Check Out This Impressive Home Makeover With Malibu Wide Plank

Marcia Socas
by Marcia Socas

This post is sponsored by Malibu Wide Plank.

I wanted to replace the flooring in this condo I was renovating. I started by cleaning the existing floor so that I wouldn't have any debris that would interfere with my installation. I also removed the old tiny baseboard so that I can install my new flooring up to the edges.

I received flooring from Malibu Wide Plank. It was the French Oak Menlo Park flooring, and I absolutely loved the color. I'm using it in a waterside condo, and so this kind of sandy blonde color was perfect.

I started by attaching spacers to the wall and then running my planks up to the spacers. I first removed the flooring from the boxes and took a look at the attached underlayment. It was nice and thick and saved me time from having to install any underlayment myself.

Attaching spacers

The planks were a bit over seven inches wide and 60 inches long. That's five foot long planks which made installation super quick and easy. Planks were installed with the groove side sticking out so that I could install new rows into the groove and click them into place.

Installing Malibu Wide Plank flooring

My favorite part of the Malibu Wide Plank flooring is actually how it fits together with the click-and-lock system. Just by holding the plank at around a 45 degree angle, I can get the tongue into the groove and slide it into place. If I've installed a plank wrong, I can immediately tell because it doesn't sit flat. So I just reset it and then it would go into the groove properly and lay flat.

I love that it doesn't need a heavy hand at all. You don't need to be strong to install these floors at all, which works for me. In fact, if you start banging on it, you can really damage the flooring.

Installing Malibu Wide Plank flooring

So, it was easy to place my plank in place. I made sure the long side was properly engaged and lying flat and sliding it up and next to the prior plank. Then I would press it down on this short side so that it would engage.

Once it was engaged, I would use a rubber mallet to secure it only on the short side, never banging on the long side. When I got to the end of a row, it was really easy to cut the flooring in place, which saved me from having to get up and down all the time to make cuts.

Also, while installing the next rows, I would use the remaining cut piece from the end, so long as there was more than seven inch variation between the seams. This helped my floor look better and also helped with the installation.

Since you don't really want the two rows of planks with the seams right next to each other, it's perfect for the beginner DIYer. Because of this easy installation, that's really all it took. In one day, I had the entire kitchen, living room and hallway done!

Below are pictures of my old flooring and then of my new flooring from Malibu Wide Plank:

Before installing Malibu Wide Plank flooring
After installing Malibu Wide Plank flooring

What a transformation!

It's sturdy, but still soft underfoot. I think because of the underlayment, I don't worry at all about scratches or water, which is great when my puppies and I are coming in from a day out on the boat or they've been outside playing. Cleaning it is easy, and I love that it's a low gloss matte finish.

Malibu Wide Plank flooring

Impressive home makeover with Malibu Wide Plank

I absolutely love this flooring. Malibu Wide Plank sponsored this project and provided the French Oak Menlo Park flooring, but the opinions are absolutely my own. I encourage you to give it a try for your next DIY.

Malibu Wide Plank flooring

Marcia Socas
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  • Linda Hall Linda Hall on Aug 21, 2023

    How much did the flooring cost?

  • Elaine Elaine on Aug 21, 2023

    You spoke of " if you start banging on it you can damage the floor" does that mean it won't stand up to wear?? Floors get a lot of 'banging'.

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  • Dee Dee on Aug 04, 2023

    Wow I had a contractor come in and do my floor because I was afraid to. He did a lously job and planks are coming up from humidity. I love what you did. Flooring is beautiful.

    • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Aug 21, 2023

      The same thing happened to us, lousy job by a contractor, we since downsized and had the planks installed by a contractor that works with the flooring I also don't mop the floors with a bucket of water and mop, I use a swifter sweeper, so far they have lasted.

  • Sha88119922 Sha88119922 on Aug 22, 2023

    Also, important the underneath was prepped properly l.. meaning floor even/level so planks lay flat. If not may need liquid leveler or have sub floor installed.

    Also want a good quality plank, not particle board

    • Dee Dee on Aug 27, 2023

      I took the contractor to court. I got half my money back, because he did not level properly, put underlayment when this particular LVP stated on the instructions NOT to use underlayment and even at that he did piece meal not connected and the floor had dips. He also put two 32" deep scratches in my dining room. The flooring job was a nightmare.