Can you just take carpet up from floor and paint it? For a cute, smoot

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  • 27524803 27524803 on Jan 07, 2018
    Depends on what your sub-floor is made of.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 07, 2018
    Hi Shelley,
    It depends on what's underneath the carpet. If it's a throw rug, sure, that will work. Just clean the floor and paint But if it's wall-to-wall carpeting, you're also going to find carpet padding and tack down strips along the edge of the wall. Those will have to be removed. Most likely they will have been attached to the floor underneath with stapes and/or nails so those will have to be removed (if they didn't come up when you removed the other layers.) Then you will have to patch the holes and make it smooth. Now, that's assuming that you find a decent floor underneath that can be painted. You might find a great hardwood floor. That could be sanded and refinished to give you a beautiful floor. That's an entirely different project. You might also find vinyl tile or linoleum. That can be painted.

    You might also find a plywood subfloor. You can still paint that. My daughter did it but she was covering most of the floor with a large rug. If you want to paint the plywood, here's another link to check out.

    Worse case scenario would be finding a subfloor that is not in good condition. How old is your home? The chances of finding a good subfloor is better in a newer home. That doesn't mean 10 or 20 years old, but if you house is 100 years old, the subfloor may need to be repaired.

    Sometimes you can find out what's under your carpet by pulling up a corner of the rug and looking. Try to find a corner where there is furniture so it won't show if you decide to leave the rug alone. Wishing you the best.

  • Jamie Jamie on Jan 07, 2018
    The first thing I would do is go to a corner that is kind of hidden and pull up the carpet to see what type of floor is underneath, you might just have plywood. If you are lucky some type of hardwood. You are going to have to pull all the carpet tac around all the edges. It makes a mess and is very frustrating. You can either clear coat or get a porch paint which will hold up the best. Good luck! Hope it comes out good

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 07, 2018
    what is u under the carpet for the best answer