In case you couldn’t tell from yesterday’s GPOYDT, we had our new kitchen floors installed this week! And yes, we paid someone to do it for us. I think the pulling up of floors was such a mess that Aaron was totally over it and didn’t want to DIY this project. I can’t complain. It took our floor guys two work days to do what would’ve taken us four weekends (can I get an ‘amen’?).
Where we started:
Then there was this phase:
OBVIOUSLY this whole door dilemma started because we tried to replace our backdoor and couldn’t because the floors were too high. So we stripped them down to the subfloor and chose the thinnest possible flooring to install over that, so that we could install a new door. Have I mentioned how much I hate that back door and how ready I am to get rid of it? I have? Oh ok.
So what type of flooring did we go with? Since thickness was priority, we chose a very thin vinyl planking. It was click-and-lock, just like a laminate, but a very thin, 100% soap- and water-proof vinyl, which is perfect for a kitchen. We chose the TrafficMaster Allure Ultra Vinyl Plank flooring in Kentucky Oak from Home Depot.
I was weary of this stuff at first. I didn’t want something that looked cheap in the kitchen, especially since we plan to eventually refinish the wood floors throughout the house and stain them dark to match. But after looking very closely at this product (and admitting to myself that cork or bamboo would be too thick for a new door to be installed over it), I realized it definitely had the look of distressed wood that I wanted, with all the perks of not being wood (thin, waterproof, easy to install).
Here’s Lula modeling again. I’m very happy with the result. We looked online and the most negative comments seem to be that the vinyl scratches easily, so we’ll need to be careful moving appliances around on it. I also plan to put down some inexpensive rugs as well.