Sunday, September 5, 2010

Laying A Laminate Floor (In A Weekend)



OK....so here is what it looked like under the carpet. Sub-floor was LOADED with nails and staples. We had to pound in the nails that were sticking up and pull out every staple. I swear there were 100's! Next came cleaning the wood so it didn't have any specs of any residue on it. Once we did that, we covered the entire floor with plastic. (Not required but felt a need to do it.)


Surprisingly enough...the prep for the floor was much harder than laying it. Here we are, just started into it. My husband made the cuts with his power saw.

The flooring that we bought had the "pad" attached to the back of it. Therefore, all we needed to do was snap the pieces together. You have to leave approx. 1/4" at the wall edge so it doesn't buckle. Small spacers were placed around the edge of the room. They call this "floating a floor" because it is NOT glued down or attached to the sub-floor in any way.
There were times when I had to run downstairs and watch a YOUTUBE video so we would know what to do next. Figuring out how to measure to cut the end pieces was tricky.

After a good majority of the day spent, laying the floor, measuring and cutting. It's DONE! We only took a break for lunch. Off we went to Lowe's to get new molding since the stuff we took off gets ruined when you remove it. I wanted a little bit larger molding anyway. We bought 4" white vinyl. I prefer the look of white next to the floor instead of trying to match the wood color. I like the white accents in the room.
Thanks to my hubby for all his hard work!




   Yeah! One room down, one to go. We also plan to do the hall and bathroom. Kind of ambitious but we aren't in any rush. We will just take our time.
This room is 10 1/2 x 10 1/2. The flooring and supplies cost about $200. 2 Days of labor. This was our first attempt at doing anything like this and I am really happy with the way it came out.
 It was a lot of work but well worth the results.
Looking forward to going to get a yogurt at Yogurtland and kicking back.
I am so glad to have tomorrow off so I can do something a bit more fun! Happy Labor Day!                                                                                                                              

2 comments:

Melanie said...

You both did a wonderful job. It looks great!

Ginny said...

WOW! looks great and has me inspired to start on my to do/redo list : )
<3 Ginny

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