When my cat made an end to our hallway carpet - I used this as an excuse to finally rip up the old carpet (which I have wanted to remove for years). In a dream world I would like to put down hardwood floor in the hall and bedrooms, but in reality that will have to wait a few years. I didn't want to put down more carpet, and laminate seemed like a short term solution that I would rather not spend the time or money to install. So I painted the subfloor and then stencilled it.
First I primed the subfloor
Then painted it light grey
And finally stencilled it
Is this an acceptable short(ish)term solution? I am glad I don't live in a new house because I think I can kinda get away with this.
Now the final question is what to do with the baseboards - they are currently too high, but do i remove and reposition them lower? add some quarter round? upgrade to something that matches the main floor (and original trim in the house)? I don't want to spend money that will essentially be thrown out when we do eventually put in a 'real' floor. So I think for now I will just live with it the way it is until it bothers me too much.