The one thing that we knew we needed was an automatic wood floor stapler as opposed to the "old school" stapler that you have to whack. We really didn't feel like playing Whack-A-Mole, and quite honestly our muscles just aren't up to par to handle one of those bad boys. Enter the automatic stapler! Nate was lucky enough to have been given some nail guns with an air compressor as a Christmas gift from his beautiful wife (guess who is writing this post?!?), so we already had the air compressor and Bob knew someone that was willing to let us borrow his automatic stapler. We are ready to lay some floors!
|BOSTITCH WOOD FLOOR STAPLER. ISN'T SHE A BEAUTY!?!|
|"OLD SCHOOL STAPLER" CAN YOU IMAGINE?|
|THE BEGINNING OF OUR FLOORING PROJECT|
|STEPPING THE FLOORING!|
We had piles set up in the dining room with each size (we had four different sizes) in one pile. We chose randomly for the first course which ran against the front wall of our hallway and into our living room. The floor vents were cut out using a scroll saw, and the boards were shortened accordingly (when they met up with the wall) with a miter saw (a gift from Nate's parents).
For the second course, we started with the leftover piece from the board that was just cut with the miter saw, and then matched the sizes that we used in the first course. This process continued throughout the home. If you use this method, your waste should be very, very minimal. Our waste consisted of a few boards that we just completely screwed up on, and about a half of a dozen short little pieces that were useless. As long as when you are putting in the last piece against the wall in one course, the "leftovers" from the cut are large enough to be used for the next course you will have no waste! It really is one of the most rewarding projects that we undertook on this renovation.
We spent about four weeknights installing the flooring. One of us would pick the piece of flooring, set it, and join the tongue and groove together using a mallet and a wooden block, as to not damage the floors with the mallet, and the other one of us would staple them together. It was a great project for two people and shockingly our knees and backs handled the work. Bob basically taught us how to start with the first two courses, and we did the entire rest of the first floor! We gave ourselves a big 'ole pat on the back when we were finished!
Speaking of when we finished, we reviewed our work and realized how much we LOVED the natural look of the walnut. We were originally going to stain them a very dark espresso brown.
|DARK FLOOR SAMPLES NEXT TO THE CABINET|
|THE FINISHED FLOORS|
Now that our friends have been reprimanded, we LOVE our floors and we are so happy that we did not stain them dark. Notice in the photo above some woodwork happening in the dining room. Guess what the next post is going to be about!?!?