A Tale Of Two Floors: What Should We Do?

A Tale Of Two Floors: What Should We Do?

Sarah Rae Smith
Jul 27, 2010

Our new home isn't your average space: it's an old church. And while we're more than excited at the idea of flipping a church into living quarters, there are a few conundrums along the way. We're taking things one step at a time, but when it comes to our kitchen, we're just not sure what to do with the hardwood floor.

Although most would kill for real hardwood floors, we're really leaning towards pulling them out. You see, they don't quite reach the edge of the "stage" as there used to be a dividing wall where church officials sat. In front of that is an all (gross) carpeted area that will be removed sometime next week.

The wood comes roughly half way out into the space and we'd like to install something that covers the full space to unify thing. The only problem is, the wood is so beautifully installed that nails are placed over the tongue and groove in a way that they're unseen and keep the floor super strong. We know as soon as we start pulling it up that the grooves will split and make it unusable as flooring again.

We'd hate to just ditch it at the ReStore and had thought about running each piece over a joiner and then banding them all together to make a killer kitchen table (of giant proportions). So we're curious what you think: would you leave the wood and find a filler for the end? Or pull it and repurpose the wood that's removed (or even donate it). We've stared at it all day and still don't know what to think!

(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)

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