Bedroom project continues...
I agonized over the flooring.
Initially I purchased a red oak flooring (an engineered hardwood) because I got such an amazing deal on it (after an instant rebate, it was $1.75 per square foot).
Normally I'm not an oak fan, but this was beautiful.
Here's a photo off their website to show you the color.
The problem was I didn't initially understand the difference between a floating floor and a quick click.
The oak needed to be floated, and even the installation instructions recommended a professional installer.
It required gluing and clamping and too much time.
I finally decided it was too much of an imposition to ask my brother to undertake, so I returned it today.
Instead, I went to Simple Floors and I chose a laminate.
Laminate can be quick clicked, meaning it snaps together like puzzle pieces--no glue necessary.
So much easier.
I should have scanned all the sample colors I considered, but I've already taken the samples back now.
I considered dark woods, I considered laminates that included a pad on the back of each piece, I considered so many variations.
Again, each decision took me a lot of time.
I weighed out all the pros and cons.
So many choices was overwhelming.
Well, their sale ended today, so I figured it was now or never.
I chose "Surf Wood".
It's really cool because there are random color variations, making it look worn and bleached in places.
I like that--it feels more real.
detail from the sample (the color is very similar to cedar): Each piece is really thick, so no hollow sound like some other brands.
Each plank has beveled edges, so no flat fake look.
I usually love whorls and knots and texture, but sometimes in laminate it looks so painted.
Surf Wood had a more of the appearance of real wood.
The price, surprisingly, about $100.00 more for my small room, at $2.09 per square foot.
Anyway, it feels good to have decided.
Next step: buy new baseboards.
I didn't know this was going to be such a huge project!
I'm so looking forward to the finished result.
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