This is actually a really awesome deal that I’m reading way too much into, I’m sure. So here it is:
My mom, who is retired and has WAY too much time on her hands, is coming out for an extended visit sometime in the next month. Her two favorite hobbies are home renovations and bargain shopping, so she’s offered to find a really good deal on the ceramic tile I want for my kitchen and help me install it while she’s here. Awesome, right?
Well, here’s the catch: I have perfectly useful, 6-year old vinyl flooring in there already that would probably last until the kids are on their way to college. The whole reason I wanted new flooring is because the vinyl is UGLY. It’s white, which means every little crumb shows up on it (and subsequently, it looks dirty all the time), and frankly, I didn’t buy a house so I could have flooring that is uglier than what I had in my old California apartment. It’s part of the American dream, right?
All of a sudden, however, my conscience is nagging me to reconsider. Ripping out the nasty vinyl means it has to languish in a landfill for the next few millenia, because what use is there for used vinyl flooring? I’m wondering if there is some way to recycle it that I’m not aware of, because that would assuage some of the guilt I’m having. Is there some creative use for it that I haven’t thought of? If anyone has some good ideas, PLEASE pass them along, because I really want my new tile!