When we were looking at purchasing our current home, one of the major changes we knew we wanted to make was the flooring. There were some serious traffic stains on the carpet, and the tile that covered 80% of the downstairs was nothing to write home about… We ended up buying our home with plans to update the floors…that was over 4 years ago.
I am happy to report that we finally bit the bullet and made the change! We had looked at a lot of options, but ultimately decided that laminate was the best logical decision. It was budget friendly, family friendly, easy to install, and it is beautiful!
We ended up choosing “Barnwood” a hand scraped laminate by “Select Surfaces” and I am so glad we did! ( I did work with the great folks over at Select Surfaces and was supplied with materials per MY request . All the opinions are 100% my own. )
(This is not your Grandma’s laminate!) Don’t believe me? Check out how it completely transformed our house!
First of all I sent my husband out to do the heavy lifting… (Actually a member of the Sam’s Club Team was more than willing to assist with a fork lift.) Yes, you read right, this is available exclusively at Sam’s Club!
DEMO: As I stated earlier about 80% of our downstairs was ceramic tile. Before we could install our new flooring we needed to remove all the tile and carpet. The carpet was a piece of cake! The tile… the tile, it put up a fight, but I am stubborn and won out in the end! We tried a number of methods, but found it best to demo the tile with sledge hammers, and then used roto-hammers to remove the thinset (the material that holds the tile to the floor).
After all the thinset was removed and the floor was swept and smooth we were ready to begin the installation!
Yet another reason I chose Select Surfaces laminate, they are pre-equipped with a foam backing. ( This keeps the floors from sounding hollow when you walk on it, and yes it works.) So, the only prep work needed before install is laying down a vapor barrier. We just cut the plastic to fit the room and we were ready to begin laying the floor!
After having spent the last few days removing tiles, installing the planks was like a small vacation! Seriously, the install process was simple and easy for almost any level DIYer. (They simply click in place using a tongue and groove system. ) They do have more detailed instructions available here.
We followed this same process throughout the entire downstairs, and the results??? Ah-mazing! I mean, just look at the floors!
The Front Entry
Overall, I would say that the total downstairs floor makeover was a complete success! I have always loved the way my home looked, but I cannot believe what a HUGE difference these floors have made! They have really brought in the rustic warm feel that I love and have unified the whole downstairs. Bottom line, I LOVE the floors, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!