I have a tiny summer beach cottage with a 7'x7' kitchen. Looking to go inexpensive on the kitchen floor. The rest of the house is hardwood but we are looking for something light as a contrast. The wife loves whitewash or white distressed flooring. I have a lot of leftover 3 1/4 oak but it is a dark color.
Here are my thoughts:
Install 3 1/4 and paint it a pale blue. Saw this on line and it looks good, really beachy.
Run the flooring through the table saw to take off the finish and whitewash it myself after sanding.
Strip it, sand it, and whitewash.
Couple important facts
We may tear it down and build a 4 bedroom in 4-5 years
I got the flooring for next to nothing and only need 50'
Little to no traffic, usually with bare feet so no wear and tear on paint.
I like the idea of a painted hardwood floor. A friend has an antique house and he painted a checker pattern in the hallway black and white at least 10 years ago. It has a slight wear pattern but it looks fantastic.
To the OP, while there is little or no traffic, the magic word is "beach" which for OUR small beach cottage translates to "sand" which raises hell with everything even when just slid around under bare feet. So plan from there. Mron