The opportunity to get some help to pull up the floating floorboards in the kitchen, living room and hallway came up recently, before I’d really planned it. I really couldn’t turn down the offer of (free) labour, and it is something I’ve wanted to do ever since pulling up my carpets.
Don’t get me wrong, floating wood laminate floors are a great option when faced with hideous floors and a small budget, and if I was trying to cover up concrete or ugly tiles or something, I’d be the first to jump at them.
Having unearthed the gorgeous timber floorboards in my studio, library and bedroom, I was at a loss as to why someone would put in floating floors over the top in the other rooms though!
Even if they weren’t in great shape, surely the answer would be sand and stain the original floors???
Here are the “before” pics of the floating floor:
And it’s just that little bit too plastic.
It sounds wrong, it feels too slippery and it has no warmth.
So, heart in my mouth not knowing what I was going to unearth, I gratefully accepted the help to pull it up!!!!
Did I regret it?
Not a bit of it, although it wasn’t all good news.
The living room floor was in good shape, and the warmth it brings to the room is just amazing.
The hallways are a little more worn, I suspect they never had carpet over them unlike other rooms. They’ve also got quite a few drops and dribbles of paint on them. I think the walls were painted before the faux floorboards went down and no care was taken to protect the boards.
That shouldn’t be too big a job to tidy up, and eventually I can sand and repolish them.
Here the floors had obviously had either Lino or tiles glued to them! I suspect slate as there are a pile of brown and grey, very 1980s slate tiles piled up in my shed.
Stay tuned, as I’ve started down the long and winding road of scraping and sanding already. Still a long way to go, but…..
Ultimately (or so I’m currently telling my aching body) very rewarding!!!
I’ll share my progress and the results with you in the (hopefully not too distant) future!