Dining Room Hardwood Flooring Installation

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Project by Mark posted 09-07-2013 01:01 PM 1314 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Recently finished an entire rehab of my dining room. It took several months “soup to nuts” (as I can only do project work like this on weekends), and the hardwood flooring was the final piece. Some shots of the flooring installation are included above. I find hardwood flooring installation to be one of those projects that’s really fun to do – especially if you’re not in a rush. It’s just a gratifying effort overall.

Above, I’m using 3/4 inch oak – and it’s all pre-finished as you can see.

This room had two transitions – one to a kitchen with existing tile, and another to a living room which was to be carpeted from scratch. There were some challenges here, especially since I changed my plans for the adjacent living room after I had about half of this dining room flooring laid—I was originally planning to run the hardwood through both rooms, but as I got started I realized that might just be a little too much.

It’s never ideal to change your plans halfway through a project, but occasionally it happens… ;-)

In any case – the shots above show both transitions, along with some of the intermediate installation steps. I find that the final trim work at the edges and at the transitions to be particularly time consuming – but it’s really imperative to get those finishing touches “just right” for the final look.

If anyone is trying this for the first time, you might want to check out a more comprehensive project summary that I wrote on my website. It’s almost like a step-by-step project journal really, and it includes some very amateur video as well. (It’s really hard to shoot video while using a nail gun!) Link is here…

Also, some folks have asked me about the wall frame/wallpaper design in other forums – which I’m particularly proud of in this room. I have another project summary on this dining room trim work design and installation effort right here as well for anyone interested.

-- Mark, Jersey Shore,

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 05:54 PM

Looks great! This is a project that is on my list. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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