Crafty (& Handy) Studio

The Studio Has a Floor

We installed the bamboo flooring this weekend in the studio!

Day 1
We emptied the room, shoving everything into the library and future guest room. Brandon ripped out all of the carpeting, pulled up the baseboards, and removed all of the staples and carpet tack strips from the subfloor.

Down to the subfloor

An underlayment had to be rolled out and trimmed to size before the actual flooring could go in. One should use a sharp blade to cut through the material. One should also exercise caution when dealing with sharp blades.


Day 2
We started working around 10:00. Two hours later, it seemed we had barely made any progress.

Floor in Progress

The first few rows are the most time-consuming. There’s a lot of measuring and planning to center the planks, and they don’t stay together very well in the beginning. Another three hours later, and we were much further along.

Floor in Progress

By 6:30, we were done! Yes, the bamboo floor took a mere eight or nine hours of hard, hard work (we are so tired).

Happy!  Floor!  Done!

Bamboo Floor

We still need to:

  • measure for the baseboards
  • buy the baseboards
  • paint the closet and alcove (and do touch-ups around the room)
  • install the baseboards
  • prime and paint the baseboards
  • clean up
  • move the furniture back in
  • move everything else back in
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  • Amy
    October 8, 2007 at 6:56 am

    Save yourself some work – prime and paint the baseboard BEFORE you install it. Then touch up after you install it. Much easier then having the crawl along the floor to paint it and dealing with taping everything off. Learned that the hard way.

  • Moxie
    October 8, 2007 at 8:05 am

    So pretty! I’m envious, but mostly at how industrious you two are! We just don’t have the energy to do much with our bungalow anymore, but paint. So I live vicariously through you.

  • *jj
    October 8, 2007 at 8:16 am

    looks lovely… well done

  • Julieta
    October 8, 2007 at 9:59 am

    I second Amy’s suggestion. My husband primed and painted all the baseboards, trim, and molding prior to install. It’s the exact opposite of what they tell you to do, but we haven’t had a problem with warping, yet, after 8 years of home ownership (two homes).

  • kate1976
    October 8, 2007 at 10:12 am

    The floor looks great- good job!

  • raya
    October 8, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Looks good! I love how DIY you and your husband are. We are getting ready to rip up our carpet/tile and install hardwood in 720 sq. feet of our house. Should be interesting…

  • drey
    October 8, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    i love that colour :) that’s what i want…

  • Amy
    October 8, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    it looks fantastic. You two are so inspiring!

  • Cherie
    October 9, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    Nicole, there you go again! I am wanting bamboo floors but did not know they came in such a rich color. Great job! I have been lurking watching you two take on one room at a time, to perfection!

  • Jessie
    October 10, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Your floor looks wonderful!!!! Its complete opposite of my floor. (white) It looks so much better than the carpet that was in there. I love your home. :)

  • sandra
    April 5, 2011 at 9:27 am

    This is gorgeous and is exactly the color I want in my kitchen. I have been going about, trying to find a bamboo flooring that is hardy enough and dark enough. When the flooring is really sturdy, it does not seem to come in really dark colors, and I have not been able to find such a deep, rich, dark floor. What brand is this and where can I get it (DIY store?) thank you

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