I’ve been anticipating writing this post since the moment we stepped foot inside our home. To be honest, I’m writing it way sooner than I thought I would, and yet, it seems like it’s taken ages to get here. In any case, I’m thrilled and overwhelmed to share our news with you…
We’re replacing all the floors in our house!
Can you even? I can’t.
If you’ve been here for any amount of time, you know how much I’ve struggled with the wall-to-wall, dark brown carpeting, mottled brown tile, and 30-year-old shag carpeting in our home. But, I’ve made the best of it and haven’t let it stop me from making my home beautiful and inviting just the way it is. I even wrote a blog post about How to Design Around Carpet because I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way.
And in case you’re wondering why we didn’t replace the flooring sooner, it’s because upon moving in, we discovered that the roof was leaking, the AC and furnace were on their last leg, and the girls’ upstairs bathroom needed to be addressed for safety reasons…all to the tune of what it would have cost us to put in new wood or luxury vinyl floors. We now know that this is just the reality with older homes, but we were clueless when we moved in.
Now that we’re at this point though, I have to say I’m grateful for the last two years of waiting. They have been very humbling and grounding for me personally. I’ve had to be intentional about thanking God for His provision of this beautiful home rather than complaining that the home He blessed us with didn’t have the floors I wanted. Being forced to wait has produced gratitude and re-centered my focus on the things that matter in light of eternity…and it isn’t flooring. Even still, I’m so excited about this change!
I mean, the carpet and brown tile are literally everywhere in our home.
We are partnering with Karndean Design Flooring and having luxury vinyl installed everywhere except the powder room, laundry room, bedrooms and bathrooms. It’s a huge undertaking, so we’ll have it professionally installed at the end of July to ensure it’s done before the school year starts.
But wait, there’s more…
Before the flooring can be installed, several projects must be completed:
- remove the family room corner fireplace (hallelujah)
- install built-ins in the family room
- even out the walls of our hallway and add a door to the laundry area
- address the fireplace in the formal living room
- add windows to either side of that same fireplace
Whew! It’s a lot to think about and do in a very short amount of time, but you guys…this is happening! I’ve worked so hard on the second floor of our home for the past two years, and now all of the sudden, things are coming together for the first floor, and I’m just over the moon.
I’ll discuss why we chose LVP over engineered hardwood in a future blog post, but for now, I thought you might like to see what we chose.
When Karndean sent me the first few samples, I thought for sure we would go with the one on the right, which is Warm Brushed Oak. However, once Jeff brought home the sample on the left, called French Oak, I knew it was the one. Let me explain.
I have always wanted floors that were both light and cheery but warm and full of depth. Ideally, I’d love to have wide-plank, warm, white oak wood floors like the ones used by the incomparable Jean Stoffer (her work pictured below). But since we are going with LVP (by choice), this is the closest I can get to that look.
It’s hard to convey with a camera how authentic these floors look, but trust me when I say, they’re perfect.
I love how much character these planks have and how they don’t fall flat or look super modern like a lot of the other LVP options I’ve seen.
After I chose this color, I started doubting myself. But then I remembered the moment Jeff showed me the large-scale sample…I gasped and said, “That’s it!” I have to keep going back to that moment because I knew it was THE one as soon as I saw it. I still occasionally freak out and doubt my decision, (mainly because the large sample isn’t in front of me anymore) but I just keep going back to my initial reaction to seeing the French Oak floors and revisiting these pictures I took.
I’m certain I’ll love them.
This is the most accurate picture of the color and variation in Karndean’s French Oak LVP.
I can just envision it everywhere in our home, including next to the reading nook, which currently has 30-year-old shag carpeting up against it with no baseboards. No more strategic cropping of this space!
Even Annie took to the floors right away!
So that’s the big news.
There are so many projects that are about to commence in our home, and I can’t wait to take you along. I also can’t wait to rip out carpet, bust up the fireplace, and make changes I’ve been dreaming about for over two years. I know that’s not a very long time compared to how long a lot of homeowners wait to make changes, but with three animals and a house full of carpet, two years has felt like ten.
What’s the longest you’ve ever had to wait to make changes in your home? Tell me in the comments below, and stay tuned…
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