The Shack: Our Little Poconos Getaway and Selecting the Hardwood Floors (Post #12)

Last time on Kristine Robinson’s Interiors, we talked about the type of flooring I plan to use on the main floor of The Shack. I’ve definitely decided to go with an Engineered Hardwood floor and will have it installed throughout the entire main floor, plus in the hallway and loft upstairs.

Once I had decided on the type of flooring I needed for The Shack, I knew it was time to pick the style and color of the actual wood.  In order to do that, I eagerly took a trip to one of my favorite wholesale suppliers: ProSource.  This is a trade-only supplier of all types of flooring:  wood, laminate, vinyl, ceramic tile, porcelains, and even carpeting.  At ProSource, I found a variety of engineered flooring that would look great in the The Shack.  You can get more information about ProSource by visiting their website:

When browsing through the hardwood selections at my supplier, I needed to choose a specific color and species of wood.  I was keenly aware of the multiple stained wood items which we’re not planning to change in the main living area, like the large wooden beam which goes across the ceiling, and the rustic stair railing.

Living Room Before

If you look past the fireplace with its faux stone surround, and the ancient brown carpeting, which adjoins the vinyl tile from the dining area at a very odd place (intercepting the fireplace hearth) you’ll notice the rustic wood beam and stair railing off the right. These two stained wood elements are going to remain as they are, and will greatly influence the color of the engineered hardwood flooring I will choose.

So I definitely want the color of our new wood floor to correlate with those existing surfaces.  The wood tones already present in the home have a color which reads as warm golden-brown, and I want to select a floor color that is darker and richer, yet coordinates well with that existing stain color.

I also know that I want the wood to have a rustic, mountain house feel, with lots of knots and perhaps some distressing.  Having a wider plank would also be nice, since that will appear less busy with fewer joint lines.  One of the wonderful benefits of using an engineered floor is that you can actually use wider planks, since engineered flooring is not as prone to cupping and warping as a solid hardwood.  Another property I think I’d like to incorporate into The Shack is a vintage, hand-scraped look…this type of floor mimicks the antique manufacturing technique of using hand tools to plane the wood, which leaves ridges and scrape marks on the surface.

After weighing out all these ideas and goals for the floor at The Shack, I ultimately selected a hand-scraped, wide plank, rustic looking floor by Naturally Aged Flooring.

Naturally Aged Hardwood Burlap MJ-B-7

I chose this floor from the ‘Old World’ collection at Naturally Aged Flooring for installation at The Shack. The species is actually Eucalyptus wood and the color is called Burlap. Each plank is 1/2″ thick x 7 5/8″ wide. The floor comes in random length planks ranging from 2′-7′. The boards are hand scraped and irregular with tool marks and distressing, to give a vintage appearance. You can see this Eucalyptus wood has plenty of knots and pock-marks, adding to the aged look of the floor…it is exactly what I wanted for my rustic mountain house!

You can find out more about the manufacturer of this floor by visiting their website:

So, what do you think of my flooring choice for The Shack?  Replacing all those cheap, dated materials with this warm, rich wood floor will make a world of difference in this little vacation home, don’t you agree?  In addition to the entire main floor, I plan to have this wood installed in the upstairs hallway and loft, which is currently a plastic laminate, matching the floor in the kitchen. The bedrooms upstairs will eventually get new carpeting, but we’ll talk more about that another time!

Until then, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!

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One thought on “The Shack: Our Little Poconos Getaway and Selecting the Hardwood Floors (Post #12)

  1. Hi Kristine, I think the floor you picked is lovely and the blanket and the pillow in the picture remind me of the look in our master bedroom. Keep up the good work. Love seeing your progress. Sheila


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