One Room Challenge: The Flooring

It’s Week Two of the One Room Challenge and I’m here to report on the status of the floors upstairs. They’re done! Boom!

I’m so excited about these new engineered hardwood floors I can’t even tell ya. I’m just grinning ear to ear. Reason is, they replaced the dingy old carpet that has occupied the bedroom and hallway. It’s been years I’ve been cringing at the sight of that old carpet and at last at last at laaaaaast  I have hardwood in its place.

I’ve been saving this image for so long as my inspiration for the color of the floors in my house, I love that rich stain, dark but not too dark. Funny how the layout of this entry looks so much like mine, minus the runner of course.


tim barber

My downstairs oak floors are getting refinished in June. Yeah I know I said I’d do it back in 2010 but I’m serious this time. Fo real.

When I accepted the One Room Challenge it kicked my booty in gear to have new complementary floors installed upstairs in the hallway and the master bedroom. So let’s start at the beginning.

What was there last week was this old carpet that I hated. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate carpet, and I even kept it in place in the kids’ bedrooms. I just disliked it in my bedroom and wanted it gone so badly.)

Notice the gray dingy trail of dirt as you enter. Welcome!


I clearly recall in my mind and without a doubt there was an escalating evil cackle on repeat in my mind as the carpet came out of this space and off the stairs.


Even just the plywood made me happier than that old carpet. I felt like I could breathe.


This is not a floating floor, it was a nail down installation over paper right into the plywood subfloor to avoid squeaks. I watched as they used a nail gun to secure each board between the grooves. These engineered hardwood floors are prefinished so the installation job was done in two days.

Although I shouldn’t brag about time of the installation since I didn’t do it myself. Time was of the essence with this project so while it could have been a DIY project, I thought it best to leave this installation to the pros, and I might have pulled my hair out trying to do it on my own so I hired out the job and retained my sanity.


Two days later there was a huge change and I’m sooooooo pleased with the result! I’ve been dreaming of hardwood floors in my bedroom for years people years!!!!


I partnered with Mohawk Flooring on this project. Among dozens of their hardwood products I stayed true to the traditional style of my house and chose engineered hardwood oak, specifically the Timber Ridge 5” Oak in the Oxford color.


I chose this particular one because have oak floors downstairs so I didn’t want to be inconsistent with the new hardwood. I was glad I hired professionals since they were able to ensure the planks were even and aligned as they transition into the hallway.


Like I mentioned, I wanted wood in the master bedroom but also wanted it to continue into the hallway where it meets the bedrooms, hall bathroom, and laundry room.


Look how glorious! Instead of dingy carpet, the wood in the hallway at the top of the stairs now actually matches the stairs. Yay! Imagine me shaking my booty right there in pure excitement. 🙂  Now I just need to get the downstairs floors in sync and all will be well in my world.


My home was turned upside-down for a few days with everything shoved in all the adjacent spaces. Mattresses up against walls, furniture dangerously stacked, clothing strewn everywhere, you can imagine. It was a chaotic mess but at last things are getting back to normal again.

I moved my bed back in and it feels so much better to have these dark floors underfoot. I do have plans for a rug underneath the bed to soften the space.


The next big project is the fireplace, I’ve got the tile I just need to get it up on that wall.


More on that soon as the One Room Challenge continues!

Thanks so much to Mohawk Flooring, the sponsor of this post and the One Room Challenge. The flooring product was complimentary but we paid for the installation. All opinions are my own!

Read up on what’s happening with my fellow participants this week. Also check us out on House Beautiful!

Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity

The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated

J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place

Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

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