We have Basement Floors!

Overall Memorial Day weekend we finally installed the floor in our basement.  If you’ve been around for a while, you know that this basement remodel took a bit more time than we initially attended. We finally have the walls done with planking we painted white (I owe you an update), molding around all the doors and windows, a painted ceiling AND crown molding (thanks Jim-the-contractor!), so the floors were really the last thing we had to do.

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We used the TrafficMaster Allure Hickory Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (describe on the box as “The Easiest Floor Ever!”). They have no idea who we are – we did some research about what floor we could install over the glue we couldn’t get off the cement, and found this. We special ordered it from Home Depot about a year ago and we have to agree that this floor was pretty darn easy! And affordable, which really counted in it’s favor for us. Look at us NOT overcapitalizing our house. 🙂

Overall, it took about 8 hours total to install our about 350 square feet of flooring.  The longest part was figuring out how to start (since NONE of our walls are square) and cutting the final little pieces around the doorways. Once we got into a rhythm the floor was definitely ridiculously easy to install!New Floor - Beginnings

Here we were about 30 minutes in (once we started laying the floors).

New Floor - 30 minutes in

And after about 60 minutes of putting planks down.

New Floor - 60 minutes in

This is where we found our rythm, so another 30 minutes allowed us to do pretty much the rest of the main room.

New Floor - 90 minutes inAt this point we took a break to have a late lunch with friends (this was about 4 hours in).  We found that working really hard in the morning and then doing something fun in the afternoon makes us happier and more likely to be productive on Sunday. This night, we came back from lunch, lounged around for a few hours, and then worked from 7 to 11 pm.

The final long stretch along our back wall took a while as each plank had to be cut in a different width, and one even had to be cut at an angle! Getting halfway down the hallway took about 2 more hours.  Here we are! The end is in sight.

New Floor - Finish Line Is In Sight

We made the turn and got most of the planks into the landing area. We realized we were going to have to make some complex cuts to finish the floor. Luckily we had to presence of mind to realize we were too tired to make these accurately, so we went to bed and saved the finishing touches for Sunday.

New Floor - Done for the night

It took a lot of patience (and a little bit of cussing) to finalize the last 2 rows of planks, but it was worth it! The floor looks awesome.

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We are so excited about the basement! And so is Penelope, even though the whole thing is like a giant slip and slide for her! We obviously still need baseboards, but the furniture is down there & it’s a functional space. I’m hoping we’ll get some art on the walls this weekend. I also need to order blinds ASAP so we can use the space as a guest room later this month.

Have you gotten any major projects checked off your “Get it done in 2015” list?

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Basement Floors

Sticking with the basement theme, I’m back today to talk about the floors.

This is Take Two (btw)! As you may recall, initially we wanted to use peel and stick plank flooring in the basement, but our inability to get the glue residue from the original sheet vinyl off the concrete foiled those plans.  We considered a few other options, but we really wanted the flooring to feel more cohesive in this home, so we were set on a dark wood look-a-like.

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We picked up the boxes from Home Depot and dropped them in the living room to acclimate while we finish the basement walls. This is a floating vinyl plank floor which we settled on after reading lots of reviews about this floor and others like it. We decided on the hickory finish, which appears closest to our exiting oak floors on the main level.

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The floors obviously won’t ever be directly next to one another, so it doesn’t have to be an exact match – just the same overall feel. The major difference will be that we have narrow planks upstairs and these planks are 6″ wide. (You can see our existing floors in the photo below).

Original Hardwood FloorsNow we just need to prime and patch the walls and door molding, paint the walls, hang the crown molding (?), and then we can lay the floors. Our goal is to have the basement DONE before Christmas.

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