Laying down vinyl plank flooring in our upstairs hall is the second part of our latest, and one of our largest, home DIY projects. The first was removing carpet from the stairs and staining them.
We removed the carpet from our upstairs hall at the same time. This is where our cat threw up and there was some mystery stain in front of the laundry closet. (Which, btw, I love having my laundry upstairs!)
Here’s what the padding looked like when we pulled the carpet up.
Are you ready for the next photo? Yuck! That’s what was under our carpet! (Yes, that’s DIRT!)
I really do vacuum! But we’re not sure how long that padding has been there. We’ve lived here almost 9 years and the carpet was new when we moved it. I just assumed they changed the padding at the same time but they might not have.
After the padding was pulled up, the real work started. Pulling up all these little staples is what took the longest and made our backs hurt the most!
After a lot of research the Music Man had decided to put down TrafficMaster Allure vinyl plank flooring. The box says it’s the easiest flooring ever. I think staining the stairs was easier but as far as laying flooring this was pretty easy. I think it’s only available at The Home Depot.
These are vinyl planks but they don’t stick to the floor like the other vinyl flooring we’ve used in the past. These actually stick to each other. You can see in the photo below how they have a little tab on one side to stick to the next plank.
Here’s a little video:
I painted the trim and helped the Music Man measure and cut it. (Sorry there aren’t any photos of this part. I got busy and forgot.) I think it looks awesome! And it feels so much cleaner than the carpet!
We only did the hall for this project. It’s our test to see how we like it before we replace the whole upstairs. That same carpet was in every room except the bathroom.
Leave me a comment if you’ve ever used vinyl planks. I’d love to hear about your experience.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim