You guys! I am so excited!
We did it! There is no more carpet in our bedroom and I cannot even formulate a sentence enthusiastic enough to tell you how thrilled I am. I do a little happy dance every single time I walk into my room and see the clean, beautiful flooring and I can’t get over what a big difference it makes. The room looks and feels about a gazillion times cleaner, it smells better (dogs + carpet = ew), and the room even feels cooler and less humid. Basically, my bedroom is a whole new world and I am beyond happy with it.
As a reminder, here’s what we were working with before (I had a hard time actually finding a photo that showed the carpet…I used to carefully crop it out of every photo!):
But now, I don’t have to hide my floor anymore!
I’ve talked a lot in the past about this vinyl plank flooring and how much we love it so I won’t go into too many details again, but I will tell you that we, once again, can’t get enough of this stuff. It’s affordable (less than $1 per square foot), easy to install (I did the whole room alone), and incredibly durable (we have a toddler and two dogs – enough said). You can find the flooring we used here, and no they aren’t paying me to talk about it – I’m just that dang excited about this amazing flooring and how much of a difference it has made in our home.
We also went ahead and tackled the hallway (it’s between Jackson’s room, which already had the flooring, and ours so we kind of had to) and that was slightly less fun. I’m still suffering from a little post-traumatic stress related to how awful the whole thing was, so I won’t go into all of the details but suffice it to say I think the builders were drunk when they laid the subflooring for our hallway and it caused all sorts of problems for us. I’d share how we fixed them but frankly, we’re fully aware that how we addressed it wasn’t the “right” way to do it, and it looks less than perfect in the end, so I’m definitely not qualified to advise anyone on how to fix the issue. If you run into similar problems when you’re installing new flooring, my best advice would be to just burn the house down.
Anyways. Let’s stare at my new floor a bit more, shall we?
As you can see, we replaced the baseboards while we were at it, and I’m more than a little swoony over them. We still haven’t gotten around to reinstalling baseboards downstairs (I joke that we’re procrastinating, but in reality we’re waiting until we do the kitchen flooring so we can replace all of the baseboards at once), but I told Corey that if we were going to do the floor in our room we were going to also do the baseboards right away. It took about two days of work (one day to install them and one to caulk + paint them), and while it’s totally exhausting and tedious, it makes a major difference in the end product.
One of my favorite things about the whole project was that it meant we finally painted all of the doors upstairs – all of the trim and doors in our house are (were!) a creamy, off-white and it just looked dirty all of the time. It’s too subtle of a change to really be able to capture well in photos, but having all of the trim and doors painted white makes everything feel significantly brighter and cleaner!
We’ve already got a new rug for the room, and I’ll share some photos of that later this week – I just had to show you the pretty floor in all of its glory before I covered it up! This was one of the last major changes that this room really needed. I’ve got a lot of little projects up my sleeves over the next couple of months (like tweaking our nightstands a bit, adding new lamps, and adding a gallery wall above the dresser), and we still want to buy some chairs to create a seating area in the corner, but as a whole, this room is finally starting to come together. Finally!