Subfloor Solution

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

When I moved into my Winslow area condo two years ago, I understood it was going to take time, energy, and money to create the space I envisioned. I also knew that it would be worth it, so I came up with a plan:

  • Phase 1: Paint top to bottom. More than two years later, I'm still in Phase 1. Don't judge; I have extremely high ceilings!

  • Phase 2: Pay people to do the rest. Since I already took care of the two-year paint job, the Phase 2 crew should have it pretty easy.

Being in Phase 1 with no Phase 2 in sight, I was forced to get creative. You see, my once-white carpets were trashed and taking attention away from my meticulous paint job. I knew my gorgeous new flooring was a long-time coming and I couldn't live with my gross carpets for much longer. I once read on a DIY blog: if you hate something in your home, then you have nothing to lose by trying to change it into something you love.

Unsure of what I could do to fix it, I referred back to my extensive design plans: Phase 1: Paint Top to BOTTOM. My friends, THIS is why it's so important to create detailed plans. I realize not everyone is a planner like I am, so if you too are looking for a temporary flooring solution, I provide you with a “DIY 10 Step Plan” below:

  • Step 1: Remove carpet by any means necessary.

  • Step 2: Haul 1,000 pounds of carpet/padding to the trash.

  • Step 3: Pry up the nailed-down wooden pokey strips of death.

  • Step 4: Scrape the zig-zaggy super glue until subfloor is smooth.

  • Step 5: Realize Step 4 is impossible.

  • Step 6: Start doubting your Phase 1 plan.

  • Step 7: Move on to Step 8; There's no turning back after Step 1.

  • Step 8: Thoroughly vacuum the mess you just made.

  • Step 9: Mop (I swear there's going to be nothing left for the Phase 2 crew to do!).

  • Step 10: Paint.

  • Step 11: Repeat Steps 1-10 until all remaining nasty-ass carpet is gone.

Bam! I can happily live with this until Phase 2 hits.

I think the moral of this story is to make a plan and stick to it. OR, make a plan that only includes Phase 2. Your choice!