This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in September 2012.
Updating the flooring in the kitchen this past winter was home-design-game-changing decision, a project I had been consciously avoiding for three years. In part, it was because the existing kitchen floor (a floating laminate) wasn’t in poor condition and replacing something that isn’t broken doesn’t come intuitively to me, but in any case, it never really flowed right with the hardwood floors in the rest of the house, so I wanted it out.
Choosing and investing in a new floor can be about as nerve wracking as buying a new car or taking a sledgehammer to an unblemished wall. If you’re looking for some inspiring ideas, DIY Network has a gallery of great flooring options to peruse, but keep on reading to see how I overhauled my own kitchen floor:
After trying the vinyl floors in the bathroom, it became quickly apparent that they were the perfect tiles for the kitchen too. Not only were durable as vinyl so they could ebb and flow with any gradual irregularities in the subfloor, but they were neutral in tone, easy-to-install, were an interesting scale (12″x24″) and were bound to completely change the look of the room.
You can read the whole story of their installation here, and see a fun little video of yours truly.