Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kitchen Flooring Installed

My MIL (Mother in law) gave us a belated anniversary gift of four hundred dollars of gift cards to Lowes building supply store. For those who don't know Lowes it's a Home Depot competitor. The kitchen remodel has floors, counter-tops, and trim left to do. My first thought was the gift cards don't cover either flooring or counter-tops as originally planned. But after some thought I came to the conclusion this is a good amount to do a "temporary" completion. So here's the first step completed.

This is the least expensive flooring solution there is. It is 12"x12" peel and stick vinyl tile. The black marble runs $0.88 apiece and the beige stone is $0.78 . The whole project totaled about $125.

With our white appliances, brushed nickel switch-plates / cabinet pulls, and the somewhat retro-50's green wall color, the old fashioned checker board pattern goes quite well. I think it's much better than trying to do a solid pattern of 12" squares. The checker board gives an antique or period feel which goes with an old house's 1929 architecture.

( Cat not included in estimated price. )

1 comment:

Gordon R. Durand said...

It looks great.

We grew up on checkerboard linoleum, green and white nine-inch squares, although you may not remember it since most of it was covered with carpet when you were still young.

An article in The Economist once stated that there are linoleum floors in Europe that are 400 years old, and still wearing nicely. Seems that linoleum, which is just a mixture of linseed oil and cork, polymerizes over time, and just keeps getting tougher... and tougher.

Vinyl, on the other hand, turns to salt.

But it looks great!