New Studio Flooring

By Kate Riley October 3, 2016

I’ve written before about the studio above my garage, you can see the entire space featured in this post from last year. Presently, my stepdaughter lives in the studio, she is headed to nursing school in January, but right now she is working to save money for her continuing education.

Once she moves out, my plan is to rent this space out as a weekend AirBnB. One of the things that needed to happen first was to replace the flooring since the old carpet was stained and rippling in places. Also I wasn’t a fan of the dated linoleum floor in the bathroom and kitchen.

For this project I partnered with Floor & Decor which I’ve done several times before, they have a fantastic selection of in stock tile and flooring products. I’m a big fan of luxury vinyl plank flooring because it looks like wood but it is waterproof so you can use it in spaces that are exposed to water like laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Here’s a peek at the space with the new floors before I moved the furniture back inside. I love them!

studio vinyl plank flooring


The product I chose was NuCore vinyl plank in Driftwood Oak, I loved the mid tone taupe color, not too brown and neutral enough to complement any decor I rotate in and out of here. Also it comes with a residential lifetime warranty, that’s huge for me.

Demo started with good old fashioned elbow grease, the carpet came out first. We probably should have removed the baseboard first, but we did that after, see below. The tedious part was removing the tack strips and sticky little padding remnants which took a few hours.


We removed the baseboard first using a blade to cut through the caulking, next a screwdriver (or chisel) and hammer to wedge down inside and pop it off. We ended up damaging the baseboard so instead of reusing it, we replaced it with new baseboard. If you’re careful you can repurpose it but it takes more patience!

Since this is a floating floor, (no glue, nails, or adhesive, yay!) it requires expansion gaps around the perimeter. These adjustable spacers against the wall were the starting point. You can also see the texture of the planks in these more up close shot.

spacers for gaps

This floating floor installed pretty easily. We hired a helper to assist us getting this done since the studio is 650 square feet, but this is a project you can do yourself with the right tools. The pieces snap into place using a tongue and groove style click together system. The two main tools used were a tapping block and a mallet, used together they guarantee tight seams between planks. The tapping block helps get your seams tighter when you use the mallet to connect planks together.

tapping block and mallet

Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley September 30, 2016

Happy Friday friends! I’m excited to announce the new floors are finally installed in the studio above the garage, I’ll be sharing more details about that project early next week! I’ve turned my attention to refinishing the real wood floors inside my house, the polyurethane applied ten years ago has yellowed and it’s bugging me so I want to move the furniture out, sand and stain, then finish with a water based product this time to avoid that yellowing that can happen with oil based polyurethanes. Have you tackled a wood floor refinishing project? I’d love to see what products you used, especially the stains and varnishes you chose. DIY or professionally done, it doesn’t matter, I could use some tips!

I’ve been riding my new Vespa around my neighborhood getting used to traveling on two wheels, it’s a totally different world. The autumn weather is perfect for afternoon jaunts around town, and it’s fun to get around that way even though I’m in full riding gear, helmet, jacket, gloves and all.

Favorite links from the week below!


I enjoyed reading about Lauren’s home remodel.

Love this charming cottage in Maine.

Nole kept it classic with her bathroom redo.

Courtney’s soft and cozy guest room makeover.

Tone on Tone’s white fall decor.

Fake a fireplace or give yours a makeover with these ideas.

52 places to travel you may not have considered.