I think will need to be flooring. The living room carpet looks horrible with paint splotches and I’m sure there is plaster dust from the depopcorning a couple weekends ago too.
Besides that, the kitties like to paw and claw at the edges since the carpet wasn’t installed right.
Right now, I’ve taped down some areas with anything from packing tape to Hello Kitty “duck” tape. (stayin’ klassy there)
So yeah – I’ve been doing more research on options. I had been set on stranded bamboo but then started to read up more on the product. I realized that some of them have resins made of formaldehyde. So I am back to shopping for the right type of flooring.
This means I probably won’t be going to some of the discount flooring stores. This also means I’ll be spending a little more on flooring to get something without the VOCs and stuff.
It needs to be harder than oak with no glues or resins made with harmful chemicals. I’m not dead set on handscraping now either. I think that might be too trendy.
Ideally, I want a floor that I could use throughout the whole house. (Well, everywhere I want to add wood flooring to. So it can’t be too dark due to the painted, living room ceiling and I don’t want it too light (like that natural bamboo color).
I’m also re-visiting the idea of using reclaimed wood as flooring.
I have a really rough estimate now so I know what to expect price wise.
In the meantime, I’ll work on smaller (less expensive) projects.
Right now, Emser Strands Olive is the top choice for floor tiles. I’m looking at 12’x24’ ones for that modern, cleaner look.
I need to check the local Daltile showroom though just to eliminate their choices. Some of their stuff is made in Oklahoma so it would be nice to stay local.
For the spare bath wall tile, I’ve got some ideas when I was at the Emser showroom yesterday but they’re natural stone and unless I can get them reclaimed, I really don’t want newly quarried stuff (trying to be as earth friendly as I can). I’ll check the re-Store to see what they have as well.
Ideally, I’d like to get rectangular tiles (like subway ones) but a more modern palette or texture just in keeping with the modern, yet retro look I like.
Now doing more research, it might not be possible because I have a slab floor and would, in theory, have to add a plywood subfloor before the actual wood.
I think engineered might be the way to go but I’ll do more research and actually talk to flooring people (other than the Lumber Liquidator or Floor Decor folks). Maybe I’ll actually visit one of the reclaimed wood places and talk to them.
UPDATE — it looks like reclaimed engineered flooring is available but will need to be sourced. I’ve got time :).
I blame HGTV for all these home projects. I’m now entertaining the idea of using reclaimed wood for flooring.
I was already going to use hand scraped because it adds character so why not go that extra step and get reclaimed – true character AND it is from wood harvested long ago.
I will have to do the cost analysis but if it’s doable, I might go that route.
Top 2 choices I liked
With the tile sample
I’ve narrowed down my flooring idea. I went to Floor & Decor last night to look at their stuff and I decided on stranded bamboo because it is tough and doesn’t have that typical bamboo flooring look.
The first pic are the two samples. Darker one is Decatur and the lighter one is Patina. Against the light and the house, it looks like Decatur is the best choice.
The second pic is Decatur against my proposed tile – Emser Sakai in Agave. I think it is a good pairing and even Puck agrees.
And why do I need to look at flooring? Third pic explains – Yes, that is Hello Kitty Duck Tape. The kittens have started to tear some of the edges because I don’t think it was installed correctly so now I have tape on the floor…KLASSY.
Tile choices These are all made by Emser tile. I think either the top right or bottom right are my top choices right now