We're just floored! — 37 Comments

  1. I’m speechless! Those floors are absolutely beautiful! I’m tempted to drive down there, take off my shoes and just sit in your floor. Stunning!!!!!!

  2. Those “Prairieville Oaks” should have just stayed right here in Prairieville! I could use about 1700 sq. ft. if you have any left overs. LOL! Red Oak flooring is wonderful. You’ll be so happy with them. My oldest son and daughter-in-law picked R.O. for their home after seeing the kitchen cabinets I’d had made. The grain of the the wood is so beautiful. The upkeep is easy too. Their flooring has seen a lot of HARD play from an 8 yr.old boy and a 5 yr. old girl.

    • Well, June 1st was my “fictitious” move-in date from the beginning, and now that has come and gone, so it will happen when it happens. There was a major snag with Sears and the appliances . . . .

  3. Dangity that looks awesome. Now get you some Diamond Brite nursing home floor wax. Highly recommended by me.

    I got to get down there to tour these floor jobs. Choup de Mark had one going last fall. Looks like the fishing is picking up down Du too.

  4. Oh, these are fabulous!! I love them and the stain you mixed up is perfect!
    I like the story behind the wood also. I hate to see trees come crashing down during storms and what Handy Friend did with them is a wonderful way to use what was once his shade trees. Too many people cut them up and call for the trash people to haul them to the land fill!

    Want to come redo mine?? I have pine in some rooms and teak in the others and they are so very worn. And, your stain would go perfect on them!

    • Thanks, Cammy, but I didn’t sleep all night the first night that I saw the stain in a big area. On a sample, it looked fine. But in a whole room it looked too too red. I adjusted the rest of the batch, and it turned out fine. Oh we saw so many trees hauled off by FEMA and burned. Huge 30-foot high stacks of them all over town being burned to ashes. It was very sad, so I was so happy to see him save his trees in this way, never thinking we might share in that reclamation!

  5. Breathtaking!

    What a wonderful way to turn tragedy into triumph.

    After Hugo, there were some attempts to salvage downed timber but not nearly enough of it was saved. Some folks just wanted the mess gone from their yards and piled it up for the massive debris pickup. Others would have liked to have salvaged some from the local forests but access was a problem.

    I do vaguely recall that a few groups of Mennonites from PA came down with their teams of horses and pulled some of the timber out of some of the more inaccessible areas.

    I’m sure only a small percentage was ever salvaged and that tons and tons of it was lost.

    • Hugo? That was a terrible storm in Charleston, right? The horses were a great idea, but probably not enough man power or HP to get all those trees taken care of?

  6. The floors are absolutely beautiful.
    Your pictures and story couldn’t have come at a better time. A true “ray of hope” for those being affected by the oil disaster. No matter how bad things are at the time, some benefits can be derived.
    Just as the red oaks knocked down by the winds, lives are being knocked down by the oil spill. Through loving and caring hands the red oaks were returned in a greater beauty to be admired for years to come. With a continued faith in the Almighty, His loving and caring hands will bring those affected to a greater joy and happiness. There will be sadness for loss of the pass but joy and happiness for the future.

    • Oh Robert, I am looking for rays of hope every minute, it seems like. The bad news is everywhere, and it has dampened some of the joy we are trying to feel in finally have a home above the flood plain that does not have walls full of mold, mildew, and the smell that goes with them. It’s been a long haul getting through all the recovery red tape, and then to have the journey detoured by the oil spill. I like the idea of these trees “living on” in our home “to be admired for years to come”.

      I needed your encouraging words that God will bring us to a greater joy and happiness for the future . . . . .

  7. Beautiful, simply beautiful! You were blessed and very lucky to get that floor. Aren’t you thankful for such fine and thoughtful friends? Their great generosity will be with you everyday.

  8. Diamond Brite is awesome stuff. Lasts about 5 years in residential use.
    I figure about one down there. Oh shoot fire ding dongs diddley doo.

    It is now called Dream Kote not sure if google can find but give it a try.

    I get it from local industrial janitorial supply.

  9. Your Handy Friend didn’t happen to have any flat, across the stump cuts of that gorgeous wood did he? Talk about some fabulous end tables! Or even a few left over pieces from the floor could be turned into a coffee table end end tables. Stain them a bit lighter than the floor, varnish and wax them to protect them from water and they would last a lifetime.

  10. Love the story and the floors. My husband tongue and glued some scrap wood together and varnished it to make a small breakfast table for us. Get compliments all the time.

  11. I used a car buffer with a spare handle attached. Pretty much doesn’t need it though. Best part is its shiny as heck and not slick. I used the industrial natural fiber buffer pad on my rental. Then applied this stuff. Saved me refinishing at 5/sq ft.

  12. BW, can’t add a thing. Those floors are beautiful, and the story is even more beautiful. Recycled wood is a wonder, and I’m so glad you’ll have those exquisite floors to remind you what beauty can come out of truly terrible circumstances.

    When Galveston lost all those wonderful, century-old live oaks in Ike, a good bit of the wood went to New England’s Mystic Seaport Museum to help in the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, the only remaining whaling ship in the world. They just can’t find old oak with the size any longer – but the hurricane helped out.

    I’ve got a couple of cutting boards a Hill Country friend made for me from cherry and black walnut that was felled by storms on The Place. He laminated the wood just like butcher block. It’s a good way to use smaller scraps.

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