Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wheelie Wednesday - Chestnut Floor

Hi everyone - it's me, Autumn!I missed you all last Wednesday but it was a most important day here and I couldn't very well not let Mitch tell you all about his very special gotcha day! He was one happy boy!

Dad and mom have been working their hineys off on the chestnut floor in the guestroom! This floor has been an incredible amount of work with planing the boards and edging them and tongue and grooving them and finally laying them meticulously one at a time. Some of these board are over 100 years old and they all had to be treated on the back side just in case there was a lingering buggie or wood worm inside the board!

Mom and dad are 90% done laying the floor! The next step is to take the radiator out and finish up but it's been cold here and taking the heat out of the room is not too appealing to either one of them! This is the floor that's been laid so far - this is the natural color of the wood!

Dad wanted mom to put a couple of coats of finish on the floor just to get the process started. It will take probably 4-5 coats before they can call it a job! This is the floor with 2 coats of urethane on it! It came alive! What a difference it made!
Mom just LOVES Chestnut! She thinks it's one of the prettiest woods ever! When she was working in dad's shop a couple of years ago she made this barrett out out chestnut! The Airedale is chestnut and his collar is maple.
Not all chestnut is this dark. The darker color is closer to the bark or the outside of the tree and the heart wood is much lighter! You can tell by this Airedale spoon! As mom carved deeper into the bowl of the spoon, the wood got lighter!
So this is why there are so many color variations in our chestnut floor! Mom and dad are very pleased with the way it's shaping up!

See you all next Wednesday!

Love, Autumn


  1. Hi Maggie & Mitch
    Your new floor looks lovely, you will both have to be very careful not to scratch it. We think you should get some slippers!
    Your mom is very clever to make the spoon and the little airedale out of wood.
    We will show your pictures to our Dad who loves wood - we kid you not!!
    Have a nice day
    Martha & Bailey xx

  2. Your new chestnut floor look very pawsome. :)

    ~ Bae

  3. Ooooooo! We love it! Your floor looks great and our mom is going crazy over the spoon! Our dad does lots of woodworking, but we don't remember if he's ever used Chestnut. It's kind of scarce here, in Georgia.

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  4. It looks great! Bet your wheels roll on that nicely.

    Simba and Jazzi xxx

  5. Our Mom thinks your new floor is beautiful. She remembers there is wide plank flooring under the carpet in the upstairs in our house and she thinks it is probably oak - when we tear down the old house, she wants to salvage that old floor to put in our new house. She and Dad have been talking about "tongue and groove" a lot - we're not sure what that is, but if you can eat it, we'll have some - LOL Our little toenails would sound nice on that new floor of yours.

    Have a wonderful, fantastic day.

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and JavaBean

  6. Hi Maggie and Mitch,

    My Mommy just loooves the new floor. When she was a little girl her house had wood floors and she and her sisters loved to slide across the floors in their socks.

    Thanks for rekindling the memory.
    Mommy says AH TO BE YOUNG AGAIN and have no worries just having a good time with her sisters.


  7. Your floor looks pawsome!
    Big licks to you

  8. Wow..that floor is beautiful. Your Mom and Dad are true artists. Looking at the floor, muzzer says you can tell how much they love the wood and honor what is has given us


  9. oooo oooooh BEEE u tee full! chestnut is very lovely -- it's one on the list of favorites for the humomm...very rich color too.
    we like it cuz you can slip slide 'n awayyyyyyy!
    the buster sez...looks like a great "ball" room can he come and play?
    looks like lots of work, but outcome is worth it.
    theBUSTER, Ms.Persephone & Ms.Blue too

  10. WOW!

    That is beaWOOtiful!

    Woo are one lukhky Wheelie!

    Tank woo fur sharing the other khollekhtibles!


  11. That floor is lovely - you better be very careful with your paws!

    lots of woofs

  12. Oh Autumn, I think that floor looks just lovely. Your mom and Dad are doing a super job on it.
    Mum very much liked your Mom's wood carvings, does she has anymore to show?
    ~lickies, Ludo

  13. OMD Autumn! Those floors are breathtaking! Your Mom & Dad are so wonderfully talented!

  14. Wow!
    Are we impressed.
    It all looks lovely.

    Hugs, and pats & pets
    Woodstock & Blue

  15. gorgeous! I gasped at the chestnut(!) floor.

    Was thinking about Mitch yesterday when Woo decided to go for an apple that had alluringly rolled across the kitchen. After a few happy rolls on it, c-runch! she was startled but happily munched on the couch until both she and the apple were thrown outside.

  16. Ciao M and M!

    That chestnut floor is bellissima! Your mama and papa are so talented, miei amici!

    Tanti baci!

  17. Oh my, your people like sticks! How cool!
    Wood rocks.
    your pal, Morgan

  18. What a beautiful floor your Mummy and Daddy have. All the hard work has made it looks fantastic.

    Molly and Taffy

  19. It looks fantasic. Momma is really inspecting the pic, she's hogging the screen, "get back steno".
    Everything is pretty.
    We have Cherry cupboards but were warned about any ideas to customize them....something about within an inch of our lives.
    Soooo scary soooo ruff. She's all talk.

  20. What a beautiful floor your Mummy and Daddy have. All the hard work has made it looks fantastic.

    Molly and Taffy

  21. Wow! Your mommy and daddy are really talented with woodwork! The floor is great!

  22. Autumn,
    That floor is beautiful!! My mama LOVES that airedale barrette! Your parents are so talented!! I bet that floor is nice and cool to lay on, too!!

  23. The room looks like it's coming along very well. The floors are beautiful and is the barrett and the spoon!

  24. Hi Autumn
    Your parents chestnut floor is beautiful. We love the colour variations.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  25. We just got our floors done in hickory, but we love your chestnut! Your house must have a very interesting history. We're glad you're taking good care of it.

    Happy Tails,
    William Tell

  26. Wow, I am blown away by the beauty of this wood and the hard work of your mom and dad!

    And the airedale spoon that your mom made is fantastic!

  27. Your mum is so good making that spoon!!

  28. The floor is beautiful. Bentley and I agree that chestnut rocks! Have a great week Maggie and Mitch. And tell your people the same!

  29. that spoon is so neat - perfect for serving you guys some nice cool ice-cream on a hot day

  30. We just love the look of those chestnut floors. What beautiful wood. Just make sure, M&M, that you respect the wood and don't gnaw on it!

    Your pal,

  31. Wow that floor looks wonderful witth the urethane on it. Your mum and dad are making a lovely job of the guestroom - I wonder who will be the first to visit.
    See ya later Autumn.
    Finni & Nelly xx

  32. Autumn
    It's amazing how many bootiful colows thewe awe in that chestnut..youw floow is gowgeous! youw pawents awe the most talentedest evew.
    I will be sending you some details (pwolly next week) about my wedding..It's vewy stwessful, I don't even have time to post
    love you
    smoochie wheelies Myrna

  33. Oh what a beautiful floor. Mom and Dad are doing a great job. We love the color too..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  34. hi Autumn, your floor is really beautiful. we are really impressed with how good your parents are at this stuff. your mom is very talented. we're kind of in awe. our mom is so lame - she can barely pour dog food in a bowl and half the time she misses. you have the best mom and dad ever.


  35. What a beautiful floor! Your parents sure are talented!

    Teddy Bear

  36. Mom sure loves to eat chestnuts thats for sure, she never knew the wood was so beautiful! It looks fabulous!

  37. When you have the "warming chestnut floor party", please invite me, I'd love to tip toe on that shiny smoothing floor to pamper my paws!

  38. Thank you for showing us that pretty floor Autumn. I bet that was a lot of work getting it to look so beautiful!

  39. Hi Autumn,
    Our mom is full of envy for your lovely floor... we USED TO have very nice wooden polished floor in both bedrooms but now they are horribly scratched.. thanks to 'you-know-who'..

  40. Your new floor is beautiful! Your Mom and Dad are very talented!


  41. Wow! The floor looks great. I'd like to move into your guest room.

    Your friend,

  42. Hi, Autumn!
    The floor looks beautiful!
    I just can't imagine all the work your Mom and Dad had!
    The spoon is great too!
    Kisses and hugs

  43. Wow, what a gorgeous floor! It's just beautiful!

    See ya!

  44. Aaaah, the floors look SO beau-ti-ful!! Maybe when I get my dream farm house that I plan on restoring (and building a chicken coop for!) - your mom and dad can come down and help me - they seem to really know what they're doing!

  45. oh my goodness!
    the floor is gorgeous!

    did you make that spoon? oh my! you are the most talented artist!


  46. Hey Autumn,
    The chestnut wood is boofitul! Your pawents did such a wonderful job on the flooring. Mama & Papa just luv wood floors anyway. We have the hickory wood in our house.
    Luv & Wirey Hugs,
    Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester & Scuby