~83~ Kitchen Update

With Baby H on the way, Jake and I are using this time to finish any extra projects we want to do on the house.  For the past 2 weekends, we decided to redo our kitchen floors in a faux hardwood and add a tiled back splash.  When we bought the house, there was a tan colored linoleum all throughout the house.  I've always hated it, but putting in real hardwood floors just wasn't in our budget any time soon.  The last few times I've been at Home Depot, I've noticed a faux hardwood that clicks together and is much more economical.  

When we were in one Friday to discuss carpeting in the nursery, we asked about the faux hardwood and were led to a product called Allure that is a vinyl plank flooring system that is easy to lay and requires no prior treatment or underlayment.  After reading many great reviews and knowing it's backed by a 25 year warranty, we decided to go for it.  For our 180 square foot kitchen, 8 boxes was perfect.

This stuff is pretty darn easy to lay.  It looks great-AND-it doesn't ruin your pre-existing floor, so if you end up wanting to change it or do something differently down the line, it's easy to remove.  The biggest challenge we had was getting our cuts to cut straight when a full panel wasn't needed.  This resulted in some wasted panels, but that was to be expected, which is why we made sure to overestimate how much we would need.

Take a look at the before and after pictures.  What a HUGE difference it makes.

Please excuse my lopsided kitchen towels!  How embarrassing!

The next weekend we put in back splash.  We found some great clearance tile when we went to buy the Allure flooring and decided to go for it.  On Wednesday, we laid the tile and after the 2 day waiting period grouted.  By Sunday evening, our kitchen was put back together.  The hardest part was cutting the tile and placing it around the light switches and outlets.

Even though the pictures make it look like 2 different kinds of tile, they're the same.  It's just the lighting that makes them look different. 

Next up: New Craft table and getting the nursery ready!

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