Saturday, 16 March 2013

Kitchen progress – flooring is installed

Yipee!  I hope you aren’t all bored with my kitchen project just yet because it’s starting to come together. I have installed the flooring, the new cabinets and counter top on one side. The counters on the opposite side are a little more involved with having to cut out the sink opening, so I’m leaving that for another day next week.


The past week has been hellish because I had to remove not one, not two, but three more layers of flooring until I got down to the floorboards. In total I have removed five layers of flooring: porcelain tile, cement backer board, vinyl tile, linoleum and sub floor.

New sub floor was installed and then the Allure vinyl strip flooring in hickory. The process was time consuming and my knees are raw, but it wasn’t difficult. I used a utility knife to score the tile and it snapped easily. I had read from others that installed it how difficult it was to cut the pieces, but I found it easy and didn’t have to change my blade once.


There was about 10% waste that has to be factored in and I over quessed on how many boo boos I would make. I’m left with an entire box and 3/4 of left over. The test of time will determine if I will continue the flooring in to my dining room. I’ve heard that some people have an issue with the tiles lifting, I sure hope I did it right and that doesn’t happen to me.

I used my circular saw to cut through the Ikea Pragel countertops and didn’t have any issues at all. Now that I have the one side of counter tops in, I’m not so sure I want to go with the white subway tile.  The truth is that I’m not a fan of tiled backsplashes at all, but a kitchen looks unfinished without them. I’m not sure which direction I will go in just yet.

I can’t decide on a paint colour for the walls. I’m leaning towards a greige so that there is some continuity between the rooms. I want to be sure that there are no pink undertones and I don’t want it too grey either. Here are some colours I am considering.

BM (that’s Benjamin Moore, not bowel movement) Clay Beige


BM Natural Linen

natural linen

Or maybe I will go with a blue grey. I’m not sure why I’m obsessing over this, I’m a long way off of actually painting. 

I hope you are having a great weekend.  Spring is almost here, yay!


  1. how exciting! it is looking great! love the flooring!

  2. Mel, it looks FANTASTIC so far!! It already looks like a new kitchen. I'm so proud of you. Keep up the great work!


  3. Love your floors - gorgeous! Have you thought about BM Revere Pewter? I think it would go great with your floor, cabinets and your counter. Just a thought!

  4. I LOVE that flooring! Everything is looking great !

  5. Oh Mel, those floors look great, the entire kitchen looks almost ready! I'm not bored a bit of seeing your progress, I love it!

  6. Mel, it's looking fantastic! So clean and classic.

  7. The floor looks great! I love the color and love how beautifully your kitchen is coming together!

    Well done!

  8. Aeeeeiiiih it looks amazing!!! Just simply amazing <3
    If my kitchen looked that good I'd cook up a storm. hahahahaha

  9. Never bored of your kitchen posts! Love them! The floor is GORGEOUS!!! You are doing such an awesome job! I'm so impressed. It is probably fun to think about paint colors while working on the hard(er) jobs.

  10. YOU are incredible. I don't know how you have the energy for all of this. You cut your own countertop?? Who does that? FABULOUS! Looks so great.
    And funny about the backsplash because the one you HAD is the one I want in my future kitchen! I'm sure it will look good no matter what you do. So fun to watch you do this.

  11. The kitchen is looking awesome!

    I put Allure Ultra flooring in my entire house (minus the bedrooms) last year and LOVE it! I have not had any issues. Mine is the Ultra, so it was the kind that clicks together like a floating floor, not the sticky kind. I'm not sure which you went with, but I was told by the flooring people at Home Depot if you go with the sticky kind is extremely important to follow the directions and use the heavy roller across the floors as recommended. If you don't, that's what will give you problems lifting. Hope that helps. :)

    Since I never blog anymore, I've never posted about my awesome floors and how much I love them. :)

  12. So not bored of your kitchen posts :) Those floors are amazing! hang in there, I know it takes what seems like forever.

  13. It looks great. We used the same flooring (in maple) in our basement. I could not believe how fast and easy it was to install! We have people over all the time who think it's laminate. We tell them it's lino and they correct us saying laminate. No - it's really LINO! I think if we stay in our house for any amount of time I will be ripping up the old ugly shiny lino that we have and replacing it with the planks.

  14. I'm in awe of all your amazing diys, your kitchen looks fabulous!!