I hate carpet.
It’s impossible to keep clean, especially with kids or pets.
As my readers know, I’ve been searching for a better flooring option. But the problem is that home renovations are expensive! I’ve looked into hardwood floors and tiles as possible alternatives to my 7 year old carpet. Thanks for all of your suggestions! I agree with DC, Joe, and Jen that hardwood is warm, inviting, and long term. And thanks to Femme Fruagality, Laurie, Barbara for suggesting laminate as another option.
I’ve come up with a solution! I agree with Cat that my house would look gorgeous with the wood tiles. So, I’ve decided to replace my carpet with a tile that looks like wood.
It would cost $10,125 to install this tile upstairs and downstairs, plus an extra $2,000 just for the stairs! Apparently, tile is expensive on the stairs because it’s labor intensive! But, as Brian at Luke1428 suggested, I could go with a dual solution.
And, home renovations are great DIY projects if you know what you’re doing or can find videos of someone else who knows what they’re doing!
Downstairs: Tile that looks like wood (installed by a local professional): $5,125
Upstairs: Inexpensive carpet (also installed by a local professional) approximately: $1,000
The stairs: Remove the carpet, sand the stairs, and paint them to match the tile (DIY project): $57
Everywhere: We’re painting the condo, instead of paying someone else $1000 to do it: $225
Total costs: $6407
Overall, the adjustments to the project and doing the stairs ourselves will save $6718! Obviously, I could save more money by just doing the entire project myself (but I don’t have the skills to do that!) or by not doing any home renovations (but it’s really time to get rid of this carpet!)
The Stairs Renovation: Phase 1
Here’s the first phase of the Stairs Renovation. I think I’m more excited about the stairs that the rest of the flooring because it’s relatively easy DIY project. The plan is to remove the carpet from the stairs, sand them, then paint the steps dark brown to match the new wood tile and the risers white.
Step 1: Remove the Carpet using pliers. I was surprised by how simple it was to remove the carpet.
Step 2: Remove the carpet pads. The carpet pads also easy to remove by simply pulling them off the stairs. Some of the adhesive will be left but we’ll remove it when we sand the steps later.
Step 3: Remove the tacking strips. This step takes a little more effort because we had to pry off the tacking strips. Remember to use eye protection in case any of those nails going flying towards you!
Step 4: Remove any additional nails. Luckily, my stairs had very few additional nails to remove.
Step 5: Vaccum up the dirt, sand, and anything else. Use a shop vaccuum to cut down on the dust flying around your house.This is will be gross! I was shocked and disgusted by how dirty my steps were after 7 years of wear and tear. Remember to keep on those goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands.
Step 6: Sand the stairs (This will take several hours!) Borrow an electric sander from a friend and get coarse sand paper. Then sand each step to remove the paint and smooth the wood. This will obviously create a lot of dust so use plastic sheeting to section off the stairs from the rest of the house.
The Next Steps:
We’re painting the condo, instead of paying someone else $1000 to do it. Once that’s done, it’s on the Phase 2 of the Stairs Remodel. Phase 2 is painting the steps to match the new wood tile and paintnig the risers white.
Come back soon to read about Phase 2!
Any advice on the flooring remodel? Have you done a similar project?