Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Floors….Check!


Installation of the new flooring is finally complete. It was a long, tedious project but more than worth the time and effort. Injuries were kept to a minimum and not too many socially unacceptable words were uttered.  

As a refresher, here are some pics of the before; an oh so lovely dusty (dirty) pink carpeting along with some less than exciting vinyl.
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Yes, it’s every bit as dirty as it looks!
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Snooze………yawn……ho hum…….
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Mmmm….yummy carpet stains!
We replaced all this gorgeousness with vinyl wood grain peel & stick planks in a birch color throughout the entire RV. Having a continual surface throughout visually made the space seem larger. We chose the birch because we were already drowning in a sea of oak (gag me…..seriously). And the lighter color adds to the larger effect.
We purchased 5 boxes. Each box contained 30 planks (30 sq ft.). So that was enough to cover 150 sq ft. We had seven planks left over, plus a lot of scrap as there were so many odd cuts that had to be made. Each box was $30 and we had a coupon for $10 off so the total cost was $140. Oh plus we bought some primer to put down first and a length of metal threshold. That’s it! How many people can replace the flooring in their entire house for a mere 150 smackaroos? Not many my friends, not many.  

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It’s a big-assed job. Oh you didn’t seriously think I was going to pass up the opportunity to say “big-assed” did you? Actually, Karin’s dad is more “big-hearted”!  

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Through the tiny hallway towards the bedroom. This hallway and the bathroom were the major time hogs of the project. Lots of angles. Oy!
And now for the after pics! YAY!!!
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Looking towards the front. You can see that we left the carpeting up front in the cockpit. Mainly because we have no idea how we would even begin to cover that console hump.
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Through the kitchen
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Hallway from a different angle
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Bathroom. Notice we also left the carpet on the toilet base. I know. Yuck. But once again, covering it would have been a challenge.
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Into the bedroom. Oh great happiness!
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More bedroom. I love it!!!
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The entry steps. We will get some carpet treads to put on the steps for dirt trapping/foot wiping.
And that’s it! We are tickled pink (but not dusty/dirty pink) with the results. The installation of the planks is super simple. But the job does require patience, recuperation time, a few band-aids and most importantly of all an awesome dad to do most of the work along with a happy crew of assistants.

18 comments:

  1. I LOVE it. Looks fantastic. Good job ladies and dad!

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    1. Thanks Garret....although we could probably benefit from you & Jim's decorating expertise! ;-)

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    2. Thanks but you guys did fantastic... really!

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  2. That looks amazing! The color choice and position of the planks makes it look so much longer AND wider! You gals do great work! Gorgeous!!

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    1. Oh Amanda, how we miss hanging out in the RV with you guys!!! And there's STILL no stripper pole installed. heeheehee

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  3. The floor looks great, I have vinyl in my RV and the cab in front is the only place that is carpeted. For the toilet area, could you rip out the carpet and paint with that truck bed-liner stuff. I understand you can order it tinted.

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    1. Tinted huh? Never would have thought of that! Will have to look into that. Thanks for the tip. :)

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  4. Definitely a HUGE improvement. I love the new look. Carpet on the toilet base ?? What were these RV Manufacturers thinking !!??

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    1. They weren't thinking Sassy. No thinking going on at all! lol

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  5. Looks terrific! We left the front carpeted, too, and I keep thinking I need to rip it out ... but what a job! Would have to remove the seats first, I think.

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    1. Yeah Annie....and frankly I've had enough carpet/staple removing for a while!

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    1. Thanks Cherie....more improvements to come....in a while anyway. :)

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  8. How hard is it to pull up the carpet? and do you need to treat the under flooring before laying the vinyl?

    Your floors look totally amazing... Thanks for the post...

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    1. Tina- The carpet came up very easily as it wasn't glued down evidently. What was somewhat difficult was pulling out the gazillion little staples left behind. With particularly impossible staples we just pound the bajeebers out of them with a hammer so they wouldn't be an issue.

      We did paint on a coat of adhesive primer before installing the planks. And a word of advise, if you apply any of the planks to a vertical surface, such as the sides of the stairwell, you might want to use some Liquid Nails to give a better hold. Not being able to put your body weight on those surfaces makes it not adhere as well. We need to go back and reattach those few pieces using Liquid Nails.

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  9. It looks REALLY really good! And I see someone else suggested the bed liner too. Makes me feel a little less totally out of the blue!

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    1. Thanks Kate! Nope, I've seen a couple suggestions now of the truck bed liner so it must be a viable option. Gonna not worry about that part of the floor for now. But who knows, we might get inspired to tackle it down the road a bit!

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