I've been trying to live with the kitchen, but a couple of weeks ago, I decided I absolutely could not live with floor anymore. It's white linoleum, covering a couple of layers of paint, covering the original oak floor. Eventually we'll refinish the wood, but again, not until we do the addition. Even so, I couldn't take the linoleum any more.
I know, you're thinking, "how bad can the floor be?" Let me 'splain:
It used to be white, but now it has spots and all sorts of random stains that do not come off when cleaned. Gross.
The kitchen originally had a half-wall in the middle of it, and they pulled out the wall after they put in the linoleum. That left a big hole in the linoleum. Great place for dirt to get trapped.
Here's a close-up of the hole. Don't you want something like this in the middle of your kitchen?
As an extra added bonus, the linoleum was peeling up around the edges, especially around the door.
We went through a couple of options for the flooring. The linoleum is really easy to peel up, which will be great when we get around to refinishing the floor. We wanted something that would look better than more linoleum, that would go on quickly, but was fairly cheap. After getting advice from a couple of folks (thanks Funder), we settled on a vinyl stick-down tile that was groutable. At $0.99/sq foot, the price was right too!
To prep the floor, we filled the hole with a spare block of wood and leveled it out as best as we could.
We peeled up the loose linoleum back to where it was well-stuck to the floor so that we'd have a more solid base to work on.
You can get an idea of the layers of goo that are on the floor under the linoleum. We definitely have our work cut out for us when we refinish the floor!
And then... we stuck down the first tile!
We kept sticking down whole tiles, using 3/16 tile spacers to make sure we laid them evenly. Freya supervised.
Here's the floor with all of the whole tiles. The little dots on the corners are the spacers.
After all the tile was laid, we grouted.
And here's what it looks like done!
While I was at it, I repainted the kitchen from a sickly greenish-offwhite to a bright blue.
I think it goes pretty well with the
awful yellow tile countertops... definitely provides a good contrast!
It's not the best remodel ever, but it's a whole lot better than it used to be! I think we can live with it for another few years without being hugely embarrassed by our kitchen. :)
It took the hubby and I three hours on Friday night, then another few hours Saturday morning, to cut, lay, and grout the majority of the tile. It took me another solid day (by myself, hubby was gone) to finish cutting and laying the remaining tile, grout it, cut and install quarter-round molding, and paint. Not bad for a weekend project, and the entire thing cost us less than $300!
The only thing left to do is make some curtains for the kitchen window. I want to go with a fabric that has both blue and yellow in it, so it's either this one (kinda busy, but maybe cute for a country kitchen?)
Or this one... just because I can! What do you think?