If there’s one thing I most hated about my pre-renovation kitchen, it was the hideous ceramic tile floor. It was dark, dull and lacking in character. I knew I wanted it out, but I really had to think long and hard about what I wanted in its place. I considered dark stained wood, pale tumbled marble and a faux wood tile floor. I was so sure about every other decision, but this one took a bit of research. I wanted to pick a floor that was not only pretty but that would convey the character I wanted the room to embody.
This is week 3 of the One Room Challenge and the week I finally banished that hated floor from my home once and for all. As a reminder of where we started, you can see the photo above. Starting dark and dreary, my vision shown in week one, was to turn this space into a bright white kitchen that worked well with my French country style. Last week we replaced the island counter and this week I turned my attention to the kitchen floor.
As anyone who has renovated a kitchen knows, it’s disruptive, disorienting and a complete mess! And this week represented the absolute rock bottom in terms of chaos, displacement and utter inconvenience. Yet I was so delighted to have that floor removed, that I truly enjoyed tromping around amidst the disarray.
There was dust everywhere, plastic tarps over the furniture, doors closed and the dining room table littered with items removed from the kitchen. The table was moved out of the breakfast room to make pulling the floor up possible and the coffee maker and toaster were moved to the butler’s pantry. Every time I ate something I was sure I was eating dust.
But with every bang and flutter of dust, my floor came closer to the one I dreamt of and the kitchen closer to the one in my vision. From this view above, I could actually begin to picture the fruition of my plan. The tiler removed the existing tile and also added a new sub-floor.
Among other inconveniences, I also had to deal with a disconnected dishwasher, which was then crammed into our dust laden den which was already beginning to look like an over-stuffed warehouse.
The refrigerator was moved into the front hallway, a position I’ve gotten so used to, that once the floor was done and we moved it back, I continued to find myself walking into the hallway for food.
Yet after days of demolition and sub flooring, it was time to start putting the actual new floor down. I can tell you I was downright ecstatic!
In the end I chose a faux wood tile floor with a distressed grey tinge that gives it an antiqued farmhouse feel. It’s porcelain tile that looks like wood, warmer that the ceramic we had before, lighter in tone and fresher in spirit.
Is it possible to have a crush on your floor? I look at this wood grain tile and can’t believe it’s not the real thing. The color is perfect for the wall paint I already had, likely because I always knew this was where I was headed, even if I hadn’t picked the actual porcelain wood tile yet.
Next came the grout which had to dry overnight… another day of not walking on the floor.
You can already begin to see the lighter look in the breakfast area, although I do intend to add new chairs and the table looks too small now that the space is lighter and airier.
The most amusing part of this crazy stage was that I needed to shoot a tabelscape amidst this mess. So with dust everywhere, cabinet doors pulled off and tarps covering as many surfaces as possible, I turned my back on the chaos and set the table for my shoot. And yes… the workers were still in the room while I was doing my shoot! (You can see the table setting HERE.)
The work part of the kitchen still looks dark with my cherry cabinetry and steel grey backsplash, but next week we’ll move forward and get that backsplash spruced up. Hint… it just may involve my favorite marble tile.
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