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Old 12-09-2010, 08:45 PM   #16
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Good for you to be in a situation where you're able to find this thread funny OR sad. The truth is, there are a great many people out there, myself included, for whom proper flooring is a cost prohibitive item. (I happen to live in Hawaii, where you can tack an extra 30% onto the cost of EVERYTHING just to get it here) SO, while I would love to put down hardwood flooring, or beautiful natural stone tile, I cannot, and the flooring I have is becoming increasingly difficult to keep clean and presentable. So yes, we are seeking lower cost alternatives, and wondering if there are non traditional "alternatives".
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Funny or sad, Nestor gives the same kind of advice on other forums.
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Funny or sad, Nestor gives the same kind of advice on other forums.
Exactly the reason for my comment. Had nothing (at all) to do with alternative methods or affordability. Idiocy is alive and well on the Internet and some individuals certainly fit the bill more than others.
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Go to a few dumpsters of flooring places.
Grab their scraps of new carpet. Get creative with their leftovers, and some carpet tape.

I've seen some decent sized pieces of new carpet in the trash, but I also used to mow the lawn for a couple flooring places.
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I've noticed many people are extremely anti-painted floors, but in reality this practice is VERY old. My Grandma used to paint the floors of their farmhouse during the Depression in Nebraska...

Today, I've successfully painted over the original, 60 year old linoleum in our hall bathroom...and it looks wonderful.

It is a higher maintenance option, but from a style standpoint it can be pulled off very nicely.

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1) Always sand to smooth and even

2) Always use an EXCELLENT primer (what you pay for is returned in adhesion)

3) Pay for good paint

4) Don't hide the fact that it's painted: make interesting geometric patterns and use high-contrast color combinations using painters tape. Just remember to let the paint cure long enough before putting tape down.

5) Use a top coat whenever possible and remember! You mush remember to caulk places where water could seep to prevent water damage.
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Today, I've successfully painted over the original, 60 year old linoleum in our hall bathroom...and it looks wonderful.


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NEVER, EVER sand old linoleum or vinyl. You may be releasing asbestos into the air.

NEVER, EVER.
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I'd sand down the plywood to get it as smooth as you can, don't go too crazy, plywood is called "ply" wood for a reason, just want to go light. Put a very good primer, and paint that is made for floors or other "wear and tear" areas.

You could probably make it look half decent. Staining or/and varnishing may also work, I'd be curious to see how that would turn out. I've seen floors in cabins, sheds etc painted and while it's not a manshion marble floor, it looks ok.

There was this restaurant in my town at a saw mill, the tables were made of waferboard and other lumber and they varnished the surface, it actually looked really nice and could witstand the abuse of dishes and utensils no problem.
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NEVER, EVER sand old linoleum or vinyl. You may be releasing asbestos into the air.

NEVER, EVER.

Color me embarrassed. Goes to show what a newbie I am...Thank you for the info! That's one mistake I will never make again.
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I've noticed many people are extremely anti-painted floors, but in reality this practice is VERY old. My Grandma used to paint the floors of their farmhouse during the Depression in Nebraska...
NOT PLYWOOD SHE DIDN'T !!!

Painted floors are common in old victorians in Nebraska and everywhere else I suppose BUT THEY AREN'T PAINTING THE PLYWOOD SUBFLOORS as a rule.

They are painting old hardwood slats.
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you said: "THAT is BY FAR one of THE DUMBEST ideas I have aver heard suggested on a forum. BY FAR!!!

That suggestion was meant to be a joke...RIGHT???"

I own a small 21 unit apartment block in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In my storage rooms I have commercial wallpaper on the concrete floors. It's true that those rooms don't get much traffic, but they have no wear layer on them, and they continue to look fine after about 5 years now. If I had painted over them with a polyurethane hardwood floor finish, I expect they'd last as long as hardwood floor finish would last on anything else, including hardwood.

All I guess I can say is that I'm flattered by your remark. I fully expect someone said something to that effect when Galileo suggested the Earth revolved around the Sun, when Pasteur suggested that very tiny "germs" could make people sick and when Newton first suggested there was a reason why things fell when you dropped them.

I'm new to this forum. Why don't you just humour me for a while, and read my posts in your leisure before making such a sweeping assessment of my idea. I assure you that there are so many "very stupid" people on TV that it's easy to assume the world is full of them. My own experience has taught me that they are few and far between. I trust you will find that I am not one of them.
Hey, slow down cowboy, Bud is one of the guys on this forum who has more knowledge and experience in his little pinky than most of us. Plus, he can pick out the winners and the losers! On top of that he is a great guy! If you read his posts, you will see what I say is true. I get where you are coming from too. Your idea has some merit. But Bud is just the way he is, and means no harm. Plus, he's hilarious!!!
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Nestor quit here a couple years ago. I ran into him on a couple other forums and he always had some "unique" ideas.
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Ole N-K is gone and good riddins. We have a gentleman's agreement I think. I will no longer butt heads with him on his favorite forum and he won't routinely come here with his "copy & paste" bullchit.

Of the two forums...I WON.
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Hello! Yes you can paint a subfloor. It is a very refreshing way to get a new look, and get rid of nasty carpet until an alternate flooring can be purchased. We are removing a carpet this weekend in fact, and will live with the look until we can afford hardwood. But in the meantime......we paint our floor with Kilz. Two coats. Then top with a color (eggshell) to calm down the white. Let it dry really well, then use area rugs in the high traffic areas. This method lasted ~2 years, which bought us enough time to save for our dining room and kitchen! Don't be afraid..........it's only paint.
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Yow that's it: "Unique"

Unique is what he is.

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