It took a while.
Maybe because no one really helped.
And Hubby’s back could only stand it for a couple of hours at a time.
But we finally have hardwood floor in our dining room,
our great room,
and our bedroom.
I can say this — because I really did nothing — It was pretty easy to put in. The toughest parts were in the angled hallway where a lot of cuts were needed, and the closets where the quarters were pretty tight. Other than that they pretty well just ‘snapped’ together.
We started with the great room first, and noticed that many of the boards were discolored and quite a few of them had some really dark lines.
We set most of the discolored ones aside, but used a few throughout thinking it would add character. But soon we noticed more and more of them. We finally packed them up and returned them to the store and ordered a new shipment.
The difference was amazing! The new boards were much more consistent and look so much nicer… so we’re a little bummed about that.
We finished the great room with the boards we had and the dining room and bedroom got the new stuff. I’m happy they are in separate rooms, so it’s not as noticeable, but it would have been nice had they all been that way from the beginning.
I love how clean and open the place feels now…. and as I mentioned before, I don’t mind vacuuming the golden hairs at all with the hose attachment. But just like washing your car by hand, you notice every new ding, dent and nick. We’ve already gotten a few. They’re not noticeable from a distance, because of the ‘character’ of the floor, but I notice them. It’s hard to tell if they’re from the dog or the kids, or even *gasp* hubby or me. Maybe we’ll just blame the clawless cat.
All in all, we’re pretty happy with the outcome. We saved a lot by doing it ourselves. (I plan to keep taking some credit, even though hubby did all the work, because I cleaned up all the sawdust afterwards….).
The flooring is probably middle of the road in quality, but again, since we plan to move out in the near future, we’re hoping it’ll add value to the house.
Now… on to the kitchen flooring. 🙂