The new, engineered wood floors, from Stuga Studio are in at the Fullmers and we’re all in love. We ordered a bunch of free samples from Stuga to compare them with the cabinet fronts we had chosen and pick a good coordinating one. We originally landed on Oak Portofino, but it was backordered a little too long for our timeline. So we ordered another round of samples and fell for their Oak Muse at just $5.75/sq ft. (we needed about 550 square feet).
The 5″ wide boards are timeless, incredibly smooth with a matte lacquer finish that eliminates most of the glare. The muted grey-white tones in this oak floor have so much character, I already want to use them again and again.
The home’s original kitchen flooring (that tested positive for an asbestos underlayment) couldn’t be disturbed. It was already under a few layers of flooring that made the kitchen and living room floors uneven. To even them out, we had to add plywood sub flooring to the living room area and then a thin layer of luan over all of it to make it extra smooth and even out the transitions.
If you missed last week’s update filled to the brim with tips on installing an IKEA kitchen, you can go back and read it here. We installed the flooring right up to the cabinet legs (once the toe kicks are on you won’t be able to even tell!), but through the area where the range, dishwasher and fridge will be since those areas are more open.
We rolled out this underlayment first and then the install process of these floors is relatively easy. They lock togeher really tight. In fact, Stuga says you could hang a car from them–the gaps are so tight. You can float, staple, or gluing them down. We thought we were going to have to float them due to the asbestos, but because of the sub-flooring we added, we were able to use 3/4″ staples (driven right into the lip of each piece) so the flooring is very secure.
The end result is an absolute dream! It’s warm but neutral. And smooth And even! For the first time there’s not a significant difference height difference between the spaces which has really unified their home. We have countertops and cabinet fronts on their way (and then we can tile the backsplash!) and appliances will be here next week!