I Tried It – TrafficMaster Allure Flooring

I have tackled one of the big to do’s on my pre-Thanksgiving check list.  I updated the flooring in our dining room!  I know what you’re thinking, since when do I use power tools?  I didn’t.  I tried TrafficMaster Allure Flooring and it was crazy easy to install.  The only tools required were a box cutter, a straight edge and my brain.  And it was my brain that gave me the most trouble with this easy DIY. I will definitely post a full tutorial and review soon, but for now I wanted to share some after pictures for you.  They are taken on a gloomy day, because, well, November, so I’m hoping for the official reveal I will have some better shots, but I was just too excited to not share these!

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When we redid our kitchen, close to three years ago, we took down most of the wall leading into the dining room and with the wall, a little built in book shelf.  When we removed the bookshelf, we discovered that there was no flooring underneath.  The original flooring in the room was a badly stained parquet.  We thought about finding pieces to match it.  No luck.  I thought about tearing up the parquet.  I tried one piece and that was enough for me.  That stuff comes up one little sliver at a time.  No thanks.  Then I discovered TrafficMaster Allure Flooring and I decided to jump in and give it a try.

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I’m so excited with how this came out. It took me about 6 hours total over the course of two nights and I swear to you the hardest part of it was figuring out the measuring and the cutting.  And it installed right over the old parquet.  I did have to do some finagling to fill in the hole in the floor where the bookshelf was, but I’ll give the details on that in a later post.

For now, I’m thrilled with how the floor came out and the fact that I won’t go four Thanksgivings in a row with a hole in the floor.  I’m sure my guests will be thrilled with that as well…

And you may have noticed that I’ve started setting my Thanksgiving table.  I thought I would try to be all “Blogger” and have these beautiful tablescapes to share with you, but, then the weather happened and also, I don’t have enough stuff to make a beautiful tablescape right now.  But hey, this is Lifestyle for Real Life, right?  Here’s what the table looks like so far:

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What’s great about attempting to get a lovely tablescape together is that I now know that I only have 4 water glasses, no napkins and I definitely want to add another color to this pallet.  Like some orange or something.  Maybe some mini pumpkins on the plates?  No worries, I still have a week.  Plenty of time!  (No, it’s not. Not even close, but I’m still not going to worry).

 

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