Yay, I’m so excited to finally start sharing the big project we have been working on since Christmas over here! If you follow me on instagram then you know I decided to rip out all the carpet in our upstairs a few days before Christmas. Charlie our new puppy was going to be coming in a few weeks and it was time to get rid of the stained old carpet.
The Mr. was a huge help and we knocked out the old carpet in just a few days.
To make potty training (and my life in general) easier we decided laminate wood floor would be the way to go up here in the playroom. We have real hardwoods in our lower level and to be honest they just haven’t held up great with our kids, not to mention they were insanely expensive. We opted to go with laminate this time around because we have it in the kids rooms and it is so durable.
Now came the challenge of trying to match inexpensive laminate flooring to our crazy expensive hardwood hand scraped walnut. We wanted the laminate to run through our whole upstairs (minus the kids bedrooms since they already have white washed pine laminate in there) including our staircase so the two different floorings would be meeting at the bottom of the staircase which was a little nerve wracking.
I am so excited to partner with BuildDirect on this project – they provided me all the gorgeous flooring. BuildDirect is a such great site, because they have a gazillion different flooring options and the best part is they will ship you 5 samples for free overnight! I try to avoid taking my kiddos out home improvement shopping at all costs, so it was so nice to pick out different flooring samples right in my jammies from home and have them arrive the next day so I could compare. The new BuildDirect Home Marketplace connects you directly with the supplier keeping the cost under what you could find at your typical flooring store. I really couldn’t believe the price difference after shopping around a bit.
Their customer service is awesome too, they called me to make sure I received my samples and if I had any questions they could help me with. Once I made my decision and ordered my flooring it was all shipped right to my door.
I quickly narrowed it down to these two samples and you may be surprised, but I went with the lighter one!
It’s the Lamton Laminate White Dogwood. It’s actually a bit warmer and lighter toned than our hardwoods, but I hate how every little crumb shows up on our super dark hardwoods, so I wanted something a bit lighter. It still has the hand scraped look that our hardwoods have and weirdly even though it’s quite a bit lighter it matches the floor perfect where it meets up on the stairs – here sneak peek (don’t mind the Christmas decor in the pic, or the dirty floors – which just proves my point about how every crumb shows up!)
I can’t wait to share the rest of the house now that we are finally getting everything back to normal, but here are a few real life messy shots during installation.
I promise pretty after pics coming soon!