This specific Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation coming from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, as well as I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive inside the sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about some final sketches Greentea created for me as well as some decisions I’ve made. today for the flooring.

One of the steps to This specific renovation in which I was super excited about was getting completely new flooring. When I first moved into This specific house I knew I would likely eventually knock the wall down separating the living room coming from the kitchen, as well as continue the same flooring throughout. Since I love the look of painted hardwood, I decided to paint the existing hardwood inside the living room (I detested the oak colour) as well as get hardwood installed inside the kitchen as well as paint the idea the same colour. I was so excited to see the tiles go in which I had lived with since last December (beyond gross). I’ll stick a before photo here as a reminder:

As I mentionned in a previous post, the contractor spent alot of time levelling the floor, because the idea dipped coming from one end to the various other by several inches.

Initially the contractor was going to purchase unfinished hardwood to lay inside the kitchen. yet when he went to pick the idea up, he said there were alot of knots showing as well as was worried the idea would likely show through the paint. So he went with finished flooring. as well as he purchased boxes of various colours in which were leftovers coming from previous customer orders, so the idea only ended up costing $1.99/sq.ft. When they started out laying the idea, we all got a kick out of the different colours as well as thought the idea looked pretty cool.

As you can see inside the last photo, because the floor involved some layers to get the idea level, the kitchen is usually today a little step up coming from the living room. The contractor put a nice curved finishing piece on the edge.

I had a dilemma for a while about what colour to paint the floor. the idea was between white as well as gray. I ended up choosing gray because I just can’t imagine dealing with the fur of 6 cats as well as the dirt I create on white floors. I would likely lose my marbles. I went with Pigeon Gray by Benjamin Moore.

I didn’t want to use floor paint coming from Benjamin Moore because each coat needs 24 hours to dry as well as I had to live inside the house with the 6 cats during the painting. Also, I had asked for the cabinets to be delivered on the 14th, as well as the floors as well as ceiling weren’t ready until late afternoon on the 12th. I asked at the store what I could do in which was faster than floor paint. I was told I could just use regular paint as well as varathane over the idea. I figured I’d give the idea a try. as well as today in which the idea’s done I’m regretting my decision for a quick way out. I started out that has a primer, which doesn’t seem to have stuck very well to the hardwood. At Home Depot I asked what I should use as a primer as well as obviously I should have either sanded first, which I had no time for, or bought a better primer.

After 1 coat of primer I put on 2 coats of the gray, then 2 coats of varathane. Here are the floors after the first coat of gray (in an eggshell finish).

Here are the floors with all 5 coats applied.

They do not seem to be as durable as the floors in my office where I used Benjamin Moore’s floor paint. There are also streaks coming from the special brush used to apply the varathane (yet I didn’t sand so This specific is usually my fault – although I didn’t sand my office as well as there are no brush marks). I think next time I will find a temporary home for the cats as well as myself as well as use durable floor paint. For today, I am too tired of painting to deal with the idea. I’ll see how the idea goes, as well as eventually I’ll probably slap a coat of floor paint over the floors if they get scratched up. inside the meantime, I’m going to sit back as well as enjoy them, because the gray turned out fantastic as well as exactly what I had in mind.

Next time, a post about the arrival of the cabinets. One word – INCREDIBLE!