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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hardwood Floor For Dining Room

Ahdoo decided it was time to start the construction on our dining room finally. He wanted to just jump right in and start building the bench seats for the dinette. I asked him if we could, instead, install the hardwood floor first…I figured that would be a lot easier than installing the floor between the seats. In the end, he agreed, but I had a rough weekend, so I think my Husband just felt sorry for me. Once we got there, we had to pick up a couple tools, a drill and skill saw for him and an upholstering staple gun for me to finally upholster the cornices that go over the doors. We got some finishing nails, corner braces and last but not least, my Pergo Highland Hickory Hardwood Floor!!!!! We were in the flooring aisle for at least an hour oooooing and ahhhhhing over this and that floor, but I just kept going back to this floor over and over again. He told me it’s hand scraped and that’s why I liked it so much. It has a very “old world” style to it that comes with imperfections that make it glorious. I think, that if I were to visit an old house in Salem, MA, they would have a floor just like it…except a lot more beat up. It just exudes “Witchy floor”…and in the end, that’s EXACTLY what I wanted.

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(Bear in mind, that if you are doing this project, you need to either get the flooring that already has the underlayment attached to the bottom of it or you can buy the flooring without it attached, but you still have to buy the underlayment separately at that point.)

We brought it home, and he immediately set to work. I should mention here, that he made it look INCREDIBLY easy to install it. He and his buddy Pip started their own hardwood flooring company a couple years ago. Hubby alone has been installing floors for over 6 years. Pip has been installing them even longer.  In the end, it only took him about an hour to install it, with no help from anyone…not even from me…even with all my experience!  ;)

He began by “racking it out”. That’s when you lie it all out to give you an idea of how you want it to look and where you want to make your cuts. The trick here is to avoid “stackers” and “H’s”. You don’t want two rows to have the intersecting pieces right next to each other. On the flip side, you don’t want to stair step it just every other row, because then it will look like an “H”.

I should also mention, that click together floors are “floating” floors. You have to leave a small gap between the floor and the wall at each end. This allows it to expand and contract as it wants to, leaving it room to grow as needed. Plus, in an RV, it’s actually pretty perfect. The RV moves and if the floor was permanently nailed or glued down, it might cause it to break somehow while we’re in transit mode.

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When he went to make his cuts, he kept reminding me that you want to flip the board you’re cutting, because you don’t want to cut the wrong end. I’m a visual person, so seeing him in action makes a lot more sense than him explaining it to me. From what I saw, he flipped the board, marked his line while it was up against the board it was going to click end-to-end with, cut the board and flipped it back. Essentially, the flat end is always against the wall, because the other end needs to have its groove thingy so that it can click into the end of the board next to it for a tight fit.

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Clicking the boards together at the ends needs to be done first. Then, you click that row into the previous row. Getting the boards to line up at the ends is harder and a heck of a lot more permanent once it’s clicked, that’s why you do the ends first. Clicking that row into the previous row is a LOT easier.

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The last row hung over the edge of the slide. After he cut the last boards to click together at the ends, he had to mark the underside of the boards in line with the slide. Then, he flipped them over to see his line, matched it on the top, marked the tops of the boards and ripped them all the way down.

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Here is the floor all finished! He’s trying to come up with the most aesthetically pleasing way to cover the front edge of the floor and slide. He’s got a few ways to do it, but is still weighing the pro’s and con’s. I just wanted to staple a floor curtain around the edge, but he dismissed that idea, lol!

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It turned out so incredibly gorgeous! We’re going to do the kitchen and hallway in the exact same wood in a few weeks. Honestly, we were worried about the added weight on “Hope”, but at just a hair over 24lbs a bundle, and probably only needing about 6 bundles (minus waste wood), we’ll just be adding a measly 150ish pounds. It’s such a stunning floor with tons of character and I can’t wait to have the rest of Hope match. Here are some close ups of the floor, but the pictures honestly don’t do it any justice.

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We are not big on giving each other Birthday or Anniversary presents, because we give each other presents instead on other occasions. This floor was an “I feel sorry for you” present and his tools were a “Thank you for feeling sorry for me” present, lol!

It was the PERFECT ending to a really challenging week.

Anyways, the floor exudes radiance! It is dazzling beyond anything I could ever imagine and once again, I am incredibly grateful to you honey for creating this masterpiece with your bare hands. I am truly blessed to have such a talented and gifted Husband. Thank you for such an amazing gift. I love you with all my heart.