Last week, we replaced the linoleum in our kitchen and the carpeting in our dining room with hardwood flooring. Though the fumes drove us out of the house one evening (we stayed in a hotel), I am so glad we did it because what a difference it makes in those two rooms! Not only does it unify the rooms, which was greatly needed, but it also makes the dining area seem more spacious since there is no longer a defining line where one room ends and another begins.
I am still in awe that those rooms are a part of our house. I feel like I am in someone else’s house whenever I go in there, and I find myself just happily looking around those rooms, taking it all in. The dogs were banished from the rooms until this evening (we didn’t want their claws hurting the finish before it had a chance to fully harden.) They are still a little nervous about treading on the wood.