Select Surfaces graciously provided me with the flooring for this project. My thoughts and opinions (and sweat equity) are all my own.
Ladies and gentlemen – we have floors in the master bedroom!
(And they are looking pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.)
In the photos I shared in last week’s wall color update, the floors were still bare concrete:
And as a reminder, this room started with shaggy beige carpet:
Just like I did in the main living areas of our home, I used Select Surfaces laminate flooring in “Mocha Walnut” (available at Sam’s Club!) and did the installation all by myself from start to finish!
This is the fourth area in our home where I’ve pulled up carpet and laid down laminate flooring, so this room’s installation was a breeze! The most difficult part was dealing with laying planks under the door jambs on the angled wall, and really, that only required patience and careful measuring.
For ALL THE DETAILS on DIY laminate flooring, you’re definitely going to want to check out this post on installing the floors and this post on the most helpful tools for flooring installation!
I didn’t change anything about my installation methods, but everything just went even more smoothly and quickly because I’ve got my groove down!
- First, lay down plastic moister barrier. ✔️
- Figure out how many planks wide the room is, and cut down the first row to make sure I finish with a wide enough piece. ✔️
- Make sure the first row is straight, and then hit the ground running! Cut and lay twenty-something boxes of planks. ✔️
- Rip the last row of planks down to size and click them down. ✔️
- Install shoe molding to cover the expansion gap around the edge of the room. ✔️
- Caulk and paint the shoe molding to match the trim. ✔️
Look at that gorgeous [faux] wood grain – the Select Surfaces “Mocha Walnut” planks have such beautiful variation!
This room is now ready for the next step of its makeover and I’m so excited to start moving our furniture back in from the rest of the house!
Caring for Laminate Floors
I wanted to wrap up by sharing how I care for our laminate floors. Maintenance has been super easy so far!
First, I sweep up any visible debris with a broom and dustpan.
Then, I follow up with a slightly damp microfiber mop. You never want to clean laminate flooring with too much moisture, so I run the cloth under the faucet, then wring out every last drop of water I possibly can.
Really, I’m not mopping the floor – I’m using the damp mop as a magnet for dust.
For spills, I’ve just wiped them up and followed with water-dampened paper towels so far – no need for a cleaner of any kind.
I do find myself noticing more dirt on the floors in general, but kind of prefer knowing it’s there, you know? I’d rather see something and sweep it up then just have it blend into the carpets until I get around to hauling out the vacuum cleaner!
Call me crazy, but I actually love the act of sweeping. I find its repetitive motion and whisking sound strangely restful, and there’s something so satisfying about seeing visible fruits of your labors!
Do you have any laminate flooring maintenance tips and tricks to share? Or any questions? Let’s chat!