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!
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.
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:
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).