Monday, January 26, 2015

Floor Renovation || Part 1

I have to break this renovation into two parts because were out and about yesterday and we didn't have time to move all the furniture back and take pictures, so hopefully I can get home in time to take some after pictures!

For now, here are some details about the floors we chose, and why.

Back in March when we bought our house we knew the carpets would have to go. Having Bailey and Wrigley is basically guaranteeing that we will never be a "carpet" family. By December the carpets were ewww. They probably looked fine to most, but Chris and I could tell that they were really on their last leg. We would vacuum all the time, rent a steam cleaner, but they never looked like they did when we moved in.

After a little research, we decided laminate was the best option for people with dogs. Real wood scratches easily and we loved those new wood tiles, but we had tile in our old house and my feet hurt all the time from the floor being so hard.

We had been scouring the options Home Depot for quite some time. Over Thanksgiving break we had a contractor come out and he gave us a ridiculously high quote that got us a little discouraged. One day my Dad and I were at Home Depot and one thing led to another and we found out they were having a deal where they would install your laminate (up to 1,000 sq. ft.) for a flat rate of $497. Since we were doing almost 800 square feet, this seemed like the best option.

We chose a more rustic look. We love the dark wood floors, but people have said that the dark shows everything and we knew that would be awful with dogs. We ended up going with Country Oak Sundown and couldn't be more thrilled! It has natural looking imperfections and isn't too dark, or too light.

We rearranged our bedroom, bought a couple new rugs, and are planning more updates soon. This renovation has kick-started our itch for updating our house and we can't stop thinking about what project is next.

Here are a few pictures. I can't wait to show y'all how they look with all the furniture in place!








23 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!!!! Great choice!!! I cant wait for part 2 post!! Laminate is giving woods a run for its money these days!

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  2. Wow! What a difference it makes! Love it and the color is beautiful!

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  3. Love it! Reading this it felt like deja vu...although I haven't gotten around to doing a TRUE recap of our project yet. And you totally beat us to putting quarter round down. Looks great!

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  4. Omgsh those floors are gorgeous!!! I LOVE that color ( I am usually a dark wood fan too--but this is beautiful!!!) I can't wait to get rid of our carpet as well--two furbabies just don't mix with it :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  5. I LOVE this color! I can't wait to see the full reveal!

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  6. They look great! We put laminate in our basement instead of carpet due to dogs. I LOVE the hardwoods on the main floor but since we moved in 1.5 years ago, the dogs have left their fair share of scratches. And don't go near the pantry as there are dings all over the floor from dropping cans! Laminate is the way to go!

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  7. That demo looked like it was a piece of cake;) But really- AMAZING!!

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  8. I love love love the color! Perfect! And seems like such a great install price too. :) I'd love to get rid of our travertine, but it's super expensive and I would feel bad getting rid of it (came with the house) and I totally get the hard on your feet. When I'm cooking and forget to wear shoes, my back is a wreck afterwards!

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  9. That laminate looks amazing! I have been wanting to carry our dark wood throughout our house for a while now and you've definitely given me further incentive to do so with this amazing transformation.

    XO, Jaime
    RegallySoled.com

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  10. HOLY CRAP! It looks amazing! Like a totally different house! I love it friend!!

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  11. I love that floor!!! I need that in my house. I am so sick of vacuuming daily and having stains from a blue heeler, five year old boy and the husband.

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  12. Love the floors! And they look pretty darn good for laminate! As much as I love carpeting wood floors always look so much nicer! Great choice. The plank width is perfect!

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  13. Oh..my..goodness!!! I am in love!! They turned out so great and the laminate you guys chose is perfect!! This makes me itch to switch out our floors, but Aaron likes carpet...so we invest in a pet proof carpet cleaner instead and shampoo them every other month. #blah lol

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  14. Wow, this look amazing! I love the flooring you chose. It has a perfect rustic look to it.

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  15. Yay yay yay I love the way they look!!!

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  16. Gorgeous!! Love the floors you picked--I love the rustic look, and I bet they hide dirt/dog hair pretty well too :) We have real wood floors in part of our house, and while I love the fact that they are original,they do scratch really easy, especially with little paws/nails on them.

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  17. It looks great! The wood suits your house better than the carpet. It's not that the carpet looks bad, but its shade is pretty much the same with the walls. With the dark wood as floors, the room looks more spacious and has more character. Anyway, cheers for completing this project right at the beginning of the year!

    Krystal Patrick @ G&G General Contractors

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  18. Your new floor is looking good! I agree that a wooden floor is better than a carpeted floor, because it's much easier to maintain. You only need to sweep and shine it, unlike carpets which you have to vacuum and wash often. Congratulations for this wonderful project, Sarah! Have a great day!

    Jeff Allison @ On The Level Floors

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  19. Floor renovations are the kinds of things that nightmares are made of. However, once they are done, they can make such a huge impact on the overall look of a room that they are totally worth it. That is definitely true in your case it seems. The wood floors that you selected look great and make a really big difference!

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