You can get with this, or you can get with that

Lucky for you, I relate most everything in life to 90’s rap lyrics. You’ll get your fill of the references if you follow along to any degree of consistency. Its just something I do. If you’re talking, my brain is taking a word or phrase you said and plugging it into SOME rap song. NWA, Biggie, Snoop, Beasties, all are fair game. As long as they were active in the 90’s of course as you can keep your mumble rap.

I also do this with life issues in general. And tonight that would the issue of materials options versus budget. The renovation at this house started sometime between 2005 and 2019 – the timeframe exactly is unknown but what IS known is it’s been going on for a long, long time. There were materials purchased that sat so long that the unopened boxes have faded with age. This is a good news/bad news type of thing. While the quality and design of the materials are pretty acceptable, it makes one feel OBLIGATED to use these specific materials lest the budget get more busted than it will through natural causes.

Enter flooring. The owners put down Pergo flooring in the main section of the house and the addition. I don’t love it as I love real, wide board flooring. Of course I do. Because also of course, there are boxes and boxes of said Pergo that have been left behind. Definitely plenty for the barn section.

Enter much internal debate. Do I bite the bullet and go for the wide board pine floors I adore? Of course, it won’t match the rest of the house, but to me – it’s a barn. it needs wood floors and as you exit the main house and enter the barn, it should look rather…. barnish so being matchy-matchy with the rest of the house isn’t really reeeeeee-quirrrredddd.

To add to the debate, the area I’m calling the “shed” – the structure that is attached to the other side of the barn – has gorgeous, beautifully aged with time wide board floors. Well, almost – there IS that one line of narrow board that looks replaced which makes me wonder what lies beneath…. but I digress and we probably shouldn’t ask too many questions of an old home. These floors are generally awesome.

So what’s a girl to do? When in doubt, price it out. There’s a mill right in town that sells…. you guessed it, wide board flooring. I could legit walk there in under five minutes. (Can I count this as serendipity, a coincidence too monumental to ignore? Please?) SO I’ll be headed there this week to see what they’ve got. Price will be a determining factor and I’d also like to know what they can suggest on finishing options – can we somehow more closely match the shed’s flooring so those two sections look more contiguous? And yes, I’m sure I can list the vast supply of Pergo on Friendster’s Marketplace or Craigslist and get some money to offset the cost. But we must admit that will be pennies on the dollar. Sigh.

Feel free to chime in with a vote below. In the meantime, I can almost hear the wide board floors saying “I think you’ll get with this. ‘Cuz this is where it’s at….”

*For those who don’t know, the reference is ‘The Choice is Yours’ by Black Sheep. And you should go listen to it.*

The gorgeous flooring in the shed.
Pergo in the main house. I mean, it’s nice… it’s just not rustic wide board pine… sigh.

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