Lots of you have asked me about these fake wood floors...so I'll tell you what I did. My friend, Caroline, did her kitchen and she is where I got the inspiration. They look real and unless you get down on all fours and sniff for the wood smell...it's really hard to tell. Anyway, I bought them at Lowes Home Improvement. Made by Novalis and come in 4 different colors. Mine are Golden Oak. They are vinyl stick and peel planks. The directions are on the box...of how to lay them. Here are some other examples and comments from those who've used them.
I bought 8 boxes according to the measurements on the box, but only needed 7 boxes and a few extra planks that they also sell individually. You can also buy one of each color, take them home and live with them to see which one you like best.
First go to the garage and get your husband's softball knee-pads...hockey will do! If none are to be found...FIND SOME! Your knees will thank you in the morning. I'm not even joking about this step! Do not start until you have some cushion on those patella's!
You must first prep your floor by mopping it clean and then removing any residue with water and let it dry. Then roll the self-stick tile primer on and let it dry. You don't need much...the consistency is like milk. I used about 1/2 a bottle for my kitchen. Let it dry. I used my rotary cutter to score/cut the planks and they just pop in half. My measuring tape and yardstick were also very helpful. I used scissors for the tricky spots around door frames.
Measure your room and start laying planks in the middle FIRST. I started on one side of the island. If you start on a wall...your wall may be slightly crooked and that will jack up the rest of it and it could look all catywampus and sideways by the time you finish. Stagger your planks. Again there are examples of how to do this on the box. And MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE. When you get to edges...it can get tricky, so measure. Did I say MEASURE? Also, I asked a guy at Lowes' about a sealer to go over the top and he said there was not one. If your floor is properly prepared and the tiles layed tightly, you'll be good! Although, someone left a comment that she did this in her bathroom...and the tiles came up. I dunno? I probably won't do it in my kid's bathroom beacuse I think they take bath's on the outside of the tub...water everywhere.
This was the last unfinished corner. I am proud to say that my floor is completely done as of today. "They" recommend you take off baseboards or molding, but who has time for that. You know who "they" are. "They" didn't have their kitchen furniture in the living room for 3 days...so of course "they" has all the time in the world to take off their baseboards. Caroline didn't do it and her's looked great. I did lift that little yucky gold strip with my hammer to get the plank under and then hammer it back down. My husband was against this for a long time. This was our conversation in the process:
husband: "Wow, this is really going to look good!"
me: (on my knees) "uh-huh"
husband: "I should have let you do this a long time ago!"
me: (trying not to be smug) "uh-huh"
husband: (admitting the truth we've always known) "you're always right about everything!"
me: (still on my knees) "uh-huh"
Hope this helps, please feel free to email me any questions. Go here to see my finished fake hardwoods along with fake beadboard.