I started one project just to have it trail off into another one.
But what a beautiful bunny trail it was!
I really disliked our linoleums that were in our kitchen. Okay, I’m lying. I vehemently abhorred them, silently cursing them each morning when I would stumble in to pour my morning cup.
When company would come over, I was always apologizing for those awful floors and giving the disclaimer that I was well aware of how hideous they were and that I did have a brilliant plan to replace them.
Over 2 years ago, when we purchased our Almost Farmhouse, the first thing I knew I’d be replacing was our floors. We were able to get rid of the pink carpet that haunted me and replace it with hardwood floors, and our original plan was to have those beautiful hardwoods throughout our entire first floor, but the budget didn’t allow for it, so when cutting corners, we could only replace the carpet.
So this peachy, permanently stained, faux mosaic linoleum stayed. I thought of painting it, and made a valiant attempt on a sample scratch piece we found in the attic, but it didn’t look good with all the patterned faux mosaic tiling.
But did that stop me from making over the kitchen? No way!
Aw, Bless her heart!
It’s like getting all gussied up in a fancy ballgown and wearing dollar store flip flops.
When we took on the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home, we were able to move our water heater that sat in the laundry room. Our laundry room and kitchen are right next to each other complete with the same hideous flooring.
I knew we had to tackle the floors for our mudroom makeover and we opted for Luxury Vinyl Tile by Stainmaster for speed, ease and cost, and lemme tell ya – I LOVE these new floors!
And that’s how the bunny trail began. The main goal was to replace the flooring in the laundry/mudroom only, and it took us just one evening to lay all the tiles, and a few hours the next day to grout them.
After seeing how quick and easy it was, we knew we found the White Knight that was going to rescue me from these awful linoleums forever! And I loved how gorgeous it looked, so we just kept on going into the kitchen.
It is the simplest DIY with the biggest impact we’ve ever done. You should follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for the flooring you choose, but here’s what we did and how easy it was.
Clean your floors. And I mean really clean them! We purchased TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) and scrubbed the floors 3 times. This preps the surface, removing grime and dirt and helps with better adhesion with the tiles.
Lay out a plan. Luckily, we found that the grid of the old linoleum acted as a perfect line for us. We continued with the line from the laundry/mudroom and worked our way out from there. If you don’t have a plan, you will have to mark your floors and possibly dry fit to see how it will look.
Peel, stick, space, repeat. Peel, stick, space, repeat.
Easy peasy! We noticed that it took a while for the glue to adhere, so be careful when walking on them so they don’t move out of alignment of the spacers if you are grouting. I’ve seen where some people rent a weighted roller and roll over the floors. I’ve seen where people use a rolling pin. I just simply walked on top of them and let them sit overnight. They were snug and tight by the time we were grouting the next morning.
Tip: knee pads! I used my gardening pad to help me. Oh, and printed on the paper back of each tile is an arrow. Make sure you are laying your tiles so that all the arrows face the same way.
Trimming for weird corners. We used a box cutter to make intricate trims and even found it easier to cut the door frames to fit the pieces underneath.
Grouting time! We went for a gray grout to disguise the grime I knew my boys would be tracking in. I tried to take pics of the grouting process, but it’s a bit messy and I really didn’t want hardened grout on my nice camera.
Tools I used:
- Bucket of warm water
- Multiple rolls of paper towels
- Big sponge
- Small plastic scraper tool
- Rubber grouting float
The product we used came in a tub the size of a vegetable shortening can and my trowel didn’t fit. I used the small spatula to apply an initial glob of premixed grout from the tiny tub. Using the rubber trowel, I was able to spread it really easily. Work in small areas, wiping as you go to avoid the hazing effect if you let it dry too long.
The kitchen took a lot longer to grout than the 3 hours of our tiny laundry room. I had to divide it into two days, but that may be because I was already exhausted from completing another room. Here’s a pic of the grout drying. It’s a bit lighter when wet.
And here’s it dry after 24 hours. We were able to grout right up to the hardwood floors without any issues or need to add a threshold.
Wait. Do not walk on the floors and allow the grout to cure for 24 hours. I was already frustrated having my washer and dryer in the living room for a few days, but now had our stove and dishwasher there! I was smart and pulled the fridge out, while still plugged in, and grouted and allowed it to cure overnight. The next day, I started on the opposite side of the room and worked my way back to the fridge and could push it back in place and then waited another 24 hours for the second half to dry.
Waiting is the hardest part, but look at the difference!
Now she’s ready for the ball! Every morning, I wake up singing and cannot wait to enter my kitchen with her new, beautiful cinderella shoes!
They are durable, easy to clean, and soft underfoot. I also love that they don’t get cold overnight like ceramic tile does, which is nice on the tootsies early in the morn.
So what’s the bottom line? Would you believe me that we changed the look of this room for less than $400 and 3 days?!!
(Some affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure)
Tile: Stainmaster Casa Italia Groutable Luxury Vinyl Tiles 6′ X 24″
Tile Spacers: Tavy 100-pack 1/8 inch spacers
Supplies on hand: Rubber Grout float, sponges, bucket, plastic scraper tool, paper towels
Total Cost: $380, including the laundry/mudroom!
If you want to find out about other projects in this room, I’ve provided some links for you:
Kitchen Makeover: See how we transformed this room here
Topiaries: DIY project: tutorial here
Pallet Light Fixture: DIY project: tutorial here
Kitchen Island: coming soon!