Kitchen floors phase 1 is HERE - When we moved in, I spent $50 on black & white tiles to cover the existing floor. It was a temporary fix until we could rehab the kitchen.
Kitchen floors phase 2 is HERE - Where we removed 7 layers of tile, plus 2 layers of plywood subfloors, to find the original hardwood floors. * spoiler alert * They were not in good shape.
Kitchen floors phase 3 is HERE - When we put in a new level plywood subfloor.
Kitchen - future plans and inspiration, I wrote about HERE.
As our budget shrunk, the plans changed.
Last month I came up with a low cost design plan, and had all of the materials and supplies shipped directly to our house (for free) via Home Depot.
Over one weekend in October, I emptied out the room, finished painting the ceiling, put in new floors, built a new butcher block countertop, and put everything back together.
It was kind of like the tv show, "Trading Spaces", except it wasn't. It was only me.
|Here it is right before I removed the sink and counter.|
|Everything in the kitchen got moved to the dining room or back porch, |
turning the first floor into an obstacle course.
|This is our water source in the kitchen.|
My plan was to go with a dark slate-like tile, but the plan changed. The tiles, grout, and all of the supplies were making us go over budget. Plus I was too scared to DIY it and mess it all up.
So I found the perfect replacement, "The Easiest Floor Ever!" resilient plank flooring.
This is the one we went with:
Allure Ultra 7.5 in. x 47.6 in. Aspen Oak Black Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring from Home Depot.
|The pieces slide and snap into place right over the existing floor.|
There is no adhesive, glue, or grout needed, so it will be really easy to remove if we decide to change the flooring in the future.
I also built a 12 foot countertop using 2 large butcher blocks. Just needed to cut a hole for the sink and mount it into place. Still need to install a backsplash.
|Check out the new floor.|
I need to install a transition strip between the dining room and kitchen.
|12 foot countertop|
|That silver thing sticking out of the wall is for the range hood that needs to be purchased and installed.|
|Coffee bar and pantry|
|This is our "new" refrigerator. It was new but had some dings, so it was sent to the Sears outlet store.|
We originally purchased a beautiful black french door refrigerator, but the movers couldn't get it though our door. It was upsetting. So we settled on this one and bought a freezer for extra storage.
|floor trim and transition piece needs to be installed|
|This is a sample of the floor trim. It needs to be painted and installed.|