Yep, it's white.
I know. I KNOW! White? Really? Two kids? Pets? Snow and Mud? Crazy.
But here's how we came to it. We have, over the course of our marriage, refinished several floors and a few wooden decks and what we've learned, contrary to what seems would be true, is that light floors are easier to clean than dark ones. I had dreams of painting it a beautiful dark grey, but it would have been constantly dusty and dirty. So after looking at A LOT of painted floors, we found that we came back, time and again, to white. It's a good blank canvas. Especially if we want to do something like stencil on a rug - which I do (notice the I, Will isn't super excited about the work involved there).
Having lived with it for a good week now I am pretty happy with the result. Yes, it gets dirty, but strangely, not much. Even hauling in wood and dealing with muddy paws has been pretty easy. In fact, the thing that's made it the dirtiest was moving the piano back in.
And yes, it's a lot of white, but don't worry, there will be color. We've picked out wallpaper for the window wall and have plans to tone down the wide variety of wood we have and add more bright colors - I'm on the hunt for a colorful stripy rug for the livingroom- and we've just finished a nice bright addition to the room that I'll show off tomorrow. I wasn't sure how it would work out, but I love it, which is good because there was no going back on this one.
So, the hows.
Holes and seams filled, we rented a sander and spent an evening sanding all those patches smooth. It's not perfect, the plywood is a good 20 years old so the grain shows, but it's much improved from the starting point.