Kitchen Remodel - Part III

| 4/16/2012 1:27:47 PM


Days 8 and 9: Hooray, the floor laying begins! First of all I have to brag about how we got this beautiful flooring. About five years ago, we were at an auction where a company was getting rid of small quantities, over-runs, etc. of flooring. We knew how much square footage we needed, and we found this rustic, alder laminate that I thought was just beautiful. It was lumped together with some other flooring, and we got the whole unit for a song. Later we sold the flooring we didn’t want and covered the original price of the whole unit. What a sweet deal! 

The first step to laying the floor was getting a straight line to work with. Big surprise here, the wall was not straight. So, at each end of the room, I measured out a distance slightly less than the width of the flooring. I snapped a chalk line and put large nails about every 8 to 10” along the chalk line. Don’t drive the nails in deep, just enough to push the flooring against - these will come out later.  

The flooring sat in the house for three days before installation. Follow the manufacture’s recommendation on this. The wood flooring needs to acclimate to the house temperature and humidity. Since each bundle of wood has several different lengths, I opened each bundle and segregated the pieces by size. All of the flooring was from the same lot, but I mixed pieces from different bundles because of variations in staining. 

By this time Little Man was chomping at the bit to help. So he helped with the stacking of the piles. We then labeled each pile: “little,” “medium,” “big” and “biggest.” His homeschool lesson for the day was reading labels and fetching pieces as I asked for them. I’m sure the traditional teachers out there are cringing – but we’re in the middle of a project, and “regular” schooling takes the sidelines. 

Because this was a tongue and groove product and it “floats,” the actual laying went really fast. I used blue painter’s tape to tape pieces together so they wouldn’t migrate on me. I could lay the pieces, tap them in place and tape them as fast as Little Man brought them to me. We kept the look random, and followed floor laying protocol by using cut ends from one row to start the next row. If I hadn’t been interrupted by homeschool co-op and lambing, I could have easily done the whole thing in one day. 

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