Thursday, January 21, 2016

Vinyl Plank Flooring

YOU GUYS, we're in the home stretch of this basement renovation and I am ITCHING to get this place back in order. Couches are stacked, boxes are piling up, and the single digit countdown hath begun for completion. Flooring is the only thing left on the TODO list, carpet has been order (and is on it's way!), and the Vinyl flooring has arrived! Finger snaps all around.

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Allow me to back up about this Vinyl flooring deal. The bathroom floor needed some love. The concrete JUST wasn't doing it anymore. There were MANY options I noodled. Tile? HEATED Tile? Cork Flooring (works great in bathrooms!). I needed something durable, and relatively waterproof - because bathrooms ya know.



I stumbled upon Allure Vinyl flooring at HD and was like whaaaaaaaaaaat is this. Some Laminates/Vinyl LOOK fake. Like I can tell immediately that its fake (there is a ribbing across the planks that occur on some brands, ack). BUT this has gotten really good reviews, especially for bathrooms, and I knew it would bring some good warmth into that room. SO, 1 pack of Dark Walnut was ordered!




One week later it arrived, and EXACTLY one box was used to finish the bathroom #goodplanningjenn.



THE STORY GOES ON.

We REALLY liked the look of this, and how EASY it was to install, seriously, SO easy. So we noodled the idea of adding some by the bar area in the living room, ya know, to tie things together all cute with a bow.


4 more boxes arrived a week later. A few days after it came I was all "I'm just going to lay a few and see how it looks"...an hour later and I was here:


Then I ran into alllllll the angles with the bar which took a little more brain power, but all in all I'd say installation took 3 hours.



So, let's talk about INSTALL a bit. The bathroom was tricky and used every inch of my brain space to complete it. Angles.com/angles. The tricky part is planning out HOW the planks are laid, since there is tape DOWN on one side and UP on the other - see 1st photo above. So, you just need to plan that out a bit.

OH, and make sure your space is LEVEL, very important here, as they are sitting right on the concrete. Ya dig?

To start, you cut off the over hang (face down tape) on two ends (long/short), the end that will hit the two walls you are butting it up against. Cutting just requires a utility knife and straight edge.

For this particular piece I was laying, I needed to cut off the top overhang. I scored the line, and bent the plank to snap.




It takes about 2 scores of a utility knife, then just bend the plank and it'll snap at that line.

This also works when you need to trim it on the other end.


Just measure the length you need, and use a right angle to score the line.



It's also really easy to do tricky cuts. Just cut along those lines with the blade, I used a pliers to bend the planks at tricky spots/small cuts.



Then just align the planks together, and press down HARD. It's good to walk/sit on the planks (or use weights!) to secure them down. You have about 5 seconds to smoosh them together before it starts to get tough to separate them.



Protip: I would test lay a plank over another to make sure it was super snug. To make sure they didn't stick together I would lay a piece of the paper lining that came in the box on the sticky sides.


Then I would ninja slip that out and press the plank down.

I am super happy with how this little area turned out - I think it'll be a great addition to the bar!










Full disclosure: this product is only sold through Home Depot through the manufacturer (so HD has no liability on the delivered product). When it was delivered to my house, they placed the boxes hotdog style leaning against the door - which the instructions specifically say not to do. Because of this I had a few damaged pieces. You should always order 10% more than you need for projects (due to weird cuts/bad pieces) but this error ate up my 10%. So I was short about 5 planks for my project. They gave me a 15% discount on ordering a new one (the manufacturer doesn't allow replacement pieces for this product?). I would highly recommend shipping it TO Home Depot (instead of your house) and opening the boxes there for inspection. Lesson Learned! 

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