This was a big night. We started putting in the floor around 10 pm and finished around 2:30 am. Let’s just say I was pretty worthless the next day. John and I had no clue how to put in a new kitchen floor, so our friends Jeremy and Cristy helped.
Jeremy is a night owl. He always works til 2 in the morning. The rest of us are NOT as tough as him. However, it is planting time now and we have to work when we have time. Since planting is a bit time consuming, this leaves two chances to work on the house:
- When it rains.
- The middle of the night.
The old floor was green and worn out in several spots. It was hard to keep clean, but I bet a new one will be hard, too. To save a little money, we bought a remnant instead of special ordering. Remnants are generally 30% cheaper.
In a newer home, folks would remove all the cabinets and appliances and then put the flooring down under those items. We did something much more unique. In an effort to save time and sanity we just moved the fridge and cut around everything else. Moving the fridge took about 45 minutes. It wouldn’t fit through the door! We tried everything, in the end…we had to put in on the porch.
We put carpet tape around all the edges of the room so the new flooring would not slip. Eventually, quarter round will hold the flooring in place. For now, we are relying on the tape.
I took this picture at about 12:30 am. We were dragging pretty hard by this point, but we really needed to finish. Something about these projects DOES NOT allow quitting in the middle.
We trimmed off the excess flooring with knives and kitchen sheers. Linoleum is shockingly easy to cut and rip. Too easy sometimes, we had to be careful on the corners.
The flooring is done and we couldn’t be happier. It does sweep up easier and thanks to the coloring, dirt hardly even shows. Happy, happy, happy about that! We borrowed a table from Elaine. It folds down to seat two, but opens up to seat as many as eight. This is quite handy, because now I can get to ALL the kitchen cabinets instead of just three.