Monday, October 21, 2013

Before and After // Our DIY Flooring Makeover


DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that a few weeks ago, Robbie and I undertook our most involved DIY project to date: replacing our flooring.  I'm not sure if it's because we're in nesting mode or just the fact that we were getting really tired of the old, dingy beige carpeting (which had badly buckled over time), but we decided that we absolutely had to have new floors throughout the downstairs, stat.  We went back and forth between real hardwood and laminate, but in the end, decided that laminate would be a better investment.  With a new baby making messes and the fact that good laminate flooring tends to last longer with considerably less upkeep (not to mention a lower cost), it just made sense.  After a whole lot of indecisiveness, we ended up choosing a rustic, wide-plank hickory from an eco-friendly collection.

DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean
DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean
DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean

We live in a townhouse (and it's not very big), so the square footage seemed doable price-wise for the downstairs.  But we knew that to really save money, we'd still need to do it ourselves.  We were very lucky in that a good friend of ours works for a wood flooring company and was able to offer us a deal on pricing on high quality laminate. Thankfully, this same friend offered to help us install it.  And thank goodness he did, because it ended up being a much bigger project than we anticipated. (You rock Chris!  Thank you a million times!)


The main reason that the project turned nightmarish was the absolutely backwards way that the linoleum tiles in the kitchen and hallways had been put down.  It took two straight days of nonstop work for Robbie to pull them up.  It was also an interesting experience to have to work around the big pieces of furniture.  There just wasn't anywhere for them to go in the meantime, so we just pushed them away from the areas where we worked and pushed them back later.  (I need to interject here before I go any further and confess that aside from moving lightweight things around, sweeping, discarding old flooring, and painting baseboards, I didn't contribute much.  I tried you guys, I really did.  But sitting scrunched up on the floor and constantly getting up and down is harder than it looks when you're an awkward 6.5 months pregnant, which I was at the time.)  Fortunately, once the tile and top layer of sub-floor underneath it were finally removed, things started to move more quickly.

We initially got all cocky (oh the naivety) and proclaimed that our new floors would be completely finished in 24 hours.  Yeah, that didn't happen.  From start to finish, including tearing up all of the old flooring, laying the new flooring, adding in all of the trim, and repainting the baseboards, it took a week.  Thankfully Robbie was off the road and able to spend time on it everyday, or we would have lived in a serious construction zone for at least a month.

DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean
DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean
DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean
DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean
DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean

In the end, installing new flooring was absolutely worth the time and effort involved.  Our house looks transformed, and the look is so much more our style than the carpet and tiles that had previously been there.  We learned some lessons the hard way, but we both agreed that we'd do it again.  We are both very DIY-minded, and although in between swearing and yelling throughout the course of the project we may have repeatedly announced that we should have hired someone to do it for us, we're so glad that we chose to do it ourselves.  If you're considering putting in wood or laminate floors and own or can borrow the right tools (we mainly borrowed and it worked out great), I highly recommend installing yourself.  You'll save so much money, and it feels like such an accomplishment to see the results of your work after you're all done.

DIY Wood Flooring Makeover // Bubby and Bean

Now I can't stop focusing on much I dislike and want to replace our current couch.  Sigh.  Never satisfied...  Have any of you installed new flooring yourselves?  Or done any other DIY home renovations recently?

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30 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous transformation!! Good for you guys for doing it yourselves too. We are hoping to do flooring in the next year or so... and I'm sure we'll be swearing up a storm too!! ;)

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  2. The flooring looks gorgeous now, Melissa!
    We installed laminate (also ourselves) in two rooms a few years back, but it was possible to lay it directly on the short pile carpet, so thankfully much less mess ;-)

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  3. The new floors look great! Bonus points for doing it yourself too!
    Flooring is one of the most expensive things I've bought for my new studio so far! We went cheap where we could, but I wanted a nice floor that would last for years. I chose a similar laminate flooring as well.

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  4. Wow your new flooring turned out just beautifully! I really like the one you picked! Looks like a stressful process, I am glad you guys got through it alright!

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  5. Looks beautiful! You guys did an amazing job! I need to replace the ceramic tile in our living room but every time I think of it I get overwhelmed both with the size of the project and the cost involved. I think I just need to suck it up!

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  6. wow..molto meglio con il parquette!!

    Noemi

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  7. I love the new flooring! We've wanted to get rid of our carpet for years, but we just haven't done it yet. When we DO, I think I'll go with laminate instead of real wood. It looks just as great.

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  8. It looks great! I absolutely hate carpeting. Once I get out of apartment dwelling and get my own home, you can bet I'll be saying goodbye carpet! Haha. :)

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  9. The new floors look great, but I thought you rented? I guess any landlord would be cool with an upgrade like this, especially if you pay for it yourself and do the work! Kudos to Robbie and Chris - great job! :)

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    1. We did, but now we're planning to buy it. Everything changes when you have a baby on the way. :)

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  10. This is an amazing transformation and sooooo awesome that you did it yourselves, I'm sure it was a huge money saver and it looks perfect!!! I have carpet in my apartment but I would for sure get laminate wood if we switched. I love your decor and paint too!!!!

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  11. I love it! We have the ugliest lanolieum ever! we've been thinking about DYI-ing the floor but we're kinda scared, how much did the entire project cost if you don't mind me asking?

    Thanks,

    Ilse

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  12. Hi Ilse, the total cost really depends on the square footage of your place. We were really lucky because we were able to get close to wholesale pricing on the flooring, and were able to borrow the tools we needed instead of renting them. We also paid our friend to help, but it was still substantially lower (less than half price) than what we would have paid if we'd orders it and had it installed. Sometimes you can find really great deals at Home Depot and Lowes too. Initially, we almost went for a clearance laminate at Lowes that was only 99 cents a square foot! I'd recommend checking out sales at places like that if you can. It doesn't have to be an expensive project. :)

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  13. Wow, gorgeous! The floor is beautiful and I'm smitten with your decorating style, I love all of the black furniture and accent paint against the white! It looks fabulous with your floor. Great work!

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  14. That looks SO good. It almost looks like a totally different place even though everything else is the same. Isn't it great when the projects are worth the time?! Good job!

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  15. Wow your flooring looks so great (I love your fire place) and I LOVE your Halloween decorations! I have just moved into a house with my friend at uni and we are having a Halloween party so I am determined to make the place look festive! :)

    Cool post :)

    Hailes<3

    Hailes Hearts Fashion.

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  16. Wow, it looks absolutely AMAZING! Great work!

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  17. I LOVE it! It looks amazing. Well worth the effort!

    Christen
    http://christenlouise.blogspot.com

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  18. IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!!! SUCH A DIFFERENCE!!!!!
    xo

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  19. Looks AWESOME! I love it girl :)

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  20. Thank you for your comments you guys! I'm so glad you all think it looks better too. :) xo, m

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  21. Wow! what a wonderful transformation!

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  22. Great job! Love the colour of the new floor. And I like the colours on the walls. I need to do some floorchanging, but I'm dreading the mess it will make.

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  23. LOVE. IT. Seriously, it elevates the look of the entire space, and that's all you changed! The power of the right flooring, amirite?

    I know what you mean about never being satisfied, though. Every time I change something in a room I start to wonder about something else. Drives my husband crazy. :-)

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  24. The new flooring totally transforms the space! You will be so thankful to be able to just wipe up spills with a paper towel vs trying to soak it up out of carpet. And with a baby on the way, you will be doing that a lot! So, about the couch, I would hold off on a new one unless you want milk and other baby related stains on it. I speak from experience ;)

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  25. its amazing how great it looks after the change. i love how it brightens up the room! so happy for this awesome new space in your house.

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  26. I'm not a big carpet person so I absolutely love the change! It looks fantastic and warms the room up.

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com
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  27. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your new floors looks so great!!!

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  28. Thats looks awesome, like made for an IKEA catalogue^^

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  29. holy awesome & lots of work! my guy is mr. do it himself. he's done linoleum, replaced carpet, and he's peeled up old carpet, sanded, and finished hardwood floors that were underneath it.

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