Floor It!

Like the Amazing Spiderman once said, “With new flooring, comes great responsibility.”

Do you know how overwhelming floor shopping is?!  There are SO many varieties available to consumers.  Hardwoods.  Engineered hardwoods.  Vinyl.  Laminate.  Bamboo.  Cork.  And one isn’t better than the other.  They all have pros.  They all have cons.  So what it comes down to, is what fits the best with your life and your budget.

With our kitchen renovation, we have had a couple goals in mind:

1. Don’t over customize the kitchen.

We want to be able to maintain re-sale value.  And that means not getting too specific with the design.  As much as I might want teal cabinets like Monica and Rachel, I’m sure the next family in our house won’t.

2. Don’t over update & over spend.

As much as I would love the highest end finishes of every little detail, I know that we are going to sell our house.  And when we do, I have to think about what the MAXIMUM value is we will get from our house based on the area.  And if we sink tons of money into a kitchen, will we see a return of those funds?  Does that make sense?  Meaning, if we paid for the highest end of wood floors, would we get that money back when we sell the house?  If not, is it really worth it since it isn’t our forever home?

I guess that means not installing the food replicator from Star Trek.  Shoot balls.

3. Make sure it is beautiful, regardless.

Okay.  So with those goals being stated, this falls under all 3, but mainly umbrella number 2.

We bought our floors on Saturday.  After learning about all the different products, we decided to go with a laminate.  Some people super hate laminate, because they think it’s “cheap.”  But honestly, it fits our needs, without over-spending during the renovation.  And it will definitely be an upgrade over the junk-fest floors we have now.

Have you ever noticed that the floors between the living room, dining room and hall way are all different shades of wood, in different directions?  It’s awful.  I guess I’ll have to actually take a picture and show you.

Laminate has a lot of benefits.  It is multi-layer synthetic, and incredibly durable.  It’s scratch resistant and virtually maintenance free.  And it still looks good.  It isn’t the cheap looking laminate from 20 years ago.  It is also one of the easiest floors to install.  It’s quite favorable to DIYers alike.

But I have saved the best part for last.

I found a beautiful floor for $0.49 per square foot!  Um.  I DARE you to find me a better deal than that.  Oh, what’s that you say?  You can’t?  Thought so.  Luckily, we bought them just in time.  Lumber Liquidators was completely sold out in all their local warehouses.

That means, we are re-flooring the living room, kitchen, dining room, and hallway for less than $400.  This is the character that will play the part of the GMM floor.

Donar Oak Laminate flooring


We were planning on going with something darker.  But you know, it shows so much dirt and dust and footprints.  I actually like this lighter color.  It’s very driftwood-esque.  I think it’ll be beautiful and help brighten things right up.

And that’s the saga of how we bought our new flooring this weekend.

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  • Michelle

    I like. A lot. I had laminate is part of our first house. It’s definitely not the laminate of the 90’s. Way to be smart and save those $$$!

    • Kenz

      Hey thanks! dolla bills dolla bills!

  • Bethany Kline

    That’s amazing that you got such an awesome price!! When do you start the install?

    • Kenz

      I know! I love the price so good! We kind of bought it really early. We didn’t want to lose the price. So it’s going to sit in the boxes for a little bit, because it is actually the last thing that will get installed. We won’t be doing it until the cabinets are all in. So… July.

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Laminate is so different than it used to be. I actually enjoy it!

    • Kenz

      It really is. It has come a long way in the past 20 years. I’ve been impressed with all my digging.

      • We have what I believe is laminate flooring upstairs that is probably 15 years old (hard to say since we bought the house in a short sale and have limited info from the previous owners) and it is TERRIBLE. it is covered in stains from little things like the cat throwing up at night and it not being cleaned up until the morning. Good to know today’s stuff is better.
        Luckily the whole downstairs is maple hardwood… now. there were four floors down there (maple, some weird red wood, ceramic tile in the kitchen and carpet in the bedroom and family). Well, we kept the ceramic tile. We got a great deal on the flooring and the install but for 500 square feet or so it was a LOT more than $400!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    I love the pattern in that flooring sample you chose. So pretty. We have laminate in part of our upstairs. The only disadvantage I have found over wood is if you drop a sharp edge into the floor and it chips. That has only happened once several years here though 🙂 And you can seal it with a bit of colored silicone. I can’t wait to see it installed!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! I had no idea about it chipping. I better threaten anyone who is holding something sharp!

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    I’m going to have a lot of questions for you on this 🙂 We’re thinking laminate for our basement…. may I assume you are installing it yourself?

    • Kenz

      We are definitely installing it ourselves 🙂 They say it works good in basements too. It’s really moisture resistant. They do suggest laying down a moisture barrier when you lay it on concrete. But those are pretty cheap.

  • Henriette

    Looks great 🙂 we have oak hardwood flooring in the living room, red wood-like laminate in the hallway and beige/yellow vinyl in the kitchen. I can see all three floors from where I sit now, looks horrible! Why choose some kind of red wood for the hallway, when its oak in the living room (and upstairs!). Crazy people.

    • Kenz

      haha! I know! It makes you wonder what in the world they were thinking. Or if they were legitimately blind.

  • Erin_D

    Ain’t nothing wrong with laminate! We’ve had laminate in our
    house for almost 2 years and it looks as gorgeous as the day we put it in. I
    just was at the house of some friends of ours who have lived in their brand-spanking-new house only since February and I already saw scratches on the bamboo flooring. They have four kids so you know more scratches are in their future. I refuse to be one of those people who let Pinterest and the hoity-toity bloggers tell me I need to do something expensive and impractical just so I can play in their sandbox. Phooey on that. I’m glad you stuck to your guns and did the practical thing. I admire that!

    • Kenz

      Amen Erin D! I too get really sick of Pinterest and hoity toity bloggers telling me what I need. Ain’t nobody got the money for that! I try to keep it as real as possible. We’re just a normal working family with a tight budget. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • ooh, pretty! We had laminate in our old house. I love our hardwoods now, but that laminate was SO practical. especially with kids and dogs. You could not hurt that stuff!

    • Kenz

      That is one of my favorite parts. It’s resilient to puppy feet!

  • andrea @ mykindaperfect.com

    oh, i love how that will look with the dark counter tops in the kitchen! i can’t wait for it all to come together! =)

    • Kenz

      Thanks Andrea! I am so excited to have a real finished kitchen again!

  • eranfaraway

    I luuuurve the color you chose. We put dark laminate in that remodel we worked on and it ALWAYS looked dusty. With all your friends and pups running around, I’m glad you have better sense than we did!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Erin! I’m really excited about it. I think it’ll hide the dirt. Lord knows I’m too lazy to sweep every day. I’m lucky if I even sweep once a week. Our floors would look horrible if we went dark.

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  • cbtaylo

    Can you install this Donar Oak laminate over tile?

    • CrowderSoup

      You can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Just make sure you use a good underlayment!

      • cbtaylo

        Thanks, I have a really old tile laid in my basement and I cannot really afford to have it ripped out, looking for a really inexpensive way to update the basement flooring and make sure its water-resistant flooring just in case water gets down there.

  • Bonnie

    Just found your post and love the floors (and they’re in our budget:). How have they held up? Thanks in advance for your time.

    • kenz

      Hi Bonnie! We actually sold our house, but we had the floors for just under a year before they moved, and they were still holding up really well!