Reclaimed Looking Laminate ~ House Update

Hey guys!!  I’m so excited to finally share with you all the flooring choice that I made for our wood floor areas!  If you missed my options, you can see them HERE!

Architectural-Remnants-FlooringI picked Woodland Reclaim/Old Original from the new Architectural Remnants line by Armstrong Flooring!  It is sooooo gorgeous and guess what??  It’s LAMINATE!  Can you believe it?! The average cost, nationally, for this florin is $3.50-$4.50 per sq. ft.!!!!

Everyone that has seen and felt it, since we installed it, cannot believe it when we tell them!  I had several emails and questions on my first post about how this flooring feels/sounds.  The main question being – “Does the floor have a squeaky sound like the laminate that I am used to”?  I can say that after a week of walking all over it, it does NOT have a squeaky plastic sound at all.  In fact, it’s very soft to the touch (much like a freshly sanded board) and it is very dense so it feels very substantial under your feet and it absorbs sound great!  I am shocked that we don’t have an echo in the house after installing it.

Armstrong-Architectural-RemnantWe did choose to install the flooring ourselves, to save money, and the installation process was very easy! I’m going to share our DIY instructions and a final reveal of all of the rooms, with the flooring, very soon!

Laminate-FlooringHere’s another sneak peak 😉  I just can’t get enough!  You have to check out all of the colors in this new line because they are absolutely amazing! I had a hard time choosing just one but this one really stood out because it reminded me of the way we sand down our furniture pieces to get a reclaimed look – match made in heaven 😉

As I mentioned in my first post, about the flooring, we wanted wood flooring throughout the downstairs of our home but, with two boys and a toddler, it’s just not an option. I opted for laminate and my jaw dropped when I found this!  I have the best of both worlds in flooring 😉 Reclaimed wood look and the easy maintenance of laminate!

Be on the lookout for my DIY installation and final reveals very soon!  I can’t wait 🙂

What do you think?


I partnered with Armstrong Flooring for this project.  I was given my choice of flooring to review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Pam profusek on May 18, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    So, 5 years later, do you still like it?

  2. william purvis on July 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    does anyone regret going with armstrong – me and my wife are trying to decide if we want to try these or a engineered hardwood?

  3. william purvis on July 15, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    where is the best place to buy it? my local retailer is over $5 per sq/ft,….is that in line with everyone else?

  4. Rich Filice on March 13, 2017 at 10:57 pm


    We are considering this same material for our home, first question; I noticed that you have directional changes in the flooring. From the photos, it would appear as though you have varying lengths running perpendicular to what appears to be a hallway. These all come in 47″ lengths, how did you connect them? Doesn’t cutting them short cut off the tongue and groove? Any info would be huge and appreciated, direction changes without T-moldings is one of the things deterring me from using laminate.

    Thank you


  5. Sally Bourgeois on March 1, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Does anyone have a picture of L3102 installed? It is defined as Architectural Remnants, Woodland Reclaim-Old Original

  6. Eileen on February 14, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I am in the process of reading reviews for this flooring and came upon your blog. The floor is beautiful but I have one concern. Because its textured and grooved does it “catch” crumbs/dirt etc? We have 8 kids and 1 dog…and well I need a floor that hides everything. Lol! I love the mixed colors bc that hides well but I’m concerned about the grooves catching dirt…and thoughts? thank you~

    • Shanty2Chic on February 14, 2017 at 7:21 am

      I didn’t notice that being a problem. I think you would be very happy with it 🙂

  7. Ellen Christina on July 11, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    What model # did you use please? L3102?

  8. Melissa Pierson on March 20, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Hi- did you use any of the trim or mouldings on your install? I’m curious about the quarter round. Seems pricey and wondering if you explored any other trim options.

    • Shanty2Chic on March 20, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      We installed this as a new construction so, we were able to install the baseboards where they needed to be to slide the flooring and underlayment underneath. I prefer to remove the baseboards and put them back on an existing home so personally, I didn’t use any of the trim. I did you t mold strips for the carpet transitions. Hope this helps!

  9. Jenny McIntyre Whiting on March 4, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Every since I saw this post two years ago, I have been in love with this flooring. This past year we moved and I finally have a chance to pick new flooring for our house. I really want to go with the exact some flooring that you used, but first I wanted to ask you how it has held up?? We have a sample of the flooring and I see that it does have slight grooves in between each piece. We had a similar floor in our last house (but a cheaper option, from Home Depot) and I noticed that chairs sometimes caught on these grooves…it wasn’t all exactly even. So the edges of the grooves sometimes nicked and scratched. Maybe it’s also possible that it wasn’t installed correctly. So, has your armstrong floor had any problems with scratching, especially along the grooves between the pieces? Any other comments about it? I hope you still love it, but I also want your very honest opinion! Thanks so much!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 4, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      Hey there!! I didn’t have any problems, at all, with the scratching. It sounds like the precious was an issue with the installation. If the tongue and groove aren’t fit together properly, the edges will pop up. Hope this helps!!!

  10. genica 83 on January 1, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Where did you buy the Armstrong reclaimed wood laminate flooring at?

  11. Jane W on October 1, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Just stumbled upon this post! We used this flooring when we remodeled our kitchen last year. It has an incredible warranty, so it was a good choice for our family. The kitchen is a super heavy traffic area for us. Everyone that visits can’t believe it’s not real wood, always have to bend down and touch it. (Sorry the pic doesn’t have more of the flooring in it)

    • Shani Rae Bewley on January 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Jane did you use the warm color as well or the old original dark???

      • Jane W on January 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm

        The old original dark.

        • Shani Rae Bewley on January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

          thank you!

  12. VJ on December 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    here’s some pics of mine during the process. i also changed directions twice. it came out pretty good and how i had it pictured in my head. i wanted it to be running long ways when you walk in the front door, but also down the hall way, so i switched directions at the hallway, as well as the entrance into my office, and both turned out great.

    • Kimberly on January 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      VJ are you able to tell me the color that you used?

      • VJ on January 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm

        L3101 “old original dark”

        • Kimberly on January 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm

          Thanks 4 sharing! The “warm” and “old original dark” look so similar in photos. We are building and want these floors. Hopefully you have been happy with them :))

    • Rich Filice on March 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      how did you change directions, aren’t these planks all the same length? How did you deal with the locking feature if you cut them to new lengths? Please help…. Rich

  13. VJ on December 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I installed this floor recently in my home im remodeling and i love it. i however was stupid and didn’t follow instructions, and didn’t use a 5″ plank every other row. it turned out great regardless, and i just used random plank widths, i did not follow any pattern. this is hands down my favorite laminate floor i’ve ever seen!

    • LorenandKelly Weideman on January 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      I love this floor, but can’t decide which color to go with. Do you know which color you used? They have Dark, Brown and Warm. Were you able to see more of each of the colors than their typical little samples.

      • VJ on January 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        i went with the L3101 which is the “old original dark” color. the store I bought from had each sample on display, about a 1.5×1.5 foot section. I liked all the colors, the L3101 model matched the paints best IMO so I went with that. I liked the gray one, I may use that when I do my 2nd story addition since itll be a different room.

        • Wayno on June 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

          VJ, can you post a pic of your “old original dark” in its installed state? I am on the verge of selecting that exact laminate for a pretty ample space – kitchen, DR and LR – and it’s hard to tell from the sample what it will look like over the expanse. I assume the light blue color shows up only occasionally – which is nice – but is not repeated too often. Thanks.

          • VJ on June 1, 2015 at 4:20 pm

            Whats your email? Send me that or your phone number and I’ll email/text you whatever pics you need. It really does look nice installed. I love jt.

          • Wayno on June 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

            Thanks, VJ. The email that I should be using for this (rather than the one I’m sending from now), and to which you should respond with pic, is [email protected].

            Another question I have is whether you purchased an additional sound dampening sub-layer, that is often sold with laminates (for anywhere from .35 to .65/sq. ft) to reduce the clickety-clack? Maybe the super-thick (12mm) laminate that you bought doesn’t require it. I am considering the one that you have and also an 8 mm laminate from Mohawk called Echo Canyon Oak, of which I’ve attached a photo. The Mohawk product is not as rustic as the Armstrong product, and has a smoother finish, which makes it bit less wood-like and realistic. I found your Armstrong product online for $2.93 sq. ft., which I think is a pretty good price. I am not a DIY guy, so will also have to pay an installer. But installing laminate is way cheaper than installing tiles or hardwood, since it’s all click ‘n lock.

            Thanks in advance for the photos.

  14. Zoe on December 20, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I’m getting ready to have this floor Installed in my kitchen, but I haven’t decided on a paint color yet. Do you mind sharing the brand and name of the dark gray color you used?

  15. Abby Schroeder on August 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    so just wondering why you chose laminate? We are refinishing our old farmhouse and I was going between wood floors or laminate, but have done little research so far on the pros and cons of each. If you could share you option that would be great! Thanks!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Hey Abby,
      I covered this in one of the posts. My opinion is that laminate is zero maintenance and more durable, which was a good choice for our family!

      • Abby Schroeder on August 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        Ok thanks!

    • Patricia Morse on March 12, 2015 at 11:16 am

      I absolutely love the look of these floors, however, for the price, you could get hardwood flooring which is much sturdier. I have top quality laminate and it separates end to end after a year or two of being down. And yes, I do have the foam underlayment down in addition to the quality backing. I will be interested in knowing if you have the same problem after a year or two. Personally, I would not recommend laminate to anyone for that reason. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t had the same problem with laminate. Altho’ the whole floor is suppose to shift as one piece in the winter, it doesn’t…. it separates on the ends if you live in a very cold climate as I do. Perhaps the hardwood flooring companies will come out with this kind of a pattern if people relly like it. As I said, I love the look and would very much like to have it, but in laminate….. no deal, not in my climate!

  16. Stephanie Muse on July 26, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Omg these floors are beautiful ! This will definitely be an option for me.

  17. Heather on May 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

    We’re moving into a new home and getting new flooring. I’m wanting to do this but the house has the knotty alder cabinets (they’re very pretty). The floor sample hasn’t came in yet and I am a little nervous with the contrast between the two. Every example I’m seeing is with a white/cream cabinetry. Should I keep the knotty alder look or sand and paint white??? Please help! Thanks.

    • Shanty2Chic on May 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Hi Heather!
      I have knotty alder cabinets that are stained Carrington (dark brown with a slight red tint). My cabinets do not touch the laminate but my stairs do and they are stained the same color. I think it’s a good fit without being matching but I would definitely look at it against the sample. Cream is a perfect color with the flooring if you are dead set on the flooring!

      • Heather on May 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

        Thank you so much. I forgot to mention that this is for our kitchen (so the cabinets will be touching the floor). If you get a chance to post another picture of your kitchen choices that would be most helpful. Obviously, I really like your taste. Thanks again for everything you’re doing, it’s making my life a little less stressful right now.

        • Shanty2Chic on May 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

          Sure!! If you click on Ashley’s house build under our projects tab you can see my kitchen on the post about my cabinets!

  18. Katie Collette on April 11, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hey! I noticed it had been a few months–have you posted the next update yet? My husband and I were looking for something just like this!! We will be installing in a few weeks, and would love to read your post on how you did it. (Also, after seeing your raves on the KregJig–we finally bought one. LOVE IT! best purchase ever)

  19. Kristen on March 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    do these floors have that “echoey” sound when walked on by you or dogs? We have friends that bought pergomax, it’s beautiful but… the floors were so loud I immediately decided laminate was not the way to go and i’ll stick with concrete or tile. Im curious if this brand is better and less noisy. any help would be appreciated, thanks!

  20. Katie H. on March 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Are you able to tell yet how easily this flooring shows dirt? I currently have a lighter laminate that show EVERY spec! I am sweeping a couple times a day and want my next choice to be the right one!! Thank you!

  21. Shawna McMillion Voss on February 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I am in the Grapevine area and was wondering where you got the flooring? Did you order direct or buy from a showroom? I have had bare concrete for years, because reclaimed wood flooring is so expensive, and this is just my style!

  22. Stephanie on February 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Hi, Do you have any more pictures of the flooring? We are really liking this product, but are a little concerned with the one piece that almost has blue tones…. Thank you! 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on February 11, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      I am posting them soon. You could leave those out if you are willing to purchase more flooring than you need. It has a blue/gray tone like a barn wood color…

      • Stephanie on February 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm

        Beautiful home! Thank you!

  23. Calico on February 8, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I have vinyl plank flooring in other parts of downstairs rooms. With cost of product and installation for those areas, doing master bedroom in like material would have proven cost prohibitive. Now I am seriously considering tackling this room myself but wondering if I should do so. Cost of material alone will run about $600 add another $600 to have someone else do the chore. Really how difficult would this be for a fairly handy Grandma to do this? I handle all interior painting, exterior house painting, gardening, furniture refinishing…installation would be over cement slab which has already been denuded of disgusting old carpet and baseboards.

  24. nato on February 6, 2014 at 8:22 am

    how did you manage under the existing doors and doorposts?
    did you shorten them, and how? (in our house the builder didn’t left enough space under the doorposts where the wood flooring has to be)
    thank you

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

      We used a jam saw to grind them out:). The baseboards, we installed with enough room to slide the wood and underlayment under. If we were replacing existing flooring, we would have just added a small piece of trim around the rooms and painted it the color of our base.

  25. Krista Marschand on February 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Oh it’s beautiful! I didn’t even know they made such a thing. 🙂 Thanks for the tip.

  26. Jade on February 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    It looks like the planks are diff widths? are they? we’re about to build and i really like these!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Thank you! Yes, they are. 3″, 5″ and 7″. I really like the look!

  27. Jennifer Leible on February 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I love the way they turned out!! I’m pinning it to use in my *next* house! 🙂

  28. Melinda Milne Jay on February 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Is yours the

    Woodland Reclaim/Textured Timbers – Old Original Dark/Old Character?

    Woodland Reclaim/Textured Timbers – Old Original/Warm Character?

    • Melissa Bell-McFarlin on February 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Following.. I was wondering which one she used as well

      • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

        Ours is warm:) sorry for the delay I had to look it up;)

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Sorry for the delay Melinda. I had to look it up but we did go with warm:)

      • Melinda Milne Jay on February 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

        It is stunning! Thank you so much for the info 🙂

  29. peepsie on February 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Laminate is highly recommended actually for animals. :). we looked at everything we could because we have a St. Bernard. Hardwood was specifically not recommended because she would gauge it. And vinyl plank was the same issue. Laminate comes in rankings. We chose none recommended for commercial use, which does cost a hit more but had a lifetime warranty. The only thing with a higher recommendation was a specific kind of woven strand bamboo. (Not regular bamboo, it’s too soft.)

    We just picked almost identical wood! My husband is driving to Chicago to pick it up two Mondays from now. I’m so excited for you! I thrilled I am and you probably are, also! I picked it because I’m renovating a 100+ year old farm house and while I’m ready to be rid of plaster and lathe walls full of horsehair, I do want it to look like a farmhouse still. :).

  30. Linda Crandall on February 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    How is the wear and tear with animals? I never thought about lament but I see a lot of people doing it – I am afraid the heavy traffic areas will wear out – is it warrentied for that?

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Not sure about warranty but it is very durable and recommended for kids and pets!

      • Linda Crandall on February 7, 2014 at 10:24 am

        Awesome, I will have to give it a look. I always put in real wood. Thanks for sharing!!

  31. Kathryn Reep Ivory on February 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

    What color is this?

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

      The color is in the post and it’s the warm color of the two:)

  32. Jennifer B on February 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

    BEAUTIFUL! Do you select the layout, or is it predetermined?

  33. RhoniT on February 5, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I’m still flip-flopping between this and staining the cement. But I love the worn look, it totally fits my furnishings and my lifestyle.

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

      I would go with this:) much easier on your feet and ears:)

      • RhoniT on February 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        I love the look, it even raised my husband eyebrows, that is saying a lot. We are doing a remodel from removing the popcorn ceilings to all the carpet and everything in between, seriously. It is just the two of us and a 50lb goldendoodle, we have 5 kids between us and 6 grandbabies. We also live on a ranch which means grass, dirt, mud or clay, the occasional spider and various forms of manure. Nope we do not kick boots off at the door, in fact I have a hard time with the grandbabies keeping shoes on them. As last year the scorpions where awful, aka killed them daily, and sprayed monthly. And yes I sweep the whole 2400 as ft house daily.

  34. Danielle Bartran on February 5, 2014 at 9:18 am


  35. Jeff W on February 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Best looking laminate flooring I’ve seen yet! I have plans to replace the flooring in nearly every room of my home in the not-so-distant future, and this flooring just moved to the top of the list. Can’t want to see the full view and your write up on the installation.

    Did you order direct from Armstrong? Or did you pick it up at blue/orange? Thanks.

    • Shanty2Chic on February 7, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Jeff!! I ordered from Armstrong but you can find local dealers on their website!!

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