What are the cheapest ways to improve kitchen flooring? Is there anything cheaper than laminate or linoleum?
You can also paint the floor in an artsy pattern. Try this: http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/12173.shtml
And, don't forget to try regular flooring stores. Most are hurting for business and might sell you overstock or slightly imperfect flooring for less than you can do at the home improvement stores.
By Paula Jo C.11/07/2009
Go to FreeCycle.org to see if some is offered in there for free. I too would probably paint it if there ends up being nothing free for the floor.
By Patricia Eldridge11/06/2009
The cheapest way to improve kitchen flooring is to paint it. Make sure the floor is completely clean and dry first, and then you can be totally creative with the paint. When the paint is dry, put one or two coats of polyurethane over it. You can get many ideas for designs at sites like www.diy.com or www.hgtv.com.
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I am remodeling my house and have run short on cash. We have everything done, but the painting and the flooring. Where can I find inexpensive carpet for a living room and two small bedrooms? We have two small bathrooms that need flooring as well.
Felisha from Fayetteville, AR
He then went to the kitchen. He wanted to put ceramic in there and that's when I told him I hate ceramic so we went to Home Depot again. We found a brand of wood grain laminate which I love. Installation is very easy and it's very inexpensive. We put a wood floor similar to Pergo in the second bedroom and it is gorgeous. It snaps together, tongue and groove, I think it's called. The brand for that as well as the laminate is Traffic Master. It's at Home Depot.
Measure your rooms and figure square footage and take that with you. The most important thing to remember is that remodel projects don't have to be completed today. Watch for sales and look for something that might be discontinued. If the rooms are small sometimes you can do with less material. We had enough left over from the kitchen to do the WC area in the master bath. The ceramic in the living room was a discontinued pattern and very cheap. We are now waiting for just the right floor for our second bathroom. Very small so it won't cost much. (03/07/2008)
The money collected is than used to build new homes for families that could otherwise not own. The prospective homeowner has to participate in the building of their home with "sweat equity". I have donated/collected and volunteered to help build homes, so everyone can contribute in some manner to a great cause. Hope this helps. (03/07/2008)
Since mine were a "mixed inlayed wood-grain" diamond pattern, I also cut some in half (with a metal ruler and a box knife, then "snapped" them) and stuck these around the bottom of my wall under my picture windows. It looks like I have beautiful inlayed woodgrain on my walls. But, I must warn you, these tiles don't stick well to semi-gloss paint. You'll need extra adhesive and some "tooth". You can always lay a higher quality flooring over it later when you have more cash.
For free carpeting, you can sometimes go to an office building (that has high-end industrial carpeting) when they are remodeling and ask them for a large roll or 2 of their old carpet. This way it saves them from paying to take it to the dump. It's usually in very good shape. Sometimes this carpeting came from rooms that were barely used.
For new carpet and "Pergo" type floors, go to a "Big Lots" liquidation store or any liquidation store (or look on Craig's List). Each Big Lots has different carpets. These are bBound remnants" and they have the absolute best prices I've ever seen. I carpeted my whole craft room with a new Big Lot "bound remnant" 8 x 12 rug for only $90. These rugs can always be cut smaller. They sell a rug pack of 3 sizes (5x7, 3x5 and 18x24) for $29 - $39, which is about $20 less than Fred Meyers.
For super deals on paint (inside or outside) read my post:
And if you don't find a color you like at one store, go to another store. They all have different colors. I'm an artist, so mixing paint is no big deal for me, so I'll buy several shades of one color and one or 2 of another and mix these together in a large 5 gallon bucket to get a color I like (or I'll do a multi-shade 'Painting Technique". Read the link above. This is the best and cheapest way to paint your walls. Besides the link above, Liquidation Stores have paint in many colors (especially white) for only $5 a gallon. Just look under "Liquidation" in your local yellow pages.
Some towns have a place where people can bring their old unwanted latex paint once a month. They then mix all these colors together and usually get a beige. They then sell this "mixed" paint back to the community. (03/07/2008)
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