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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ripping Out UGLY vinyl flooring!

I loved my vinyl flooring when we had our house built 12 years ago!

I chose beautiful sparkling white!  White carpet, white couches....it was all so pristine!

We only had one little boy at the time...why not white?

My husband always gently reminds me that I was the one who wanted white.....I STILL love white, but over the years, 3 boys, and one little WHITE dog later....

...the words dull and yellow come to mind.

So, out goes the vinyl flooring....I could have dealt with the "not so white" look on the floor anymore, but we also had holes....a can dropped here, a metal stool that lost a rubber end and gouged the floor there, a puppy that thought that was a good place to chew.....the list goes on.

The big boys went to school yesterday.  My "baby boy" and I started ripping up the floor!

I asked my darling husband beforehand, if he minded if we ripped it up.  "Go for it," were his words to me.  That's all the incentive I needed.

Now, we don't have immediate plans for replacing the flooring.  Actually, I think I will try staining/painting the subfloor.  It has a beautiful wood grain to it.  It HAS to be better than what we just ripped up!!!!  If you have any advice or encouragement for me, I would love to hear it!!!  :)

So, that is what Works For Me!  Check out more Works for Me Wednesday posts at We Are That Family.

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  1. http://curbly.com/diy-maven/posts/9016-budget-flooring-brown-paper-bags This is a site that shows using paper bags to do a floor treatment. Amazing and cheap. Painting is another great option. Even those peel and stick tiles are not too expensive - though they might not hold up for a long time. Maybe till you can do something different. I'm so impressed you and your little guy tackled this alone. I do that kind of thing quite often with my kids. Glad to see I'm not alone.

  2. That paper bag floor is very cool! I can't imagine it holding up though! Peel and stick tiles were a nightmare for us....for some reason the glue continues to leak out the sides of the ones we used in our front hallway (everyone we talk to says "I've never heard of that happening before..." Of course, it would happen to us!) Thanks for your encouragement! :)

  3. If there is a concrete slab under that wood you can always paint it. My friend who has 5 kids was tired of always having to clean the carpet in the living/dining room of her house. She pulled it all up and painted it (using cement paint). When she was finished it looked like tile in her house but with a MUCH more durable and kid proof appeal. The great thing about it is that you can cover it later with tile, carpet, wood or whatever you want because it is simply the cement slab....

  4. good for you! I'm a sucker for DIY projects. When we bought this house, the kitchen had seven layers of vinyl flooring - oh my! I think painting the subfloor is a good idea for now - and an even better idea if you can seal it. We took a free class at a tile shop and at home depot and saved up the money for the materials and rented the tools and tiled our kitchen ourselves. Good luck!


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