I didn’t mean to leave you in suspense last week. I met my BFF for lunch this past Sunday and even she said to me, “I can’t believe you didn’t show your finished floors in your post. I was like, is that it!?” So you have my apologies. Though, in my defense, getting new kitchen flooring is a huge deal to me. For that reason, I needed to break this beast up into as many posts as possible. I hope you understand. So, without further ado, here is the floor!
As noted in the title of this post, these are just progress shots. While the actual floor is 100% finished, its installation created a domino effect of other projects. I chose a ceramic tile which has the look of carrara marble. It’s beautiful without the high price tag. The installers did an amazing job, with only a few small issues that need to be corrected. Hopefully, that will be happening soon.
I originally intended to have the tiles set on the diagonal. Since my house is almost 100 years old, the floors are not perfectly level. This creates an issue when laying tile in a diamond pattern. If the floors are not close to perfectly level, the points of the tile will stick up. Obviously, this isn’t ideal. Because of this, I decided on a staggered pattern which actually turned out to be a happy accident. I’m completely in love with this pattern. Not only does it have a modern feel, but I think it really reflects the house’s character so much better. Don’t you?
So back to those little details that need to be corrected. Over time, pretty much everything is going to be repainted. Although pink and gray aren’t colors I’d pick if I were designing my own kitchen, I like them. I’ll have some paint matched and get everything touched up. I knew there were some nicks and scratches here and there, but they weren’t obvious until I got the new floor. Plus, I’m pretty sure that the installers created some new marks.
My goal over the next two years is to replace the countertops, backsplash, and stove. Since it took me five years to get new flooring, I’m not holding my breath.
Well, it turns out that part of the window is still blocked by some weird piece of wood. I’m not sure what’s going on. So now the plan is to replace the window. (I suppose this is why they tell you to budget for more than the actual cost of the project.) Not only will this fix the weird wood issue, but I’ll also put in a double-hung window that can actually be opened. Talk about a huge bonus. Hopefully, my Dad can help me get that in sometime soon. If not, I can wait until spring. I also will be replacing the molding around the window as I assume it was cut off to accommodate the banquette. It just looks pretty crappy right now.
Also, removing the banquette created this mess with the walls and molding.
You can see that I gave everything a quick coat of paint so it didn’t look quite as terrible. Once all of that is complete, I can start decorating. I want some seating in the kitchen, but I still haven’t figured out what. I’ve been searching online for benches with no luck so far. Right now, I’m trying out the cafe table and chair look.
I was kind of liking it, but then I got the new Better Homes & Gardens in the mail yesterday, and I fell in love with their front cover.
I mean, how perfect would this look in my space, right? Thank goodness I have some time to test things out.
Before I go, let’s have one more quick look. Before…
Amazing! So that’s it, my new kitchen floor. Thank you for being patient with me. I’ll be sharing my efforts as I attempt to wrap this project up as soon as possible. What do you think? Big improvement, right?
P.S. I also think I need this refrigerator. Wouldn’t it be too perfect? I just need one person to agree with me.
This post first appeared on Inspired by Charm on 1/16/2013.