The beginning of Zella’s room Redo.
My husband and I had never installed a wood or bamboo floor so we didn’t take into consideration how long it would take for it to ship or acclimate to our house before we moved my daughter out of her room.
TWO weeks to ship and TWO weeks to acclimate to our house!
If you had told me it would take four plus weeks just for the floor, I would have laughed, cried, and immediately postponed the project. As many of you can imagine, living without one less room in my house with two children is not the most ideal of situations. How we are surviving, I will never know! But, fortunately we are managing, and we got to install this beautiful flooring! Just for the record, flooring is expensive, and if you can install it you will be saving a TON of money. I have listed out the steps below to help you install flooring in your house!
Steps to Transforming Zella’s room.
Packed and cleared the room.
Packing up and moving everything out of her room was easier than I anticipated. The lack of space in our house is always a challenge, so I wasn’t sure where it all was going to go.
We took off the trim and pulled the carpet and pad.
Patched and sanded holes in the walls.
Vacuumed the floor and wiped down the walls.
Removed the doors.
Painted the ceiling, walls and trim around the ceiling.
Prepped the floor. Removed all staples and tacks that held the padding down.
Purchased a Multi Tool to cut the door trim so the bamboo floor would fit underneath it.
“Do you Really have to photograph me while I work?!”
Cut trim. Swept and vacuumed again.
We put a dense foil underlay down. This padding helps with slight imperfections in your base floor and it is also a moisture barrier.
After the pad was installed, we started on the floating bamboo floor. It is a simple click and lock system that does not require nails or glue.
This project would have been much harder without our Miter saw. It is important that your seams are staggered by two rows and spaced more than 12″ apart so the boards had to be cut accordingly.
The remaining area is too narrow for the width of the bamboo, so it needed to be cut lengthwise to the proper width with the table saw. After the last boards are installed, you can add the thresholds.
Our new trim was already primed white, so all it needed was one coat of semi-gloss.
The trim was cut and installed. And the paint was touched up.
Normally I would not spend $5.oo on a faceplate, but these matched the new wall color perfectly.
Things to keep in mind.
This was our first time installing a bamboo floor so of course, we consulted the internet for direction. Dave came across a great video by Miter 10. Click here to watch. Keep in mind Scott shows you a group of tools at the beginning of the video that you will need, but don’t bank on getting by with some hand tools. We used a Miter Saw, Table Saw and we purchased a Multi Tool to cut the door trim. I am always excited to get a new piece of equipment, and this battery operated tool made installing the floor much easier. We also bought a Flooring Installation Kit which includes spacers, tapping block and pull bar.
I recommend watching this video not only because it is easy and informative, but being from New Zealand, Scott’s terminology for a few of the items is hilarious. Spacers, used to hold the bamboo away from the wall are “Peckers” and “Skirting” translates to trim here in the States.
Dave and I sailed through this installation together. Someone who has tackled this type of project before could handle it on their own, but I think it is much easier with two people.
If you have any questions or need further instructions or help please feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Stay tuned for the next part of my daughter’s bedroom transformation! Next will be Loft Building and Decorating!