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Painting a Wood Floor – Project Complete

You may remember the sad state of our dining room floor from my previous post.
Gaps so big we almost lost small children in them, misaligned wood, bad color, etc.

Well, not wanting to put a lot of money into that floor right now (but still wanting to update it) we decided to paint it.
And so, here is the story of painting a wood floor.


This is not so much a tutorial, but a small account of our experience. I had done some Pinterest research and had found so many cool looking painted wood floors. And after deciding what we wanted it to look like, we just went for it. No real plans to follow, as painting wood is pretty basic, right? I was just hoping it would turn out and I wouldn’t end up writing a fail post!

So, again – we had a lot of large gaps in our parquet flooring. So our first step was to putty those up and sand them down. I wasn’t too concerned about filling all the gaps. Although we were painting the wood floors, I wasn’t trying to hide that they were wood, so I didn’t mind that you were still going to see the pattern of our flooring underneath our paint.

After filling gaps and sanding them down, we then did a quick primer layer (forgot to take a pic). Just your basic white primer.

Next was the base color. I painted 3 coats (this particular color was Behr Ethiopia).

Then came the tricky part. The stencil.

stencil(see you can still see the pattern of our parquet flooring – I like that)

I had a couple stencils (various sized flowers) and my initial plan was to tape the stencil down and to simply paint in. Well, they were so big and with so many petal openings they were just naturally popping up so I knew I wasn’t even going to attempt classic stenciling. That’s when I decided to simply trace each flower and hand paint them all in. I’m SO glad we went that route. I think it ended up being such a cleaner look than had a tried to paint with the stencil in place.

This also allowed me to outline a couple down and get a better feel for placement. I really did not want the floor flowers to look contrived or patterned but to be more organically tossed on the floor.


Each large flower took about an hour to outline and paint. I think there are 13 on the floor with even more of the smaller flowers. I had really hoped this would be a weekend project but with the flowers taking longer than expected it ended up taking a bit longer than that.

After the flowers were painted I sealed with a satin polyurethane. I may eventually sand it down a bit, as the finish is a bit shinier than I like or was expecting.

PaintWoodFloorSo, that’s it! We painted a wood floor.
Is there a project you have been wanting to try but have been putting it off out of a little bit of fear? Can you believe we were hesitant to do this project? Look at the flooring before! There was no way we could end up with something that looked worse, right? Whenever a project comes into mind and I’m not sure if I should pursue it I’m reminded of a post (from years back now) written by my favorite blogger, Emily, who posted simply about living where you live. About letting loose a little bit in your home.
After all, your home reflects the personalities of those inside, right?

Categories: Design, home

Painting our Dining Room Floor

I’m painting our dining room floor.

Yep, painting over a wood floor. Maybe I’m crazy but when you see the floor in its current state, you’ll think we are crazy for not doing something sooner.


When we bought our home, we were told that the original owner, although an attorney by profession, was truly passionate about woodworking and he had done all the woodwork throughout the home. We learned that the flooring in our living room was reclaimed from a local university stage floor and this parquet flooring in our dining room was salvaged from a hospital.

Now I love repurposing, but this flooring had seen better days. There are gaps all over, it’s not aligned and our socks are constantly getting caught on pieces that are falling out! Seriously, it’s an eyesore. However, we moved in – worked on other projects, added 3 children to our family, and just threw an area rug and table over this floor.

Over the years we talked about it, but didn’t do anything to it because we thought one day we may want to replace and unify a large portion of the main level flooring.

And there it still sits.

And since every fall I get an itch for home projects, I’m doing something about it.
And for now, that something is paint.

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So today, on a whim, I grabbed some wood filler and a putty knife.
Gaps be gone!


The floor is currently a wood filled mess waiting to be sanded but to me, it’s already an improvement.


I won’t be going yellow, but stay tuned!

Categories: home, Inspiration

Free Autumn Printable – Anne of Green Gables

Colorful leaves, cooler weather, Green Bay Packer football, sweaters, boots, fires and mugs of warm drinks – Fall is here!

I love autumn for how cozy & pretty it is, and I have to agree with Anne of Green Gables… “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Here’s a free printable for you, just in time to get printed and displayed for October.



Categories: art prints, Design, freebies

Let’s Join the Circus

The Fall line has arrived at Land of Nod and there are a lot of fun themes to check out.

I’m particularly excited to share that you can now get a new
Fancy That Design House & Co. customizable print through Land of Nod.


This circus themed print is offered on a 29″x39″ canvas banner with grommets for hanging. And you can customize the name for your own little ringmaster!

And don’t forget….the “Just My Type” ABC design is also offered through Land of Nod on a 24″x30″ canvas wrap.
(And it’s on sale now!)


Happy Shopping!

Categories: art prints, Design, home

It’s Been 4 months

Yesterday marked 4 months since meeting our third son in China.
The day you first meet your child and he or she is placed into your arms is often referred to as “Gotcha Day.”
We plan to celebrate this as a “family day” as we are so grateful for his addition into our family.


We flew into his home province from Beijing and when we landed we were told by our guide that we would be heading to the hotel and when we got there we would be meeting him in 20 minutes.

Our van driver drove swiftly through mountains, traffic, and construction and we stared out the windows trying to take in our little boy’s land. I nervously looked over our itinerary and paged through paperwork between taking cell phone video of the city and countryside and making small talk with our guide. After a long van ride, we had arrived.

We checked in and our guide once again confirmed where we would be meeting in just 20 minutes. So we headed up to our room to put down our luggage, gather paperwork, some toys, and to pray. The hotel room was prepared for us and there was a small crib next to our bed.
I stood over it, thinking, “Our son is going to be in our arms today!”
I just couldn’t get over the fact that the time had come. After pursuing him and pushing through the adoption process, this was it! We were about to meet the child that God had chosen for our family.

It was time to go to the hotel meeting room and so we left our room and headed to the nearest elevator only to learn that specific elevator didn’t go to the floor we needed to go to. We nervously went back downstairs, past the front desk to get directed and find the conference room. We weren’t sure what to expect. Would he be in the room already? Would we get there first? Who would be bringing him, would he be sad to see that person go?

We were quickly ushered in to the room and there he was. Sitting happily on a chair, all bundled up and holding a snack. I’m quite sure we didn’t see anyone else in the room at that moment as we dropped to our knees to meet him.


We showed him a photo album similar to the one we had sent to him. We never knew if the care package we had sent actually made it to him so we were overjoyed when he pointed to his brothers saying “gege” (meaning older brother in Mandarin). It was clear he had seen their photos before and it was confirmed later when we saw the album in his bag.

4 months.
The 2nd of each month will forever bring me back to these moments. The day we became a family of five. A lot has happened in the past 4 months. It’s not always the easiest journey but we know without a doubt that he is worth it and we don’t walk alone.


And seeing him each day giggling with his “geges” is a gift we are so grateful for.

Categories: adoption, family