making over the kitchen, part 2

So, back to the kitchen!  Look at this gorgeous floor!

This floor has lived a full life.
Just kidding.  It was hideous peel and stick vinyl and in terrible shape.  We decided to lay the same porcelain tile here in the kitchen as we did in the upstairs bath -- Daltile Concerete Connection in Downtown Black.  But first, we had to tear out the old floor.

This is before I realized how long this was going to take me.
Let me tell you, scraping up old vinyl tiles that are stuck on to old sheet vinyl is THE most exhausting thing a person could ever do in their house.  Please may I never have to do that again.

Check out that awesome faux brick vinyl!
 I could only handle about an hour of it at a time.

Scraped up floor.

But in the end, I got it mostly up.  There was still some of the old sheet vinyl backing left stuck to the floor, but it wasn't necessary to get every little inch up as long as it was firmly fixed to the floor.  Then it was time to start laying the tile.

Just like I did in the bathroom, I spent a good amount of time dry laying the tile to figure out the best fit in the space.

Dry fitting the tile in the pantry.
Actually setting the tile went much more smoothly this time than it did in the bathroom.  I really had much more a of a feel of what the thinset consistency should be and I had a lot easier time making consistent trowel marks.  I spend all day Saturday and Sunday laying the kitchen.  By the end of Sunday, I worked my way out of the door.

The last few tiles ready to be set.

A couple days later, I grouted the floor. 

The gaping hole is where the fridge goes.

Looking out from the pantry.

Looking toward the pantry.

Sneak peak of the new countertops!

And done!  Woo hoo!

We move in this coming weekend and there is much left to be done.  We certainly won't finish everything prior to moving, but the priorities are:

- reinstall the kitchen sink & faucet
- trim the edges of the countertops
- afix the countertops to the cabinets
- move the stove back in place
- hopefully not move the old fridge back in place, but instead have a new one delivered!

1 comment:

  1. So pretty! And there's something about that color that I really, really like :-)



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