Updating the flooring in the kitchen this past winter was home-design-game-changing decision, a project I had been consciously avoiding for three years. In part, it was because the existing kitchen floor (a floating laminate) wasn’t in poor condition and replacing something that isn’t broken doesn’t come intuitively to me, but in any case, it never really flowed right with the hardwood floors in the rest of the house, so I wanted it out.
Choosing and investing in a new floor can be about as nerve wracking as buying a new car or taking a sledgehammer to an unblemished wall. If you’re looking for some inspiring ideas, DIY Network has a gallery of great flooring options to peruse, but keep on reading to see how I overhauled my own kitchen floor:
After installing the tiles in the bathroom, it became quickly apparent that they were the perfect tiles for the kitchen too. Not only were vinyl, so they could ebb and flow with any gradual irregularities in the subfloor, but they were neutral in tone, an interesting scale (12″x24″) and were bound to completely change the look of the room.
You can read the whole story of their installation here, and see a fun little video of yours truly.
Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.