This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in April 2014.
When I look back at my time as a homeowner, I realize that I’ve put more effort (brainpower, planning, money, and time) into flooring projects than any other – floors are important and impacting. Period.
The scope of the flooring projects varied each time. Once it involved removing carpets and refinishing oak hardwoods that dated back to the 1940s. Another time, I carefully removed laminate and learned the art of laying peel-n-stick groutable tiles. Four or five or more times, on brick, vinyl, cement, and wood, I painted. And most recently, I installed new, blonde maple throughout the whole house.
All of those projects were done without pro assistance, just by learning as I go — so what can I say, I’ve grown to really like flooring projects. And all of those experiences naturally led me to wonder what the best course of action will be for our kitchen floors, as I make my way through my little kitchen resolution.
The laminate tiles themselves that are there right now are in good condition: 15″ squares, they are thick, and interlock in place, floating over the subfloor. It sort of seems a shame to consider removing them, but I am more and more considering refacing them as part of my kitchen makeover. The entryway floor and fireplace stonework in the house is blue slate, so I’ve been shopping around for natural stone-looking peel ‘n’ stick floor tiles that could lay directly over the base that is already there, and draw that element into another area of our house. It’s a fix that wouldn’t require major renovation, but would promise great change and hold up well for several years.
Have you used any good slate-like tiles in your own home with success? I’d love to hear your recommendations.