Drumroll, please! We have hardwood floors!
This project has been a long time comin’ and to say we’re ecstatic would be an understatement. We actually purchased the flooring back in June, and it’s just been collecting dust (drywall dust, red brick dust, normal dust, etc.) ever since. We had a good reason to buy it at the time…Menards was holding one of their 11% rebate sales! We didn’t want to gamble on waiting — either for the sale to happen again (which, yes, they always do!) or more importantly, for the style/color that we fell so madly in love with to no longer be available. That was a risk we were not willing to take!
We had many projects to finish before we were ready to install the flooring: building the stairs and built-in cabinet, wiring recessed lighting, and installing + painting a ceiling. Once that last coat of paint went on the ceiling, we jumped right into the hardwood floor installation.
Because the flooring was going directly onto the foundation of the house, we needed a floating style of hardwood. We used the Strandwoven Antique Bamboo Engineered Hardwood Flooring. We feel like it was made for our home and the design vibe we’re trying to achieve. It’s warm and cozy but it also feels very classic and timeless. (Side note: it actually matches Reyna perfectly…see below!) The floating and snap-together design meant that installation was a breeze. It took about 16 hours total, which honestly, isn’t long at all! Also, we used an underlayment for noise reduction and moisture prevention. We simply laid it down before adding the flooring.
We love how the flooring really connects the living room and kitchen, and the first floor feels more open now. We plan to use the hardwood floors on the stairs as well (don’t worry, we bought enough of the floor + all the stair nose pieces during the rebate sale!), with the risers painted the same white as our baseboards and trim. It’s going to look so great! (And don’t ask when we plan to finish the stairs…they’re functional at this point, and that was our main priority.)
This was such a great project to finish, though I use the term “finish” quite loosely. As you can see in the photos above, we still need to install baseboards and the transition pieces to the dining room, laundry room, and powder room. We haven’t finished painting yet either. We also need to figure out what we’re doing with that fireplace hood and hearth. We have some ideas and need to explore all our options. However, the flooring still feels so good! We love it.