“Wabi Sabi” is a Japanese aesthetic term defined as beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” I’ve decided to adopt this idea of beauty after over month of home improvements (still looking at about another three weeks to go) or else I’m going to lose my mind. We own a hundred-plus year old house- we can’t “home improve” a hundred years worth of imperfections away. Instead, we must find beauty in a staircase that squeaks louder than any floor I’ve ever stepped on, a ceiling that slants by a 1/4 inch to the east, and scuff marks galore on the molding.
Our first Wabi Sabi masterpiece is our “new” hardwood flooring upstairs. One of the first things we did when we moved in was rip the carpet away upstairs- finding the original floors painted with brown floor paint, probably 50 years ago.
Our outstanding floor guys sanded away this mess.
They had to begin with 16 grit sand paper (which is equivalent to rocks on paper) and change the sand paper every few minutes to get this gunky paint off the floors. The process required them to move from 16 grit to 120 grit with many levels of grit in between.
In the end, the hundred year old floors were exposed once again with all of these beautiful, interesting imperfections that you just can’t get now if you are installing new hardwood floors. We love them!
And we slept in our bedroom for the first time last night after almost three months of living here. We like to keep things special.
Deep breath. Wabi Sabi. Deep breath. Wabi Sabi.