Hallway Floor – $150

Last week I shared our Painted Stairs. Well, one thing leads to another. One reader asked what the top of the stairs looked like…I am now ready to show you.

This is a photo of the carpet that lay upstairs and no longer on the staircase. When we agreed to move to this house, the stairs were covered in – sort of a ‘runner’. I figured the carpet was neutral enough. Once we moved in, I found it very hard to make the carpet look clean and fresh even though they had been professionally cleaned prior to our move. The weave on the hallway carpet was coming undone in a couple of places so I knew I wanted something else there. I also knew that the landlord was not ready to replace this flooring quite yet.
So knowing my return on investment could be $0 – I didn’t want to spend a lot and I didn’t want to sweat too much either. So while partying at Funky Junk Interiors last Friday night – I found THIS POST. You can read all about how this vinyl flooring is applied there. (the box made it to the recycle bin before I snapped a photo) The color is Antique Woodland Oak from Lowe’s – they are kind of like big stickers 🙂 .
This ‘before’ was actually after I removed the carpet. (You know how when you get the energy to do something – you can’t pause to find the camera?) I washed down the walls that are painted a nice Carrington Beige by Ben Moore. I freshened up the white trim, too – makes a huge difference.
 The tone of the vinyl wood is beautiful! The carpeting in the bedrooms is in fair condition. By removing the most worn parts of the old flooring – it makes even the bedroom carpets look nice.
Because it is so thin – it lays level with the painted stairs.  When somebody wants to put new carpet in – the carpet can lay right over the vinyl.
The hallway feels brand new!
Right Mazi? I had to purchase trim for transitioning from wood to carpet – that was what made my makeover more than I expected. I chose neutral color metal ones and had them cut down to size. The color blends well with the carpet color. If you look closely behind the ‘fluff ball’ you can see under the door – that is the color of metal trim. Metal is a lot thinner and less expensive than wood trim.
One cutting trick that I will share with you to make this project easier is to use fresh razor blades – lots of them. Score the top and snap apart to get a clean cut. Works like a charm.
If you want to do this project in your own space – check out We Call It Junkin’ for the installation tutorial.
Isn’t it pretty!

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30 Replies to “Hallway Floor – $150”

  1. This really made a huge difference. I can understand that you don't want to go through a huge expense especially for renting. 0 return. This really looks so good and clean. Mazi seems to approve.Cynthia

  2. I was just looking at those in Lowe's with a client last Tuesday as an option for her hallways as well. Now I know I made the right choice :-)Looks great Holly! Mazi gave her stamp of approval I see.

  3. Wow- That really looks great. I think vinyl makes perfect sense when you don't want to spend a fortune. You did a wonderful job and it looks fantastic. xo Diana

  4. Whoo hoo Holly, good for you! Isn't it awesome? Thanks so much for including my tutorial link in your post, and I'm so glad you like it. My daughter loves it in her room, and we're starting on Older Daughter's room this week. Then, MINE! Yay! Nasty carpet be gone! You're right about the wood thresholds, 'bout had a cow at the cost of that, yikes. At least the flooring is inexpensive. Take care, oh and, love your cute doggie by the way – Dawn

  5. incredible …. so clean looking….will have to pin this in case I ever want to do this in my upstairs hallway. All heavy traffic areas of carpet get crappy looking after a while. I am seriously starting to think you are on some kind of wonder drug…..one day you re-paint your kitchen nook, then you make over the staircase and now the hallway??? Gesh ….send me some of whatever it is? LOL

  6. Wow Holly! That is the most unvinyl vinyl flooring I've ever seen! You've got me trying to think of a place to put it in my house now! Excellent post and your house looks awesome!Susan

  7. OMGosh, this is such perfect timing for me. Our rental house bathroom needs new flooring and I really don't want to re-tile (long story). Do you think this would work in a bathroom? Your floor looks awesome for big stickers!!!~~Ang

  8. That looks amazing Holly – so fresh looking. And that little \”fluff ball\” in the photo is so darn cute !!! Supervising everything 🙂

  9. Your stairs and floors look so good, Holly! I bet they make that whole section of your home feel so clean and much easier to maintain!!! You are one amazing woman! When you're done with all of your projects…I know you'll never be done…the value of the house will skyrocket!!Mary Alice

  10. Great job Holly I love it! You always have the best transformations.Love what you've been doing with the rental to personalize it.Keep up the good work!

  11. Thanks for this! I was just over at WCIJ, too, to thank her. We've been looking for a solution for our hallway that leads from the garage. I think this would be perfect. :)Have a great weekend.Kelly

  12. Wow! I love it!! I love how great that looks. Looks like old wood (my fave). You must be the best renter I've ever seen. You are doing such a great job with that house. Hope it comes back to you when you move to your next house. You are giving that house some love!

  13. Does your new hallway flooring match the color of your downstairs hardwood? I love this look. I'd like to do the exact same thing in my house, but I'm wondering if I should try to match the hardwoods we have downstairs or if it's ok to go with 2 totally different colors.

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