New kitchen floor

Yesterday we spent the day with the TV off, and ignoring social media as best I could.  Today, once I’ve finished my morning rounds, I’ll be doing the same.  And I expect to do the same for the rest of the week at least.  America, you did this to yourself, and that’s without even taking into account the media bias in the reporting.  Add in the media bias, and yup, America you did this to yourself.  I have zero interest in watching the world go up in virtual, mental, and likely real, flames as the media believing sheep (on both sides) prove themselves unable to cope.

Last winter we had to replace the vinyl at the front entry way after Arty shredded it in a fit of separation anxiety.  Looking back it looks like I never posted about that, ooops.

Old vinyl:

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New peel and stick tiles:

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We decided that it was so easy to put down, and looked so much better than the old, that we ought to redo the kitchen and back entryway in it.

I managed to get the back entry and laundry area done back in February or so, but then life intervened and we’ve been living with vinyl in the kitchen that had been shredded at one edge and wasn’t in good shape to begin with.

With my parents due out to visit the week after Thanksgiving I decided I needed to finish the kitchen floor.  So yesterday, after a trip out to vote, we got busy.

Old:

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And new:

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I still have to finish the trim of course.  And unlike the smaller areas I had some issues with tile creep.  I didn’t notice till I was done, but even though I was trying hard to keep the tiles well butted against each other, some fairly noticeable gaps have formed between tiles in several spots.  A bit of research says that there’s a couple options for filling these gaps, next time I work I’ll look at the options and decide which one will work better for me.

Overall I’m happy with it though.  It looks WAY better than what was there.  And unlike sheet vinyl, if an area is damaged I can just pull up the damaged tile or tiles and replace them.  AND I have two full extra cases of tile for exactly that reason, AND it was on clearance so it was 50% off when I bought it.

By the way, the trick to pulling up the old vinyl easily and quickly?  Heat!  The recommended form is either a heat gun or a wallpaper steamer, but I improvised.  A couple old towels folded into quarter sized, with not quite boiling water poured over them.  If you pre-score the vinyl into sizes just a hair smaller than the folded towel, then lay the hot towel on the area for a minute or so, flip the towel to the next area, and the heated spot will pull up with almost no fuss and bother.  I had a couple stubborn spots I had to scrape, but by using heat I had the entire kitchen floor bare in about an hour.  Just keep your towel less than dripping wet so you don’t damage your subfloor, alternate between towels, when one starts to cool down to much toss it in the dryer to suck out the extra moisture till you need it again.

4 Comments

  1. Comment by NotClauswitz:

    Nice floor-work, and doggie likes it! I can spend hours bending over working on something, I just can’t stand upright afterwards! Meh, used-to be more flexible.

  2. Comment by bogie:

    O sure, now you tell me about the heat trick. I spend hours and days pulling up the peel and stick tiles in the bathroom so I could cut the damaged subfloor out and replace it. That glue is very tough and when you scrape it just globs up on whatever you are using to scrape. Damn, I could have used your advice 6 months ago 🙂

    The floors look really nice – it is always so satisfying to see the the huge improvement over the old stuff, even if it isn’t “perfect”. I’ll bet you will be the only one that ever notices the creepage.

    • Comment by Ruth:

      I actually thought I’d posted about it when I did the entry way. It wasn’t till I went to post about the kitchen floor that I realized I hadn’t! It makes a HUGE difference, the stuff just peels right up!

      I love it, not quite perfect as it is. It looks so much better!