Anyway, I think I was supposed to be talking about our floors. Let me remind you what we were working with originally:
As classy as that floor was, Pat and I were ready for a change. Real tile was not an option, because our house shifts a LOT. We probably would have had cracks on day 2. I was hoping to find hardwoods underneath, but that was not the case. And the $,$$$ to install them was a little out of our price range, especially considering we've already hit the ceiling on the value of our house. A floating laminate tile floor would have worked, but it would still have been more than we wanted to spend. Plus, I kind of think those tend to look cheap. So we were left with two options: vinyl tile and vinyl roll-out.
Initially, I thought roll-out was the way to go. Then I found out there would have to be a seam. Way not cool, so vinyl tile it was. Pat and I were torn between two options in the vinyl tile category. Pat wanted to use imitation ceramic tile, and to use a semi-new process of installing it where you actually grout the edges like it's real tile. I tend to shy away from "imitation" anything (except when it comes to spray-"butter", and you all know where I stand there). I was drawn toward this crazy idea of using commercial vinyl tiles (you know, like the ones used at Walmart) in a checkerboard pattern. I was inspired by this kitchen:
Long story short...wait, I can't even make short stories short. Anyway, Wednesday afternoon, Pat, Madi, and I headed out to the Home Depot. We're typically staunch Lowes shoppers, but Lowes doesn't carry
And then we took pictures of Madi's first trip to a home improvement
Were you working on your place over the weekend, too?