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I am beyond thrilled because we are FINALLY putting in new floors.
I am not sure that most people get as excited about new floors but let me explain…
This is what my living room used to look like.
This carpet we installed in the living room when we moved in, that was 15 YEARS AGO!!!!
Plus, if I am being honest, I wasn’t crazy about it then. My husband picked it out…
This is what my entryway used to look like. That tile is 30 years old.
In fact, the main floor in my home was a patchwork of old floors. The living room with the 15-year old carpet, then the 30-year-old tile,
and then a different kind of tile in the kitchen. There was also 20-year old carpet in the family room and
this 30 years old carpet was on the stairs that went all the way upstairs. The carpet upstairs was so bad that I couldn’t even get it clean anymore…
With such crazy and dated flooring, it was getting very hard to photograph to share decorating ideas. It’s harder than you think to not include the floors in pictures. ;)
So needless to say, I’m thrilled and we love our new floors.
If you are thinking about updating your floors, I would definitely encourage it. It’s a lot of work but all the best things are. It changes the look and feel of your home instantly.
In this post, I’m going to talk about what we chose, why we chose it, and the steps it takes for you to DIY this yourself.
In future posts, I will be finishing each room as we go, I will either be re-decorating or touching things up in each room and I will be sharing the make-overs. This is going to be a fun year. My DIY heart can’t wait and I hope that you will join me for the adventure.
To get started, you need to tear out your old floors.
Everything needs to go, down to the subfloor, including the staples and glue unless you have laminate flooring and your floors are even. You will also need to rip out your baseboards and chip out the bottom of your door frames to make the floorboards fit.
Then, each level needs to be even, if it is not, add plywood or subfloor to make it even. We built up our living room and entryway to match our kitchen. You can see that under the floor here.
I would suggest purchasing a laminate floor installation kit. You can find one here. Measure the width of the room and the width of the planks. Cut the width of the first row to make the first and the last row even. Use the plastic wedges in the kit to space your new floors evenly from the wall. Floating, vinyl planks are not supposed to be glued down but they need to be evenly spaced from the wall and they need to have some wiggle room for flexibility when they are completed. We bought our floors from Castle Rock Interior Solutions LLC. in Orem, Utah. We decided to use Shaw® Resilient™ Foorte™ Fold n Tap™ Vinyl Flooring because it is so resistant, waterproof, and it looks a lot like real wood.
We chose it in style 500SA Largo HD Plus™ and color Novaro™ 00136 because we wanted a warm farmhouse look.
Use a miter saw and a jigsaw to cut the planks to the right shape and angles for your room. Make sure that you cut the planks so that the pieces that fit together always have their lips attached. The cut edges always need to be on the outside.
To save product, if you cut an edge off on one side of the room, you can always use the leftovers on the other side of the room.
If you have any weird angles or corners, use paper to trace a guide that you can use as a pattern to cut the planks.
Here is a great video from Shaw® that explains how to install vinyl plank flooring, specifically Shaw® Resilient™ Foorte™ Fold n Tap™ Vinyl Flooring.
Here are some similar flooring options and where to find them for your own projects: