Do You Like DIY Flooring Projects?

When I look back at my time as a homeowner, I realize that I’ve put more effort (brainpower, planning, money, and time) into flooring projects than any other – floors are important and impacting. Period.

The scope of the flooring projects varied each time. Once it involved removing carpets and refinishing oak hardwoods that dated back to the 1940s. Another time, I carefully removed laminate and learned the art of laying peel-n-stick groutable tiles. Four or five or more times, on brick, vinylcement, and wood, I painted. And most recently, I installed new, blonde maple throughout the whole house.

DIY flooring ideas - refinishing hardwoods, painting, tiling, or laying new maple.

All of those projects were done without pro assistance, just by learning as I go — so what can I say, I’ve grown to really like flooring projects. And all of those experiences naturally led me to wonder what the best course of action will be for our kitchen floors, as I make my way through my little kitchen resolution.

New flooring options for the kitchen?

The laminate tiles themselves that are there right now are in good condition: 15″ squares, they are thick, and interlock in place, floating over the subfloor. It sort of seems a shame to consider removing them, but I am more and more considering refacing them as part of my kitchen makeover. The entryway floor and fireplace stonework in the house is blue slate, so I’ve been shopping around for natural stone-looking peel ‘n’ stick floor tiles that could lay directly over the base that is already there, and draw that element into another area of our house. It’s a fix that wouldn’t require major renovation, but would promise great change and hold up well for several years.

Have you used any good slate-like tiles in your own home with success? I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Eco inspired flooring tiles

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16 Responses

  1. Aleena says:

    Nice post and you give useful information. Thanks for giving me such useful post.

  2. tammy says:

    I sponge painted mine to look like stone – I used Mystic primer ( I use green products – no order no off gassing) This is the best primer that sticks to anything – then I used no voc paints and then seal with Eco Safety acrisoy (have used their products everywhere) This is just a bedroom – two coats – 4 yrs ago and still perfect. For high traffic they have other products that I know have been used in museum here and holds up great.

  3. Janelle Sowell says:

    I have a cottage kitchen and want to remodel. Can you paint tile flooring?
    Just for a different look.
    Also do you have people who will help with different ideas. I am not a decoator
    Thanks

  4. S. Nichols says:

    My husband and I found a great selection of laminate 'tiles' at Lowes that are grout-able. We are going to install a nice slate laminate over the preexisting pink hued tile currently in the entry of our home (that goes with nothing else). I love that we can grout them to increase the authentic look of real tile, but get the money-saving bonus of laminate.

  5. Laurie_March says:

    Cant wait to see what you do! I always love your adventures in remodeling. Need more info on the kitchen too. Cant wait to see the reveal!!

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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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