Monday, May 21, 2012

vinyl plank flooring aka fake wood floors

I love, Love, LOVE the vinyl plank flooring, aka fake wood floors in my craft room!!


The carpet needed to be replaced in this room for a long time.  I knew I didn't want to put more carpet down, but I wasn't sure what would to do.  The room is open with no distinct boundary between the hall to the carpeted stairs and my kids bedrooms.  The stairs need to stay carpeted, as much as I HATE the carpet in there, to absorb the sound of the vaulted stairway.  And I still want the bedrooms carpeted for now.  So I was unsure how to change the flooring.  I read a few things on the internet about vinyl wood tiles.  I even bought a few samples, which sat in my garage for 2 years.  Then I looked at the flooring department at Lowes and found these vinyl wood tiles that I really liked and some metal pieces that are transitions between carpet and tile.  
photo from Lowes
They have texture and are beautiful.  And they aren't too expensive so I gave it a shot.


I cleaned out the mess in the room and stuffed it all in my kids bedrooms.  
They loved the obstacle course to their beds each night for 2 days.


I had to tear out the carpet, pull up the carpet tack strips and millions of staples, scrape off the dropped ceiling texture on the subfloor, patch holes in the sub floor, sand and sweep.  And then sweep again.  And then vacuum.  And then sweep again.  It was sooo dusty.  No wonder everyone in my house sneezes like crazy.  Gross.

The next step is priming.  There is a special primer for subfloors (I couldn't find it on the website, but it's in the same aisle as the tiles at Lowes) to be able to stick vinyl tiles to them.  I just rolled it on with a paint roller and an extender pole.  It was dry in about 30 minutes.


(Please excuse the poor cell phone photos.  I was knee deep in the project and didn't stop to grab my camera) Once all the prep was done, it was time for the fun part- laying the tile.  The subfloor had a pretty good line running down the length of the floor so that it was I used to make sure everything was straight. I put the first tile up against the line and worked my way around the room.  I snugged them up very tight to each other and staggered the placement so they all didn't end it the exact place.  The vinyl tiles are easily cut with a utility  knife.


I used metal transitions between the carpet and the vinyl.  It's not a perfect match color wise, but it looks pretty good in person.  I cut it to size with a hack saw, then pounded the included nails through the holes into the floor below, making sure to get the edge of the carpet.


I'm not a big fan of quarter round, so I found this lightweight, square molding that I like so much better.  I attached it with glue.  I wasn't sure it was going to work so I used craft glue in case it needed to be removed.  But it looks great and is holding up fine.


Here are a few more photos of the finished floor.


It's hard to believe it's vinyl.


I soo wished I would have done this a long time ago.  It is holding up perfectly- even with sliding the furniture around on it.  And the best part, the entire thing only cost a little more than $200.  Amazing!!


39 comments:

  1. The floors look amazing! I'm sure you are loving the redone space. Megan

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  2. Ahhh this looks BETTER than great! It looks amazing!!! I want to do this!

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  3. It looks AWESOME! Is this the room upstairs that used to be your playroom? It looks fantastic!!

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  4. It looks great and is perfect for a craft room!

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  5. Looks sooooo good! We did our own floors too..such a difference!

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  6. How pretty! I'll have to check vinyl out next time I'm at Lowe's. Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Today's Cretive Blog

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  7. Vinyl has come soooo far, your floors are beautiful and I love the color! Here from Primp, I am blogging over at:

    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

    Tanya :)

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  8. Looks great. Wooden flooring is really gorgeous to look at, just sayin' :D

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    hardwood floor new york

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  9. I a came across your blog while searching for photos of hardwood patterned vinyl flooring. How have they held up? We are thinking of putting it down in our living room and kitchen.

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  10. It's great I found your blog. The floor are looking good! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I am also in love with your flooring, i don't have wooden floors in my home but i am planning to get it, do you know any good place from where i can get such kind of floors inexpensively.

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  12. I am guessing that with the vinyl flooring in Halifax is half time and half luck. Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for articles about this.

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  13. I am loving what you have here. I bet my wife would love it too. We want to get vinyl flooring in Toronto. Any suggestions?

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  14. I'm so happy to find your blog. We purchased the same flooring from Lowes and I can't wait to get it done. Your craft room looks beautiful with the new floor..

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  15. Great post here. I am wanting to put some vinyl flooring in Vancouver BC in my home. Thanks for this.

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  16. Thanks for sharing. I would really love to find some vinyl flooring in Vancouver, BC. I can't wait!

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  17. This looks incredible. We recently put in some vinyl flooring in Vancouver and it doesn't look nearly as good as what you have done. Congratulations on a great looking floor.

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  18. You've got some real talent. My wife and I will be putting in some vinyl flooring in our Vancouver home. This helps us to know what we are doing ahead of time.

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  19. I spent the weekend installing vinyl plank flooring in my kitchen. It's FABULOUS!
    Floors Calgary

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  20. That looks amazing, and your curtains are so adorable! I was just going to get wood floor, but vinyl flooring is genius. I will definitely be looking for a company that does vinyl flooring in Calgary.

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  21. This is great! My sister did the same thing when she first moved into her home. She pulled up the old, nasty carpet, and then went to work installing the vinyl flooring from Vancouver with the rest of my family. It didn't cost that much, and we really liked the end result. Thanks for putting up your experience of DIY.

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  22. I just laid these down in my master bathroom! But we have a walnut trim and I feel as if they clash bad. My plan is to paint my walls proper gray by Sherwin Williams. Call you tell me what color you used? It looks great with the white moulding!

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  23. This looks so good! I want to get some vinyl flooring in Vancouver, BC so I can re-do my craft room too!!

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  24. Looking at those photos I would never have guessed that wasn't wood. I can't help but think of the mustard yellow and pea green vinyl flooring in my grandma's kitchen. You're right in saying vinyl really has come a long way. This looks fantastic!

    Helen Lund | http://www.bosscarpetonedixon.com

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  25. I'm actually kind of surprised at how good that floor looks. I wouldn't have guessed that it was vinyl and not wood! I was thinking about getting wood floors in a few rooms in my home, but this looks like it might work better for me.
    Keara | http://www.chewelahfloorandwall.com/

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  28. nice post, these tips you post really helpful for everyone.

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  29. I am tired of my dingy linoleum. I am planning on tearing it out in favor of vinyl floors. What are the best ways to care for vinyl flooring?

    http://www.rcleescarpetonefredericksburg.com/

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  32. Your floors are beautiful. What color floor is it?

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    1. I think the tiles are Cherry color. Lowes still sells them. HTH!

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