Remember when I told you about this amazing deal on flooring I scored? If you’re new, that post covers the reasons we went with laminate and the amazing price we got it for from Lumber Liquidators. Let’s just say that it cost less than a mounted microwave. With NO compromise on quality.
Laying laminate flooring is so easy a 5 month pregnant lady on bed rest could do it. A literal statement.
Each box of flooring had a diagram of instructions in like manner to IKEA. Aka, no words. It’s pretty straight forward.
Okay. The biggest thing to be learned from the steps is to make sure to put a doormat down. You never know when the destruction of ghost feet will find you (as referenced in step 19).
We bought a flooring installation kit for about $15 and I highly recommend you do the same for your flooring installation.
The spacers go around the edges of the room. Don’t be worried about gaps. Your baseboards cover that.
It’s a pretty ingenious idea from IKEA to have the toe-kicks snap on and off. We ran the flooring under the cabinets and were able to just snap the toe-kicks back on and it looked AMAZING!
The picture below shows the underlayment we used. It’s called Traffic Master, and I picked it up at Home Depot. I bought 600 sq ft for $28 total. Which is a heck of a lot cheaper than Lumber Liquidators wanted to charge for underlayment. They wanted to charge $0.40 sq ft. Almost as much as the flooring itself. So keep that in mind when pricing flooring.
When you start a new row, cut a random length, so you get a lovely staggered look.
The next piece snaps to the previous row nicely, but it’s almost impossible to avoid a gap between the next-door neighbor piece.
Which is where THIS GUY comes in handy. Beat it with a hammer a couple times and…
BAM. No gap. Pretty sure this method crossed my mom’s mind a few time when considering braces for us children.
For the odd shaped pieces that needed to be cut (like for vent holes) we used a jig saw. It was pretty simple!
Having the same flooring run throughout is like the day I realized wearing make up shouldn’t look like you’re wearing make up. Bye bye white eye liner.
And to remember how bad that metaphoric white eye liner really was:
-Build new fence (in progress)
-Baseboards + board & batten (supplies purchased)
-**newly added to the list** build new banister (supplies purchased)
Counter top install (done but you haven’t seen it yet, unless you creep on Instagram)
-Back splash (supplies purchased… did you weigh in on the opinion-fest on Facebook?)
We are getting close to being done. Our new furniture has been arriving. We have all the rest of the materials purchased, so we are ready to buckle down and get it done!