Thanks SRKS (for the idea and the comment on the blog)! I have tried CL but lately it's been a bust, aside from some free flowers (which is actually quite awesome).
DH doesn't like the idea of pine now. I didn't think he would, but he must not have really thought about it when I mentioned it before (too soft/easily damaged). Now we're looking at utility grade oak. I'm not a huge fan of oak (too tight of grains), but whatever works. As long as we can get the 5" width because I DO NOT like the builder grade skinny 2-3" strips that like every 1960's ranch seems to have (stained in the light honey color of course). I don't want too dark of a stain (the PO laid this horrible linoleum plank floor in a dark walnut color in the DR and it looks dirty ALL-THE-TIME. actually it probably wouldn't be TOO horrible except they laid them all end to end without staggering the joints, so ever 4' we have a joint line across the whole floor-it looks ridiculous) but I do want to bring out the imperfections and uneveness so it does look older/reclaimed. I am thinking of grabbing some samples and playing with staining techniques and oil combos so I can see if I can get the look I want. I want the variances of color, etc in the pieces.
The Cottage is meant to look pieced together a bit anyway, since that was common on cottages (reusing materials and decor to keep it less expensive). It's a lot easier decor decision wise, plus it's fun to just pick whatever I like-and it does lend to keeping costs down too
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Current home: 1950's Summer Cottage turned year round home (the Cottage)
-@ 700 sq ft, heated with a wood stove, on the shore of Lake Ontario
Previous home: 1920's Vernacular (the Old House)