So, if you have been reading for awhile or know me, you know I love to cook & bake... which means I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. However, if you have ever been to my house you would know I detest my tiny ugly pink and blue plaid kitchen.
I mean, I love pink as much as the next girl, but not on every wall... and especially not on my ceilings. So, last weekend I was feeling ready for a new project... and decided to take a few steps towards loving my tiny kitchen.
One of the things I liked least about my kitchen were the floors... They were slightly yellowed from years of sun damage, and there was no way to get them completely clean.
At one point we bought a brush that attaches to a drill so we could really deep clean them... but after we scrubbed for an 30 minutes in a 2' x 2' area they didn't look any different then before we began scrubbing. So they were basically blue, yellowish beige, and dirt stained floors. Yuck!
For new flooring we didn't want to get anything expensive, because this kitchen is semi temporary (10 years or so), we are hoping to do a large addition in the future and really expand the kitchen, dinning area, and living room.
We went to our local Jerry's Hardware store to look at our options. I knew I wanted to do flooring that looked like painted tiles, and was easy to clean.
There were only two options that met this criteria at Jerry's. Originally, I thought I wanted the vinyl that had more contrast, but when they rolled this one down and I saw the light on it... it was just so light, bright, and airy I knew this would help my little kitchen feel larger. And, as a added plus it was also on sale! Only $1.45/sqft it was meant to be. We bought a piece that was 12' X 17', put it in our car and home we went to install it.
Before getting started there were two minor repairs that we decided we wanted to make. There was a corner section by the sliding glass door that needed to be filled in so the flooring wouldn't bubble or be uneven, and we decided to caulk all around the flooring to help with our homes efficiency.
The first step in placing the flooring was absolutely the hardest. We had to unroll the whole sheet and get it folded into manageable sections. It took quite a bit of work and a little sweat but we were able to get it folded like you see above, which allowed us to get started.
As you can see my kitchen scissors made an appearance, again, as an essential tool in making this job easier. There really weren't a lot of tools used for the flooring... just the scissors, tape measure, and a box cutter. As you can see the back of the flooring has a nice grid on it that made it really easy to cut straight lines and also helped with knowing where to cut.
We also did glue it down in front of the sliding glass door, the hallway threshold, and over in the front of the corner cabinet, but other than that it is a floating floor.
As we were able to unfold more I could really imagine how the final flooring was going to look! I was so excited I think I told my husband at least twenty times, "Oh my gosh I love it!" I mean the difference between the old dingy flooring and this fresh bright new flooring was giving me so much joy!
After the flooring was all laid out, trimmed up, and in place I was so happy! But, at the same time, the kitchen just needed more...
It was easy to identify the problem. You see, I still had pink walls AND a pink ceiling. All that salmon pink was putting a damper on the happiness I was feeling about the bright new flooring we had just installed. It still felt like I was in a salmon pink cave.
So, I started painting. And of course I had a super cute helper! Cbear insisted that she help with the painting, and she actually did a really great job! And slowly but surely, the pink started to disappear. We painted the walls with Revere Pewter and the ceiling with Glacier White, both are Benjamin Moore colors. But we chose to use Valspar Aspire Paint, we have used it in the past and it gets great coverage.
We have painted most of the walls in our house Revere Pewter and I just love the fresh feeling it brings to the whole house. It gives off a timeless and classic feel that I know I will love for years to come. The cool undertones in the Glacier White play perfectly off of the Revere Pewter. Together they are a perfect paint combination.
Overall, the flooring only took about an hour and a half to install and the painting took me about a day and a half (allowing for several breaks throughout the day). So basically, within the span of the weekend and about $300 we transformed the kitchen.
Now the kitchen looks so much brighter, so much bigger... and guys I love it! I mean there are still some more finishing touches to do (trim, possibly paint and reface the cabinets, new hardware, etc) but I love being in my kitchen now! I never thought I would say that about my tiny kitchen. But every time I walk in I feel refreshed and get a flood of giddiness. This house is starting to feel more and more like home.
I hope this post inspires you to start on your next home renovation project!