Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Big Floor Reveal

As I mentioned here, we recently decided to replace the linoleum from 1977 with tile from 2014.  Who am I kidding.  I'm sure this tile is not from 2014, but it's not as old as the linoleum.

I've had this debate for almost 2 decades and I've weighed the pros and cons of tile a million times.  I finally had had enough and asked k-ster if he thought he'd have time to do it over April vacation and when he said yes, I hopped right on it.

In case you didn't read my last post, the recap is that I tried going to a tile specialty store and immediately ran away and when to  The Home Depot because they had fewer choices and no one who would be breathing down my next as I made my decision.  I don't like too many choices when trying to pick out anything, but when I saw the vast assortment at the tile store, I completely lost my mind and had to go away.  Far away.

The Home Depot had exactly what I wanted.  They had samples of the tiles and their grout and when I found two I liked, I was able to by just one tile of each to bring them home and try them out.

We both liked the one we ended up with, pretty much right away.  It's a lot warmer looking than the other.

And now, for the big reveal:

It has a pattern, but not too much of a specific pattern, so they could be randomly placed.  I like the way he staggered the tiles.  I hadn't even thought of that!

I was so excited when k-ster starting putting in the grout because I forgot that it was brown!  We picked the corresponding grout that they used in the sample, but I left thinking it was grey.  I was fine with that, but when I saw it was brown, I was even more thrilled.

This is how the tile gets cut.  It wasn't the warmest weather when it came time for cutting, and you have to use water for the tile saw to keep the blade cool.  He wasn't too thrilled with the cold hands!  And, you have to keep running in and out to cut them and place them!

I decided we should get a new trash can with the new floor.  This one is rectangular inside of the round one we had, and I think it will keep the bag placed better.  It also had a slow release cover and a neat feature that will let you keep the top propped up if you need to leave it open.

He hasn't sealed the grout yet and the quarter round still need to be installed along the edge, but we're back in business.  I really didn't like being without a kitchen, especially because something about washing dishes in the bathroom sink really grosses me out.

The color really brightens up the room and makes it look slightly bigger.

For now, I'm sweeping it almost every night.  I might even see about getting the swiffer that is motorized.  My vacuum just seems like it will be deadly on that floor.

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1 comment:

  1. It turned out beautifully! Nice work! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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