Sorry I was MIA Friday and Monday. It’s been a little crazy around here and just off. And amongst all the chaos I’m going to tackle another big project soon which I will talk about today.
I’ve decided to finally replace all the upstairs carpet with hard flooring. Our 15 year old carpet has seen better days for sure and it’s not just the cats that gave a it a beating, the worst part has been the edge and corners that have a black dust build up. I sometimes think it’s the area we live in which is surrounded by concrete companies. Our outside siding gets that same grayish-black dust and we have to pressure wash it often.
So here are the rooms that will get the hard floor and if you think that the carpet doesn’t look bad at all in the photos, then you are right, my cleaning tips (click HERE) have been working well. Especially using Clorox bathroom cleaner is working wonders on my light colored carpet, but the edges are truly yucky and I will show you later.
And I think you guys might be wondering what it could be that I picked? Right?
Here is my criteria by what I picked the new flooring:
• I wanted it to be light like the wall-to-wall carpet but easy to wipe like our laminate.
• And easy to install since I want to do it myself.
Let me explain a little bit better why I chose the light flooring like we have downstairs besides the fact that I just love the look. Have you ever complained about dusting your dark colored or dark wood furniture? I know I have many times. I can’t make it look clean and that’s exactly what happens with dark hardwood flooring. It never looks clean and you can see every hair and dust particle on it. It would drive me nuts. Our light colored wood laminate downstairs looks pretty clean on most days even with dust bunnies. I have had that light color for 15 years now and I never regretted the color. It’s definitely more of a European thing to get light wood flooring like that, I know that. I also have dark furniture yet like our leather bed and feel like dark flooring just isn’t me in combination with dark furniture.
I didn’t want to get hardwood because of the fear of scratching it all the time and I definitely wanted to get something different to laminate this time around, ours swelled in a couple of spots downstairs where water leaked onto it.
So I went with bamboo for our upstairs and not just light colored bamboo…it’s white washed bamboo from LumberLiquidators called Pearl City Click Bamboo.
Here is a sample:
Hey and while we are at it I’ll just show you the disgusting corners of my carpet and bleaching it does nada, believe me I have tried many times:
Yeah, I have to paint the baseboards too. The carpet even has some of the dark dust areas where the floorboards meet. You can see the pattern. I’m assuming it is from air blowing through but who knows.
Here is the sample of the Pearl City Click Bamboo next to my hallway wall and another one under my nightstand:
It looks different in certain lighting and I can’t wait to see what it will look like on a large surface.
Right now it has to settle for a week in our house climate before I can start to install it. But first we need to rip out the carpet. Oh boy what a project but I can do it.
(*this post is in collaboration with Lumber Liquidators. It is not a sponsored post but I did receive a discount on the above mentioned product. All opinions are 100% my own.)
Sorry pet fans but there won’t be a pet post again this Friday. Everyone is so busy right now and some scheduling hasn’t worked out for other bloggers.