New Floor for the Kitchen

When we moved from Ohio,  I swore that I would never have another house that had the kitchen in the front.  But I do.  In addition, I have an eating area that is carpeted.  I don’t know if we’re just messy or what, but the carpeting in the eating area was a bad idea.  I don’t know what we were thinking.  Our kids were in college when we moved in, and they weren’t home very often.  How much mess could the two of us make?  Well…

The hubby and I, in wide-eyed innocence, paid a local company to put carpet in almost our whole house (eating area included), thinking that with a professional job, we would be set.  And we would have been, except for the fact that not only did the carpet not wear at all well, but it appears not to have been stretched at all, a fact that we discovered the first time we had it cleaned.  So we went back to the company we bought it from, who said they would re-stretch, but they wouldn’t guarantee the job.  They would also charge us.  That seemed like a bad idea.  We weren’t too impressed with them the first go-round.

So… we grumbled to ourselves and watched in horrid fascination as we gained ripple after ripple in our carpet.  I told somebody that I thought the humps were four inches high, but the hubby says the highest is only an inch and a half.  They just seems like four inches to me, I guess.

We have been in a quandary about what to do with the flooring for quite some time.  We were going to get new carpeting in the spring, but then came the roof we needed in March.  That set us back a little!  We were back to the quandary.

The hubby has, through his work with Habitat for Humanity, gained a certain expertise with laminate flooring, so we thought about that for the kitchen and eating area.  Other people have told us that hardwood is the way to go.  We have a pack of free hardwood, but it is pine.  We have hickory cupboards that are in good shape, but we weren’t sure whether we wanted dark flooring.  I have lived my whole life in a ranch-style home, and I think they tend to be dark.

Today we talked to a flooring manager at Lowe’s who sounds like she knows what she is talking about, and she recommended laminate flooring.  She showed us that the finish on hardwood will dent, and she thought that laminate was the way to go in a kitchen.  She showed us this floor and I think we can pull it off.  Our appliances are white, and our walls are light.  I think it will be OK.

The hubby thinks the whole job will take him three days.  He’s thinking about starting next week.  I’m a little nervous, but change is good, right?  If this goes well, maybe we’ll actually decide what to do with the carpet!


4 Responses to “New Floor for the Kitchen”

  1. 1 Andy May 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Laminate is easy as long as you have the right tools and the tapping blocks. I’d also recommend a REALLY good pair of knee pads as it’s hardest on your knees. Also don’t give up if you struggle on the first plank – that’s the hardest one to place. After that everything slots into place (no pun intended 🙂

  2. 2 Becky May 31, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for the advice, Andy. I’ll post about how it goes. 🙂

  3. 3 Ron May 31, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I would watch out with the kitchen. Laminate flooring tends to blister when spilled on and not cleaned up. At least that has been our experience.

    Are you doing the dining room, too?

    We are doing the dining room also. I was worried about the spills, but the saleslady showed us that hardwood dented, which seems unwise, too. Your MI aunt coated her hardwood floor with gym floor sealant, but that voids the warranty. I guess it seems like laminate is the best bet. Evidently, they make a silicone sealer for underneath the dishwasher and the fridge.

  4. 4 skoots1mom May 31, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    we’re enjoying our laminate floor…easier to clean and get up spills.
    slippery when wet, so be careful!!

    Thanks for the warning. Slippery is why we didn’t go with ceramic!

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