Asked on Dec 29, 2019

What is a cheap easy way to make over a floor?

SharonBecky at Flipping the FlipThe Bachelorette Pad Flip
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  • Gk
    Gk
    on Dec 29, 2019

    There's a variety of products you can choose to redo your floors--all in different prices and quality. You can go with stick on tile, floating plank floors, or sheet vinyl for inexpensive choices. There's LOTS to choose from out there. You can also find carpet and lay it yourself. If your rooms are small you can find nice quality carpet pieces that may fit at reasonable prices. It all depends upon what amount of money you want to spend and what your DIY skills are. Typically if you can do it yourself you are saving quite a bit of money.

  • Hi there, depending on the type of floor you have there are lots of options. If it's wood, tile or vinyl, you can paint it. If you want wood floors you can use plywood...like this one: https://www.hometalk.com/694232/laying-plywood-floors

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Dec 29, 2019

    Cheaper than what? Sheet vinyl or press and place tiles would be the cheapest.

  • Tinyshoes
    Tinyshoes
    on Dec 29, 2019

    I personally would check with friends, family and acquaintances about different materials...We love vinyl plank look and installed in our entire basement.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    Lifestyles Homes
    on Dec 29, 2019

    Keep in mind that All things fall to floor, period.

    No other material gets more wear and tear.

    We get what we pay for.

    If one puts down the cheapest peel and stick tiles one can find

    or one puts down direct glue polyolefin carpet, they will both look bad and have little service life left in them, in 3-4 years in high traffic areas.

    So it’s a matter of what one’s time is worth and how long they will live there.


    I would read the specs on any flooring products I am considering. Warranty is only one of the factors.

    The properties of the materials themselves may be overwhelming, but you can get professional help with understanding them.

  • Emily
    Emily
    on Dec 29, 2019

    It depends on what is already there. All the floors in our old house are wood. From pine to walnut and oak. I have painted a lot of these and we are very satisfied with the look and ease of painting. However it depends on what you like. Personally I dislike wall to wall carpeting and even if I have carpeting that was wall to wall, I would have it cut and bound so it could be sent to the cleaners. One room we have has 6 angles, that I had cut to fit, but we tired of that and I painted the floor. I saw a plywood floor in a business that had been scorched with a blow torch. It brought out the grain and looked terrific. In a small area that gets a lot of wear, I had a small piece of linoleum cut and I edged it in white duct tape (that didn't last more than 5 or so years so I guess I will paint the border) we have peel and stick tile in our bathroom (removed previous covering) and if my husband hadn't dropped something heavy on one of the tiles and broken it, it would still look great after many years. However most of the time we are a 2 person family. We have a linoleum floor in our back hall that was there when we moved in, in 1971, I have painted it but only twice. This area gets a lot of wear.

    • Emily
      Emily
      on Dec 30, 2019

      Before oil paints had an additive that made them noxious, I always preferred oil. But now I use latex, probably high gloss.

  • It’s going to depend on what the floor is currently and what the room’s use is as well. If it’s wood or tile, you can paint, otherwise you’ll be looking at removal and replacement. Or you can layer area rugs.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    on Jan 3, 2020

    I would say the most popular inexpensive solution is the brown paper bag floor... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlxRAUxhSjQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWYvNjvMCPs

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