thanks, I hope I can post a picture soon.


    kelly Reply:

    Hi! Just wanted to chime in, we have reclaimed barn wood and the planks are not all even. We have some dips and some ridges in ours but they are BEAUTIFUL and I wouldn’t change anything about them.


    Andrea Reply:

    thanks Kelly! We love our floors too!

  8. Anne Monterosso



    I want to tear down my grandfather’s barn and use the wood for my floors. The barn is 100 plus years old and at this point is about ready to fall down.

    I will be able to remove the wood with the help of my son (I hope) but would like more information about having someone help with the preparation of the wood for use as flooring:
    I guess that would involve planning, etc.

    I have planned one board and am confident that this barnwood would work out just wonderful. I think the board appears very strong and is gorgeous when planned.

    Do you know of any companies that would prepare customer owned barn wood for flooring purposes? Your floors look beautiful! Thanks for your efforts to prepare this blog. Anne


    Andrea Reply:

    I don’t know if anyone personally — outside of the company we used. I’d just Google “woodworkers” or “flooring companies” in whatever city you live in.


  9. Kate Hansen


    After seeing a friend install reclaimed barn wood as their flooring, I’ve wanted to do the same. I absolutely love the look and I love that it saves wood from a barn and means you don’t have to knock down any more trees to do so. It’s also helpful how you mention that since there are so many flaws, imperfections, and color variations in the flooring, it’s hard to tell if it is dirty or not. This will be great because my kids like to make messes and no one will be able to tell!


    Andrea Reply:

    yes, it’s very hard to tell if it’s dirty 🙂


  10. Andee


    What did you lay under the wood? I have a ton of wood & just thought about doing the same thing. Thanks!


  11. Kara


    Hi Andrea,
    Your floors are beautiful! I know you said that the boards were tongue and grooved, but what about the ends of each board? Were they grooved as well or did you just butt the flat ends up against each other as tight as possible?


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kara!
    Yes, the ends are just flat and we butt the ends together. I guess I’ve never even see hardwood flooring with grooves on the ends of the boards too.


  12. nettie davis


    like your floors we are building a cabin and we have a old barn and i would like to use the lumber from our barn but we dont have any one we know who could tongue and groove it for us.our lumber is oak and about 75 years old. we believe it would make a beautiful floor for our cabin.


  13. Jake


    Hi Andrea!

    What a fascinating post, it looks like you ended up with some really special floors in your home. I’m investigating putting reclaimed wood floors in my home as well and am curious about how they feel under foot. With all the knots, cracks, and “imperfections” (which I agree add so much character and appeal to these floors), are they comfortable to walk on? I imagine they must be just fine, but I’d like to hear about the experience/feel from someone with firsthand knowledge.



  14. Kimberly


    Hi Andrea!

    I am crazy about your wood floors and want them in my soon-to-be-built house! I do have to ask the routine question – are they still holding up, being that they are pine and more time has gone by? (Pine is my favorite wood, too.) Are you still satisfied with your poly top coating? And lastly, do you have any issues with gaps between boards as the weather changes, etc.?? Your floors look so well done; they make my heart go pitter-patter! Your dad did a terrific job! I have to pop on here every so often lately just to stare and sigh and dream. 🙂 My husband (who is a builder turned lawyer – quite a story there, yep!) just laughs…. And asks the questions I have now asked…

    Thanks so much for answering!


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Kimberly!!! We love our wood floors too!

    After 4 years of living with them (with 3 kids) we do still LOVE them. However, we fully knew what we were getting into before we installed them. If you’ve never lived with reclaimed wood before, there are a few things to think about:

    1. There will be gaps… and crumbs and dust will get in the gaps. It comes out when I vacuum them with a hose attachment, but yes, there are definitely gaps
    2. Pine is MUCH softer than other woods. We went with Yellow Pine which is harder than White Pine — but still soft. It dents and dings easily — however, since they are reclaimed and already have dents, dings, scratches, etc. we don’t care much about that.
    3. Unless you have the floors professionally sealed with this epoxy-type of product, you will not be able to “mop” your floors with a traditional mop or a steam cleaner as the water will seep down into the cracks. I usually just vacuum our floors and use a swiffer for daily crumbs and dust. I also spot clean them with a rag when necessary. However, every so often (not as much as I probably should!) I get down on my hands and knees to mop the floors. I wash them with a damp cloth and then dry them with a clean cloth. This is more maintenance than most other types of flooring but it’s worth it for me 🙂

    Hope this helps!


  15. susan


    How many square feet of flooring did you use and how much did it cost for the entire project ? I love the look.


    Andrea Reply:

    hey Susan, I honestly have no idea. We purchased our flooring in 3 separate chunks at 3 different times so I’d have to do a lot of digging back through our filing cabinets and past receipts to figure that out 🙂

    Also, even if I did find that information, it was 4 years ago when we first purchased so I’m assuming their prices have gone up since then due to the popularity of the product and general inflation. Plus, different wood grains vary GREATLY in price.

    Your best bet would just be to contact them directly for the price on the type of wood you want for your project.


  16. stacia


    Thank you for the information!! I’m considering doing this in our home but it would be nearly 2,000 sf. How big was the area your husband stained? I just don’t want to get in over my head lol.


  17. Mary Ann Starus


    Hi — I put reclaimed pine in my bathroom — it has 2 coats of finish on, and may have more after the rest of the room is done — there are some pretty deep gouges — should I have the wood guy try to fill them in with something clear? Or live with them…? thanks!


    Andrea Reply:

    I don’t want to tell you what you should do, but we didn’t fill any of our holes or gouges and it turned out just fine.


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  18. Emily


    Your floors are absolutely beautiful! We are building a house and I want to use reclaimed barnwood floors. I have access to some old barnwood. I just need to dismantle the barns. In your research, have you found any reason not to use this kind of wood (or in other words, to only use wood from a dealer)? Do dealers such has Creation Woodworks do anything special to treat the wood?


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Emily — we love our floors!!
    That said, I would DEFINITELY at least contact a professional company. I know it was a hugely labor-intensive process to get the barnwood ready to lay as flooring. They needed to cut it, sand it, tongue and groove it, and then dry it in a kiln for a long time before it was ready to lay. Then, after we laid it, we still needed to do more sanding before we could stain/seal it.

    I don’t think that’s something I’d want to tackle on my own — but maybe you’re more industrious than I am 🙂 Good luck!


  19. Alison @SassyMomChicago


    Love your floors too! We are building a new home and wonder how our builder would feel about installing these. Also – love your site it’s my first time here. I had a lot of problems trying to read your posts because of the video on the right side bar. Something was causing it to be really slow on Chrome. 🙂


  20. Tammy


    The floors are absolutely gorgeous. My friend renovated an old barn and turned it into a 3-bedroom home. I love the floors and ceilings. It took him a couple of years but it is his pride and joy now.


  21. Mrs.M in MI


    We still have the original Southern yellow pine floors in our 1925 Tudor Revival. They were in terrible condition and had this ugly pickled finish when we bought the house (a foreclosure), so we had them refinished before we moved in. We ended up going with a contractor who uses the Glitsa process, which covers the floors with a thick, hard coating. We left the floors their natural color and we couldn’t love them more!


  22. Stel


    Love the floors! We’re planning a new house now, and although the ground level will be stained & sealed cement, I’m vaguely thinking of something like this or the main bed and upstairs. Might stained yellow pine in old oak or walnut, and seal with a wooden oil.
    Our current house is 80 yrs old, with wooden floors, that we fixed room by room. First one was done with varnish, but the rest with oil, and I’ll just never go back.
    You’s look lovely.


  23. Julie


    Hi Andrea,
    I really enjoyed reading your post as I have a farmhouse we are currently remodeling as well. Just two years ago we added on a good size addition which included a nice sized mudroom. I have to tell you I fought my husband for every square inch I was able to get. It could never be big enough. So, my advice, don’t skimp on yours. You won’t regret it. It has to handle snow clothes, boots, chore clothes and boots, a dog, and anything that enters my house. We included a sink which is great as well. We actually put down ceramic tile so it can take a beating with mud, etc.


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Julie,

    Our mudroom will not be an addition so we have a very fixed space to work with. It’s not huge, but we currently don’t even have a bench or hooks or any sort of closet by our front OR back door so anything will be an improvement — and you better believe I’ll be doing everything I can to maximize every square inch of space we do have!


  24. Sonya


    Great post. We live in a 1920’s farmhouse that has five different types of flooring on the first floor alone! We have been looking for an option like this that would be true to the style & age of our house – we’ll definitely be checking this place out.


  25. Kim Baar


    They are beautiful! This is exactly what I want when my husband and I retire and move. Thank you for sharing all your information.


  26. Organize 365


    I love how you start..oh to be young and childless again. 🙂 I think about that too!

    Beautiful floors! You almost make me want to do that in our house!