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50 Year Old Carpet…

When Mac and Grandpa originally bought the house it had fresh, new indoor/outdoor carpet in the sunroom. With age, wear, and not to mention, animals, it was in atrocious shape. Not only was some of it disintegrating, but it looked and smelled terrible. Since I haven’t even touched the sunroom, it was never a priority to get it ripped up. But, I thought in preparation for my Hometalk LIVE tour, I should probably rip out that 50 year old stuff.


And I know that green was all the rage at some point, but I hated it.


Ripping up carpet is so easy…especially when it’s 50 year old carpet that’s endured the elements. It just peeled right up. In about 30 minutes, I had it all up.


Unlike at Flip 2, I don’t think I can pull off the same $50 floor. But I can’t, for the life of me, decide what I want to do for flooring. I do know that it won’t be tile–tile, from a cost stand point, is too much with materials and labor, and since this portion is NOT included in my actual square footage, I won’t be getting as big of a return on that investment. So, I’m needing another cheap solution.



Unfortunately, the slab is not smooth or else I’d try to just paint it. I’ve been thinking about trying a paper bag floor. That seems to be so economical and I’ve loved the results that I’ve seen. I’ve also thought about attempting a plywood wood floor. Since this room is open to the elements now that I added the screens, I need something durable….and cheap!


Realistically, I probably won’t start the floor until the spring. So, I anticipate it will look like this for a while. My fall/winter project is to address the walls and ceilings. They’re in such rough shape, and I plan to try my first DIY shiplap wall out here–so fingers crossed!

If you have any DIY, cheap floor ideas, be sure to pass them along to me!


13 thoughts on “50 Year Old Carpet…

  1. I realize this is an older post but if this were my sunroom I would do a faux slate floor. I did it on my countertops and love it. You use a skim coat cement product, I used Henry’s. Using a 4″-5″ spatula/putty knife just spread the mix in a thin smooth layer over the existing cement. (Work in small batches.)
    After it is dry it will probably look uneven. Go back and drop small blobs of cement all over, moving section by section. Smooth off the “blobs” similar to the way you do knock down drywall on ceilings. It will make a pattern. I did a light sanding when I was done and sealed it off with concrete sealer.

  2. I am thinking you won’t like the plywood since moisture and dampness will cause the ply layers to separate. Have you considered a finish that is used on garage floors? I think it would be durable and possibly even out the surface. There are also lots of options with color and added features (glitter flakes, etc.)

    In our little sunroom, we laid down reclaimed antique roofing slate tiles we found free at a job site that had finished the roof and had a pile of unusable odds and ends, but also some nice pieces. We asked and they said take what you want. Worked perfectly for us and it was free, durable and looked great when finished. Good luck, I am sure you will be successful in whatever you choose.

  3. The shiplap is a great idea. And if you put a plywood floor down would you have to do a subfloor? I know of others who have done the same with their outdoor porches and painted them and the floors have withstood the elements and foot traffic well.

  4. It might be worth your while to rent a power washer. It might clean the pad up quite nicely and no need to do anything else to it.

    1. I wish it would! Unfortunately the slab is not a “finished” slab meaning it’s not smooth, so I’d have to add a subflooring of some sort over it which adds to my costs. I may have to resort to that, but I’d like to find an alternative before I do!

  5. Have you seen those wood floors that look like bricks, but are really the ends of 2×4’s? I saw it on a This Old House show years ago, but I have seen some photos on Pinterest. I think I remember they used saw dust and wood glue for the grout!

  6. Re: shiplap Are you thinking of purchasing tongue and grove cedar or southern yellow pine or go the route of sticking a couple of nickel in between the stock boards for spacers?

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