A while back I gave you a tour of our Florida room. You can read about it here. This room has great potential, but it is an eye sore. We love the light this room brings into our house. We recently put in new windows, and now it will be a little warmer in the winter. When the weather was nice, we didn’t want to do any projects inside. Nice weather is valuable here in Syracuse so we were outside. Now that it is starting to get colder, we wanted to start one of our winter projects: the ugly tile floor.
Here is a view from our stairs.
We took this picture last winter, and you can see all the snow outside. That will be here before we are ready for it.
We have no idea when the tile was put in, but it is just not our style. Plus, the moment we walk in, it is right in our faces and not in a good way. We were hoping hardwood was underneath. When Gracie was a puppy, she decided to start the demo in that room and removed a couple of tiles. We took out a couple more pieces and were bummed because it didn’t look like hardwood, just the subfloor.
Then last week we started our official demo of the tile. There were no issues on removing it. The tile was a breeze to remove. And things got better.
Could it be hardwood underneath? We got closer, and I started cheering. We hit the jackpot. I guess the corner that Gracie removed was not in good shape so we couldn’t see it.
It is hard to tell because it was at night when I took these photos, but you can see the hardwood. The problem now is the stuff the tile was attached to on the floor.
Here you can see the state of the hardwood right next to the Florida Room.
Before we started removing the tile we found a hardwood that matched our current floor and priced it out with to do it ourselves. Overall we were happy with the price. It would be around $450 by the end of the project. However, we are changing directions since this discovery. But with all of the gunk on these floors, we do not know if we can save them. It is a lot to sand down, and we are not sure that would do the trick.
So what would you do – try to save the old floor or rip it out and replace it? Keep in mind that a lot of sanding would be required which would make the flooring much thinner. Here is the Florida room in it’s current state. We are doing research but are kind of at a stand still. Let me know what you think the best option is. We know that there are a lot of seasoned DIYers out there, and we value your expert advice.