If you recall, less than a year ago I was ripping out tile and replacing the flooring in our last home. (You can read all about that here.) When we found out we were moving, that was seriously a source of short-sided sadness. “We JUST finished the floors!?” Seriously, I loved my new laminate floors. (So did ALL of the people that we “showed” the house to in the selling process.)
While I was sad to leave behind our home, I immediately started scheming about what I would change, and what I wanted to repeat in the new home.
When I had first started looking into laminate flooring , I was a little skeptical on how it would wear, and if it would hold up to two rambunctious boys, and my furniture rearranging antics. I had spent hours pouring over online reviews, and researching durability and of course, comparing prices. All of the reviews I had read for “Select Surfaces Flooring” were raves, and their price point was well below their competitors. Quality and less $$? Yes, please!
Well, after 6 months with ZERO scratches, I am a believer! So when it came time to select flooring for the new house, it was a no-brainer. I HANDS DOWN wanted to go with a Select Surfaces laminate again! So I reached out to the great folks at Select Surfaces and have teamed up with them to complete this downstairs overhaul!
This time around, I was thinking about changing it up a bit. They have some AWESOME new color choices available! I was so torn on what color I wanted to use! I had LOVED the “Barnwood” color I had used in the last house, but at the same time, if you have a chance to change things up, would you !? I stared at the color samples for weeks and I had finally narrowed it down to “Cocoa Walnut“ and “Toffee“.
I knew I would like the effect both would create in the house. I was so torn! Seriously, I went back and fourth on the decision on an
daily hourly basis. I finally made my husband weigh in; he loved the darker. Phew. The decision was made and I was thrilled with our decision.
The “Cocoa Walnut” had nice wide planks, and I LOVED that the planks were well defined, and had so much variation and character in each piece. They have the “Hand Scraped” effect, which means it has awesome natural looking texture.
I had my color selected, and was ready to go! Now we just needed to get into the house…
The DAY we closed:
We were up against a TIGHT deadline. We had 6 days to be out of our old house and into the new house. We knew life would be 100 x’s easier if we got the flooring in before we moved all of our crap in. Crazy? Yes, but we were totally committed! We got down and dirty within hours of being handed the keys.
DAY 1 & 2: DEMO DAYS
I am not going to lie, the first time around, the demo was complete HELL ON EARTH. We were chipping away quarter size pieces of tile for nearly 2 weeks! We knew we would need help so we hired a few guys to come and help us. I swear, “luck favors the prepared”, Andrew and I got started before the help even arrived. We were popping up ENTIRE tiles! This was a night and day difference this time around, it was, dare I say “easy” . We probably didn’t need the extra help, but we were sure glad we had it to help speed the process along.
DAY 3 & 4: Laying the Laminate
Yet another reason we chose laminate… ease of use! Andrew and I laid all 1600 sq. ft. of flooring in TWO days. Yes, TWO! We put down a moisture barrier, and the planks come with an insulated backing. (Once less step!) They are click and lock planks, once you get the hang of it you can really get cooking. They do have more detailed instructions available here.
So without further ado… here is how our Select Surfaces Flooring Turned out!
Every time we completed the flooring in a room, it amazed me how much flooring did for the space! The flooring alone, made the house look like a million bucks!
Once it was all in, I knew I had made the right choice. The “Cocoa Walnut” was exactly what this space needed! I have found that it lends itself to both warm and cool tones. So I can put nearly any paint color with it, and it looks fantastic!
So let’s wrap this up. First, the price point is awesome. Second, it comes in plenty of different colors. Third, it is user friendly, and easy to install. Fourth, this stuff HOLDS UP! Lastly , this stuff looks absolutely amazing!
A big thank you to “Select Surfaces” and the great opportunity to work with them again.