Well, we finally did it. After five years of home-ownership, we finally did what we said we were going to do…GET NEW KITCHEN FLOORS. Whoo-hooo! As you can tell, I’m a teensy bit excited. You see, I’ve been living with WHITE VINYL flooring for way too long. Any person that’s ever mopped a floor knows how ridiculous white floors are. They show every speck of dirt. And with a 100 pound dog and a two-year old running around, it got rather messy. All the time. And I was tired of mopping every other day. Ok, week. Geesh, I’m busy, ok?
We finally had the cash and the time (well, not really, but we squeezed it in) and took the plunge. We visited a few flooring stores and couldn’t find anything we really liked. Trying to find flooring that goes with trim and cabinet colors that you don’t really like is a rather challenging feat (if only the builders had decided to go with white trim instead of white floors, then I would have been a happy camper. Oh well.). We didn’t want it to be matchy-matchy and be washed out with honey oak all over the place. J and I really like dark wood tones, but our walls are a raspberry red, so we couldn’t go with something too dark either. I found a sample of a nice blend of the two and brought it home. We moved the little 12×12 inch sample around the house, examining it in all different lights and times of day. And we knew we had a winner! S had a lot of fun with this part of the selection process. At one point, we had about 8 different samples around the house and she would jump from one to the other and have a blast. So much fun to be a kid!
Our install was this week. Since we went with laminate, I figured there wouldn’t be much mess because all you do is snap it together, right? Um, not really. There was notching of our existing trim, cutting quarter-round and all kinds of other dust-producing activity going on in my house. The workers did most of the heavy-duty stuff in the garage, but I was still left with a fine layer of dust to clean up. Oh well, they also left some pretty amazing flooring for me to look at, too. And for that, I am happy.
All the laminate ‘getting acclimated’ and waiting for install.
Getting started. It only took them a day and a half to complete everything.
Half bath prepped. S was rather concerned that the potty was all gone. Not that she really cares about the potty any other time, except when it’s missing!
All done! Now we just need our new table and our mini makeover will be complete!