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Topic: Our Living Room Gets a New Life! (With hardwood floors)  (Read 4187 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


Complete!


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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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2013 06:59:32 AM »

You did a fantastic job. You've made a house a home. Love the "look".
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2013 11:50:26 AM »

this looks fabulous..I am buying a small house and have to put down floors too. Did you insulate underneath? or just lay the board ontop of the plywood?...any other essential tips?

I never cease to be amazed at how big houses in your part of the world are. The entire ground floor of my new house, that is living room/kitchenette/ stairs...would fit very very comfortably in that room!
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2013 12:24:59 PM »

beautiful and modern...I love your stone fireplace!  It adds an element of nature to your room...I bet you did save a lot doing it yourself...labor is the most expensive part!

Can't wait to see the rest of your projects!

edelc--your home is quite lovely and has history! Larger homes mean more work, more money and more to heat! Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2013 03:33:20 PM »

this looks fabulous..I am buying a small house and have to put down floors too. Did you insulate underneath? or just lay the board ontop of the plywood?...any other essential tips?

I never cease to be amazed at how big houses in your part of the world are. The entire ground floor of my new house, that is living room/kitchenette/ stairs...would fit very very comfortably in that room!

We laid an underlayment down. It is made of recycled tires and really insulates the sounds the floors make. The brand of boards we bought require it for the warranty but it is definitely worth the time and money.

As for other tips, wear steel toed boots! I kept kicking the boards to lock them into place and by the end of it, the bottom of my foot was actually bruised!

Alwaysinmyroom is right! More square footage, more problems! Lol
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2013 07:35:10 PM »

The new floors look great, and with the freshened up paint it really looks like a different room!  I'm sure it was a ton of work to lay that floor, but it was really worth it.  I dream of the day when I can get out of rentals and have hardwood floors!  I really really love the stone fireplace too, and the seating arrangement you made around it.
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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2013 05:09:34 AM »

That's a big project!  I love your classic movie posters. 
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2013 12:44:18 PM »

Thanks MissingWillow! We found them at an auction for super cheap. I love them!
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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2013 03:27:35 PM »

You did a fantastic job! I love everything about it!
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2013 04:28:16 PM »



edelc--your home is quite lovely and has history!:D


well this tiny home that I am buying for a mon-fri, term time home...has a lot of history..it is small, but what is odd, is that according to the 1911 census a family of three lived there..mam, dad and baby girl..what is interesting is that the mams first name is the same as my second name (elizabeth) and the baby girls name is the same as my daughters second name (Eileen)..I just need to meet a man with the second name of George..and then spooky music will start to play!!
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« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2013 06:25:36 PM »

Such an amazing remodel!  Love the after photo.  I am quite jealous of that lovely fire place.
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« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2013 07:47:43 AM »

Those floors are gorgeous!  Love them!
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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2013 02:00:19 PM »

Stunningly done blushingbluegrass!
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What a floor makeover , Superb !!! Sofa set look stunning on bright flooring.

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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2013 07:21:16 PM »

Beautiful!  I like the colors and arrangement too. Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2014 06:59:44 PM »

Take a break from swaps and see what happens!?!? I am so excited! Thanks so much!
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« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2014 06:33:46 PM »

Beautiful transformation! For the floors, did you follow any specific tutorial online? Or just the instructions that came with the boards?
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« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2014 11:07:08 AM »

Honestly, our biggest resource was HGTV and the DIY network. They have lots of good tutorials, and show you exactly what to do!
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