when we moved in two years ago (wow), we started dreaming of replacing the carpet in the front living room and dining room.
then we had a baby. and 19 months later, we have risen out of the fog and have managed to save enough pennies thanks to a couple of side jobs with the charlotte hornets and unc research center to save enough money to make it happen. and the best part? my amazingly talented husband volunteered to install the flooring himself. he poured over you tube videos and online articles about the intricate details of installing hardwood floors, plus having made a trip to the beach to help marc install laminate flooring in the condo definitely helped his confidence level.
the #1 dilemma: matching the preexisting hardwood in the family room.
sure, it’s separated by ceramic tile in the kitchen, but my mild obsessive-compulsive tendencies turn into a moderate-severe level when faced with anything that may be aesthetically “off”. it’s a sickness. and so we began to scour big box lumber stores, invited a flooring salesman to enter our home in an attempt to match flooring, visited mom and pop shops to find a match; and finally, found a match with morningstar carbonized strand bamboo at lumber liquidators. the “carbonized” part of this wood allows heated sugars to create a warm tone with rich yellow, red, and browns woven throughout; and the “strand” part means that the wood is significantly harder and stronger than traditional bamboo due to a special weaving. we got cold feet when we did a quick internet search on the formadehyde scare associated with LL. however, after recent reviews of our product and assurance that our wood was not involved in the alleged scandal, we moved forward. over the 4th of july, they offered an additional 5% off an already-reduced flooring price, which was basically an offer we couldn’t’ refuse.
anton first ripped up the nasty carpet, peeled away the padding, and pried up dozens of feet of tacks:
ew. what appeared to be an old, settled, dog-pee stain firmly solidified our decision to rip up this carpet and start with a much cleaner flooring. ew.
after moving out every piece of furniture into the garage, we opened up all 19 boxes of wood to start the 14-day airing-out process. now don’t get me wrong. the initial smell was horrible which resulted in opening up windows in 90-degree heat. awful. but after about 36 hours, the smell dissipated and we haven’t noticed it since. supposedly this is normal……
because our home is built upon a concrete slab, we chose a floating hardwood locking floor. we also chose planks that were 1/2 inch thick, which would allow for refinishing in the future if we so desired.
anton’s brother, kevin, boasted his superhero powers when he swept in over a weekend to help anton measure twice, cut once, and work tirelessly for 2 days helping anton lay the floor. they made a great team. and don’t worry, i treated them well with good food.😉
once the flooring was locked in, the tedious part began.
next, anton applied a perimeter of quarter-round on top of the flooring, caulked the edges, spackled the nail holes, sanded them, and applied a coat of ultra-white semi-gloss trim paint to seal the deal.
10 stars, 10 golden glittery stars go to my husband for tackling this baaaaaad mamma jamma project.
oh, and we can’t forget about the threshold. he installed two of these puppies on either side of the rooms, connecting onto the tile. i love how it flows.
ahhhhh. exhale. it’s done. just in time for a new school year. 🙂