Happy Monday everyone!
The weather here has been absolutely awful – it’s supposed to be Spring, but it looks like we still have quite a bit of Winter to go! *Collective sigh*
To keep the winter blues at bay, we’ve been keeping busy working on the house (What else is new?) and today I want to share with you what we got up to this weekend!
I have a confession.
Most of my readers by now know my kitchen:
And many of you have asked about our floors, and think they look nice… I cringe when I have to tell you about our paint job over the old purple & blue tile (See our kitchen makeover tour here)
Because, the truth is… It didn’t hold up. Like, at all. There’s even been times where I’ve edited out parts of the floor from my images.
If you are asking “Why?”… Well, here it is:
I’ve been hiding this from you, guys! I’m sorry! The dark flooring could NOT stay clean, and it was chipping to reveal the old flooring underneath. We even stopped putting down drop-cloths when we painted because we just stopped caring!
I knew it was time for new flooring. (YA THINK?)
So, we spent last weekend installing our new laminate flooring. I am in love.
We still have a few things to finish up, but for the most part the installation is complete. 🙂
Excuse me while I sleep on this floor for a week/roll around on it. This has been long-awaited!
The flooring we selected was a hand-scraped laminate flooring with a warm wood finish. The colouring was somewhat similar to our “faux reclaimed barn wood” kitchen island, and it has beat-up texture to it. Very suitable for our farmhouse kitchen! Also, the texture is ideal for us with our three dogs, since any scratches and scuffs are just going to add to the distress the boards already have.
I didn’t know if laminate would be for me, but when I saw the selection at Home Depot, I was truly amazed at how far it’s come! But for those of you who are wondering if laminate is right for you, I’ve put together some information.
Laminate flooring is able to mimic the look and texture of many expensive flooring choices, making it ideal for those on a budget. Laminate has come a long way in terms of finishes, so there’s bound to be something out there suitable for you.
Something to keep in mind with faux wood laminate is that it cannot be refinished over time as with typical hardwood, so if you opt for a smooth clean finish it may wear out after some years. Especially if you have pets or wear shoes indoors, for example.
If you are looking for flooring that is durable, moisturize resistant, stain/scratch resistant, and comfortable, then laminate might just be the option for you. These features allow this flooring to be installed in most locations!
However, laminate may not be ideal for very wet areas such as bathrooms, as water can become trapped beneath the boards and cause the wood to warp. The same could be said for a kitchen if that’s a wetter area in your home.
Since laminate flooring often clicks together, it is fairly simple to install yourself. A lot of laminate floorings also have the cushioning already attached underneath, which allows you to skip the step of laying foam cushioning. It is also is a “floating” floor. This means it doesn’t need to be attached to the subfloor beneath!
Laminate flooring does require a fairly even surface, so if your floors are uneven you will need to get them as level as possible.
I have to say, although we weren’t planning on getting laminate, but I’m so glad we did. The finish and texture of this flooring suits our home beautifully and is so much warmer underfoot than the vinyl tile that is now underneath! Good riddance. 🙂
What do you think about the change in here? Do you have laminate flooring in your home?
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