I mused more on the idea of a pallet floor yesterday. The main problems being: collecting enough pallets to actually generate the needed amount of planks, the taking apart of all of those pallets, and most importantly the fact that most won't be an equal thinkness requiring planing and sanding as well as getting them all to stay put (since they won't be tongue and groove). I'm not sure face nailing will keep the planks from cupping up in areas where the dog (or the people) might bring in more water on their feet.
So I got to thinking about inexpensive white pine floors. The problem is, they would look rather...new. I know they wouldn't stay "perfect" looking long, since pine is so soft, but they would have that light pine color that just wouldn't match the Cottage and might look weird with the ceiling in the living room.
And then I researched old fashioned stains. I alread figured on using linseed or tung (or a mix of them) oil as a sealer. So I wanted a similarly toxin free option to make my new floors look old (er). After looking about, I found this blog about coffee staining and distressing: http://pumpkinpiepainter.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-coffee-stained-chain-beaten-wooden.html with this final photo as the result (ok, so it's not a floor, but same idea)
Not bad, huh? I also know that iron can leave darker stains (think of old nails in wood) so I am thinking of doing a base coffee stain with bits of iron left on it to darken some areas-or just put some steel wool in vinegar and brush it on after letting it sit.
The flooring might not be settled, but one thing is for sure, when it is, it will be unique and it won't look new or perfect! Exactly how we like it here at the Eclectic Cottage.