Thursday, June 16, 2011

I love the look of subfloor.

Growing up, I don't think we had anything other than our subfloor. Of course, my parents could confirm this. We lived in an old farmhouse with wide floor planks that my mother spent hours sanding smooth and varnishing at least once in my memory.

Wednesday night, the Husband ripped up the hardwood to reveal a weird patterned fabric and vinyl, then pulled that up to expose the pale subfloor beneath. It instantly reminded me of my childhood home, with its knots, gaps, and imperfections.

Seeing subfloor in the bedroom was a reason to celebrate (which I did with half a watermelon and a spoon) because it means we've broken through into the second half of the house. Stepping across that line down the middle of our house means we're that much closer to finished. 

It also means the Husband spent the whole day yesterday sniffling and sneezing after stirring up all the dust with his demoing.


  1. That IS very exciting! :) Loving following along your reno's! They are always a pain to start, but so worth it in the end... I'm looking forward to when we can finally rip out the upstairs bathroom and start on that project!

  2. The floor in the farmhouse was what we found under a layer of carpet and some strange floor covering we thought was oilcloth. Was is subfloor? I don't really know, but I always liked it after we got it sanded and finished. It was very soft and dented easily when you dropped things on it. And yes, I touched up the sanding and refinished it every few years, at least downstairs.

  3. We had subflooring only (lovely oak, but still) in the historic home I grew up in... between the joints, you could see down into the basement! Love those floors.

  4. Actually, back in the day real subfloors were laid diagonally along the joists. In my area subfloors are rare in old homes. Most floors consist of only 1 layer - the floor boards. Looks like you've found the original floorboards. :)

    I live in a 1905 house and we too can look through some of the cracks to the basement. Kind of creepy. :P