Hickory floor reveal

Whew! I can finally say we are done with the epic hickory floor project. We actually finished the floor itself a few weeks ago. Since then, we’ve been working on installing all new baseboard molding, patching and painting walls that were damaged, and just basically finishing up all the little details.

Today I thought I’d share some photos of our new floors.








I am actually not that crazy about the rug I purchased for the living room. I think I may exchange it for something else. I liked the 5’x7′ version I saw on display at Home Depot, so I ordered it in an 8’x10′ size. However, when it showed up, I was a bit disappointed. I noticed that with inexpensive rugs (the only ones I buy :)), it seems that one basic pattern is used and then simply enlarged. So instead of getting more pattern on an 8’x10′ rug, you essentially get a blown-up version of the same exact pattern that was on the smaller rug. Does that make sense? So although I liked the size of the medallions on the 5’x7′ version, they are a bit large on the 8’x10′ version and look almost pixelated.


Here you can see how we flowed the flooring into the hallway, kitchen and dining room. I’m planning on installing the same picture frame molding in this hallway as what is in our dining room. I’m just waiting for my molding order to come in from 84 Lumber.



Hickory-floor-kitchenJust to re-cap, we purchased our pre-finished hickory flooring from Lumber Liquidators. It is the Builder’s Pride 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ natural hickory hardwood. With our military discount, I think it came to around $3.60 per square foot. For more information on the tools and methods we used for this DIY project, click here and here.

What do you think of our new hickory floors?

I’m linking this up to My Repurposed Life.

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30 Responses

  1. Ruth says:

    It’s gorgeous. I know from experience that the flooring was a huge job. Y’all did a great job!

  2. Tina B says:

    I was just looking at that rug at Home Depot yesterday…I need it in the largest size 10×13. I know exactly what you mean…they don’t repeat the pattern in the larger rugs, they simply blow the pattern up to the next size. Having said that, I like the rug in your room…it “fits” the decor nicely. I often have that, “Dang, that’s not what I expected” reaction to purchases…but then realize, just because it’s not what I pictured in my head, doesn’t mean it’s not “right.”

  3. Donna Gibson says:

    I like it! I do like the rug too. We are looking to do our kitchen floor/dining area over, and has linoleum for 27 years. Maybe by the time our 30th anniversary comes along, we can celebrate on new floors. I’m forwarding this email to Don’s email so he can see it too. I like the colors instead of the dark flooring that so many go with.

  4. Cindy says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Patricia says:

    It looks beautiful! All that hard work and it sure paid off!!

  6. Pam says:

    This is absolutely stunning. I really like the light wood with all of the color variations. Would you please share the color you used on your walls in your living room? I painted ours a few years ago and am still not in love with it. Yours look so nice with the wood on the floor.

  7. Lynn says:

    Beautiful!! What’s the color of your walls in the dining room and the living room, if you don’t mind me asking? I absolutely love the look>

  8. Lynn says:

    Sorry, guess I should have read all of the comments!!!

  9. Anna P says:

    Love Your home, well everything!! Can You please tell me the LR wall color, it’s gorgeous!!
    Well done, well done!!!

  10. Anna P says:

    Oops, didn’t see Pam questions about wall color…I’ll check the FAQ…Thanks a lot!!

    • Susan says:

      No prob, Anna. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you like the color (Iced Chocolate CI 60 – Valspar from Lowe’s). 😉

  11. teresa says:

    Just beautiful. they look so soothing, especially with your furnishings.
    I have a great link from littlegreennotebook for rugs…REAL rugs at a great price. I’ll have to find it. i know what you mean about the pixelation. I love textiles, so i’ve designed all my rooms around my handmade rugs. Tye’re one of the few things I’d keep if I ever had to seriously down size.:)

  12. teresa says:

    This is one of her posts for the site.

    I’m not sure if you get a discount or anything if you order through her site. Their prices are shipping great for handmade rugs. One would look beautiful in your space and add so much warmth. Plus, they’re easy to care for and clean.

  13. gail says:

    Beautiful floors! I’ve done installation, and it’s tough work, but oh so worth it in the end. 🙂 I did my daughter Jamie’s upstairs a few years ago, and they still look so great!

  14. Cindy says:

    So pretty. They gave you a military discount?! I love that so much!! xo

    • Susan says:

      Yep. It’s 5% and makes a real difference when you’re talking about that large of a purchase. I checked so many different places for wood flooring prices. Lumber Liquidators had the best price for the quality I wanted.

  15. Nicole says:

    My husband and I love your floors, your paint, and the decor. Great job! We are having hardwoods installed in our first house and are looking at having the same floors put in. I’ve heard mixed reviews about Lumber Liquidators wood; any thoughts on the product now that it’s been in your house for a bit?

    • Susan says:

      Nicole, a few other stores that sell wood flooring told me to be careful about Lumber Liquidators. I’m not sure why because I have to say I absolutely LOVE the product we ordered. It looks exactly the same as when we installed it (except for a few dings thanks to our toddler :)). I think the important thing is to be very clear about the wood you’re getting. We ordered a middle-of-the-road, natural grade solid Hickory. It’s in between a select grade and a cabin grade. The cabin grade is probably where you’re going to find a lot of problems like missing tongues, slightly varied widths, lots of knots, shorter piece lengths, etc. I would recommend buying the best grade you can afford as it will make installation easier. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck with your flooring project. 🙂

  16. Heather says:

    Your home is beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Here in South Africa, we don’t have a Lowe’s, but we do have a store called Mr Price Home. If ever you get a spare 5 minutes in your day, could you please look and see if it is similar? Thank you again for sharing.

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