Sunday, November 6, 2011

Our New Kitchen Floor

This weekend R continued working on the Kitchen floor. It had been put on hold thanks to the power outage, so we were now very behind in our schedule!

He got quite a bit done Saturday.. but wasn't able to finish. Sunday, however, was a different story. He had finally gotten the hang of it.. and it was going down incredibly quick!

He first had to go to Lowe's to buy some more plywood. While he was gone, I put a second coat of paint on the walls (I'd prefer to paint when there's just plywood on the floor) and painted the ceiling. The ceiling looks so much better.. you can't even tell where the old upper cabinets used to be (we also used some spray "popcorn" to cover up that area).
This is how much he had done by dinnertime on Saturday...
Barely half of the kitchen.. and about half of that was from the previous Saturday. By dinnertime on Sunday, he was done! We still have to do the little hallway that goes to the Living Room and Bathroom, but we haven't decided what we're doing with the walls in there (lead paint that would take FOREVER to take down.. we might just replace the walls with drywall...). But we'll worry about that after the party.
Also on Saturday, he unpacked the dishwasher. It's not hooked up (again.. that'll have to wait until after the party. Sadly), but it's in place. Madison enjoyed playing in the dishwasher box for awhile. So much so that we're keeping it for her..
Because the last couple rows were pretty tight (with the wall/hutch there), I got to do them! It was a lot of fun.. and not that hard (especially seeing as everyone told us it would be impossible..torture..worse thing ever to install the floor).

And look how pretty it is!!


  1. Woot! Flooring! It really looks great when it's all put together doesn't it?

  2. Oh, it's amazing! Especially after what we've been living with for the past year! We still have a bit of work to do in the kitchen, but with just the walls painted and the floor down it makes such a difference! It's livable now :)

  3. What type of flooring did you use? It looks beautiful!

  4. Thank you!

    We bought the flooring at Dalene Carpet One. The manufacturer is Rustic River Hardwood Flooring. We chose the 5" wide, 3/8" thick hickory.

    The floor has been down for about 5 months now (wow... doesn't seem like it has been that long!!) It still looks new. We only have 2 main complaints. I've found I have to vacuum it multiple times a week because it looks very dirty. I don't know if it's because of the color or maybe because it's just in a room we use a lot, but I notice the dirt and dog fur in there more than I do in other rooms in the house (all rooms have wood floors). The main problem with the floor is that it is very bouncy. This is because it is a floating floor. For the most part, you don't notice it when you're walking on it (though in some areas you can kinda feel it), but if you look at someone else walking on it, it is very noticeable! I even notice it moving under our 28 pound dog!