Before & After: Changing Outdated Flooring

Before & After: Changing Outdated Flooring

Colleen Quinn
Nov 23, 2009

Charmaine and her family have been working to update their 1966 contemporary home for months, focusing many of their efforts on replacing the miles of outdated green carpet. They asked us for advice back in May, and have been hard at work implementing some of the suggestions they received.

Charmaine writes:

"Several months ago I posted a question on the DC site about replacing the green carpet in my 1966 split-level (My favorite response was something like "Babies bounce.") Anyway, I thought I would send a follow up pic of the floors... we chose large format gray tile, which flows seamlessly from the living room, entry hall, dining room, and kitchen. They were high-quality tiles which weren't cheap, but they work well and have been a snap to clean.

For the outside we hired a concrete expert, who told us that it would be a "crime" to cover up our 50 year old aggregate, and instead told us we should grind it down to a terrazzo-like finish. This worked great, for a fraction of the cost (something like $3/square foot, instead of $20+ to place tile or reapply a concrete topper).

We just finished a green reno of the kitchen as well, so you will notice that there is now a hole in the wall between the DR and LR awaiting some bar stools. Our new question is concerning our dining room. We've gotten stumped on what kind of chair would be stylish and comfortable to go with our table (which we bought from the former owners, who had it made for the room.) We already know that we are going to replace the traditional carpet with something else (shag?) My husband would like something like a leather slipper chair, but it seems too boring to me. I would like something ultra modern, but everything I pick looks uncomfortable to him. I feel like we will be sitting on our old IKEA chairs forever. Does anyone have any suggestions that are definitely comfortable, but trendy as well? Since we probably won't have the opportunity to sit on one of these chairs before investing in 10 of them, we'd appreciate comments from people who have actual posterior experience with one. "

Great job Charmaine! Would anyone like to share their chair recommendations?

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