Nothing like doing something new and not getting it quite right…
This was our makeshift kitchen set up for the last few years. Cracked glass cooktop, old fridge, IKEA random cabinets and sink, chopped counters and wire rack storage.. not great but for used or free Craigslist items, it was at least useable.
This is me getting creative..
Then realizing that when the new cabinets and appliances are put in, the floor looks horrible and antiquated! Argghh.
After thinking I’d come in during the weekend and install some vinyl tile flooring, I found that I’d be much happier with Marmoleum, a pure linseed and wood flour flooring that was more durable and eco friendly than vinyl.
After comparing prices and options, my office kitchen budget would be taxed with anything like clip in flooring or cork, but the sheet Marmoleum came in a gorgeous linear pattern that I couldn’t resist.
I pulled out all the furniture, sink, and trim.. (again).
Cleaned it with powdered TSP & water, then had a roll of flooring professionally installed. In 4 hours, the father & son team from Stephens Flooring in Santa Cruz buffed, glued, rolled the new Marmoleum in our little kitchen! When they came in to measure the room, they figured out how to tile the roll to get the best yield from the material. The tape is at the joints, if you look on the right side. This helped me save money on the actual flooring material which is not cheap.
They did a fantastic job and I’m super happy. Once the Marmoleum sets, the floor needs to be cleaned and finished.
I cannot wait to finish this project!
Update: Feb. 11. We have a few layers of clear finish, trim reinstalled and the appliances back in. Now, we wait for the furniture to come in Thursday!
A hundred times better!