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Kitchen and Family Room: New Flooring

When the wall between our family room and kitchen see details here came down we had to deal with two different flooring, old carpet and newish laminate. The plan was to find the same laminate.. we found the box in the basement, how hard could it be? Harder than we thought.. that particular one had been discontinued.. and finding something similar was not an easy task.. 


Finding a flooring that was kind of close but not close enough would seem like a mistake.. so we decided to go different, this way it would seem like an intentional design choice.. I had always wanted a chocolaty dark floor.. The next thing to take into consideration was the transition between the two floors.. generally what is used it a T- Moulding, that strip you see in the above picture connecting the two floors together. Not the prettiest option. Pinterest to the rescue.. 



Adding tile to the mix would help to blend the two different brown together and there would be no awkward bump in the flooring because of the molding.. Turns out you can't do that with two laminates.. : ( There is something about expansion and warping.. so we were back to the molding.


Then my contractor removed the desk that was fixed to the wall and kitchen corner and we discovered a huge chunk of the laminate missing leaving behind a rather deep hole! We didn't have more flooring.. as D would say 'catastrophe!' My contractor's suggestion.. fill in the hole with plywood and then hid it under furniture.. we seriously considered the idea.. it would have to be something waist high.. nothing so tall that our light switch would be hidden. Nothing with legs through which the plywood could be glimpsed.. It's one of things were you have a pimple forming, no one can see it but you, but you believe that it's the only thing people can see and it's enormous. 


We thought about it for a few days, did the maths and made a decision. This is our home, we plan and hope to spend a few decades here, we are already spending the money to create our dream space. Is it really worth it to make a compromise when it will only cost a few more hundred dollars to make it perfect?


We ripped out the laminate and put in a completely new floor. We stuck with the laminate, mainly because it's cost effective. Sure it's not wood and one can be snobby about it.. but we didn't care.. and it looks beautiful. :)



We spent this weekend finalizing our paint color.. come back Monday to see what color we chose.

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25 comments:

  1. Flooring can be such a nightmare! I think laminate is just fine, they makes ones that look really nice nowadays!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  2. Gorgeous floor!
    Good decision.

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  3. It looks beautiful. I think you definitely made the right choice. Also, I love that D says "catastrophe" - adorable!

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  4. That came out fantastically! Well done.

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  5. Definitely agree you made the right decision. Looks great.

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  6. I love the floor in the third picture!!! Look so pretty :)

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  7. Looks really beautiful now!

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  8. How gorgeous! I just love it!

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  9. I had planned the floor matching thing when I moved in a few years ago. How hard could it be, right? I think they discontinue that stuff on purpose. I love what you've done. And laminate,shaminate...who cares if it looks great!

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  10. i find this very amazing! =]

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  11. looks really beautiful! great job:)

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  12. the new laminate looks great! I know how hard it can be to have to spend the extra money for something that you didn't plan on fixing. but it can definitely be so worth it!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  13. I love your new floor, and you're right - no compromise when it comes to something to be loved for a long time. It's worth it. xx

    www.todaymyway.com

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  14. Nice!!!

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    xoxo

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  15. Oooooo... I LOVE it!!! It looks so great! :-)

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  16. Oh my gosh I LOVE THE FLOORS WOW!! that turned out super nice!

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  17. I think it turned out really well! We've been thinking of putting in laminate too - to save a little money - they still look nice! :)

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  18. it turned out great! x

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  19. Welldone looks beautiful

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