We chose laminate over solid wood for two reasons: 1) price, and 2) durability. We had gorgeous Bellawood rustic red oak solid wood flooring in the old house, and paid a pretty penny for it for a tiny bit of square footage. It also dented and scratched pretty easily. We knew we wanted to replace the flooring in this house but did NOT want to spend over $10k to do so. We checked out the Pergo during a Lowe's sale after we had bought the house and took advantage of the $.89/sqft install deal the offered. We had almost 1000sqft of flooring installed...that's some serious square footage. I can attest to its durability...I dropped a heavy can not a half hour after the man had laid it down in the kitchen and not a dent or scratch. BUT if I ever do scratch or dent it, a Sharpie will take care of the evidence. Winning!
Hubs was very eager to get the furniture back into the house (movers put it in the barn for us) so as soon as he got home Thursday night, he nailed the base moldings back on (installer did a great job of getting the flooring as close to the walls as possible so we did not have to add quarter round to the base to hide the gap...just a couple of areas the gap barely shows but hidden by furniture) and we gave ourselves hernias moving the sleeper sectional, leather ottoman, media cabinet for the 55" tv and dining set back into the house. In 50mph winds. Fun.
Here are a few before and after photos...I have yet to get all of my decor items on the walls but there is still quite a marked change in what the house looked like when we bought it and now, with just paint, new flooring and our furniture of course.
Living room before (not my stuff in before photos by the way):
Living room after:
Dining room before:
Dining room after:
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After the flooring was put down, we knew the fridge was not going to fit under its cabinet again and that it would need to be taken down. Wow...not so easy! They were not only screwed to the bank of cabinets next to it and the wall (given) but also a metal strap had been stapled about 50 times to the BACK of it.
The damage...not visible unless one stands on a ladder
So I threw my upcycled white rooster and a vintage crate with bottles up on top to take up some of that dead space:
BIL came over last Friday and helped get the rest of the furniture into the house. I have yet to work on unpacking the office and bookshelf boxes upstairs yet... I decided to paint the last room in the house that will be touched with a paint brush (hopefully) until spring (well, maybe):
Sunroom after (one coat of paint):
It's feeling more like home every day...loving this Thumb life.