Saturday, March 24, 2012

Walking on Wood Products

Three strong, hard working men and 3.5 hours was all that was required to get from this:

Sea of furniture in the backyard.

Removing the nasty old padding.

Baseboards removed and first course getting started.  Grant is giving some extra direction.

Halfway done!

We chose this distressed, hand-scraped "Hampton Hickory" laminate. 

Installing the T moulding between the tile and new floor was the last step.

Never again will embarrassing frayed carpet be seen here!  It looks good with our existing tile too.

Standing in the dining room looking to the front windows.  Grant was afraid it might be too dark but because it is reflective it lightens up--there is plenty of natural light in this room.

$20 worth of felt furniture pads later, the room is reloaded. 

No more tack strip to stab anyone.  We had the nondescript baseboards removed and will reinstall some taller, nicer ones after we paint the walls--the terracotta has had a long run but it is time to go.  We are thinking a warm tan color but keeping it fairly light now that the floor is darker. 

What a difference a few hours makes! 

18 comments:

Janet O. said...

Don't you love it? I have something similar in my kitchen/dining/sewing/breakfast nook areas. I have never been sorry. We keep a stockpile of those felt pads in case any come off! : )
It looks just beautiful!

Joyful Quilter said...

Wow! What a change! It looks wonderful.

Kimme said...

Annie it looks fantastic! We have been thinking of doing something similar so thanks for the inspiration :-)

Denise :) said...

Annie it looks terrific -- you all did a great job on it! I like the distressed look -- that's a nice touch. I bet you're ecstatic! :)

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Love the distressed look. It's perfect!! How nice.

Kim said...

Love the look of your new flooring. That's exactly what we want to do too--and our old carpet looks just like yours if not worse!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous floor selection.

Shay said...

WOW! What a difference..I bet you're flipping cartwheels with pleasure.

It looks fantastic! What does the pooch think of it? Skidded yet?

Julie in the Barn said...

We too are replacing old carpet with new and debating laminate or hardwood for another part of the house. Your choice is fabulous looking.

Lori said...

Beautiful!!

Libby said...

Yum.

Candace said...

Wow - what a difference and just gorgeous, Annie! This is the exact same laminate we used in our downstairs! Great choice ;>)
Cheers!

Patrica said...

Love the distressed look and it's definitely NOT too dark. Really spruces up the place. I'm sure your thrilled.

carol fun said...

The floors look wonderful - the trim for the tile is a great touch. I'd love to do laminate in my family room - need to work on DH.

Vivian said...

I want some too! I'm totally envious. Great reno job.

Kate said...

Looks beautiful!

Stephanie D. said...

We have ancient carpeting, too--all over the house. I've been debating going for hardwood or laminate, but worried about hubby slipping on the slick surface (slick as opposed to carpeting). I'm thinking of keeping carpet in the bedrooms, though maybe a different one, but hardwood or laminate in the sewing room, as I never can seem to get all those bits of thread up.

I love the distressed look to your laminate! Will any accidental bumps or nicks look just like those? What made you choose laminate over hardwood? Cost? Durability? Care?

It's certainly a beautiful choice. 8^)

Tanya said...

Beautiful! I'm envious.