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Topic: Our Living Room Gets a New Life! (With hardwood floors)  (Read 4463 times)
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« on: April 24, 2013 03:59:46 PM »

When we bought our house, we bought from a very sweet elderly gentleman. The kind of sweet elderly gentleman who thinks that baby blue and pastel pink carpet are okay. Consequently, we have been saving up for hardware floors ever since.

For perspective, this is what our living room looked like when we moved in.


First we painted. We kept the same colors and just freshened them up, so I forgot to take pictures. Forgive me!

Next we took up all the carpet and cleaned the subfloor. (Side note: Carpet is gross!)


Next was the very long process of laying the floors


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Then it was time to load in our furniture! We are both in love with vintage furniture, so our decor is a mix of hand-me-downs, thrift shop finds and auction bargains.









We are so thrilled with the results! I can say that it was a ton of work but totally worth it.

Next? The computer room and kitchen.....
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013 04:28:51 PM »

Those floors are gorgeous, and I love the furniture collection! You did a great job of giving that room a new life!
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013 05:06:23 PM »

Wow, what a magnificent change!!  It's so inviting and fresh.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2013 05:36:06 PM »

I love how the flooring looks with the walls and fireplace! Great job at updating the room.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2013 05:58:30 PM »

Thanks, ladies! It really is funny how much of a difference it makes. I walk in our house every day and smile because it seems so surreal!
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2013 07:26:26 PM »

Looks great!

Have you thought about painting the fireplace? I love the way painted white fireplaces look, but I'm too chicken to paint mine  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2013 02:20:18 AM »

Lovely - worth all the hard work!
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2013 03:59:35 AM »

How hard was it to lay the wood? Was the existing base floor already leveled? I want to do this to my house next but unsure if I want to do it myself.
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013 04:17:31 AM »

Haven't thought of painting the fireplace. I love the stone too much! Besides, since it is creek stone, I don't know how we'll paint would stick.

And sweetmelange, it was a lot of work and we were both sore afterwards, but it wasn't difficult. The most difficult things were finding/buying/borrowing all the tools, and cutting around all the corners. There are quite a few of them in our room Wink

We found some great step by step DIY tutorials on line, and made sure to read a few of them so we didn't miss anything.

For us, it was a matter of cost. We saved up enough to put wood floors in our whole house, but would have had to double that cost to have someone else do it.
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2013 04:38:37 AM »

Gorgeous! We did our own floors, too, and it's amazing how much the proper floors open up the room.  Of course, we put in 4" white oak, which was no fun.  Lesson: next time, we are going to save up to get someone else to do it for us. 
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