We’ve been wanting to rip up the awful carpet in our mudroom for ages, but we weren’t sure what we were going to find underneath.
The mudroom used to be the back porch, which had been enclosed many, many years ago, and because of that, it has a pretty severe slope to it: 3 inches over 7 feet.
We were hoping that maybe we could figure out how to level the floor and put in tile – but if that turned out to be too large of a project, we could at least put in vinyl or something a bit more mudroom friendly than carpet.
We knew there was chipboard under the carpet, but we assumed that was just laid over the old joists.
What a surprise to discover the old original porch floor underneath, and in apparently solid condition:
And the awful green tile even came up easily. It had been laid over some sort of plastic mesh stuff, with thick paper on the bottom – so it didn’t even damage the floor.
But now we have a dilemma. Do we refinish the old floor and continue to deal with the slope, or rip out the floor, level it, and replace it with tile? Or of course, we could lay some other sort of flooring over the old wood. Decisions, decisions!
The slope wouldn’t be that big of an issue except that we have a refrigerator in the room, which is currently propped up with 1×4 strips on one side to make it reasonably level. It would be nice not to have to do that.