Bamboo Flooring in the House

The last time I posted, we were shopping for bamboo flooring…now, a month later, the flooring is purchased and actually installed in the master – too exciting!

We decided on Morningstar’s 3/8″ x 3-3/4″ clic strand carbonized bamboo:

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We ordered 2500+ sq. ft. of it from Lumber Liquidators…two weeks and $11,385 later, we brought home one of the three pallets:

We loaded 5 boxes at a time onto a wagon to wheel it up to the front door. My job was to pop open the end of each box so that the wood planks would acclimate while sitting in the house.

We had to wait an EXCRUCIATING five days for the flooring to acclimate before we could start installing it. We are not good waiters. On the fourth day, Jim put down the moisture barrier and the underlayment.

The underlayment was crinkly and didn’t want to lay flat – there was definitely much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Finally the room was ready for the flooring! (Prepare yourself for my animated GIF – give it a few seconds to load; then it will replay after a 5-second pause.)

After the flooring was down, Jim painted and installed new 5-1/4″ baseboard to replace the skinny little baseboard that was there before. Finally the master was ready to move into! And just to jog your memory, it went from this:

to this:

Ooo-o-o, wait, we have to see this side by side!

We just love everything about it! We’ve spent 2 days in the master and it’s wonderful. Here’s a recap of what we did (and by “we” I mean “mostly Jim”).
– Remove the popcorn ceiling
– Realign the hallway/closet wall
– Divide the closet into 2 walk-in closets
– Re-align the hallway/bathroom wall to create a small linen closet
– Center fan on ceiling peak and install new fan
– Apply knockdown texture to ceiling and new walls
– Prime and paint ceiling and walls
– Install bamboo flooring
– Install new baseboard

Hopefully we’re done with the hardest of the four bedrooms to update. Jim moved on to K’s room today and started demoing – no resting on his laurels!

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About donnahuebsch

I'm a wife, a mom to an unschooling teenager, an animal lover, an artsy craftsy kind of person, & a DIYer. We're embarking on our BIGGEST do-it-yourself project yet - renovating an entire house!
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12 Responses to Bamboo Flooring in the House

  1. Pat says:

    Wow! It looks wonderful—–great job you guys!

  2. jane ross says:

    It looks awesome, Donna!! Glad it’s done, I’m sure. Your projects are coming along faster than ours!! πŸ™‚

  3. the home tome says:

    Awesome transformation! Looks entirely different. Bravo!

  4. eof737 says:

    I love your color scheme… This is quite the project and not for the faint of heart! Phew! πŸ™‚
    Finally, I’m working on catching up after a hectic workshop week again. πŸ™‚

  5. Cea says:

    I love the deeper baseboards. We are doing the same — switching from 4 inches to eight or so, and suddenly the whole room looks much classier. And the bamboo floors are awesome.

    Just a question. Why do you have to wait 5 days before installing? I was starting to fret that we had not done that, and then I remembered that we had reused the old floor instead. Even more sustainable. πŸ™‚

    • donnahuebsch says:

      Lumber Liquidators told us to wait for five days so that the wood planks would acclimate to the house. I think that the boards can expand or contract depending on the humidity in the house, and letting them sit in an open box will give them a chance to do that. Since you reused your wood floor, I’m sure it was WAY acclimated πŸ™‚

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