After all of these years of complaining about my kitchen and dining room floor, my new farmhouse plank flooring is done and I couldn’t be happier! 

This is a sponsored post. I received the flooring used from Select Surfaces, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Linoleum flooring circa mid 1970's

If you’ve been following along for any length of time, you probably remember that I complained about my kitchen and dining room floor…a lot. I am not proud of it, but it was honestly so outdated. I had seen it in more episodes of reality crime TV shows than I care to remember.

Young boy cleaning brown linoleum flooring with a Bona

I did, however, take darn good care of the floor and it shined like nobody’s business,

Side by side before and after - 1970's brown linoleum flooring next to Farmhouse Plank Flooring - floating click and lock type

BUT, I am so thrilled to finally have the old brown linoleum covered with something beautiful and modern and even though this farmhouse plank flooring has a definite Fixer Upper vibe, it is a true home decor basic that can go with almost any style allowing me to change up my decor at any time without worrying about a glaring style “clash” like I had before.

Floor view of Farmhouse Plank Flooring with black wooden chair on top of floor

I chose Select Surfaces Silver Oak Click Laminate Flooring from the Laminate Elite Collection (you can check it out here) and it’s even prettier in person than in the pics.  I ordered it online from Sam’s Club and picked it up at the store. It was a super easy process.

Easy to Install Farmhouse Plank Flooring

Dining room table on Farmhouse Plank Flooring with old brown 1970's laminate still showing

I can honestly not emphasize how easy it was to install. My husband started the project with me but a little less than halfway through he, unfortunately, took a bad turn health wise and had to be hospitalized for an extended period of time which left me to finish the floor on my own. I must say, the process was a huge boost to my DIY confidence.

Mini brush on top of cut farmhouse plank flooring for clean up

The only hold up timewise for me was the fact that we tore out a wall of cabinets first, gave everything a new fresh paint color, and salvaged all of the trim. Also, once my husband was out of commission I was doing all of the measuring, cutting, and installing myself. I had to run downstairs and outside for each cut and the weather was less than cooperative so what should have taken a few days took me weeks. Add to that having to make hospital visits, etc., and well, the process took me longer but you could honestly knock this out in a weekend with the proper tools and a helper.

Tools used to install farmhouse plank flooring

 

Tools Used:
Flooring Installation Kit (the spacers are a must)
Circular Saw – this is the one I have and use all the time
Jigsaw – I have one from Aldi’s 😉 that works just fine but I will be upgrading at some point
Carpenter Square
Workbench or Sawhorses – I have an older version of this Black & Decker Portable Workbench that I have used for over 20 years -it’s a beast! 

Farmhouse Plank Flooring – The Details

making a template for cuts for farmhouse plank flooring

Large carpenter square on floor for measuring cuts

template for floor cuts for farmhouse plank flooring

I was having trouble figuring out some of the cuts (it’s a me thing…I’m sure you’d be fine!) so my oldest son did help me with one series of cuts marking out a template for me for a small wall and shelf between the kitchen and dining room.

Refrigerator pulled away from wall and placed on new farmhouse plank flooring

My oldest and middle son also moved the refrigerator onto the new floor which I could not do myself so I had to wait until they were home and available. I stared at that refrigerator trying to figure out how to move it on my own but staring doesn’t work….trust me, I tried. 😉

Tools and products used to strip trim from old baseboard before installing after placing new farmhouse plank flooring

I decided to salvage the old trim (baseboards) so that added to the timeframe as well since I stripped it all and refinished it but I’m glad I took that extra step.

Old baseboard stripped of paint and stain - farmhouse plank flooring install

Finally – My New Farmhouse Plank Floor

Gray Farmhouse Plank Flooring DIY - complete

And here it is! Isn’t it gorgeous???

(Yes, those are sliders under the table legs…I have them under everything because I move everything…all the time for cleaning but I will be taking those out soon once I know for sure where the table is going to stay!)

new Farmhouse plank flooring in the dining room

The room feels so much fresher and open and I love the easy flow….

View of dining room looking into kitchen with new farmhouse plank flooring

I’m not done with the entire update/makeover yet.  I still need a pantry or somethin’ somethin’. Ripping out a bunch of cabinets and not using my china cabinet hutch has left a huge gaping hole in my ability to store things so I’ll have to figure out something SOON.

kitchen floor view of galley kitchen with new farmhouse plank flooring

But this was EXACTLY what was needed to bring newness to this space. (The blue chair is not staying…it just had nowhere to go while I was taking photos.)

Dining room view with new farmhouse plank flooring

If I had to do it all over again, I would pick these same exact floors. Installation was easy and the results are beyond what I had even hoped for.

Before and after of dining room with old linoleum and new farmhouse plank flooring