I am not a big fan of carpet. When I bought my 1987 Toyota Dolphin, one of the things I was most excited to get rid of was the beige carpet. Who knows who or what has stepped on it over the last twenty seven years.
So I started ripping it out one day.
The process of removing the carpet from the tiny floor space of my 21.5′ motorhome was actually quite the workout. Think staples. Lots of staples. Back when this baby was born, someone put down carpet across the empty floor and then built all of the cabinets and furniture on top of it. To remove it all in one swoop would have required the removal of all the cabinets and furniture, which was not going to happen. So instead, I used a razor blade to cut the carpet along the edge of the floor cabinets as close to the edge as possible. It took time and energy, but it was worth it. With each section of carpet I pulled up, I feared I would reveal rotten wood or a leak or something nasty. Fortunately, the plywood beneath the carpet was in wonderful shape.
I chose vinyl flooring because of the cost and the weight. The other option was porch paint over the plywood, which I might still do one day if the vinyl doesn’t hold up. To break up the space, I decided to put “tile” in the kitchen area and “wood” in the living area. The flooring ended up costing something like $30 to $50 total, and that includes the extra pieces I bought due to cutting mistakes.
In an effort to model nature, I chose a dark color for the “wood” floor and a stone/slate color for the kitchen tile. I love the new look of wood, even if it is fake.
There was a slight repair needed for the stairs, so I added a piece of plywood to the bottom step. I used the vinyl floor for the steps, but I would suggest on the vertical pieces using some glue in addition to the existing adhesive because the stairs have not held up. Wood glue did not work. I think I will try some 3M glue next. Tips or ideas? I’ll update this once it’s fixed and let you know what glue worked.
The vinyl tile was fun to grout!