Family Room: Floored

Posted by John on January 10th, 2012

Well this has been one of the toughest weekends ever, but it was worth it. Lisa and I installed hardwood floors in our family room. We are extremely happy (and sore) with how it came out. For this post, since we already did a How-To on hardwood floor installation last week, I thought we’d just share with you some photos of our progress.

We started this job on Friday night. We spent a good hour or so and sealed off the room with plastic from floor to ceiling. Just like the floor removal in our vestibule, we were going to make a TON of sawdust and we wanted to prevent it from going all over the house. We even covered our fireplace. We’re not interested in having small combustible particles of oak getting in there. Just not a good idea.IMG_2697-1024x682



On Saturday we really got going. Starting at 9 am, the carpet got yanked. That removal was pretty straight forward. Luckily, I was able to enlist Lisa to help me through this whole project. Things that took awhile in the living room went quick in the family room due to her help!IMG_2700-1024x682


We followed the same basic procedure that we used in the living room with no surprises. When you work a room of this size, it’s helpful to have two people. While I was working the staple gun, Lisa was picking out boards and placing them in rows. Plus, we had our neighbors stop by and give us a hand for a little while. Under the guise that we were showing them how to install flooring, we managed to trick them into installing a couple rows AND they helped us clean up some of our debris. Jackpot. AND, they let us borrow a sweet work light. High five!IMG_2702-1024x682


At the end of the first day we had about half of the room done. Stopping around midnight, we were beat!! On Sunday, we got another early start and were able to finish up by 8pm. That left us a few hours to vacuum, wet swiffer and pull down tarps.IMG_2706-1024x682



At around 10pm Sunday night, after the house had been thoroughly cleaned, we settled in for our victory beer!IMG_2711-1024x682


On Monday, I did some quarter round molding and started to paint the walls in the family room. We’ll be posting on those projects later this week! We wanted to post for Monday, but we were so dead tired by the time we had finished the floors that it was hopeless!!

This project was exhausting! Have you ever worked a DIY project that you thought would kill you? Please share!

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  • Kristen

    The room looks so much bigger now! I love how the wood floors look in there. Do you have any other rooms to do or was this the last one? Either way, you (both!) definitely deserve that celebratory beer!

    • Thanks Kristen! The only rooms on the first floor that aren't hardwood now are the office and the laundry room. We're going to do the office next fall or winter probably and we're leaving the vinyl in the laundry room for the foreseeable future.

  • It looks fantastic! A very well deserved beer!

    • John_OHFScratch


  • Wow! It really does look great! I love how it turned out and the room looks SO much bigger!

    • John_OHFScratch

      It feels bigger too. Weird.

  • this is the first time for me to see somebody doing flooring, look great after all

  • Yep. The tile floors in our last kitched. About died. Yours turned out absolutely lovely though!!!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks so much Amy! Tile jobs are brutal!!

  • OMG. Those floors?! I die. Seriously. I voted for darker stained wood floors when we did our floors and lost. This post just confirms that I am always right 😉 They look gorgeous.

    • Thanks Mindy! Wives are always right. Something I'm learning.

  • Carole

    Looks great! I also commend you on a great choice of celebratory beer!

  • Sue

    We have the same cabinets. What brand and color is your hardwood floor? We need to select a hardwood floor.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Sue, our flooring is Bruce Hardwood. The model is Manchester plank and it’s an Oak that’s been stained Cherry. It’s 3 1/4″ wide. The part number is C1218.

      • Sue

        maybe we don't have the same color cabinets. what style/color are is hard to tell in the photos?

        • John_OHFScratch

          We think they're Timberlake cabinets made from Cherry and stained a Bordeaux color.

          • Sue

            oh, good. perhaps your floors would match our cabinets. we have timberlake wyoming cherry bordeaux. thanks.