The Grey Room: Before & After

I took this photo–of what has become the “Grey Room”–back in June 2015 when John rented an electric jack hammer to install a French drain. To read the blog post, click here. Between this room and the basement, he removed about 3,000 pounds of dirt.

Fast forward to mid-January when I took this photo of the original 9″ tile floor.

In 1954, when this house was built, most 9″ tiles had some form of asbestos. Therefore, it’s best to not disturb it. It’s recommended to leave it and simply cover it. It’s not necessary–and it’s too risky–to break it up.

For all this time, it was a hideous floor to look at but at least we didn’t have to worry about it during the construction phase.

When John installed the floating/engineered flooring a couple weeks ago, it was a major transformation.The light-colored floor really lit up the room.

Baseboard will be next!

I think I mentioned previously that we have enough engineered flooring left to finish the mudroom. All along I wanted tile in the mudroom but now I’m debating whether I should have John install the floating floor.

John will make a hinged door for the opening next to Coco where the French drain leads down to the basement. 

When it’s time to add furniture, a couch will go against the above (east) wall.

By the time we started installing the flooring in this ground level room, we were out of the 6′ wide underlayment. We purchased a 3′ wide roll at Home Depot. It required taping which added another step and was a bit of a pain.

If you’re installing flooring in more than one room, the 6′ wide roll is worth the hefty price. For us, it covered the master bedroom wing, three bedrooms plus a hallway. The cost for 2 rolls of 6′ wide underlayment was $600. It has a vapor barrier, sound insulation, and when walking on the floor, it creates a slight bounce.

A curious pug who just turned one year old!



8 thoughts on “The Grey Room: Before & After

  1. The Grey Room looks amazing with the floating floor. I love how it brightens up the whole room. The underlayment with it’s sound insulating and vapor barrier is a great investment. Thanks for the update on your beautiful home…

  2. John has quite the little helper there. I can see he is a valuable assistant, sitting on that floor making sure it doesn’t move while John is installing it and testing that underlayment for bounce.

    The room is just transformed with that floor.

    I’m sure decorators would make a face about painting a “basement” room gray, but it really does work.

    Hmm. Wood or tile in the mudroom. I’m a tile person so I’d immediately go with that. But you have flooring left. If not the mudroom, where else would you use it? Not really enough to sell to someone else to do a room. I suppose you could keep it for any future repairs that might come up. And how muddy will the mud room get? Will you and John be traipsing in all that much mud and dirt that a wood floor would get trashed?

    Is this the room you’ll be doing your flowers in? A lot of standing would be more comfortable on a wood floor. But a tile floor would be a lot easier cleanup especially if water is involved a lot.

    Glad it’s your decision and not mine.

  3. We have engineered flooring throughout our house, including at the front entrance. (It was here when we moved in, so I don’t know how old it is or what the quality is. We’ve been here 4 years) In the heavily-used entry, however, the pattern has begun to wear away. If you’ll be using the mudroom as your main entrance, tile might be better over the long run.

  4. Do they make sound protection gear for dogs? He is too cute and looks like an asset to the project…..thanks for the update…so glad you are blogging again….

  5. You are an outstanding writer!
    Your descriptions are thoroughly clear & enjoyable to read.
    Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  6. It’s inconceivable to me – the before, during and after pictures!!! I’m relatively new to your blog and find it fascinating to read each week. I recently painted a room (almost the same color gray) but I wish I had been smart and matched it up with an engineered flooring as you did, instead of carpet. It really POPS in your photos!!! Finally, I think your little pugs are adorable the way they seem to go over and check out your recently completed work!

  7. I almost can’t bear to look at these … the work that has been put into this project is OVERWHELMING .. and it’s soooo beautiful. I have the utmost respect for John .. and you .. for perservering on this amazing project. It’s magnificent.!!

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