When we moved to our new house over a year ago, there was a laundry list of items that had to be achieved ranging from purely cosmetic to completely essential (ahem water leaking from the kitchen sink to the cellar ). BUT one of the major priorities, within my head, was the kitchen flooring. The vinyl tile wasn’t terrible if you looked closer, you would see it bubbling up others and was peeling in some areas. And don’t get me started on the ground itself! It was similar to the rolling mountains of Georgia in there. I think there was a three inch gap in height in some areas. Pretty intense, right?
The old ground was dark and that I needed a white floor to maximize the lighting in this area. I had a hard time choosing, after browsing about on HomeDepot.com, using many tile options to select from! It narrowed down to three white tiles that were different. I was torn between a larger-scale hex tile, a herringbone pattern and a tile. My readers helped me pick which tile to choose, after submitting a vote on Instagram! Since so many of you adored their form, in the end I went with the picket tiles!
It was easy to calculate the square footage of tile that I had by using the tile calculator of Home Depot and taking the dimensions of the room. I placed the order on the internet and had the tiles sent directly to my residence. The boxes came stacked on a pallet and prepared to go. I really came to love the home transport, after picking up some of those heavy tile boxes!
I chose a gray grout which is a gray that was warm. It was an ideal quantity of contrast with the tile. I recommend doing a tile placement test that is sterile so you can learn where the tile will break at the beginning and end of your area. Especially in an older house like this one in which the walls are not. I also knew I needed the tile to run long-ways together with the length of the room to give the illusion that the space is longer than it really is. The prep-work was worthwhile, although it took a couple of different tile adjustments.
We eliminated all the appliances and each the cabinet baseboards so we can tile. It is not something that you’ll notice so much but you’ll thank yourself when it comes time to replace appliances, because they will never match exactly the same!
Overall the project took. Demo and elimination of the previous flooring required a couple of days. There leveled chemical to get rid of the unevenness in the ground. Then the real fun began after that dried! Tile placement. That took 3 times and the grouting took yet another. Not bad for a week’s worth of work right?
I know a number of my readers were worried since it shows dirt easily that I chose white floors for the kitchen. In the end, I decided I am a-okay by it, although I truly put a lot of consideration into this. You know why? Since then I can clean it up – instead of it sticking around and blending into the flooring. In my case the benefits out-weighed the consequences, since the way the light reflects on the warm wood of these cabinets and these tiles really makes it all worthwhile!
We’ll be changing everything but the cabinets, so there’s still lots to do. For now, I have my eye!