As I mentioned in a previous post, we were pretty excited to find original hardwood flooring under the carpet in both of the bedrooms, but that is where our flooring luck ran out. The house was previously wall to wall carpet, including the kitchen and the bathroom, so tearing that out was one of the first things we did. We found that the carpet in all but the living room had been glued down, and under that there was some kind of leveling cement AND we found that not all of the flooring ran the same way anyway.
I happened upon builddirect.com and saw that they will send you up to five samples of laminate for free. I hunted around on their site for a while and narrowed it down to three products that we liked. I ordered them and was completely amazed to find them sitting on our doorstep the next afternoon. That is some fast shipping! Especially since I didn't pay a thing. A day later I got an email from a representative of BuildDirect making sure that I received my samples and asking if we had any questions. Their customer service was awesome.
Don't mind the carpet samples, this was before we knew the floors in the bedroom were salvageable.
We (all four) picked the one we liked best, which happened to be the same for all of us. It is the sample on the top in the picture to the right, and it is called 'Rustic Oak'. We liked that it came in an individual plank, simply because given the option that is the look we prefer. Once we picked a winner, I wanted to make sure it was durable (we do have two rather rambunctious little dudes, and a dog after all) so I tested it out.
It was one of the weirder things I have done, but I dropped stuff on it, tried to scratch it with keys, high heels, matchbox cars, you know...stuff that might happen at home. Man, this stuff is DURABLE. The only thing that I did that managed to make a small mark was when I actually stabbed it with a kitchen knife. Not even kidding, and even then it was just a teeny little dot. Add that to the fact that it comes with a 25 year warranty and we were sold.
We picked it up from the shipping warehouse ourselves, which saved us $250 in shipping. We (actually I should say Matt, because I didn't do any of the flooring, I was busy priming :)) started the flooring two weekends ago with the help of my step-dad and brother-in-law, and only made it through the living room before we had to head back home to Bloomsburg (2 hours north for you non-Pennsylvanians)
Wait? What? Who?
Yep. Sometime over the previous week my mom, brother, step-dad, brother-in-law (and sister? Emily..were you there? I know you were in on it) had come over (and climbed through a window) and finished the floors in the house AND put another coat of primer on all of the walls in the bedrooms.
We still need to finish the floors off with quarter-round along the baseboards, but man! What a difference! We are totally in love with them.
(Just for the record, BuildDirect has no idea who I am, other than a customer. This is not a sponsored post, but we did have a great experience with them).
So PHEW! There is one thing we can check off our (reallllllly long) list.