Thursday, April 15, 2010

Replacing the Carpet with VCT for a Vintage Look

First off - sorry I haven’t posted in so long! The blog isn’t dead, we’ve just been really, really busy. The irony of blogging about home improvement projects is that when you’re actually working on projects, there isn’t much time for blogging.
We’ve been working on replacing the bright green carpet in our house with vinyl composition tile. A lot of people ask, “Is the carpet original?” Although this shade of green was a popular carpet color in the ‘50s, our carpet was installed in the ‘90s. I found scraps of the carpet that was installed in our house in the ‘70s and it was even louder than the green carpet we just removed. It was tri-toned with the same bright green, an even brighter blue, and purple. The original flooring for our 1955 ranch house was vinyl in the kitchen and family room, and carpet in the living room and bedrooms. We have decided to return the house to its original flooring materials, but we’ll use different colors.
When we pulled up the carpet, the original vinyl tile was still underneath and it was in better condition than we had expected. We really wanted to keep it, and thought for a while that might be possible. 
In the end, there were just too many issues. There were holes every 4 inches around the perimeter of the room from the carpet tacking strips. A couple tiles were cracked and others had strange spider-web lines that were sure to become cracks in the future. Then, there was the problem with what tile to put in the kitchen if we kept the original tile in the family room. The kitchen tile was replaced long ago, so the adjoining rooms would have to be tiled differently.
Our decision was made when it came to removing the metal strip that allowed the carpet to tuck under at the threshold. The metal strip was attached with nails only an inch apart and the tile really got torn up when we removed the strip. We went ahead with removing the original tile. It was sad to see it go, but there were just too many problems to make it work.
After agonizing for weeks over what color the floor should be, we finally decided to go with the white tile with specks of turquoise, yellow, and coral. We realize that we’re taking a risk by using color on the floor. One thing that encouraged us to choose the turquoise color is that the kitchen has the original turquoise countertops and sink, which we'll never want to remove. We’re crossing our fingers and hoping it work will look okay.
The new tile is coming in this week and it will be installed at the end of the month. We’ll keep you updated as the project moves along.


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