At the beginning of summer, we arrived home from vacation to a busted pipe. After dealing with the plumbing portion of the problem, and replacing the plumbing in our entire house, we then had to deal with the aftermath of water damage. The pipe burst on the second floor in my office closet so the flooring (carpet) in 50% of the second floor was affected. We originally had Berber carpet in two bedrooms (office and guest room) and the hallway. The guest bathroom had ceramic tile and our master bedroom had laminate flooring.
We had to remove the carpet in the office and hallway immediately and so we decided to replace all of the flooring on the entire level. With our awareness heightened, we wanted to choose flooring that was resistant to any water damage in the future, but we also have and like real wood flooring on the first floor. We chose Aquaguard flooring (in Coco) from Floor & Decor. Aquaguard is water resistant and really does have a great look of hardwood. The finish is durable and promises a lifetime warranty. The product is thick, it seems to be double the thickness of regular laminate. It would be a good choice for laundry rooms and bathrooms too.
Laminate flooring is a bit easier to install than real wood as it is a floating floor and the pieces click together over a noise reducing underlayment. Although we have done flooring installs in our house ourselves in the past, this time we chose to hire someone to install it. It took about five days to install in three rooms (including closets) and the hallway, about 700 square feet.
We really like the way it turned out! Take a look.
Master bedroom before and after:
Office before and after
I always love seeing the difference paint can make! A fresh coat of paint and quick color change in the bathroom has made such an impact.
- We removed the carpeting and installed 20 x 20 travertine tile floors.
- We removed the fiberglass shower and installed 4×4 tiles floor to ceiling for the shower instead
- Removed builder’s vanity and mirror and replaced with a DIY dresser-turned-vanity
- Faux finished the walls and painted
Here’s the before.
Paint Colors We’ve Used