Hi everyone. I'm new here and extremely new to home improvement.
I am living in a very old house and the kitchen floor was last replaced in the late 60s, which means it's brownish orange carpet. It's actually not in terrible shape, but it's ugly and we all know that carpeting in a kitchen is NOT ideal. I suspect it is glued onto the floor and not just attached at the edges like traditional carpeting.
Here's my situation: I want it gone, but I have ZERO budget for this and I'm not very handy.
What are my options? It doesn't have to be something that will last a lifetime, but at least three years would be nice.
Any ideas would be appreciated and please keep in mind I am an extreme novice and I really can't spend anything much on this. Like anything more than $200 would be really really really pushing it.
With that amount of money to spend your stuck with what you have.
Carpet in a kitchen, they had to be on drugs when making that decision.
I can truly sympathize with you as I faced the same situation when I moved into my 1950's bungalow. The kitchen and basement stairs were carpeted with an orangish yellow shag carpet.
I pulled out the kitchen carpet, on hands and knees, and scraped as much of the black glue stuff off as I could. Underneath was linoleum in poor condition. This was a laborious task, requiring a lot of elbow grease.
I'm glad the hideous carpet is gone but if I had it to do over again, I would do it in sections as the scraping and hands and knees work was very tedious.
I can't make any realrecommendations as to how to treat your kitchen floor because I think it would depend on how bad the stuff underneath is, and whether or not it's buckled (as mine did) and whether or not the floor is level.
The only thing I could suggest is that if you pull out the carpet, you could put down throw or area rugs, obviously well away from the stove.
Just wanted you to know you're not alone in dealing with this kind of situation.
I am in same situation. My kitchen tile is cracking. I will take rest of flooring up and sand and clean up the subfloor. I will then paint it with deck/porch paint. Hopefully that will be good for a bit until I can get new flooring. Hope you find a solution. Good Luck!
Nobody is handy when they first start out. Taking out the carpet is gross, messy and time consuming, but there is not a lot of skill required. It is a good way to start. Once you have it out you may find a surprise.
You don't say how big the kitchen is but you may be able to find a close out flooring that will work.
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