I am so glad Friday is here. But I will be even more glad when Friday is over. Once Friday is officially over... we will start our Spring Break! No school & no sports = no schedules. And I loooove the days of no schedules!
Our spring break is not taking us on any exciting vacation. Nope, not this year. This year, we (and when I say "we" I mean "me") decided to devote the entire week to beautifying our home. We decided (there's that "we" word again) to rip out all of our carpeting and linoleum in the downstairs. All of it! And install hardwood floors.
Hardwood floors! Are "we" crazy? With nine kids? We have lived in this house for 10 years and have had the stock carpeting and linoleum since the day we moved in. It is completely thrashed and old and shabby and it looks awful. But because it's completely thrashed and old and shabby and already looks awful...the kids can't hurt it any. The kids can't destroy it much more than it already is. So as hideous as it looks, it's a very "safe" flooring for us to have.
Hardwood flooring is expensive. And the last thing I want is to live in a glass house where I'm nervous that the kids (and their friends) will ruin something so expensive simply by walking, sitting, and running on it. Because that's what kids do. They walk, they sit, and they run. Sometimes they even jump, throw things, and take sharp objects and carve their initials into hardwood floors.
But we like the look of wood floors. We have always dreamed of having wood floors. And we are sick and tired of the ugly old stained carpet and cheap linoleum throughout the house. We are ready for a change.
The wood that we decided on is a distressed wood - hand scraped and hand stained - that way, if the kids scrape it up (and you know they eventually will) it will at least blend right in once we use a stain pen. And we chose a lighter color so it won't show dust easily - because being the busy mom that I am, the floor will more than likely not get wiped down every day!
What do you think?
What I'd like to know is this: Do any of you have hardwood flooring with kids running around on it all day? And two dogs? If so, how does it hold up? Do you love it or regret getting it? If you were to do your floor over again, would you choose wood or tile?
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