WARNING – This is a long post where I talk about my feelings. Also, no photos.
I am so excited to tell you guys that we are finally going to have our hardwood floors re-finished! They need it man, but since the top two levels of the house are entirely hardwood (except the bathrooms and kitchen, more on that in a minute,) it is an expensive job. We’ve been saving our pennies for quite some time for both this and the sun room reno and last spring we decided that rather than finish the bar area in the sun room this fall, we would use that money to re-do the floors. The joke is on us really because it’s fall and we’re no where near ready to install the bar area even if our pockets were full of hundred dolla billz.
Originally, our plan was to just have our existing hardwood floors sanded, stained, and refinished. Unfortunately, there is no hardwood under the vinyl tiles in the kitchen so whatever we decide to do in the kitchen will require new materials.
When we started planning our sun room renovation. I envisioned the same tile floor running both in the sun room and in the kitchen. While they are separated by a door and a step down, I thought it would bring the two rooms together, help make the sun room feel less like an addition, and make the whole ground floor feel bigger.
Then Mark and I had a come to Jesus where he told me that it wasn’t practical given the state of our sun room’s floor joists and our bank account to tile the sun room floor. Since tile is out for the sun room, it’s likely we’ll end up with some type of wood out there as well (if we don’t just leave the painted sub floor until the end of time because we love it so much and/or are lazy.) So since I am already essentially relegated to a wood kitchen floor one way or another, I figure I might as well go with the same oak hardwood that’s on the rest of the level to which the kitchen is open.
I am personally not a huge fan of hardwood in the kitchen. Not for looks, mind you. I love the way warm hardwood floors look with light cabinets. But I don’t think it is as practical a choice as tile for someone who uses their kitchen alot like I do. My mom had oak hardwood in her kitchen when they first built their house and it didn’t hold up very well to four people and lots of dogs. She replaced it with a beautiful travertine tile a few years ago and I love the look and the practicality.
But despite my feelings, I’m going to have hardwood in my kitchen because it’s more important to me to have consistent flooring than to have tile in just the kitchen. Again, it’s not that I don’t like the way hardwood looks in a kitchen, I am just worried about wear and tear and upkeep. But a big key to making a small house look bigger is not to chop rooms up with different colors and flooring so in the end I think I am making the right choice.
The good news is my kitchen is and will always be 100 sq. ft. so it is not an astronomical expense if the hardwood need a little TLC in a few years or if/when we want to do something besides sub floor in the sun room, we could consider running it into to kitchen if I’m not in love with the hardwoods at that point.
So that’s how we’ve gotten to where we are. I could go on and on about our “big kid” floors including cost, timeline, stain choices, etc., but I think I’ve poured my heart out to you enough for one day.
One last thing before I go. Today is my mom’s birthday. She’s the best mom in the world. Ask anyone, they will tell you that. Happy Birthday Mom!