*This post is sponsored by Floor & Decor. All opinions are 100% mine! See my full disclosure HERE. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support our family!*
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that the incredible store, Floor & Decor, offered to collaborate with me on a big home project Mr. B. and I have been dreaming about doing for YEARS.
Our carpets were 12 years old and let’s just say they were probably so full of bacteria you could have hosted an entire science experiment based on one small square section in a high traffic area.
Seriously – between baby spit up, stomach bugs, 2 little boy’s potty training seasons, spilled Cokes, dribbled pancake syrup, and that time Happy Buddy took a Red Sharpie to it for a good 3 minutes before I discovered the horrific scene, it’s safe to say that our carpets had seen better days.
And that’s putting it nicely.
As we discussed what we wanted to do to replace the carpeting, we went back and forth between wood tile, engineered hardwood, and bamboo flooring.
I liked the wood tile because it would give the look I wanted as well as work well with our humid, South Florida climate.
The engineered hardwood was a great option, too, but the closer we looked at it, the more we felt it just wasn’t designed as well as real wood.
And real hardwood floor just didn’t seem like a practical option because of where we live (not to mention it is the most expensive option).
But then my in-laws introduced us to bamboo. Ohhhhhh the BAMBOO.
We finally settled on THIS ONE from Floor & Decor and we are IN LOVE.
Here are the 5 main reasons why we went with the bamboo flooring.
#1 – It Looks Like Hardwood (And is even stronger!)
Mr. B. and I eventually realized that we preferred the softness and warmth of wood flooring as opposed to cold tile. We love that bamboo looks and feels just like hardwood! And it happens to be 2-3 times stronger than red oak! If you buy stranded bamboo like we did, then that is even stronger. This kind of toughness is great for families with busy kids and pets.
#2 – It’s Eco-Friendly
Bamboo plants grow REALLY fast (unlike red oak), so bamboo materials are not in as short supply as hardwood materials. Yay for taking care of the earth!
#3 – Easy to Install
Installation of our bamboo floor took only 2 days as the individual floor planks interlock and click into place – no messy, toxic glues needed! It’s so easy to lay these floors down even my 3-year-old learned how to do it.
#4 – Easy to Care For
All you need to clean these floors is a broom and a damp mop – no fancy chemicals required (in fact, you do NOT want to even think about touching these gorgeous floors with chemicals). Mr. B. likes to use the Swiffer Sweeper with the Dry Sweeping Cloths on it every night before we go to bed.
#5 – Resistant to Moisture (HALLELUJAH)
I love that bamboo does not warp or shrink as readily as hardwoods when in a high moisture environment (ie. South Florida). In fact, my father-in-law took a sample plank of bamboo and literally SOAKED IT IN THE BATHTUB for several hours and it looked exactly the same as it did before taking the plunge. That is some strong, durable stuff, right there.
Now, would you like to see the before and after photos of our bamboo flooring in action?? 😉
Before (Living Room)
Before (Dining Room)
Before (Front Entrance)
Before (Master Bedroom)
Before (Happy Baby’s Room)
Before (Happy Buddy’s Room)
And check out these BASEBOARDS (happy sigh).
I had NO idea that changing the floors and the baseboards would transform our little house so much!
For the record, Mr. B. and I cleaned our house for 2 hours before I took these ‘After’ photos for you. And we may or may not have locked our children in Happy Baby’s bedroom and told them they were only allowed to play in the corner and not make a mess until we were done. Hahahaha!
Also, until I examined these photos, I never realized how much the chevron pattern is taking over our house. When I like something – I REALLY like something.
The other day as we were driving home from school, Happy Buddy (who was originally not in favor of the new floors because he didn’t want his race cars to go too fast) commented, “I can’t wait to go home and see the floors again.”
And Mr. B. and I keep walking around our house saying, “I can’t believe we live here!”
A HUGE thanks to Floor & Decor for helping us complete this project. We truly cannot imagine going anywhere else should we ever need flooring or tile again!
If you are thinking about replacing your floors, make sure you stop by Floor & Decor for inspiration, direction, and everything you will need to turn your dream into a reality.
So, what do you think?????
Have a great weekend, friends!
– Julie 🙂