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To Terrazzo or Not To Terrazzo!?

Terrazzo floors that Justin is trying to unearth

We were thrilled to find lovely terrazzo floors beneath the carpet, linoleum, and tile in the kitchen/great room… however, cleaning and restoring them has been a challenge. A challenge that we keep going back and forth on; do we do it or not (I should actually say, should Justin do it or not)? According to my research these terrazzo floors are quite a luxury and if we wanted to have them installed (if we could even find someone to do it) we’d be looking at about $50 to $60 a foot! The only thing that I can compare them to is Zodiaq Quartz. I took this picture this morning after Justin spent several hours on a orbital sander trying to sand off all the tile grout and linoleum glue. I know they can be beautiful… the question is… can we get them there? I’m hoping that we can. The wood floor guys have assured me that the thresholds into the other rooms of wood will be smooth but I still am having a hard time picturing the transition from this to wood… especially when there are 4 entrances into these rooms. Thankfully my very talented sister seems to think they will be PRACTICAL and BEAUTIFUL. I’m hoping she’s right. We’ve already purchased all the wood flooring for these 2 rooms and thankfully the supplier said they would return it all for us. So, we’ll see how the restoration process goes. The good thing is that we can save a TON of money by doing this! Justin’s over there now… buffing away at the grime on top of them. The electrician is still there today and I’m scared to death to see the bill… I feel like he’s been there a week.

I also wanted y’all to meet Carol, she’s Paige’s new baby. She hasn’t been without her for a couple days now and I’m starting to feel like the mother of 3. Thankfully I didn’t have to give birth to Carol (although she’s rather small and probably wouldn’t be hard to birth). I find it so amusing that a 15 month old has a baby doll. Morgan has never been attached to a doll or blanket so this is throwing me off. I tried to leave Carol here when the Raiger and I went to get Morgan from school and she threw a fit so Carol came with.
Ok, I’m off for now! Happy Tuesday!

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  • erika
    October 23, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    KEEP THEM! if you cover them, i might come chip them out for my dream house one day! love them!!!
    Oh Carol… that picture is priceless!

  • the brown's
    October 23, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    hey! i went to auburn and was friends with lindsay and whitney. i frequently find myself on “friends-of-friends” blogs. so that is how i got here…through Linds’ blog. i love your blog. i have a 6 month old little girl, and while she is younger than your girls (and we only have one to this point) i feel moms can relate in many ways. i loved your burning the binky’s blog b/c that is something i would do…just the other day i locked Dylan and myself out of our own house. it was a hilarious turn of events to get back in. but thankfully she was with me and not in the house, all was well and i could laugh about it. also, i decided to run to old navy to see if ours had the cute flats you wrote about a couple weeks ago. lo and behold i got the last pair. $10 well spent…super cute! i was going to ask you about the shirts i have seen on your girls…the ones with their first initial on them? i am assuming you make them, since you mentioned you make clothes. but if by chance you do not make them, would you mind telling me where you get them? i would love to get some for Dylan.
    well, this turned into a long comment…sorry!
    have a great afternoon…taylor


  • Teale
    October 23, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Terrazzo = JACKPOT! Sometimes you can have them grinded down a little bit w/ a heavy duty diamond sander/buffer which will really bring back their shine, but you might have to get a professional to tackle it. I’m sure they will turn out beautiful!

  • Robin
    October 23, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Love the new addition to the family..Robin

  • The Allen Clan
    October 23, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    keep them! they are awesome darby! this house is getting better and better uh!

  • lindsay
    October 23, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I think it’s SO funny that her name is Carol… is she a 50 year old woman or a cabbage patch doll?

  • Dona
    October 24, 2007 at 6:22 am

    The floors look great now, and will only get better! You just can’t find them anymore and 50 – 60 $ a sq. ft. would be a great price! You are doing a great job!!! It looks so good!!!

  • Jennie-Marie
    October 24, 2007 at 7:51 am

    Just think gas lanterns and keep the floors. Can’t wait to see updates!