We are first timers & want to pull carpet out of a 28 ft w/1 slide and install hardwood laminat flooring. We have 2 dogs and a hard surface is easier to keep clean than carpet. Any advise or guidance? What about painting the walls? What kind of paint to use? Can the wall sconces be replaced? If so, can you use the standard Home Depot inventory? Thanks a million for any feedback & we would appreciate any advise, guidance or tips would be very helpful!!