Thursday, October 25, 2012

Do It Yourself?? Not us!

In the interest of documenting our lives, here's a post about our kitchen floor. I love our home, but as with any home, there's always a list, perhaps mental, of things that could be improved.  One thing I really haven't loved is our kitchen floor!  In general, I love our kitchen in a lot of ways, BUT we have (had) white tile, white cabinets, white countertops, & white backsplash!  I'm very happy with the cabinets, but the countertops, backsplash, & floors are definitely on "the list."  The floor has especially caused me much frustration as it was pretty near impossible to keep clean, or to at least look, clean.  Seriously, I could mop it and 5 minutes later anyone would have sworn it hadn't been mopped in weeks.  It showed EVERYTHING.  We had "hardwood floors" on our dream list but would have settled for nice tile, but thinking about the process & the $$$ kept holding us back, plus we just weren't sure of what we really wanted. day, I ran across a picture on Pinterest of an acid stained concrete kitchen floor.  It was absolutely beautiful!  I showed it to Chris, and he said, "Well, you know there's concrete underneath the tile in there."  I rushed to the couple of tiles that were already broken into multiple pieces and pulled it up, and sure enough, there was concrete.  So.......I got to work. 

*gulp* Well......we got the tile up, which was a HUGE success for us and then ran into the problem of needing help getting up the stuck on glue.  We ended up hiring someone to come in & finish up a few of the more stubborn tiles in the laundry room and the toilet area and then 'sand' it down (which caused an OBSCENE amount of dust which resulted in sickness!).  We are now currently enjoying our rough concrete floor.  Au natural!  haha...okay, maybe we're not really enjoying it, but I still don't regret getting rid of the tile because I disliked it THAT much.

We are trying to be in contact with some people to get estimates on putting a thin layer of concrete on top and then doing the stain.  I think once it's done, we'll be really happy (then we start on the countertops, backsplash, sink, faucet, appliances, etc., etc., etc.) Until then, we walk on plain concrete and apologize when people come to visit!  :)

These pictures may not be in order, but you'll get the idea!

 Katie enjoyed helping a bit.

the DUST!!!!!!

our little helper!

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