i should be mopping the floor: June 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Painting Stripes the Easy {& Flawless} Way

As I've mentioned before, our new flooring resulted in a lot of other changes, too. It just seems logical to paint before the new stuff is installed {and there's something quite liberating about painting sans drop cloths}.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Our New Vinyl Wood Floors....LOVING THEM!


I've been chomping at the bit to show you all my new floors!! I have fallen in LOVE! As you probably know, these are our Metroflor Konecto Floors {Avalon line; color: Guam} and they can't be beat! They look just like the real thing, but are WAY more durable! And they were installed in only ONE day {seriously, woke up to carpet...went to bed with these babies}.

To see all of the photos and details of the installation process, CLICK HERE.


Metroflor's Konecto is built to last. Most collections have a tough ceramic bead finish that makes it appropriate for residential, multi-housing, education, retail, healthcare, assisted living, hospitality & corporate environments.
Which to me translates: WILL WITHSTAND TWO CRAZY BOYS!

This was our living area before {SOOC}. 

And AFTER! Yummy. 
Don't think we didn't lay down and roll around on them before the furniture was in place. I swam on these babies once they were all done. They feel fantastic {on bellies & underfoot}.

 Another before shot looking into the dining room.

And the after. And yes, there's our new-to-us piano {it replaced my buffet which moved to the kitchen}. I didn't want to move the piano in before the floors were in place because, well...have you ever moved a piano? If you have, then you know why we only moved that thing once. Oh yes...and it will be aqua blue.  {I can't wait to see how that pops against these floors...whoa, mama!}

The old dining room. 

The new dining room. 
We do have *some* furniture back in here {as evidenced by two photos above}. However, this room quickly turned into a scene from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie {thanks to my friend, Tommie, for pointing this out}. It went something like this:

"If you give Kristi new floors, she'll want to paint the walls before they're installed. And if she decides to paint the walls, she'll want to paint stripes. And if she's repainting the walls with stripes, she'll want to redo the window treatments. And if she's redoing the window treatments, she'll want to paint the backs of the hutches blue to match the new window treatments. . ."

Um, yeah. Hoping to have all the "and if she's" done by next week{ish}.

 Another before shot...tragically abused carpet. 

Figured out my camera tripod's legs extend even higher...LOL!
Bird's eye view?

We debated on doing the hallway leading to the kids' bedrooms/bathroom. But it is such a high traffic area that it seemed kind of obvious we needed to. I'm so happy we did! I actually didn't put back all of the usual furniture {and I may never} because I just love the floors by themselves.

Loving the new piano area! 
And the piano sounds great with the new acoustics. Well, about as great as Hot Cross Buns can sound 20 times a day {can't wait to hear next week's song from his lessons...praying it's not Three Blind Mice}.

Hot Wheels have already tested this "track" out...it's definitely worthy. {And kid-proof}! 

Even looks fantastic up close! 

I explained this in greater detail in the installation post, but the crew made the floor-to-fireplace transition seamless. Love.

Thank you 100 times over to Metroflor
especially Susan Bang and Arthur Clarke who worked so closely with me on this project.
This is a company that is FABULOUS to work with. I can't begin to say enough good things. They were fast, efficient, professional, and have gone above and beyond on this project.

If you'd like to find a retailer near you, email Metroflor at customerservice@metroflorcorp.com.

Again, if you'd like to see all of the photos and details of the installation process, CLICK HERE.













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