Friday, January 16, 2015

a new bedroom floor

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
I'm over the moon excited about this finish. You guys! Over the last week and a half, I installed a new laminate floor in my bedroom! With my own two hands! And with the help of power tools, of course! Ha!
I have never laid a laminate floor before, but last Tuesday, while I was hand binding a quilt (of course, right?) I watched a handful of you tube videos and worked up the courage to give it a shot. My husband was very impressed and encouraged me to keep going. That made all the difference in the world! Last night, with my kids and husband cheering me on, I laid the final piece. They are the best! My husband is thrilled that there is one thing less on his massive to do list! I'm thrilled to be one step closer to moving back into my room.  :)
This room has been a work in progress for a long time! Last January, we bought paint for the walls. Throughout the spring I worked on painting the trim white. On Memorial Day weekend, we moved our bedroom (temporarily, ahem) downstairs. In October, I painted the walls. In December we ripped out the carpet and bought the flooring. Nothing is ever quick! We still have a ways to go to completely finish the room (trim, curtains, doors, hardware etc.), but we are finally getting there! The floor being finished is a HUGE piece of the puzzle.
A few specifics:
 
The flooring is glueless laminate in Distressed Brown Hickory from the Home Depot.
 
The wall color is my own special concoction. (Figures, doesn't it?) I had a lovely gray color custom mixed, then decided it was too dark, so I mixed in a gallon of white paint. My husband was sweating bullets, but I think it worked out perfectly in the end! So, no specifics on that, I'm sorry to say.
 
If you haven't entered the Liberty giveaway, there is still time! I plan to pick a winner tomorrow.
 
Ok. That's it for me this week! Now it's your turn. Please link up your finishes! Thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday!
 


68 comments:

Melissa Corry said...

Wow!!! I am so impressed that you laid your own floor!!! What an accomplishment. You rock!!

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh -- you ARE crazy!!! What a finish -- a fantastic finish at that. It looks awesome CrazyMom -- you're amazing!!!

Mari said...

Oh my gosh, what an accomplishment! Your own floor. I'm so impressed! (And I love the socks!)

Sue @ Quilting the Green Star said...

I can't believe you did all by yourself and did the quilt binding too! Very impressive!!

beth s said...

now THAT is something to BRAG about!! Wowsers!

piecemakerquilts said...

You constantly amaze me - do you have much background with power tools ? was it difficult ? I would like to do this too - I live in a very old farm house that really needs some help but my husband is always busy with the farm.

Patti said...

Your floor looks great! And not that much of a departure from quilting. Just a different medium, lol! Kudos to you for taking it on and getting the job done.

amy said...

Those are stunning!! Good for you :)

Rebecca said...

Wow, it's beautiful!

Terry Johnson said...

Love your new floor and congrats on doing it yourself.

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Oh my gosh, that is fabulous! I often browse that Anna White site that does all the pottery barn knock offs and wish I had skills as my husband does not have the time or interest for all my crazy ideas! Enjoy your accomplishment and good luck with the rest of your project!

Di~ said...

Wow! and it's beautiful. Nice goin'

Terri said...

Wowza, this is a fantastic finish! You rock, my friend! I really want a laminate floor in our kitchen. Wanna come over sometime? ;) So proud of you!!!

Sharon said...

Is there anything that you can't do??? You totally amaze me from one week to the next.

the momma said...

I am so proud of you!!!! That was a lot of up and down, to the saw and the floor....

Enjoy!
Tracy

Nana said...

Great accomplishment! Love the floors! Hub and I start house reno-projects that take years too. It will come together.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I'm impressed! it is amazing what we can do when we set our minds to it - my daughter just finished the downstairs of her house with close to the same kind of flooring.

Dirinda Skelton said...

You did a great job Amanda! Floor looks great.

SewSewJenner said...

What a sense of self accomplishment you must have! Great to have supportive cheerleaders too!

Needle and Foot said...

I am speechless! That is such an accomplishment. You must be very proud and rightfully so. Go Amanda!! (so, what is it that you can't do???)

:-)

Deanna McNay said...

We put in a laminate floor in our home a few years ago. I was amazed at how well and how quick it went in.

You did a great job and it looks absolutely lovely!

Thanks for sharing!

Heidi Grohs said...

I So understand your excitement! I was so proud of my husband and I putting down the floor in my studio!!!

Congrats and enjoy!!!!!

Pieces of Cotton said...

What a beautiful floor! I can't believe you installed it yourself. I'm sure you heard all about laminate before you bought, but we bought ours about 8 years ago and it still looks brand new, after a good mopping of course:) We have a child and too many pets - carpets would have been ruined in a month. I'm very happy with my floors and I'm sure you will be too.

Lorna McMahon said...

You go, girl! The floor looks fabulous. This will be so easy to keep clean! Nice work!

mimi'sdarlins said...

Wow, great job on the floor and congrats, it's beautiful! I created my bedroom wall color just as you did, kept adding white until the pale topaz was the precise shade I wanted. I hope your room is finished...a lot of work but so worth it in the end :)

Alli said...

Woooow, that's so impressive! :)

Paula said...

Wow that's amazing! Great work!

Linda said...

That has to be the prettiest laminate floor I've seen. Go Home Depot! If I had done all that squatting and bending, I would be done in. :)

SuperMomNoCape said...

Isn't youtube the best resource for learning how to do things. Your floor turned out beautiful!! And you not only accomplished that by yourself but you also showed your children that a person can do so many more things for themselves than they might at first think. So give yourself a pat on the back for being a great mother/role model too!

Lyndsey said...

I'm really impressed with your floor. I want to lay a floor in the bedroom that will become the guest / sewing room. My husband and son are moaning about me adding jobs to the very long list so i think I'll follow your example and learn the method from YouTube to do it myself.

a maidenhair fern said...

Wow. Just wow. I do have to say that these home projects are very similar to quilting. (so I learned last year while tiling a kitchen back splash). cutting up squares and putting them back together again. How fun for you!! your floor looks beautiful.

Little Penpen said...

OMG!! I am TOTALLY impressed. I wish I had the nerve to try it!

A Nudge said...

Congratulations, it turned out great, Amanda! So love the color you picked.

Janine said...

Congratulations! This is a great finish and it looks fab :)

mama dub said...

Fantastic! The floor looks great.

Jennifer C. said...

That's fantastic! I used to do more DIY but I get so nervous now that I will mess it up that we end up paying (a lot) for someone else to do it. Little toddler person puts the brakes on things, too, of course.

tink's mom said...

I believe that this wins the finish of the week award. Congratulations, it looks wonderful.

charlotte said...

Great job on the floor. I have done a couple of rooms of this. Not too bad once you take the first step and get started, right? Looks great!

Lisa said...

Your floor is lovely - the floor colour with the beautiful grey wall colour is divine. So restful and classic. Enjoy!

Angela Atkins said...

It looks great! Would that type of flooring work in a kitchen, or would the potential water damage it? We have wood floors most everywhere else so adding a laminate may look weird, but it does seem more forgiving (and maybe less prep?)than ceramic.

Penny Olive said...

Congratulations on your new floor! I would love to do that but am afraid to tackle the project. I am sure your husband thinks it's really cool that you did the floor yourself. Great finish for 2015!

nancy said...

Wow, just wow!!! Is there anything you can't do? Girl, I am in awe of all your skills and bow down to you in all sincerity. Beautiful job, you should be proud!

Anina said...

So cool! I love laminate. It can withstand almost anything.
Love your socks!

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

Beautiful flooring finish! We laid laminate flooring ourselves a couple years ago, and I LOVE it! Nice work, especially tackling the job yourself!

mypiecedlife.com said...

Love your new flooring!! You know that you are an adult when you get excited to have new flooring.

Suzanne said...

you just raised the monicker Suzie Homemaker to a new level.

Jana Machado said...

Awsome! Something I'd never think I could do. But, now seeing your wonderful work, why not even consider doing it some day?

Judy said...

What a Fantastic job you did and the cord are Awesome!!! Great idea to add the white. Lovely place for your Master.

Sigi G said...

Wow - I'm so impressed. Love the design and floor color you picked out.

Judy said...

Congrats! And doing it yourself makes it that much sweeter :-)

Liz said...

Wow, what an accomplishment...and the new floor looks beautiful!

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Hollie @ Just a Mom who Sews said...

Laying your own floor, that's impressive! We have been slowly remodeling our home. We found it's so much more satisfying to do it ourselves then just hiring it out. Hope the rest of the remodel goes just as good! and quickly!

Anna said...

woot woot! new floor!

Rebecca Grace said...

Your floor looks awesome and I am SO IMPRESSED that you did it all yourself!!! Congratulations!

Patti said...

Gorgeous floor! You go girl!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your floor is beautiful! What a pretty color! I'm so impressed that you oaid it yourself. We kaid a floor like this in our kitchen and dining room a out 10 years ago, and I "helped!" LOL!

Terri Ann said...

Super high-five to you for taking initiative and just doing it. It's hard to do something for the first time cause there's a high chance of failure but if you do your research and take your time you're bound to have a higher chance of success. hope you are able to move back into you room soon through!!

hoptownracer1 said...

You did a fabulous job! Love your floor and walls! Such a pretty floor!!!

Helen in the UK said...

HUGE CONGRATS on laying the new floor. Having just helped my DH lay laminate floor in our small 'box' room, I know it is not an easy job. Looking great :)

whatknotgirls crafts said...

The floor looks wonderful! Amazing skills you have there.

house on hill road said...

you go, girl! i'm so impressed!

Diane Beavers said...

AmandaJean, You are such a go getter! Proud of you for accomplishing and installing flooring. It's a nice compliment to the pink Argyle socks:)
bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

KathleenD said...

What a HUGE accomplishment! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hope your renovation moves along quickly now!

Laikabear said...

I am very impressed with your floor-laying skills! :)

Patti said...

I have that exact floor in my sewing studio!! LOVE IT!!!!!

leanne said...

girl of many talents !! love the colour of the floor - hope you can move back in soon :)

amy smart said...

I am totally impressed with this Amandajean! You're amazing. I totally drag my feet when it comes to even starting house projects. We finally bit the bullet to redo our kitchen/family room and We've been working it since before Halloween, so I totally get how it drags on! lol. But I'm starting to see the real progress and the house is slowly getting put back together and it has been SO worth it! I feel like a real grown-up now. :)