White floors, surprise surprise…

February 16th, 2010


It took a few days but it’s finished! Our furniture was a bit too big to move out of the room so everything had to be pushed against the wall while one half of the room was painted, and then after the paint finally dried we moved everything to the other side to paint the second half.


It was well worth it. It just feels so good in here now!


We have our PH5 light looking great over the Saarinen table paired with a few black Lento chairs by one of our favorite designers Harri Koskinen. The shape has a familiarity but the legs are actually bent wood which fits perfectly with other Artek products.


We pillaged a few other things from our shop including the exclamation point which was reclaimed from a shop in Helsinki, it’s encased in oxidized copper. And of course the red Crux carpet by Pia Wallen.


We also grabbed a Pure Nature pillow by Danish textile designer Dorte Agergaard to cozy up tv time.


borge mogensen sofa-6

BEFORE: Red laminate floors – nice enough but generally clashed with our furniture (of course this photo makes it look way nicer) and made the room feel so dark, especially since we never see the sun.


AFTER: the room is so bright at night, and feels so much more cozy.

This is actually just the first half of the reveal! We put up something pretty exciting that we didn’t photograph yet. You’ll have to check back with us later this week!

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  1. wow wow,
    very nice!!! yummmm
    what paint did you use for the floor????


    16 Feb 10 at 6:14 pm

  2. Benjamin Moore snowfall white floor paint. We went with an egg shell finish, but I think glossy might have been better to reflect the light a bit more.

    It looks good none the less!


    16 Feb 10 at 6:20 pm

  3. OMG. Amazing.

    My next place is getting glossy white floors for sure. this looks fabulous! How do they tend to wear? Are you guys always in socks, or does it do good with foot traffic?

    the brick house

    16 Feb 10 at 6:39 pm

  4. Great room! What a difference white floors make!


    16 Feb 10 at 7:32 pm

  5. What a difference! It’s so bright and nice.
    It is so fun to see your renovation process.
    Thanks for sharing with us. :-)


    16 Feb 10 at 8:07 pm

  6. looks great!

    were the floorboards underneath the laminate in decent shape or did you have to do tons of sanding first?


    16 Feb 10 at 9:57 pm

  7. Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

    Morgan & Shilo – We didn’t prepare the floor in any way besides giving it a good clean before we painted.

    That means there may be some maintenance issues down the road, but since we are a no shoes house, it should be alright!


    16 Feb 10 at 11:29 pm

  8. Looks Amazing Guys! I love how white floors allow furniture and decor to stand out sooooo much more. With the dark wood everything just gets lost. Can’t wait to get to ours downstairs once we have the stairs and hallway finished. Not to mention the brightness factor is great too.

    Oh yeah I forgot about your Saarinen table. We just recently acquired 2 original Saarinen upholstered Tulip side chairs along with 2 of the matching stools, but we’re planning on getting rid of them as we don’t have a dining table since our dining room is now a studio. We are working on a solution for a dining area too..haha.

    Geeez we really need to come and visit. Keep up the great work!


    17 Feb 10 at 2:28 am

  9. omg! the difference from before and after is HUGE!!!


    17 Feb 10 at 10:49 pm

  10. I see you replaced the quarter-round on the baseboards with unfinished wood — nice touch. Did you have it cut to size? What kind is it?


    18 Feb 10 at 1:45 pm

  11. I was wondering if anyone noticed the new baseboards! It’s actually left over douglas fir plywood that we had from the store renovation. It was cut into 6″ baseboards and butt jointed at the wall (nothing fancy). There is also pre-cut pine baseboards available at Home Depot that would have been a good alternative.


    18 Feb 10 at 2:06 pm

  12. Love it all. Where did the rug come from? Also, do you have a link to the reno while in progress the way you did for your cottage? Would love to see how you tackled it.


    19 Feb 10 at 9:19 am

  13. Lorena – The Berber rug is vintage and we picked it up while in Stockholm. The Pia Wallen Crux rug (the red cross) we sell in our store mjölk!

    Jason – I hope you cover the reno of your cottage on your blog! Looking forward to seeing it!


    19 Feb 10 at 4:28 pm

  14. beautiful job, I have been dreaming of white floors for a while, so this is great encouragement

    three critters

    19 Feb 10 at 10:32 am

  15. WOWOWOW.
    Bravo, kids.

    So, you pulled up the laminate floor – The existing hardword looks like it’s in good shape. You lucked out.

    Can’t believe how bright and clean and gorgeous! Our cottage is getting a boatload of white paint this spring. You’ve inspired it all!


    19 Feb 10 at 1:49 pm

  16. oh wow! looks awesome!

    did you pull off the laminate and then the boards were below?

    also – did you use a primer under the paint? we painted some hardwood we have – primed first then did 2 coats of floor paint and it’s rubbing off with furniture.

    how’s yours holding out?


    21 Feb 10 at 4:25 pm

  17. Jan – thanks! We just pulled the laminate up (it was thankfully just floating) and the wood floor was acting as subfloor. It’s not the most gorgeous hardwood (more like cheap thin slats) but we like it painted anyway. This is temporary (like 2 years) so we didn’t bother to prep the floor with sanding or priming (and actually, our neighborhood paint store said we didn’t need to prime). We painted but like you, it scuffs off pretty easily. Adds to the charm?

    John & Juli

    21 Feb 10 at 7:38 pm

  18. Looks good! I always wonder why people cover solid wood floors with laminate….the real thing always look better as you have proven!


    21 Feb 10 at 10:44 pm

  19. sooo great! wish I could spend time in that room!!


    24 Feb 10 at 2:04 pm

  20. whoa, such a big difference with the white flooring and the beautiful furniture!! it looks amazing!


    13 Mar 10 at 5:28 pm

  21. Could you let me know where you bought the Saarinen table? I’m looking for one just like it… Morba sells a version but not sure about the quality?


    26 May 10 at 9:33 pm

  22. Hey Mike, you can find Saarinen tables at a few places in the city. I wouldn’t recommend Morba since they sell knock off furniture. Try Quasi Modo on Queen, that’s where we got ours from!

    John & Juli

    27 May 10 at 9:21 am

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