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The flooring in my master bathroom was horrible and needed to be replaced (we chose Verostone by Carpet One).
I feel bad saying it was horrible, especially because I know hubby hates when I “put down” our house for everyone to read.
But you have to call a spade is a spade, right?
Every day when you walk into the same room, over time you become immune to its dirt, its clutter, and blind to the fact that the space does nothing for your sense of pride in your home!
Can I get an amen?!
This is how the flooring looked in our master bathroom.
In the past, I was able to “make it work” with paint and a few decorative items (plus, removing the ugly wallpaper!
But now, I’m ready to start ripping things out, especially the floor.
Teaming Up with Carpet One to Install Verostone Flooring
I am excited to team up with Carpet One Floor & Home again for another room makeover challenge!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve placed their bounded rugs in a couple places in my house and haven’t been more pleased with them! We used to have a bunch of hardwood floors that were cold and barren, but with the thick, quality bounded rugs, the rooms feel cozier.
Now, we’re partnering again to make this hideous peel-and-stick tile in my master bedroom a thing of the past!
Going to Pick Out Samples!
I headed over to my local Carpet One to see the VeroStone tile, which is what I am using for my bathroom makeover.
This is the hard part because trying to even pick out floor colors when I have no idea what color paints I’m going to use makes it a challenge!
The salesperson, Michael, took me to the back of the store where the selection of VeroStone was located.
I didn’t know anything about this Made in the USA brand, so I was thankful they had it all laid out for me right there.
Oh–you say warmer than natural stone? CHECK.
Suitable for families with pets? Well, my three boys are like a pack of wild baby wolves, so yes–CHECK. CHECK.
VeroStone can be installed on top of other floors? Sweet–CHECK!
5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing New Flooring
Here are some questions you should ask before picking out flooring.
QUESTION #1 – How Much Floor Can I Afford?
Let’s be honest: flooring is not cheap! You know that bathroom flooring I got from Carpet One? The space wasn’t large at all, but the flooring cost about $1,700. That’s not cheap. Probably less expensive than other types of flooring from other vendors, but still a large expense when doing a room makeover. I didn’t expect the flooring to cost that much.
So be sure to know how much you’re willing to spend before you start getting excited about new flooring and risk going way out of budget.
QUESTION #2 – What Material Do I Want?
They are sooo many flooring options on the market today, from wood, vinyl, ceramic, laminate, etc. Again, cost will play a role in your decision, but the overall aesthetic of the room will be important, too. Think about common sense things, too. Unless your basement floors are warmed up with fake heating, you’re likely not going to want to walk on ceramic ice cubes, right? Try warmer flooring, like carpet. Keep in mind that some materials are easier to care for, as well.
QUESTION #3 – Are My Kids Going to Ruin It?
I know…that’s mean. To assume that all kids will ruin your good ‘ole home furnishings. But it’s true. I’ve got three little boys that drag toys through the house, attempt to ride their scooters over the floor, scuffing it what used to be nice wood flooring. The easy solution is to set rules about what they can and can’t do in the house. But maybe another idea is, while kids are young, to keep your flooring as durable as possible until they’re older, then splurge your retirement dollars on treating yourself to the best flooring money can buy.
I put Tigressa H2o waterproof carpet in my family room because it’s kid-friendly.
QUESTION #4 – Will My Floors Go Out of Style Like MC Hammer Pants?
Oooh, what a bad analogy. But do you really want your flooring going in and out of style? Doubtful. Choose something that will be timeless, so that in 20 years, some new homeowners aren’t moving in wondering why in the world you chose lime green vinyl tiles.
QUESTION #5 – Can I Do It Myself?
You know how we do here at Thrift Diving: if we can do it ourselves, we will! You might want to consider flooring that you can install yourselves, especially if your budget is non-existent. Some flooring is easier to install than others, like vinyl flooring versus ceramic tiles. If you’re up for the challenge, you can watch YouTube videos, learn from blogger tutorials, and more, so that you can get the job done right yourself instead of paying professionals. Just don’t beat yourself up if it’s not perfect. No one will notice but you.
Try Out Several Samples!
Here’s a tip: when visiting a Carpet One store, see if you can borrow flooring samples to bring home to see how they look in your home.
This sample was so closely matching to the shade that’s already in our bathroom, but I liked that it was such a neutral color.
I’m planning to make a vanity (!!) and I think this floor color will allow me to pair it with any colors in the bathroom, especially over the years.
I went back to Carpet One and picked out a few more samples.
Once I got them home, I placed them on the floor to decide which of the two I liked best.
Not this one; it’s too dark for me.
But I really liked this one!
I liked the light gray tones in it.
Taking the Measurements
A couple of days after going to Carpet One, Tommy, the measuring guy, came over.
I was a little embarrassed to show off my horrific bathroom floor, but I’m guessing that he’s seen it all, right?
He inspected the floor a bit, peeling back tiles, to discover that the tiles were covering even older sheet vinyl.
You should have seen the joy when I learned that they’d have to rip out all this old vinyl.
Bye, bye, old vinyl.
Hello, VeroStone! 🙂
Keep Up With the Entire 30-Day Master Bathroom Makeover Series!
Day 52: How to Remove a Toilet Yourself
DAY 57: How to Install a Toilet Yourself
And be sure to check out your local Carpet One Floor & Home to get help with your flooring projects!