When we purchased our home, our Kitchen looked like this:
Our kitchen good size but desperately needed to be updated.
We painted the walls Benjamin Moore's Rosemary Sprig, got some new window treatments, and added some cheery yellow and green accessories.
After living in our home for almost 2 years, I could not stand looking at our vinyl floors anymore.
The vinyl floors were a beige color that always looked dirty no matter how much we cleaned them. We eventually want to redo the kitchen in a few years, so I was looking online for some temporary flooring solutions. Since our house is full of poorly done DIY projects by the previous owner, the floor in the doorway from the hall to the kitchen has a little hill. I knew putting down tile flooring or hardwood floors wasn't an option since the floor isn't level.
I read a post on Apartment Therapy about installing a vinyl floor that looks like hardwood. A lot of the comments were positive and people raved about how easy it was to install and that they were very happy with the result. I headed over to Lowe's and spoke to one of the salespeople about installing the product. All that we needed to do was put down a special glue, let it dry for an hour, and lay the vinyl planks down. In order to make the cuts, all we needed was a razorblade and in some cases, we used a scissor to make the smaller cuts. We ordered the product in cherry to match the hardwood floors in the dining room and waited 3 months (after being told it would take 10 days) for it to arrive.
After letting the glue dry, which only took about 1 hour, we laid the first plank about 1/4" from the wall to allow for expansion.
We used the lines on the vinyl flooring as a guide to lay it straight. Laying the flooring was very easy and we finished the kitchen and the hallway in about 4 hours. Making the cuts around the doorways was the most time consuming step but we made templates on pieces of paper and traced them to make the proper cuts. At the end of the day, our kitchen looked like this.
I love the look! The kitchen looks so much warmer and the floor is so soft on our feet. It was such a big improvement for about $300 and it only took about 2 days.
The following weekend, we added the kick molding to cover up the spaces between the floor and the wall. There were so many angles around the doorways which took a long time to properly measure and cut but it looks fabulous.
I also touched up the moldings and repainted the cabinets white to give them a fresh clean look.
If you live in a rental or would like to freshen up your kitchen, I highly recommend this project. It's an easy, inexpensive improvement that gave our kitchen a much warmer feel.