We are SO very very very excited to show you our new floors today!
Like super-duper-crazy-bouncing-off-the-walls-thrilled-to-share-a-million-photos excited!
They are so pretty!
After perusing all the choices at Lumber Liquidators, Dean and I settled on their Kensington Manor 12mm Sandy Hills Hickory Laminate based on this photo:
Yup, we picked our floors from a photo online. Gasp!
We actually went into our local store to see it in person after we found it online, but as luck would have it, they didn't have it at a location near us. But they told us we could order it in from another warehouse and if we didn't like it it was no big deal.
Fabulous customer service.
Obviously we went ahead and ordered it!
When our flooring arrived, Dean rented a cargo van (we drive a Civic – we rent a cargo van a couple of times a year for things like this) and went and picked it all up. The moment I saw it in real life, I was smitten.
Afterall, this was what we had been living with BEFORE #projectlaminate!
Orange. Orange. Orange.
Not just orange, UGLY too!
Sidenote: For those of you who may be appalled that we covered hardwood (even parquet) with laminate, yes, we could have stripped down the parquet and refinished it in a darker stain. I'm sure it would have looked lovely. But Dean and I had two problems with that option: parquet is notorious for loose pieces (something Dean didn't want to deal with forever) and there would have been scads of dust and mess in refinishing all that parquet (something I didn't want to deal with even temporarily).
Besides we would have missed out on all the gorgeous hand-scraped goodness of the new laminate!
Being that it's laminate and not hardwood, obviously it's not actually hand-scraped. But man, it looks AND FEELS textured!
And at 12mm plus an attached 3mm underpad – it's nice and thick!
I'll let some beauty shots do the talking for a minute…try not to drool on your keyboard whilst you look.
I adore how the floor just continues on from the living room into the dining room…
Just look at the nice WHITE baseboard too! Totally makes the laminate go “pop”!
We even dared to put laminate in the kitchen!!!
We'll keep you posted on how it wears.
I was totally worried about how we'd handle the stairs and railings, but Dean worked his magic while I was at a conference one Saturday and now we have this:
Uh-Mazing, yes? (Dean and the floors!)
We honestly can't say enough good things about these floors and Lumber Liquidators. The compliments we've received in person from friends, family and visitors have been too numerous to count.
How about you, do you love the new floors? Or were you sad to see the parquet go? (Btw, if you answer yes to that last question, I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. Just sayin'.) Do you have flooring you love? Or are you still dreaming of your perfect floor?
P.S. A how-to install laminate post is coming really soon. I just have to pin Dean down long enough to explain it to me so I can explain it to you!
*Disclosure: Lumber Liquidators generously gave us flooring in exchange for posting about their awesomeness. They did not tell us what flooring to choose or what to say. We were quite pleased with our LL flooring in our last house (that we PURCHASED) and are over-the-moon thrilled about our new Lumber Liquidators flooring in this house. We trust you all know by now that we wouldn't post about or recommend anything we don't love.