Sunday, 23 October 2016

out, damned tile!

replacing kitchen tile with laminate


The time is almost upon us friends, we are almost at the point where we can afford to replace the tiles in the kitchen. My little paint job has served me well, and it's made the tiles so much easier to live with for the past year, but it was always a stop-gap and the end is nigh people, the end is very fricking nigh.


So we have a decision to make, to just re-tile the kitchen and utility room with something a lot less offensive and leave it at that, or do what I would really love to do and re-do the kitchen, living room and hall with new wood flooring?

On the one hand, I've always wanted a wood floor in my kitchen and having the same flooring throughout would make the whole place look so much bigger, not to mention making it easier to clean and having less things to trip over. On the other hand....I think it's going to cost way more than we were looking to spend.

I had hoped that I could get a nice laminate for around €20 a square metre and just use that, but our builder says that if it's going up against the sliding door to outside and in the kitchen laminate could be dodgy as it really doesn't like a lot of moisture. Laminate is basically made of compressed dust it seems, and is a right diva. Now, I have no intention of flooding the place, but it would be awful if if started to buckle.

So, he recommends at least going for engineered wood planks, which are real wood pieces glued on top of ply, and not as susceptible to water. These however, are not in our price range, cos this is about where we're at...

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So yeah, cheap and cheerful is what we're going for here. Some day I'll have a house with solid wood floors, giant showers, a garden that doesn't have about twenty neighbors looking in at me as I hang the washing out in my ratty pajamas, all that good shit, but for now this is where we are, and solid wood is not going to happen.

We could use wood effect tiles, which would be great in the kitchen.....but way too cold in the living room. I would be able to do something cool like this great herringbone effect with them though...


Love wood tile in a herringbone pattern. Such a great look and SO DURABLE! (@flooranddecor):
Little Green Notebook

How amazing is this kitchen? I want it all, ALL OF IT!!!! But maybe I could start with the floor?


Herringbone Kitchen Flooring White with Brass:
Caitlin Wilson
       

So what to do, go with the laminate and take the risk, or just settle for new tiles in the kitchen and be done with it? But then the floor that's currently in the living room and hall will really need to be re-done at some point anyway, cos it's very gappy and weird. Gah! Decisions!

It's hard. The thought of spending all that money on something that isn't what I really want sucks. But we can't afford what I really want.....and the plan is not to be in this house forever, so maybe conventional tile in the kitchen is a better idea for re-sale anyway? 

Ugh, I hate this. We need to make a decision, cos the paint is gone past the point of touching up now, so it needs to be re-done if we're not changing them. The floor is just getting grubbier and chipp-ier every day. What do you guys think? Am I mad to go for laminate? What do you think of wood floors in a kitchen in general? Should I just stick with the conventional if we're going to sell this house at some point? I need opinions!! And if anyone has had tile in their sitting room (in Ireland, it's cold here guys, tile is not a usual thing in the living room) I'd really love to hear what you think.



If you would like to read about the other projects in my kitchen makeover:

The €200, one week kitchen makeover
How to paint a tile floor (and what you should think about before you do)
Contact paper kitchen counter update
A quick and easy dishwasher update
Adding interest by blinging up your toe-kicks
and
Painting an ugly tile backsplash
I hope you find them helpful! ;)


12 comments:

  1. I would go for vinyl flooring, its cheaper plus warmer and soft on foot, and quicker to put down, plus I've seen some amazing designs like the herringbone. In my opinion I wouldn't worry about the sliding door, you could always put a mat down. And if you put the vinyl on top of the tiles Which is much less work obv. I think it would work if you are selling too, esp if it's a nice modern design, easy to clean and soft on foot.

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    1. You see, any vinyl I've seen that I liked was pretty much the same price as a semi-decent laminate! I think if I was just doing the kitchen I would seriously consider it, but if I'm doing the whole ground floor it's out.

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  2. I have laminate in my kitchen, my neighbour has tiles in the living room. Both are fine, bearing in mind our houses are not very big and are very well insulated. Her house is actually tile on the whole first floor and I don't find it cold, she has a big rug in the living room, though. I've had laminate now for 6 years and some spilling incidents but nothing major has happen to the floor. Dying to see what you are going to come up with. Good luck.

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  3. I have laminate in my kitchen, my neighbour has tiles in the living room. Both are fine, bearing in mind our houses are not very big and are very well insulated. Her house is actually tile on the whole first floor and I don't find it cold, she has a big rug in the living room, though. I've had laminate now for 6 years and some spilling incidents but nothing major has happen to the floor. Dying to see what you are going to come up with. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks Daniela, that's really helpful :) I actually do like the idea of a wood effect tile throughout, but then thinking of all the bruises Max has sported on his head because of our kitchen tiles I think maybe it wouldn't be the best idea! Laminate is definitely my first preference, so I'm crossing my fingers that the quote comes back reasonable enough to do the whole ground floor so we can go for it!

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  4. Hi Linda,
    We have solid oak floors in our hallway. The house is now 10 years old and we're planning on ripping out the wood to replace it with tile because the wood just isn't standing up well to the moisture from foot traffic coming in and out the door. Our sun lounge also has solid oak floors and doors out to the patio, but the floors in there look they still look great because we don't use that door as much. So if you don't use your sliding door a lot, you may get away with wood/wood substitute, but otherwise I definitely recommend going with tile floors.
    Good luck with your decision.

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    1. So real wood didn't even stand up very well? Good to know!

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  5. I would use vinyl that looks like wood. There are so many great options for it now. I plan on using it myself. I can't afford it yet but when I can that's the way I'm headed. It looks great lasts great it's pretty indestructible and it's cost effective. You could probably do all 3 rooms then with no worries and it would all be the same and done now. Who cares if it's really or not if it looks like it is and makes you happy!

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    1. I did think about vinyl but when I looked at it the prices are basically the same as a laminate, and I would prefer a wood effect if possible. Plus, vinyl is never used in living rooms here and I would just worry that it would make the house less sell-able when the time comes.

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  6. I am 100% with you on the tiled kitchen debacle. I really hate, especially if kitchen and dining room are all one space, and the kitchen tile stops halfway across the room. Or even worse - it's cut off at some unholy angle. JUST MAKE THEM ALL THE SAME SURFACE! I know exactly where you're coming from in that regard. But as to what surface to use, ugh I don't really know. I'm not a fan of tiles in living spaces, but if it was wood looking tile, I think that would be completely different. So basically I'm no help to you whatsoever. Sorry.

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  7. Ugh, we're almost ready to actually get going on this and if anything I'm even more undecided than I was at the start. The internet tells me that, contrary to what the builder says our wood floor could probably be fixed up, sanded and stained a better colour if I'm willing to trust that these things aren't the rocket science that the professionals would have us believe and just go for it. And obviously, I'm fine with that! So, I'm glad we're not getting rid of good flooring needlessly, but it does mean that wood is pretty much out in the kitchen now, cos if there's one thing I hate it's things that almost match but not quite. That kind of thing would make me want to gauge my eyes out every time I looked at it, so it would seem that tile in the kitchen is our only option....but maybe if I do something funky with it I'll learn to love it as much as the idea of nice warm wood in there.

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  8. Although, we run our flooring services from Johannesburg, but you may also get in touch with our Edenvale office, whenever required.

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