The Kitchen Floor: Progress

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. 


You’ll also notice my window still looks incredibly silly. Yeah, I was pretty bummed about that, too. You may remember that I partially removed the built-in banquette to let in more natural light. 

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



and after.



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.


All text, photographs, and graphics were created by Lifestyle Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr. unless stated otherwise.

  1. Love love the new flooring! I think that refrigerator would look amazing but I guess I never would have thought of getting a fridge from West Elm :)

  2. The fridge! YYes! I love the tile, your kitchen is so beautiful and full of character! And let me not forget to mention the fridge….yes, yes and yes. I’d get that before doing the window…cause I’m just impulsive and impractical like that :-|

    Rebecca G. in SC

  3. Love the new flooring I have coveted that fridge for a long time Fabulous, I must say I like the idea of the small table and chairs by the window makes the kitchen look more roomy, if you prefer a bench why not turn an Expedit Ikea shelve on it’s side make a cushioned bench seat for on top and then you can put wicker storage baskets in the open space?

    cheers
    Margo

  4. I must confess I was waiting (im)patiently for the reveal :) Have you ever thought of painting your counter tops? I remember Donna at Funky Junk Interiors painted hers before her kitchen redo. btw that fridge is Amazing!!

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  6. Gorgeous! What a fun transformation and worth the five year wait. : ) I have decided I MUST improve on my inside shots. You even make the “rough” stuff, look oh.so.gorgeous. I love dropping by. You are always so inspirational! XOXO! Rebecca

  7. Hey, Michael, I know how exciting it is to get new stuff in and your flooring looks wonderful! It really does open it all up and looks so fresh. I’m sure you’ll get the rest of your kitchen fixed too. I had so many windows that had no trim & me and my dad finished them all out in time. You’ll get there too!

  8. I am just finishing a kitchen makeover. I painted the boring old brown cabinets red and the walls are now olive green. I put in Ikea butcher block counter tops and a matching laminate “wood” floor. What a transformation – my before and after pictures are shocking! And now I think I need that fridge to top it off! Your kitchen looks great and the floors really make such a difference. It’s light and airy. It’s such a good feeling isn’t it?

  9. Definitely buy the red refrigerator – what a great pop of color it would add to that perfectly neutral and calm space…
    PS: I hear you regarding the speed of renovations…we’re in the home stretch (I pray) of a three year work effort. Sometimes I have to go back and look at the “before” photos for some sorely needed encouragement. Every time I say “this is the very last time”, and perhaps this time it will indeed be so. Cheers!

  10. Michael,
    I LOVE your new flooring! It is actually making me rethink my own flooring. It seemed the trend was wood in the kitchen now, but my husband thought he wanted tile. I can’t make up my mind. Your flooring looks beautiful. My problem is I love your white flooring, but I have white cupboards…

  11. So much fun to see your new kitchen floor! Isn’t it fun remodeling an older home? ;o) One thing always seems to lead to another, but you are doing a fabulous job and the place looks great.

  12. Floor looks great!

    Oh, and even houses that aren’t 100 years old have that problem too! ;) My house was built in the mid 1990s and when we went to tile the shower in the master, we discovered that nothing is EVER plumb!

  13. The floor looks great! I love the tile pattern you chose to use for the layout. If you ever want a fairly inexpensive and easy DIY update to your countertops, I highly recommend the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations kit. We used it on our kitchen, see link to post below. I can’t stop telling people about it because I was so happy with the results. Your countertops have character though and you’ve worked them into your vision very well!

    http://sometimes-homemade.com/2013/01/06/diy-kitchen-countertop/

  14. The floor is looking amazing, the tile pattern is really nice, i am also thinking to replace my hardwood kitchen floor with such kind of tiles, i am sure my kitchen will look more beautiful with these.

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