stone floors, pink paint, shag carpet

I’ve been terrible at documenting the “befores and afters” of our house. Granted, there has not been anything too dramatic, but I would still love to have some pictures of the changes. What I would really love to have are some pictures from the house from the 60s to 80s. After the big flooring and baseboards job, we’re contenting ourselves with sanding and painting all the doors and door frames. Cheap, if not dusty. And what have we discovered during all of this sanding and hinge-removing? Only that the bathroom door and frame (both) were at one time painted Pepto Bismol pink and then a lovely dark aqua. We are wondering if the pink coincided with the time frame when the bathroom floor was covered in red shag carpet.

But the big floor refinishing has definitely been the most dramatic thing we’ve checked off our to-do list. Terrazzo floors were big down here in the 50s. We hear people say they are becoming “in” again, but I think the primary reason they’re “in” is because the homes that have it are the ones people in our stage of life can afford. Ha. We’ve seen homes with pink stone and black stone and everything in between. Ours is in the more neutral cream/tan color family and was in fairly good condition, so we decided against covering it. Would you believe that it would cost between $35,000 and $75,000 to have these floors poured today?! Crazy. And after being ground down and polished and buffed and repaired, it’s just lovely. And watching them do it was great. In the pics below, they ground holes in the damaged area, color matched new stones, and then ground them down. Amazing.

Terrazzo Before ::

Terrazzo After ::

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One thought on “stone floors, pink paint, shag carpet

  1. Hi Kate. Did you know that terrazzo was used in the very un-expensive homes? The kids and I stayed in a 2 bedroom duplex while our house in St Pete was being built and it was probably worth about 20,000 at the time, for BOTH sides of the duplex. (in 1964). Our(constructed) house also had all terrazzo plus carpeting. The total cost of our home was 25,500, on the water, with a dock, ready to move in. I didn’t appreciate the lovely floors. They were hard to stand on, and everybody had them.I’m good on ancient history–any more questions, fire away.

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