It’s done! Andrew and I completed the finishing touches on the floor last night, the kitchen is put back together, and this mama is a happy lady.
We started this project about 10 days ago, and while it hasn’t been a perfect experience, I’d say it’s been a good one. Most of our work was done at night after the kids went to bed, which is why it took so long. We always laugh at how quickly all of this renovating would be done if we weren’t relegated to 3 hours of nighttime work each evening.
I’m not going to explain every detail about how to tile a floor, but hopefully the pictures will help you understand some of the process. First up, we had to pull the old floral linoleum out. Which we did… only to find another layer of GOLD linoleum underneath it. (It was sort of a “laughter through tears” moment). You can watch the video of that here…
After the old stuff was pulled up, we had to prep the subfloor. This involved a lot of screws. This is called Fiberock, or “backer board”, which is what you cement the tile to. (At this point, please note that our fridge and dishwasher were in the study… We had no hot water in the kitchen. It was a long ten days.)
After the subfloor is prepped, simply speaking, you have to decide where to put the tile. Where to start, where to end, where to center, etc… Spacers, a level, and a lot of measuring, basically.
There is a LOT of work involved in those three pictures you see above. I don’t really want to re-live it, so I’m combining the pictures and saying my prayers that I don’t have to do it again anytime soon.
We had a bit of problem with the grout. After it dried, there were white spots in the grout lines. (After talking with a few people, it sounds like maybe we didn’t mix the grout well enough initially. Lesson: buy premixed grout.) Since we picked such dark colors, the white stuck out like a sore thumb. We ended up ordering some Grout Refresh online, which is basically a stain. It fixed the problem nicely! Andrew and I chose 4 1/4 inch pine baseboards on the open walls and quarter round to trim out the space below the floor cabinets.
Let’s take a look at the “Before”, shall we? Remember all that brown when we moved in?
Let’s take a look at where we are now…
SO much better!
The AC grate was a pretty gross tan color, so I just used some flat black spray paint to update.
The backsplash, counters, sink, and stovetop are what remains in the kitchen. We will do an under-mount apron sink. (I’d love to find a big copper farmhouse sink!) Right now I’m leaning towards a white quartz counter, and incorporating herringbone like this for the backsplash:
I really love the idea of using a neutral in an unexpected way. Rafterhouse did a beautiful job with this classic subway tile in a unique pattern, and this caught my eye because the space above our sink is almost identical:
Has anyone ever seen Shanty 2 Chic? These girls are awesome. Now that we have a year of renovating under our belts, I’m basically convinced we need to build every piece of furniture on their website 🙂 (My poor husband.) You can expect to see a few plans put to the test over the next year.
Thanks for following along!