It took two and a half weeks of blood, sweat, and tears and we have floors (I only cut myself 4 times in the process of putting these floors in, I cried when it got to be exhausting and frustrating!). We still have to put in the trim, but we have functional floors and I can actually start unpacking.
If you ever find yourself saying, "Hey, I think I want to put new floors in my house. I should go buy them and install them myself." STOP!!! Go home and save your money just a little bit longer until you can afford to pay to have them installed.
Home Depot tells you, that you can put these floors down in a weekend. They lied. it took us two weeks...TWO!
It all started with 36 boxes of flooring. You have to let it rest in your house for 2-3 days before you can put it down. I went out and I bought a laminate saw to cut the wood. It didn't work. The only other option we had that wasn't a power tool was a hand saw, so I bought one. That didn't work either because you can't get good cuts with a hand saw. So, I broke down and bought a table saw...That was all fine and dandy except for the fact that I am TERRIFIED of power tools! It worked when my mom was in town and she could use it and when the husband was home from work, but I couldn't work while everyone was gone. I decided to Man up and just use it, but then I got yelled at for using it while no one was home...
After 2 weeks of nagging my husband and countless trips to the hardware store...we are done! The trim will be in before Christmas, but for now...here are a few pictures.
Our BEAUTIFUL new floors!!! So much work, but in the end they are totally worth it, because they look SO good!