the floors that Pa Ingalls built

So I’ve joked around on here before about how if you let a marble go on one end of our upstairs, that you wouldn’t find it until Christmas.

That is how unlevel our floors are/were.

Now I do tend to be a little hyperbolic at times. I mean it just makes the story so much better, right? After all, I was birthed by a world class exaggerator (hi mom). πŸ˜‰

But now I have good ol’ fashioned photo evidence.

Exhibit A

see those nifty boards across the floor?

They are there for the sole purpose of leveling them.



Here’s what they look like on one end of the room…


And here’s the other end….


The defense rests.Β 

That’s what you get when your house is built by Pa Ingalls and he has to take the wagon to Mankato for tools and supplies. πŸ˜‰

Remember how he always brought back treats for the kids and pretty fabric for ma?


That Michael Landon…sigh.

You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

So back to the floors…

for some reason, I was under the impression that we had antiqueΒ heart pine floors through the upstairs because when I ripped the carpet up…

this is what I found.

Turns out it was regular ol 1 x8’s that somebody slapped some stain on way back when.

Color me disappointed.

Even though the orange stain was gross, they had great potential. Or so I thought.


But now that they are being leveled and replaced, here is my vision for the new floors….

That, folks, is what I call a silver lining.

Hello, you wide planked slice-o-heaven floors….


photo from Domino magazine

In other news…

this is Hannah’s room with the ceiling ripped out.


Now that I know what the guts of my house look like, I will be sleeping with one eye open. 😯


Have a wonderful weekend.

11 Responses to the floors that Pa Ingalls built

  1. Laura Ingalls Gunn March 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Oh it will be SO gorgeous when it’s done. We have similar floors in our kitchen and I have lost many bits of dog kibble and coins due to the rolling factor.

    You’ll have to pardon me as I defend my family honor. Having seen first hand some of the furniture and homes built by my forefathers I can honestly attest that Ingalls’ are all type A perfectionists in the DIY department. Surely it was Mr. Edwards who laid those floors. πŸ™‚

    • Maple & Magnolia March 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

      Laura….I never use LOL. But will make an exception in this case…LOL!!!!!
      Mr. Edwards! πŸ˜‰ Oh I loved him too.
      Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  2. Wendy March 16, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    All I can say is WOW! Those are amazing pictures. Just amazing.

    • Maple & Magnolia March 16, 2014 at 12:32 pm #


  3. Suzanne March 16, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Susan,
    Old houses can be a challenge, but it will be so worth it in the end. I am sure it will be
    amazing and I am looking forward to seeing the completed floors.
    Carry On,
    Pieced Pastimes

    • Maple & Magnolia March 16, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      You are so right. Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne! πŸ™‚

  4. Susan @ My Place to Yours March 16, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    After 107 years, the upstairs floors in our old house slope downward from the outer walls to the center of the rooms. When I added a bookcase perpendicular to the walls, I had to build it up on one end; looks just like your new floor joists! When I use my desk chair, I have to sit half of my body on a book so I’m upright. (No kidding!) Gotta love those old houses!

    Your new floors will look great when they’re done… but it’s Hannah’s ceiling that is making me smile this morning. I think it’s gorgeous!

    • Maple & Magnolia March 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Oh my goodness, a book? That is a hoot! That ceiling…I suddenly feel like we live in a barn. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. Donnamae March 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Wow…those floors are something else! I thought you only saw that in the movies! πŸ˜‰

  6. Janelle March 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    We have matching houses now! I completely understand, “now that you know what the guts look like you will sleep with one eye open”!!!

  7. Marianne in Mo. March 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Hilarious! Have they found any artifacts from the past during the demo?

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