With the mold issues in the garage apartment, we had to go with new flooring. As I mentioned before, there were several good reasons for going with a stained finish:
- The sheet vinyl that we ripped up caused mold issues and we wanted to go with something that would allow the flooring to breath a bit more.
- The stained look is popular with our target tenants.
- We knew that we could DIY the project and do it for less $$ than most other options.
- It would be a pretty green choice: no ugly temporary flooring to rip up in the future.
- If we hated it, we could always put a different flooring choice over it.
So, we did DIY the flooring and things seemed to work out the way we thought it would:
The mold is gone.
It has that currently trendy studio apartment look.
It was super cheap and took less than a week for us to DIY!
$10.98 to etch + $25.96 to stain + $25.98 to seal + $8.98 sprayer +$3 paint roller and scrubbing tools
=$74.90 for a new, livable flooring!
....but then the reality set in...
This is not going to be a durable, long-term solution for the flooring. We really tried to follow all of the manufacturer's directions and give the floor substantial time to dry, but portions are chipping up already. We weren't sure that the etched floor had the sandpaper feel that it needed so that could have been our downfall.
I still don't necessarily regret the choice to go this route for a rental because it saved us a lot of money and a bit of time, but I would not choose to do this for our own home. So, we're going to let the new tenant know that they won't be responsible for large scratches and dings in the floor because I'm sure that their furniture will make a few. This $75 solution will work for the next year or so and then we'll have to see where we go next!