We invited people over to watch the football game and they are all currently enthralled with the screen. Me? Not so much. So, after making an AMAZING loaded bake potato dip I found on Pinterest, I am sitting down to finally post the pictures from our floor re-do's in November.
Every year, we host the Christmas Party for my work and so I knew if we were going to re-do the floors, we needed to do it before the party. At the end of November, we ripped out all the carpets and put in a laminate. It took Mr. Howard and my brother two full days to finish the floors and then Mr. Howard several more hours to finish the trim and transition pieces around the house.
First, Mr. Howard and I spent several hours and lots of date nights, back in October and November, trying to figure out what flooring we wanted to do. We debated between wood tile, tile, hardwood, and laminate. In the end, we went with a laminate because we felt like it would be the most durable (with three kids and two dogs!) and easiest to install (I knew if we did tile - we'd almost need to move out for the weekend- because there's no way the kids would stay off of it for 24 hours, so it could set). We went with Saratoga Hickory handscraped 8in wide planks and I really love it!
Becca and I spent two separate evenings, after the kids went to bed, pulling all the nail-strips off the floor. It didn't take us that long once we got a system, but it was exhausting being on our knees on the concrete for a couple hours.
Can you see the piles and piles of flooring in the background?
When they got close to being done, it was so exciting! I don't do well with a mess, so I was thankful that it was only two days of a little bit of chaos:
The first night the flooring was in, we had a big dance party. The kids loved putting socks on and slipping and sliding around the floors. Heck! I loved it too! Aunt Becca was making us a delicious soup while the kids and I danced for a while!
Here are some photos of the downstairs I took right before our Christmas Party. We did not remove the tile in our kitchen area or the carpet in our guest bedroom, but everything else got replaced!