December 6th, 2007

Laid to Rest

It’s done! I had nightmares that something would go horribly wrong and my million dollar cork floor would get ruined somehow. Well, it didn’t REALLY cost a million dollars, but it definitely wasn’t cheap and we had another big chunk invested in labor and materials, AND there have been quite a few BIG things going awry lately, BUT I think we are safe. Knock wood.


Once we got the whole assembly line thing down we were cranking out 35 tiles (on a good day). Richard and Michelle from our staff are pulling out the last pieces of the pattern to ready them for the final stenciled layer.


Here the trusty installers are pressing the last tiles into place. Good thing THEY were good as we used all 120 tiles that we made. Phew!


If you’ve never walked on a cork floor, let me tell you it’s heaven. Especially when all your other floors are concrete. It feels like you just put brand new gel inserts in your shoes! I’m so in love, I’ve ordered some more for my home office floor where I think I will do a very large “stained-in-place” meandering cherry blossom branch. Then we will see how it holds up to my greyhound’s toenails.

15 Responses to “Laid to Rest”

  1. Lucinda Says:

    Oh Melanie! That is outstanding. I hope someday I’ll meet a client that wants to do something on cork. Just gorgeous!

  2. Rhonda Canales Says:

    Melanie, this is divine!!! And I know what you mean about walking on cork. It feels like marshmellows under foot.
    Congrats on the beautiful install.

  3. me, myself, &I Says:

    I just found your blog and LOVE your stenciled floors! Beautiful designs.

  4. Bethany Says:

    Oh my gosh! How can that be just plain old cork?? It’s really amazing what you have envisioned and created…what a talented bunch of hands all working towards a wonderful goal….WOW

  5. Arlene Says:

    Melanie, as always you are so visionary, I love, love love cork, and your take on this is divine! Fabulous work! Arlene

  6. Melanie Says:

    Thank you all for the nice comments! I had never seen this done, so that’s all the inspiration I need. I love the idea of another paintable, customizable surface for people. I’ve ordered more unfinished cork tiles for my home office so there is another one on the way.

  7. Morey Dunbar Says:

    Melanie, that is truely spectacular!!!

  8. Jan Gonzales Says:

    Absolutely beautiful job Melanie. What product did you use in the creation of these lovely floors??

  9. JOhn McClendon Says:

    I wanted to say that this floor is truly awesome….I want one for myself….Nice work.

  10. Melanie Says:

    Thanks so much! The product that I used for the coloration was Stain and Seal-a water-based gel stain designed for wood surfaces. It worked fabulously on the cork as well!

  11. Toni Hadlee Says:

    It was such a pleasure to see your use of cork. We have been in the cork flooring business for 37 years and have always believed it to be a fantastic ‘green’ product worthy of more attention! And the benefits are more than just comfort… it has great acoustic properties, insulation and warmth. What an inspiration you are!

    Toni Hadlee
    Cork Concepts

  12. Melanie Says:

    Thank you Toni!

  13. Mary Jane Says:


    This is amazing! My husband and I want to do it in our hallway. Can you give specific directions? Where did you get the stencil? What process? If you have time, it would mean so much. Thanks!

    Mary Jane

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  15. charles o job Says:

    Dear Madam,
    We are presently planning a big exhibition in Milan, and are interested in using cork tiles. <your treatment is absolutely fascinating. can we source your stencils anywhere in Europe?