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Flooring Remodel

I had been dreaming for years to rip up the carpet and replace with laminate, hardwood or something similar. The carpet was 30+ years old and was looking pitiful. Years of foot traffic, kids and dogs had reeked havoc on it. It was time to go!

Living Room

Living Room


Dining Room


John took a week off from work and we got started ripping up the carpet and foam. Our living room, dining room and kitchen is one big great room shaped like an L, with the kitchen and dining room on the long part and the living room on the short end.

Living Room

Getting started in the Living Room

McKayla enjoyed helping. She'd pull the carpet back for us, bring us the dust ban and broom or anything else we needed. I think her favorite was helping paint the baseboards. :-)

McKayla helping in the Living Room
 We're showing off our white hands from painting
the baseboards.

As with all projects, especially large scale, we hit a few snafus. Rain made it difficult to cut boards. We hit a brief snag in the kitchen when we discovered the flooring was raised on an extra layer of plywood to make the linoleum even with the carpeting. Unfortunately, that flooring went underneath the cabinets, and we weren't too keen on removing them, so we just cut around the island, resulting in the cabinets and fridge being raised an inch or so higher than the rest of the floor. We put molding around the raised edges and it actually gives a small visual "difference" between the rooms.

Looking in the kitchen from dining room.

Looking in kitchen from living room.

I am very pleased with the results. It has greatly improved the overall look (I think so) of the house, making it look newer and shinier.

Living Room
Living Room
Dining Room


Next project is replacing the carpet and flooring in the bedrooms and bathrooms and painting them. Then, I want to start on the unfinished basement, but that's for another post. ;-)


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