After we installed the new foyer closet, we were left with a bit of a….mess. Removing the kitchen pantry to enlarge the foyer closet forced our renovation into the kitchen area (see that post here). We were FULLY aware this was going to happen and already had a plan in place to do a little kitchen facelift along with the foyer update. The floor, however, was not initially a part of that plan. Well, it certainly is now….
The existing flooring is a linoleum, and not my favourite colour or pattern. When we moved in it was in pretty good shape so there was no real reason (other than aesthetics) to replace it. This floor also runs right into the kitchen and, from a functional perspective, replacing a kitchen floor when not removing the cabinets is very limiting. A new tile floor really requires a good subfloor and that thickness, added to the mortar and new tile thickness, just won’t fit under an existing cabinet kick, not to mention the fact that the flooring (especially subfloor) should go under the cabinets. With ZERO immediate plans for a kitchen renovation, we left the flooring.
That was 5 years ago. Now the floor has seen some wear; there are gouges, scratches and just a general decline in the finish. Still, that full kitchen renovation (ie. removing and replacing all the cabinets) is not in the plan for another 7-10 years. There is, however, our kitchen facelift plan in place…
“Why?” says the husband “isn’t the floor a part of the kitchen update?”
So we started to consider it. The floor needs some kind of maintenance so we can get a few more years out of it, but there isn’t really much you can do with gouged linoleum. Even if you could do something, how much effort do we want to put into a floor we don’t even like? I have seen people paint linoleum, but this is the highest traffic area in the house, and will a painted linoleum stand up to the dogs nails? I don’t really want to find out the hard way.
I knew if we were going to replace the flooring I’d have to use a floating or click floor. These products are thin, and can be installed over some existing floors (ie linoluem). Laminate wasn’t really an option for a kitchen and I have yet to meet a laminate that I love, but I use LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and LVP (luxury vinyl plank) for my design clients a lot.
Luxury Vinyl Tile, or Plank is a newer vinyl product that has the same 4 basic layers of original vinyl but has been upgraded with much more realistic imaging and textures. This results in a more realistic looking product that mimics ceramic or hardwood flooring.
We decided to go with a floating, click, LVT flooring. It had to be very budget friendly, because its only meant to last until the full kitchen renovation. LVT or LVP can range in price from $2.50 – $7.00 and up for the most realistic ones, but we didn’t want to spend anymore than necessary for this upgrade. After doing a little hunting we landed on this carrara marble replica. It was a good price, its a fairly easy install with the click, its easily thin enough to come up the the existing cabinets and it coordinates perfectly with the already designed new kitchen facelift. Do I wish it was actual carrara marble floors? CAN YOU IMAGINE? What a lux kitchen…maybe one day!
I am really liking the look so far, it definitely out shines the existing floor. Its going to be a BIG change! Next up we begin to tackle the kitchen facelift…