The first time you light the fireplace for the season- pure magic. It would be more romantic by match, I’m sure, but this house came with a gas fireplace so the push of a button it is. Our cats can’t get enough of the warmth –
But I’m mostly enjoying it because our heating system stays off until our kitchen floor is finished. Thankfully we live in South Carolina where it’s only cold until lunch time right now (don’t worry, that doesn’t stop me from layering on fringed sweaters and suede boots like I live up north). Either way, we don’t plan on leaving plywood floors and gaps and random rugs piled up past next weekend.
Even the best laid plans turn to doo-doo, which is what happened this past weekend. We knew there was a bit of sagging in the kitchen, but chalked it up to water damage on the original hardwood floors that ran underneath the LAYERS of additional flooring material they had piled on top. Fake brick linoleum, fake rock linoleum, fake tile linoleum, you name it. Unfortunately when we peeled up those layers, we saw deteriorated hardwoods…and subfloor…and even the tops of some of the floor joists. One of the joists was nearly split in half, something our home inspector failed to check. Lesson learned: hire the best you can afford.
We had friends and family come help us saw out the subfloor and we are part of the way through stabilizing and replacing the joists. We just laid plywood down to walk on until we pick the project back up this coming weekend. But the fun part is picking out the finished floor.
You may remember we purchased vinyl floor tiles as a temporary fix before we decided we would go ahead and fix the sagging floor. We still have them, but the white tiles are way too bright white to be suitable in this creamy-toned house. So my other idea? Painted floors.
Here’s the sitch. I have wanted painted floors forever, and I even wrote about them a while ago here. Could I do actual tile in our kitchen? Yes. It would probably be better for resale and durability. But besides it costing a great deal more, it’s not what my heart really wants. I even brought home a few samples from a showroom and wasn’t sold.
I want the wear and character of painted wood floor, and it’s a crazy cheap option because we will cut plywood into strips to paint. Not convinced it could work? Join the club. But I figured it’s worth a try. Others have gone before me and proclaim its budget-friendly, versatile wonder:
Having painted flooring allows me to pick the perfect colors and get the worn-in feel I love. I’m probably going to go with a checkerboard pattern, but I’m not 100% on the colors yet. Black and off-white is classic, but a tone-on-tone in the cream family could be really pretty.
The jury is still out, but wish us luck. It’s the first step in the slow process to update our kitchen, but it will undoubtedly make the biggest impact.