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Removing Carpet & Painting Concrete (ORC Week 4)

Halfway done with the basement refresh! This week I’m sharing how removing carpet and painting concrete floors in our guest bedroom went.

remove glued on carpet pad

Last week I joked that this basement project should be called 100 ways to paint concrete.  It’s not totally inaccurate, since I’m back today with more!  This time, I worked on removing carpet and painting the concrete floors underneath.  PLUS the bathroom floors are painted too, and I’ve decided on the pattern I’ll add.  Let’s get to it! 

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Welcome! My name is Nicole and I live in Northern Ontario, Canada. I’m refreshing/resetting my raised ranch basement as part of the One Room Challenge.  So far, I’ve introduced the spaceremoved old vinyl flooring, and painted the entry.  Since living here almost two years, we’ve mostly used the basement for storage.  So, re-organizing the mess is the priority (while also spending as little money as possible).  In the end, we’ll hopefully have a somewhat decent looking space back.  Did I mention I’m not really doing a big makeover!?

painting concrete floors

Anyways, last week I left you with photos of the mess in the living room.  And if you’ve been following in Instagram Stories, you know that it got a lot messier!  I had  to clear out the guest bedroom to do the floors – so all that stuff had to go somewhere.  Don’t worry though, there’s a method to my madness, because once they’re done, I can assemble the new bedframe and get some stuff stored away :)

But before we get to that, let me remind you that I also wanted to paint the bathroom floors:

Painted Bathroom Floors

Last week, the floors were still pretty sticky from the vinyl tile adhesive.  We scraped a few more times (and I even tried peanut butter).  In the end, I decided to just paint them, even though the adhesive wasn’t fully removed.  (It was just a little tacky, rather than the lose-your-socks-stickiness that it was at first).  From what I read online, it was either going to cause flashing (aka weird drying spots, like when you paint over a drywall patch without priming) OR screw up the paint and not set properly.

painted concrete after one coat

I was not prepared for the second option, so LUCKILY we just ended up with a bit of flashing.  You could see where the stubborn spots were, and the outline of the tiles.

Oh, and I also painted the vanity too.  I didn’t do any special prep or use a topcoat, so we’ll see how it lasts.

second coat of concrete paint

The second coat completely cleared it up though!  You do still see some ridges from where the glue was trowelled, and there’s weird concrete spots near the toilet – but it’s all the same colour/sheen.

hexagon mould

I was debating what pattern to do in here, when I remembered that I had a hexagon shape (here’s something similar).  It’s really used to make concrete pavers.  But, it should work as a stencil of sorts.  I’m going to try and do a subtle/sponge pattern – so hopefully it turns out :)

Removing Carpet

Moving on to the bedroom, the whole room had to be cleared out.

basement guest bedroom before

It’s not a huge space, but works for guests (mostly my parents).  The bed was originally on the other wall, but I like this layout so much more.

guest bedroom closet before

I bought a new bed frame that I’ll be able to use for storage.  That way, the closet shouldn’t look like a disaster zone all the time.

old basement carpet

I’m pretty sure the carpets were original to the house (built in the 70s).  It had a subtle musky smell, but it was also tricky to clean because the dark colours camouflaged a lot.

remove glued on carpet pad

I have removed carpets (and carpet pads) in the past – and this is the first one that was ever glued to the floor.  Because it was so old, it also disintegrated in places.

disintegrated carpet pad

There also weren’t any carpet tacks.  That was convenient, although they made up for it by installing the baseboards directly on the carpet.  I’m sure it would have been easier to take out the carpet with them out.  But alas, replacing baseboards aren’t in the plans this time.  (My mitre saw is occupied at the cottage).

removing carpet floor transition

The only nailed in piece was the transition at the doorway.  I couldn’t get that thing out at all!  Well, I should say, I did break the metal into pieces, but the nails were glued in.  The Husband took them out for me (along with the other 3 to his workout room).

Guest Bedroom Plans

Oh, here’s a little mockup of the headboard situation:

headboard mockup

I have some leftover/old pool noodles from my parents.  They’ll be cut in half, then attached to a plywood on the wall.  Everything will be upholstered in the leftover curtain fabric.  The black outlines are the nightstands, and I luckily have juuusttt enough pool noodles to make it down there.  My original plan was to do 7 rows, but that would mean I’d have to buy more pool noodles (over an hour drive away).

Anyways, back to the floors!  Once the carpet pad was removed, I went in a couple of times and mopped/rinsed everything.  That loosened up a couple of stuck adhesive, so I scraped some more.

mixing paint

Yesterday, I mixed a couple of the floor paint colours I have (a light grey and a dark blue) to try and match the wall paint in the entry.

starting to paint concrete floors

Since the bathroom floors turned out so well, I wasn’t worried as much about flashing/spotting here (which turned up immediately).

first coat on concrete floor

I did have to mix another batch of paint, so the colours didn’t match perfectly.  Luckily, there was enough leftover paint to give everything a second coat this afternoon.

edging of concrete floor

The colour is a bit different than the hallway/rest of the basement.  I think I want to do a subtle cloud sponge technique in here though, so let me know what you think!

Where We’re At

Meanwhile, the rest of the basement is still stuffed to the brim.

messy basement hallway

The bed frame I upgraded to doesn’t need a boxspring – so I really need to find a place to store that soon!  I think we’ll be really messy for another week or so, then I can load things back into the guest bedroom.  (I want to give the floors a bit to cure).

messy basement rooms

Remember when I cleaned out the Husband’s workout room?  We emptied his suitcase from his trip in there, so it needs to all be sorted.  I’m not confident we’ll be able to find a place to store our cottage stuff, so the laundry room may be messy for the reveal.  We’ll see…

old carpet removal

Oh!  I also worked on my accent wall, but I’m going to try and keep it secret until the reveal.  It’s not done yet (maybe 75%), but it’s looking fun!  There’s a pile of carpet and floor garbage that needs to go to the dump, but I’m in no hurry to haul it to the garage.  That big box is our Christmas tree (it will be our first season using it!).  I bought it last year when it was on sale, but have plans to add flocking soon.  It was stored in the guest bedroom closet, but I really want to try and get it under the bed.  I think the box is just an inch too big, but we’ll see once the bed frame is built. 

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Follow my basement project:

Basement Reset BEFORE (ORC Week 1)
Removing Old Vinyl Flooring (ORC Week 2)
Painted Basement Entry (ORC Week 3)
Removing Carpets & Painting Concrete (this week!)

And my budget breakdown: 

Week 2 Difference: – 2.95$
Week 3 Spend: – 7.20$
This week I sold some plants and a baby rocker and made 29$
Total: 18.85$ positive (aka I made more than spent so far) 

I need to buy some plywood this week, so my budget will be back up again.  I still have a few things that I’m trying to sell, but so far, no takers.  Actually, there are a couple of more things I need to list… so fingers crossed!

removing carpet painting concrete

I hope you’re enjoying following the basement project so far!  Having a project to do again has been really fun. I’m spending an hour or two-ish a day (while the little children nap) so things are slowly coming together.  

Here’s a recap of what’s been done/to-do:

  • Finish painting the baseboards at the staircase
  • Remove staircase vinyl floor and paint concrete
  • Remove bathroom floor and paint concrete (still want to do a fun pattern)
  • Paint half wall in living room? (gave this up and painted the entry PLUS will do an accent wall) 
  • Finish nightstands
  • Fix blinds/curtains in guest bedroom and living room (going to use the guest bedroom ones)
  • Headboard fix/build
  • Remove bedroom carpet and paint concrete (may do cloud pattern
  • Replace light fixture in basement entry – Husband task
  • Reorganize workout room (did, but now messy again)
  • Reorganize living room (including plant placement)
  • CLEAN AND ORGANIZE EVERYTHING
  • Added: finally install the doorknob on the laundry door

Tomorrow, I plan to do the bathroom floor hex pattern.  Not sure how long it will take, so hopefully it’s not forever.  Let me know how you feel about a pattern in the bedroom floor too :)  I may do the headboard before the sponge painting, then give everything a good week to cure before the rug and bed/stuff go back in. 

See you next week! 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Felicia
    October 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Wow! This post is fabulous and chock-full of valuable information. The transformation is stunning already. I’ll be tuning in for more!

    -Felicia
    hellohomegirl.com

    • Reply
      Nicole
      October 26, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Great – thanks!

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