Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fun and Flooring

What better way to spend a Monday than picking out new flooring!! WOOOHOOOO  I'm serious though, I was so excited about this you would have thought we were going to town to buy a puppy. 

When we first were going to redo the floors, we wanted to stain them dark, but after learning that our floors are maple that plan changed. Maple is a very difficult wood to stain because it is so hard and dense.  Stain works when the particles settle into the pours and crevices of a wood and if the particles can't find any of those, it is wiped away.  So when you try to stain maple it often comes out looking very streaked and the uniform look that you would want is almost impossible to achieve.  We were pretty bummed about that but then decided "It is what it is, I guess we will have light floors".  BUT, now that we get to pick all new flooring, we were able to pick the dark color we had originally wanted!

We stopped at 4 different flooring stores.  We found a few that we liked but I didn't LOVE either of them.  Since this flooring is going to be on our entire main floor I really wanted it to be something that I couldn't live without.  Of course there were some that I loved but they were $5+ a square foot but when you're ballin' on a budget, that is NOT feasible.  We went to the last store of the day and low and behold THERE IT WAS.  We picked out our flooring, loaded up all 1000 lbs of it, and headed home.  I have to say, I was pretty impressed at our decision making skills.  The entire process maybe took us 2.5 hours, I know people who have taken over 2.5 weeks to pick out their flooring.  *giving myself a pat on the back* 

This is what we chose:
Store: Lumber Liquidators
Brand: Kensington Manor
Color: Sandy Hills Hickory
12mm handscraped laminate with pad attached

Our living room and dining room now look like an obstacle course but it's starting to feel like it's coming together!


  1. One of THE prettiest floors I've ever seen was old maple in a hundred+ year old home. The owners sanded it, did not stain it but sealed it with polyurethane and it was to die for! It looked like a million bucks...but that's my opinion ;-)

    1. Hey Connie. Glad you found us! Like I mentioned in some previous posts, the original plan was to put a clear coat on the floors and be done with it. But after bringing in a specialist, he told us for the amount of money we would have had to spend to repair the floors, it wouldn't have been worth it. There was significant water damage and awful patch jobs all over the main floor. As for the bedrooms upstairs that you saw it is not maple. Back in those times the "good wood" was put in the areas where company would see, an the bedrooms were low quality wood that they would paint. So after the old carpet was ripped upstairs there was just layers and layers of paint on the floor.
      We would have loved to have had the original floors on the main floor, but we didn't have the thousands to spend on it that it required. What we put down is just a floating floor so if in the future someone wants to spend that significant amount of money, they can go for it.


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