The Unveiling

12 Jul

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,

Dining room turned office

our great room,

Great room looking into dining room

and our bedroom.

Master 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.

Dark markings on many boards

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.

Great Room flooring on left. Master Bedroom on right.

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.  🙂


Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Everyday Living


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15 responses to “The Unveiling

  1. Abby

    July 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Oooh purdy! I love hardwood floors. They do make the house seem more clean and airy. Yours look great! Like a professional did ’em! It must be from the sawdust cleaner upper…

    Now you’ve reminded me of how much I need/want a new kitchen floor.

    • shadowrun300

      July 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      I’ll be sure to tell hubby it looks professional… I doubt he’ll quit his day job.
      I, however, would love to quit my day job and become a professional sawdust cleaner upper.
      Honestly. 🙂

  2. Sandi

    July 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    so shiny!

    • shadowrun300

      July 13, 2012 at 6:13 am

      I know! Right now it’s so fun to keep clean! We’ll see how long that lasts!

  3. Jules

    July 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

    It looks great!!!!!!!! Love it!

  4. territerri

    July 13, 2012 at 2:21 am

    We bought hickory flooring for our kitchen/dining area and I was really concerned about the inconsistency in colors among the boards. But my hubby arranged them so that the darker ones were scattered among the lighter ones and I was happy with the character it gave the floor. I think some of the woods are meant to be like that, but obviously not yours since you were able to pick up a new batch and find it more consistent. Anyway, the floor looks great! Love it!

    • shadowrun300

      July 13, 2012 at 6:12 am

      When we first started putting it down, we thought it looked different than the store sample, but we liked it enough. We interspersed the darker ones as well. But so many boards had a different finish on them, and when we returned those boards, the new ones we got looked like the sample in the store. So we didn’t really dislike the living room boards until we got the new shipment…
      But it’s done and we love it! 🙂

  5. Janet

    July 13, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Well, that sure looks great. I would really love to have this floor in my apartment but the landlord wouldn’t do it and since it’s for rent, I can’t just decide and do it myself. Is it not a tad bit slippery for you dog though? Haha, I am just imagining Shorty sliding accross the floor when taking a corner. 😉

    • shadowrun300

      July 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      It’s very slippery for our dog. She doesn’t mind walking on it, but she hates having to get up from a laying position because it’s hard for her to get a grip. She’s older now, so it helps that she doesn’t like to run around as much…. 🙂

  6. Rock Chef

    July 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Very nice! A big fan of real wood floors…

    • shadowrun300

      July 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Yes! I wish we’d done that from the beginning!

  7. agg79

    July 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Oooohh. Nice wood there. That’s an amazing floor job. It really opens up the house and adds some “snap”. Tell hubby (and the rest of the support crew) he did a great job. We are definitely thinking towards doing our living & dining rooms in wood this fall, but still cannot decide on which style/brand. Thanks for sharing pictures of the end result. High fives all around.

    • shadowrun300

      July 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Adds “snap”. I like it. 🙂
      I’ll pass along your kudos to hubby. He’d probably like to hear somebody tell him he did good.
      I’d recommend the ‘locking’ hardwood, if that’s the right term, but you may want to go with a little higher quality, especially if you plan to be there a while. I think ours will do us good for the next few years that we plan to be here.

      • agg79

        July 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        Locking hardwood. Got it. We’ll definitely keep that in mind. We are interested in something that is VERY durable that will withstand our two hairy four footed mutts. I’m interested to hear how yours holds up with Chancie and Tiger and the rest of the tribe.


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