Wednesday, May 23, 2007

For Cherie


Cherie and I have been discussing our kitchen flooring. Both of our floors are in desperate need of repair. Our flooring project always gets put on the back burner.

Two years ago, we planned on re-flooring the kitchen, refinishing the kitchen cupboards, and painting the walls. We changed our plans when the hot water heater and our bedroom subfloor both needed replacing. Last year we built a garage, and the kitchen was, once again, put on hold. This summer we need to insulate and sheet the inside of our garage. Maybe, by fall, we'll be able to spruce up the kitchen.

What do you think, Cherie? Do I win the holey floor contest?

26 Comments:

At 5/23/2007 9:24 PM, Blogger IEAT_SNOWMANPOOP said...

I had that same pattern in my old house. It was hard to clean

 
At 5/23/2007 9:58 PM, Blogger SME said...

Holy crap. ;D

 
At 5/23/2007 10:01 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

Dang we had that exact floor in like 1982 :D

 
At 5/23/2007 11:33 PM, Blogger Sonja said...

When we replaced the flooring in the kitchen, we removed about 5 layers of linoleum. The top layer was peeling off, too - real classy!

 
At 5/24/2007 1:04 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

You win........but I come in a close second!!

It's taking us FOREVER to get the kitchen remodeling done. Intrusions right and left, but we've got one cabinet sanded, painted, and up. Another one should be done by Saturday. We're going to keep covering up the holy floor for now.........I'll keep you posted.

You made me laugh - thanks for that!

 
At 5/24/2007 7:11 AM, Blogger Laura said...

I like that pattern, but I can see how it would be a pain in the arse. It looks almost like a paquet floor.

My parents kept putting off their kitchen too. They finally did it last year. Kitchens are a pain, b/c you need to be able to use it while it's being renovated.

 
At 5/24/2007 3:03 PM, Blogger Pam said...

If it's not one thing, it's, well, at least one OTHER thing. Last summer it was our central air, they tell us the furnace is dying, and our fridge sounds like it's got pneumonia. Good luck with the floor... you and Cherie both!

 
At 5/24/2007 3:32 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

I kind of helped my mother and brother replace the kitchen floor at our house once. I was 15, and had never done such a thing -- I broke a lot of tiles and got booted from the task. I'd still love it if Dan and I could find a house to remodel.

 
At 5/24/2007 3:45 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

snow, this used to be easy to clean until it started flaking apart. This picture isn't a very good ad for Armstrong floor tiles. :(

SME, wanna lay some flooring in July? ;)

Hammer, we laid this crap in 1997. It hasn't worn well at all!

Sonja, we want to lay a floating laminate floor. It can't wear any worse than this has, and it will be easier to replace.

Cherie, I TOLD you I'd win! ;)
Why doesn't everyday life understand when we're in the middle of a project? If we didn't have to grocery shop, cook, and do the laundry, we'd have plenty of time to finish our projects.
Refinishing the cabinets is the part I dread the most! It's such a putzy job.

You now know that I have no shame when it comes to cheering up my friends. I even posted a picture of my shameful, shabby floor for all the world to see. You're worth it!

Laura, that's what we liked about the pattern; it looked like wood.
We practically live in our kitchen, as it's open to the living room. The space does have to stay functional during a remodel. :(

Pam, you're soooo right! In the last 3 years we've replaced our water heater, 1 toilet, fridge, stove, and lawnmower.
Our furnace man says our furnace SHOULD last at least 10 more years. Our AC hasn't been looked at since we got it 10 years ago. I probably jinxed myself by admitting this. ;)

 
At 5/24/2007 3:50 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Courtney, you guys can feel free to come over here and practice!

 
At 5/24/2007 4:45 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

Wow. This must have happened since were there in May of 2005. I dont remember there being any holes in the linoleum when were at the house that day. And I dont feel like helping lay tile. LOL...

 
At 5/24/2007 7:47 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, it was still pretty good back then.
Are you SURE you don't want to help? It would be great practice for your house. ;)

 
At 5/24/2007 9:22 PM, Blogger tweetey29 said...

No thank you. I dont need to replace it quite yet. By then I want to put carpeting in the girls rooms and in the hall way to the bathroom. I dont mind mopping but with two girls I would rather just run the vacuum over there floors.

 
At 5/24/2007 10:40 PM, Blogger Candace said...

It might be time to pull that up and just paint the subfloor. ^_^

I would love wood flooring. What kind of floor are you hoping to do?

 
At 5/25/2007 12:35 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

You're so good to me!

You are right about refinishing cabinets. I hate that sort of thing. Good news is, the Norwegian LOVES it. He's out in his shop sanding, priming, painting, and thinking he's on some luxury vacation. Who knew?

 
At 5/25/2007 6:53 AM, Blogger Gardenia said...

I've been drooling for some bamboo flooring - or maybe something cherry wood looking but still have to get the garbage disposal fixed. Yes, first things first!

 
At 5/25/2007 3:10 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, I like carpet in the bedrooms too. We need new carpet in our hall too. Someday we'll get that project done too. ;)

Candace, that's why we want to install a free-floating laminate floor...so we don't have to peel up the 2 layers of vinyl!
We don't want a glued or nailed down floor. It's too hard to replace. Right now, we're looking at a laminate with a 30 yr wear warranty. I don't, for a minute, believe that ANY floor will last 30 yrs! We just can't decide on the color. It all depends on how dark we stain our cupboards.

Cherie, I enjoy the end result, but I hate the process. I'm the refinisher at our house...must be my Norwegian genes. ;)

Gardenia, I like the look of the bamboo too, but it needs to be nailed down. I also love the new cork floors, but they require a bunch of time-consuming installation steps. They're also pretty pricey. :(

 
At 5/25/2007 7:40 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

What a gorgeous pattern!!!

 
At 5/26/2007 1:16 PM, Blogger SME said...

I'm sure Richard would be more than happy to help you with flooring! (seriously, he would)

You really have to change your picture now. ;D

 
At 5/26/2007 2:42 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Woops, bamboo won't work on cement slab underfloor I betcha! Not if it needs nails. Bridgett is right, what you have is gorgeous, will it revive?

 
At 5/27/2007 10:49 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Wow, that looks a lot like our floor did a few months a go. We just laid down those self adhesive vinyl tiles in our kitchen, bath, vestibule, hall, and bathroom. The center part took just a day but all the edges took a week to fit around the doors and corners.

Fun times, fun times.

 
At 5/28/2007 10:12 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

Man, with houses it's always something! Good luck getting around to it.

 
At 5/28/2007 7:00 PM, Blogger Jay said...

I know how it goes, there's always something else that's more important...plus, once you commit to a new floor it locks in what else you can do in the kitchen. Decisions, decisions. Or, you can wait until that pattern comes back in style!

 
At 5/29/2007 1:18 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Boy! And I thought our floor was bad! We have an enormous "to do" list for the house. Been too busy as of late to do much of anything, but over the long weekend, I did install a new light/ceiling fan in the office. I couldn't get to the painting just yet. Min graduates on Friday, then the sisters visit the following week. So maybe in 3 weeks I'll get it torn apart and redone. *sigh*

 
At 5/29/2007 1:26 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I'd suggest tile. But with a disclaimer that I used to lay tile for a living. I love tile, and if you plan to resell the house someday, you can't really go wrong with a decent tile job.

 
At 5/29/2007 5:42 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks Bridg; I wish it would've worn better than it did. :(

SME, I know he would; but I don't think we want to tear the kitchen apart while we're trying to feed 3 teenagers, do you?

Scott, this is self-adhesive tile. I hear ya about the edges. You wouldn't believe all the weird corners we have in our kitchen!

Squirl, yup, and when you think you've got everything finished, it's time to start all over again.

Jay, EXACTLY! I want a lighter colored floor(oak maybe), if we stain the cupboards darker. If we leave the cupboards light oak, we want a darker floor. Decisions, decisions...

VV, graduation is NOT a good time to tear apart the floor! ;)
We have SME's family coming in July, so we'll be happy if we can clear the clutter out of the den by then.

ZS, I found a nice, stone-look ceramic tile. L put the kabosh on that idea...he hates ceramic tile. :(

 

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