When we moved into our home a little over 5 years ago, we didn’t make a ton of changes. Oh, we painted most all the rooms and made a doorway where there was none. The kitchen was pretty decent. Not colors I would have chosen, but certainly more than livable. 🙂 The kitchen had a half wall separating it from a small family room(?) with a fire place. So, we removed that little wall, which of course left a hole in the flooring and made the difference in flooring much more noticeable. Pink terracotta tile in the kitchen and stained up, light carpet in the fireplace room.
You know that book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”? Well, that’s how this kitchen project started. We knew we needed to replace the flooring – one floor for the whole room. And if we were gonna change the floor we needed to remove the cabinets. New cabinets would be nice. I really don’t like the empty space between my cabinets and the ceiling. And I’ve never been a fan of our super dark backsplash or the corian countertop. I’ve got nothing against blue – in fact I like blue, alot. Just wouldn’t have put navy and robin’s egg or teal or whatever you call that cabinet color together.
About 1 1/2 years ago I got really sick of the stained carpet in front of the fireplace and tore it out, painted the subfloor and called it done – for now. It took us months to decide what floor to put in. We knew we wanted wood, but what look? what color? Finally, finally, I decided on herringbone; did a bunch of research and info gathering, scoured the internet for pics and instructions. Some blogs made it sound very intimidating ‘ the floor pattern even the professionals mess up’, ‘takes 4x longer than regular wood floor’…………….great. That wouldn’t have scared us off – we like a challenge and we had time. But I stepped back and really started looking at all those pics I’d saved. Almost all of those showed an empty room or very minimally furnished room. That is not my kitchen. I have a lot of furniture/stuff packed into my kitchen /dining room. Is this herringbone going to look too busy with all my furnishings? Then my husband says “yeah, I’m not really a fan of herringbone.” WHAT?!? Well, at least we didn’t start the floor yet. So, we ended up getting unfinished hickory from Lumber Liquidators. Our 1st experience with them. We never had a high opinion of them – not sure why; they just seemed like low quality to us. So far so good. Here is the floor in progress and completed.
We love it! We were going to stain it, but after seeing it all in and experimenting with stains we decided natural was the choice for us. And bonus! it saved us a whole day of staining. haha
We’ve been without a kitchen sink and cabinets for a week and a half now. I should have prepared better on where to go with everything, but we aren’t dying over here. 😉