New Family Room Flooring – The Reveal

Welcome, friends! I’m so excited to finally be able show you the progress in our lower level family room, featuring our beautiful new Mohawk flooring! If you missed the before post about this room yesterday, you can catch up here. We are so pleased with our floors and how this room is coming together.

The new flooring was installed the week before Christmas! Our house was in chaos that week with all the projects we had going on at the same time, so I was thrilled about how quickly the flooring was able to be installed so we could get on with the holiday festivities. The transformation was literally a one-day makeover. I know! It was a dream. If only every other project was completed in a day.

Since these floors are pre-finished, there is no sanding or staining or sealing after installation. (You can look back at the installation photos in the before post). So if you are looking for one of the fastest and most significant improvements you could make to a room (in addition to paint!) I’d definitely recommend considering Mohawk’s pre-finished flooring. It’s so gorgeous! This is our second home with Mohawk flooring (we loved the Mohawk pre-finished wood floors in our last house, you can find them here).

Remember where we started with the swine-colored walls, pink blinds and old carpet? Fresh paint and new flooring does wonders to provide a nice backdrop for a room, doesn’t it?

Flooring makes up such a significant portion of any room that when it is updated, the entire look and feel of the space improves right away. I’m so in love with the natural more rustic texture, the matte finish and warm tone of our floors (they are the Concertina laminate flooring in Smokey Chestnut). The look feels traditional, but still up-to-date.

The new flooring actually makes it feel like we added on an entire new area of the house because we are so drawn to this space now. The warmth of the flooring is so inviting for a cozy family space. It feels comfortable, cleaner and more stylish, so we definitely enjoy being in the room so much more than we did before.

Besides the new paint and flooring, we did get a cozy new sofa awhile back (we sold our big sectional when we moved). I’ll tell you more details about the sofa in a future post, but it is from Interior Define and we love it. The wood Persian rug has been in our family for years. You will probably recognize everything else in the room, we are just using what we had at this point! We still have more to do in this room, but it’s nice that it already feels great to be in it just as it is.

We had family coming from out of town just days after the install, so the floors were christened right away with all types of holiday activities. The floors held up beautifully as we moved furniture around, four dogs ran in and out of the house with muddy feet, and as kids and family ate meals and hung out together playing games. We really needed flooring that was not overly sensitive to everyday use, and they’ve already passed every test in our book!

The wall behind these chairs is the brand new wall we installed. The other side of this wall is our new office, which I will show you in an upcoming post! (I’ll show you the before and afters of the wall addition, too, so you can get better perspective on how this room has changed overall).

Let’s look back one more time at the before and after shot, shall we?

Besides the new wall that was installed (more to come on that), we’ve painted the swine-colored walls and fireplace (Simply White Benjamin Moore), added some trim around the fireplace (to fill in big gaps between the brick and the drywall), removed the pink blinds (still thinking about what blinds we’d want down here) and installed the new Mohawk flooring. So much fresher!

We still have more things we’d like to improve or add in this room over time, of course, but we are definitely happy with how far its come over the past few months.

Thanks to Mohawk for providing the beautiful flooring for this makeover.

Family Room: New Flooring Installation

Find the reveal post here!

O ne of the things we really liked when we looked at our house for the first time was that it had a bright and light-filled finished basement. Usually the houses in our price range in Seattle were super small, dark, cramped or had too low of ceilings to feel like actual rooms. While this is a modest house, a light-filled lower level was a big plus in making the house feel more spacious and functional overall.

When I last shared an update on this space late last summer, we were just building a wall to create an office in the big room. Well, to be clear, WE weren’t building the wall. Contractors were. :) The open space downstairs was quite large, but we decided it was almost too large to be useful. Open floor plans can be great sometimes, but other times they just aren’t as practical. Since we needed another room, we decided to divide the one open area into two separate spaces.

I’ll share more about these rooms in future posts. But we are very glad we divided up the space! It’s made a big difference in the functionality of the entire lower level and it almost feels bigger now than it did before.

So after the walls were painted (we don’t necessarily have a long term plan for the wall colors in our lower level, but fresh paint helped clean things up for us in the meantime), we were excited to move on to some new flooring. The carpet in this room had seen better days.

The carpet was actually covering up old asbestos linoleum tiles. Our inspector let us know when we bought the house that it was important that we not tear the original flooring out or leave it exposed. It needed to be left undisturbed but could be covered safely with the new flooring.

If you’ve been following the blog for awhile you might remember that a few years ago I partnered with Mohawk to install pre-finished Hickory wood floors in our old house. We absolutely loved our Mohawk flooring, so we were pretty excited when the opportunity came up to partner again in this house!

When we bought the house, we started dreaming of the type of flooring we’d want. We knew this needed to be a super dog friendly space (now that we have FOUR dogs who would be playing in this room! Leo and Bella live with my daughter Kylee, but often visit Jack and Lily for doodle playdates). It needed to be able to be installed over the old flooring, too, so that was another deciding factor.

After exploring our options, we decided a quality laminate flooring would suit our needs the best. We looked at quite a few samples trying to determine just the right wood tone and feel for our home. We brought samples all over the house to make sure they felt right with existing flooring (as well as any future plans for refinishing existing floors or new floors elsewhere).

While they were not going to be installed next to any other flooring (except the lower level tile in the hall and on the hearth), it was still helpful to think about how these floors would fit into the overall design of our home. All of the samples we tried were beautiful, but we fell in love with the Concertina flooring in Smokey Chestnut. We were so impressed by this flooring. It has a matte finish, texture and coloring that feels really natural and realistic.

About a week before Christmas the installers came to remove our carpet and the next day they started and completed the installation process. Yes, it was completed in ONE DAY! I was thrilled. Fortunately they were very accommodating in helping us move our furniture around, since we weren’t able to move it completely out during the install! Pre-finished flooring (like we had at our old house and now this new flooring) doesn’t create as much mess or disruption to life as flooring that has to be finished on site.

I have to say, the flooring completely transformed the downstairs in so many ways. It feels cleaner, warmer, and makes our whole house feel larger and much more updated.

Click to see the full reveal of our new flooring here (and then stay tuned for the upcoming reveal of our office flooring, too)!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Mohawk Flooring Blogger Campaign and received flooring for my family room to facilitate my review.

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