Remember how our contractor (Danny Parker) fell off the face of the Earth? Well, yesterday while he was still MIA, I asked one of my fab floor guys if he thought trying to match the original hardwood floor was possible, since widening that doorway would require a couple of new floorboards among the 50 year old existing planks. And we’ve learned to question Parker’s anything’s-possible attitude after that brick doorway wasn’t actually possible for his guys.
Fab-floor-guy said that he NEVER recommends trying to retro-match 50-year-old wood flooring and explained that the wood lightens and yellows over time from layers of polyeurethane and exposure to the sun. He was positive that an attempt to match the hardwood would result in dark, noticeable planks around the newly expanded doorway (and anyone who knows me knows that this would torture me to no end).
Maybe our missing contractor was a blessing in disguise- widening that last doorway was a terrible idea! So I quickly called Danny to cancel the job. The irony is that this time he answered on the first ring.