Thursday, June 18, 2015

Living Room and Flooring Reveal

Despite being hit with more rain from Tropical Depression Bill, we have picked up pace again on projects.

One thing I wanted to finish was the flooring in the living room so we could call it DONE! and move on.  Flooring is a major priority on our list.  Your floors might be in good condition and not so bad to look at, so it would be further down on your list of renovation projects. 

Right before we moved in we had the seller remove all the carpet.  I'm not a fan of carpet.  I can't ever get it truly clean if there's a spill, I hate having it cleaned, and we have enough outside allergens and muddy dog paws to definitely nix the carpet idea.  In our last house we had carpet and were astonished when we pulled it up to see how much dirt had made it through the carpet and padding down to the sub-floor.  Gross!

The Husband and I looked at samples and we agreed on a couple.  I brought the samples home and we knew right away which one we liked.  We chose a laminate because we've had it before, it's easy to install, is cheaper than wood, and stands up for a really, really long time (as long as you aren't a knuckle dragging Neanderthal).

We picked....Handscraped Antique Hickory.  I bought it at Lowe's and it runs $1.49 sq. ft.  Our budget allowed us to buy enough for 3 out of 5 rooms.  We finished the living room floor.  We'll put flooring in our daughter's bedroom and the kitchen.  The other 2 bedrooms we'll complete when we get to those room renovations.

Here's the reveal...

Pre-paint and lovely walls...blech!

Walls painted and getting ready to start flooring.  It's easiest for us to move everything to one half of the room and then move it the other side to do the other half.

I'm really happy with the color and look of this floor.

After paint and flooring.   I still need base boards.  That center console/cabinet thing in the middle will get a makeover soon.  Though I detest carpet, I like rugs.  The large living room rug here I purchased at  I paid $99 and was brought from the old house, so was not part of our current budget.

Another view.  Yes my furniture is covered.  It's mud season here.  That cutie-patootie black schnauzer loves mud!  The curtains were found at Hobby Lobby.  I used their 40% off coupon instead of waiting for one of their 50% off sales.  It is sometimes incredibly difficult to find the exact shade and sheen that is imagined for a room.  I had to buy them on the spot.

This is the same view from the first picture.  I'm living with things stashed in odd places, boxes, and power tools strewn about.

This is something interesting I'll have to live with for now.  The dining room already had a laminate flooring so we chose to leave it till way, way, way down the project list.  This pic is where the new floor on the right meets up with the old floor on the left.  It was mighty convenient that we didn't have to cut anything or need a transition piece.  It's also a great example of too much orange or yellow in flooring.

Thanks for stopping by!  Join me next time where we'll take a look at how the kitchen is coming along.

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  1. Love the floor, looks great! I want to warn you tho, if you wait too long to do the dining room, you may not be able to find the same flooring. We did our living and dining room about 5 years ago and when we decided to do the kitchen this year, guess what? They no longer make the color / design we used 5 years ago. I would love to redo all of it so it all matches, but can't' justify the expense so will have to go with something completely different, probably just a stone look linoleum for the kitchen. Just wanted to forewarn you.

    1. Thank you for the compliment! What a great warning. Yes, I hope we don't run into that problem.