I Spoke Too Soon

I hadn’t even finalized yesterday’s post— about how we had amazingly managed to not pick the most expensive cabinet designs– when we had another shopping trip that had a more expected outcome.

We decided to brave the frigid temperatures to check out Chelsea Plank Flooring.  The production facility and factory store are only about 10 minutes away from us and our builder highly recommended we consider that product.

So we made our way into their showroom– probably about 40 feet by 40 feet– and talked to one of the nice salesmen.  I wanted to hear more about prefinished floors versus site-finished floors among other inquiries and we both wanted to see the different style/color options.  And they have a pretty good selection.  The floor of the showroom was finished with at least a dozen, maybe more like 20, different options and then another 3 dozen or so samples were “installed” in about 2×4 foot sections on the walls all around.

We couldn’t have been there more than 5 minutes– just talking at the desk– when Stephanie pointed to one of the samples on the back wall to say she liked it.  To which the salesman replied, “you have excellent taste…that’s the most expensive product we sell.”

No joke.

I don’t think we had even gotten our bearings in there.  I know I hadn’t even seen 50% of the options, but my beautiful wife was able to find the most expensive one– distressed walnut– just like that.

To her credit, I like it too.  It does look very nice and even after trying to find something else that we both like as much or more, we were unsuccessful.  Here is a pic of the sample they had in the showroom.

There’s a lot more to investigate before we would be making a final decision.  Apparently walnut is a relatively soft wood so it would be more prone to damage.  The runner-up option we found was hickory and would be much tougher so more research is necessary.  Plus, I’m still not completely sold on the prefinished flooring.

More to come.

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