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Looking for a way to make your house look great and increase it's value at the same time? Bathrooms and kitchens can get complicated, but your home's flooring can be redone a lot more quickly and easily than many people expect!  Read on to find different ways to update your floors by yourself and on a budget!

1.  Floating Floors.  Most everyone loves the look of hardwood floors, don't they?  They're warm and inviting, and can really bring a high end look to any home.  But did you know that there is a product that doesn't require a professional to install, and can give you the same finished feel? Floating floors are named because of their ability to be installed over almost any existing floor. They aren't required to be tacked, glued, or nailed down; but rather come in sections that can be easily snapped together.  The flooring comes in a wide variety of finishes so you can pick the color that suits you best, with the added bonus of not having to sand or stain classic wood!  The most complicated part of this installation would have to be the measuring and cutting, but if you take your time, you can have the beauty of hardwood in just a short weekend's worth of work!

2. Paint!   Do you already have a hard flooring surface like tile, wood, or even concrete, and you'd like to freshen it up?  A few coats of floor paint will surely do the trick!  The possibilities are limitless with this type of finish, and the only restrictions are your own imagination.  Paint the entire floor one color, or go crazy and paint a checkerboard pattern!  If you're artistically inclined, you can even use your floors to practice your favorite faux finish technique.  Marble floors are expensive, but with a bit of time and effort, you can achieve the look of marble for a fraction of the cost!  Finish up with a high gloss coat of lacquer and your beautiful new space will look fresh and clean for years to come.

3.  Cork isn't just to keep your wine fresh, it's also an excellent flooring option!  Many manufacturers produce cork planks in much the same way as floating wood floors; in easy to install, self-interlocking panels.  The benefits of this type of flooring are amazing!  Cork isn't as cold underfoot as tile or wood, and it provides a soft, sound absorbing surface upon which to walk.  Pre-cut 12 x 12 tiles are readily available, and this type of flooring is able to hold paint or stain in any color, so you can finish your floors to match your decor!

4.  Epoxy coating!   This type of finish is great for garage floors, but can be used in any room of your house.  Nothing is worse than pulling up carpet to see a nasty slab of concrete underneath. Fortunately, you can sand out the rough spots and paint on a coat of epoxy in just a few hours!  This product also comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and when you're done nobody will ever guess that your beautiful, shiny new floors are really dull, grey concrete!

5 Carpet tiles!  If carpet is more your preference, there's a quick and easy option for you, too!  Many flooring stores will keep remnants on hand after they sell a roll of carpeting, and it's available for purchase at a deep discount.  First, install a carpet pad, and then find a few different remnants that catch your eye.  Lay the squares down in any pattern you like, tack them down with a few carpeting nails, and watch your living space be transformed for pennies on the dollar!

With just a little time and effort, you can update every room in your house with inviting, stylish, creative flooring.  It's fun, easy, and you'll definitely see a return on your investment!

 

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