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Anybody have tips on where to look when you just need a little bit of matching laminate flooring? We could use the help.

Remember the water leak I had last month? We’re on our way to getting it fixed. In the mean time our house with all of it’s stuff moved out of some rooms and into others means we look half hoarder and half squatter around here. It’s been so long that we have come to refer to it as This Is How We Live Now.

Unfortunately the water leak destroyed some of our laminate flooring. Said laminate flooring covers most of the upstairs and kitchen, the stairs down to the front door landing and the landing. It ties our tiny house together very nicely. The water only ruined about 12 boards and we could just replace those if only we could find matching laminate boards. We’ve been told by our very awesome contractors that there is a chance we could find old stock (apparently flooring companies change the colors every year or so, maybe so people like us have to buy all new floors?) but that we shouldn’t hold out hope. The thing is, if we do manage to find a box or two of our old color we could potentially avoid having half of the house ripped up. And I like our current flooring, more than the replacement colors we’ve gone to see so far. We’ve called the store that we know it came from (big box place, little they could do), we’ve Googled to death and have had no luck. I feel like this is a whole other world I know nothing about. So, anybody know of a fantastic old stock or remnants flooring warehouse we might try? By any chance? Oh-I-hope-so please?

· comments [36] · 10-14-2011 · categories:the home ·

36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Saple // Oct 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    What maker and do you have any info to help with the search

  • 2 megan // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Pergo brand, exclusive color to Lowes (which makes it more difficult):

    Moonlight Maple
    PW 80501

    The other number on the package was 391753 460405. We don’t know how long ago this was purchased so we’re unable to have a time frame for when it was offered. My dream is that there is a remnants warehouse in Iowa that has three boxes of this sitting there waiting for us.

  • 3 Sarah // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    You have probably already tried this, but around here the Habitat For Humanity Re-stores often carry a few boxes of flooring.

  • 4 jp // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Sorry if this is an obvious one, but check Lumber Liquidators. We installed what looks to be a close match — just the cheapest “maple” looking stuff they carried.

  • 5 Kourtney L. // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    We just remodeled an old house we bought. We needed more laminate flooring to match our old laminate and our contractor bought the exact color from Parr Lumber ( They have locations in Oregon and Washington.

    Good luck!

  • 6 Maggie // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I know that here in Minnesota, there’s a warehouse you can go called the Building Materials Outlet. Contractors bring their overstock there; vendors bring their discontinued items… Maybe see if there’s something like that near you?

  • 7 Katie // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Try Craigslist. Post a wanted ad with what you’re looking for. Sometimes people will order extra just in case, and may have it sitting around going unused. They may part with it for the right price.

  • 8 megan // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    These are all awesome tips, thank you!!

  • 9 f // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Have you asked these people?

  • 10 Sharly // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Megan – I’ve lurked in the shadows of your blog forever! You should put feelers out all over the place to other DIYers. I know we used a blonde flooring a few years ago that came from Lowe’s. Of course we had remnants, but I’m not sure how much or if we still have them stashed away, or if it’s even that same color (I think it might have been an Armstrong product), but I will look. I’m thinking somewhere out there in the webosphere, someone has what you need – don’t despair!

    If I have it, you can pay the shipping and have it!!

    Unfortunately, we had a water issue also, so our floor has since been pulled up and disposed of.

  • 11 Kelly // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Another one that might be too obvious–Ebay? Also, depending on how active it is, I’d do what someone above said and check Craigslist, only search as well as post as “wanted”. If your local CL is not so active, there is also Ebay classifieds. (Where I live, Ebay classifieds is waaay more active for this kind of stuff than Craigslist.)
    Best of luck!

  • 12 Carrie // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    If you can’t find it, you could choose a very contrasting color and have the contractors create an “area rug”, border, transition, or entry way, that makes the color difference look purposeful. I don’t know if the damaged boards are in a place where something like that would work, but it’s a thought. :)

  • 13 neon // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Another idea if you only need 12 boards: do you have any closets that currently use this flooring? You could take boards from closets to patch the noticeable area, and then buy as close a match as possible to put into the closets, where no one will really get a good look at them anyhow.

  • 14 Lauren // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, you are in Seattle, right? Try earthwise and second use. Very very helpful places!! We got 100 sq feet of laminate flooring at second use a couple years ago, it was a huge help. Good luck!

  • 15 Katie Lynn // Oct 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Double vote for lumber liquidators. They get the old overstock from previous mill years. They have stores all over the US, which might be able to help.
    877 645 5347

  • 16 Amber // Oct 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Is the flooring in a closet or pantry? You could take the flooring from there and put something new down, it wouldn’t seem so jarring in a different space.

  • 17 Lynn // Oct 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    No help for your current problem, but it’s another reason for the rest of us to be wary of installing laminate flooring, besides the frequent quality problems and scratching.

  • 18 f // Oct 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Two other thoughts –
    – call Pergo and ask if they can recommend one that is very close to the current floor
    – call a local reputable flooring company and see if they will come to your house to match their samples. Maybe there is another brand with a really similar color.

    good luck, what a pain!

  • 19 JW // Oct 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    What about freecycle in your area? Someone in your area may have it tucked in their basement and will be willing to give it you.

  • 20 giddy girlie // Oct 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Were you the installers or was the flooring there when you moved in? I only ask because while re-arranging the rafters in our garage we found 3 boxes of “extra” laminate boards (ours is a darker color, sorry!) that the home owners had tucked away for just such an occasion. I’m wondering if maybe your attic has a similar treasure?

    If it were me, I would start with the manufacturer – if you know who it is – and get some samples. They can best advise for color match.

  • 21 Kat // Oct 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Freecycle! It’s possible someone has this stuff lying around and wants to get rid of it, or would at least be happy to see it off to a new home. And, free! You can’t beat that.

  • 22 dru // Oct 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    have you tried lowe’s corporate customer service.

  • 23 Tina // Oct 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Call the mom and pop flooring stores in your area. They may have old stock lying around. It’s how I found my odd linoleum tiles when we took out a cabinet in our kitchen.

  • 24 kath // Oct 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    You could also try a different Lowes store. Sometimes one store won’t have it but another one will. We bought floor tile from the Home Depot for our basement and decided at a later time to extend the tile into a bathroom we built down there but the tile was discontinued. The store closest to us didn’t have any, but someone suggested calling some of the other stores and we found one that had just enough left in stock to complete our bathroom. Other than that, I would pretty much go with what everyone else said and check with Pergo, local flooring stores and contractors, Craigs list, eBay, etc. Good Luck!

  • 25 thea // Oct 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I second Second Use. It’ll be hit and miss with matching but you may be able to find something close. I recently went to Lumber Liquidators in Mukilteo and got a great deal on a larger amount. The prices were great though. Good luck.

  • 26 Ellen // Oct 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    One more: Pergo may have a rep/broker who deals w/ Lowe’s. Maybe one who deals with the central “Flooring Buyer” or whatever at Lowe’s corporate, or if stores/regions do their own buying, maybe several, allocated according to region (they may be Pergo employees, or they may be independent, or they may be employed by a broker/rep co). If you could find the rep(s) and call them, maybe they know where some overstock ended up in Lowe’s or other retailers / contractors.

  • 27 Jilliana // Oct 15, 2011 at 12:39 am

    As someone suggested upthread, if you can’t find the matching flooring, you may want to start taking a look at the inconspicuous areas in your home. When we installed our flooring, we were *this* close to being able to finish without opening another box, so the flooring underneath our fridge and stove is made of the shorter starter pieces that we hadn’t needed to use up to that point. It doesn’t match the layout of the rest of our floor, but because it’s under our fridge and stove no one will ever see it.

    Between your closets and the tucked away parts of your kitchen, you might be able to pull together twelve boards that you can replace with something similar.

  • 28 MrsB // Oct 15, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I am with Sarah – ReStore – Habitat for Humanity place gets the *remainders* from lots of manufacturers – even if it is not exact match, you might find something really close.
    I put in a whole kitchen floor with 18 x 18 porcelain tiles for $100 bucks….they are terrific to do business with.

  • 29 Courtney // Oct 15, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I would check out Remnant King in Ballard (65th and 8th). Tim, the guy that runs the store is very helpful and educated about anything to do with flooring. They put a new floor in my husband’s old house before we sold it and were thrilled with the outcome and price. Even if they don’t have what you’re looking for, Tim might be able to give you some ideas on where you could find it. The Ballard store is small but they have a larger warehouse in Everett…so don’t be fooled by the tiny showroom. Good luck!!!

  • 30 megan // Oct 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Thank you thank you! These are all awesome ideas.

    We do have one box of boards that the original owners stashed under the stairs, but unfortunately it’s not enough to cover what we need done.

    Courtney – I know right where that is! I used to live near the intersection of 65th&3rd so I passed it all the time :) I’ll give Tim a call.

    And we are currently peeking inside our closets to see if we can get away with using those boards.

    Yay! You guys are all so knowledgeable, thank!

  • 31 Caroline Urdaneta // Oct 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Megan, not sure if this will help but we have had LOTS of luck with a company called DIY flooring. We have a Bamboo laminate that is no longer in stock but found a PERFECT match here

    Hope this helps! :)

  • 32 Molly // Oct 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Sam’s Club — We had some luck there, actually!

  • 33 amanda // Oct 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Hmmm… salvaging from the closet is a good idea. You could also just try to get samples and bring them into your home and see what might be close enough. There’s a local place in Portland that might have some suggestions. Surface Home —

  • 34 Susan // Oct 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Have you tried iFloor in Sodo? (OK, don’t go there until traffic improves). They have a HUGE selection–and if they don’t have your exact brand/color in stock, it’s likely they’ll have a close match. They helped me out when Costco discontinued my laminate color.

  • 35 Tammy // Apr 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    we are removing this flooring from our kitchen presently. Email me directly if you are still in need of this.

  • 36 Lucia // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Water damage in condo. Need to find Pergo PW80515 Bombay Rosewood. If cannot find, have to replace entire space!
    Or a really good match might work.

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