installing bamboo floor

Paint Project Wizard and Family Room Flooring Update

{Distressed antique java bamboo floors}

Next up on the family room renovation is choosing the plan to paint, choosing paint colors and a list of supplies. My Colortopia was really helpful in putting together a color palette for our family room last week.

The Paint Project Wizard at MyColortopia is a great tool for planning. I started with the My Colortopia quiz and inspiration tool. Just “drag” color palette to the Project Folder. There are also some helpful MyColortopia blog tips along the way.

paint project wizard

Next I just answered questions about the room I’m painting:

  • What room are you painting? family room (I chose living room as an option)
  • How high is your ceiling? 9 ft.
  • How many walls are you going to paint? 4
  • How many doors and windows are in the room? 4 windows, 2 regular doorways + 1 French door = 4 doors.

Paint Project Wizard

A few more specific details and recommendations:

paint project wizard

Helpful info for walls and trim:

paint project wizard

and a supply check list. It’s no fun getting started then realizing something was forgotten!

paint project wizard

Finally, a handy materials list page to print, locations to purchase Glidden paints and even a Facebook event button for organizing a paint party!

paint project wizard

The flooring has been installed (almost done)! We have lived with bare plywood since we bought this house (after ripping out some old carpeting). We did originally sand and refinish original pine floors. And they don’t photograph terribly in the before picture…

original soft pine wood floors

But, there are gaps between the boards (that pinch Mr. DIY’s feet…he walks really heavy) and bad patch jobs throughout. Not to mention it lines up unevenly with the newer addition’s plywood subfloor…

pine floor patch

This spot needed some support added (we could bounce on it like a trampoline), so original pine wood planks were removed and support added…

wood floor support and patch

The rooms were not even or level and when previous owners added on to this old house, they cracked side boards to create a ramp down to the newer addition (not huge, but not pretty either)…

old pine floor

A little floor leveler helped…

floor leveler

bamboo floor installation, prep work

But we still have a tiny bit of ramp-effect so bamboo planks in the family room run a different direction…

bamboo floor

The new flooring is beautiful (same as we used in the kitchen and dining room) and I’m thrilled to have uniform floors and no more dirty-looking plywood in the family room…

Some tricks I learned along the way:

  • When continuing flooring from the kitchen, tongue and groove were in a more complicated direction for the living room install. Our contractor (Gary Stone), simply created what he called a “spleen”. by making the threshold board have two “tongues” (just a little handy work). Then he was able to work in most efficient direction when installing the bamboo in the living room.
  • Undercutting the wide (OLD!) baseboard trim in this room worked best, especially when it came to a rounded baseboard edge of a built-in book case and the fireplace surround. The family room had newer cheaper baseboard trim that we removed prior to installation.
  • A cool new tool I got to see is this wall jack. Necessary for putting in the last board closer along the wall – it helps to slide the tongue/groove into place since there is no working room.

wall jack

  • Saw off the side (short end) groove of the last plank to install. There’s no getting a short side + long side (tongue side) into place since it’s the last plank installing bamboo floor .New floors look amazing! Now our kitchen, dining room, hall (soon to be walk in pantry), living room and family room all match! A big improvement over previous owner’s vinyl and carpet! More coming soon! 😉

Sneak peek of the progress:


I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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