Monday, February 10, 2014

Low Cost Flooring

We had a fantastic weekend around here!  Mel's husband, along with another of our best friends, came to Louisville to speak at a conference our church hosts annually, and these two did a dynamite job.  I know I'm biased, but they're both full of insight, humor and wisdom, and I was on the edge of my seat.  And it doesn't get much better than having old friends in town for a visit-- except if their wives had been able to come, too:)

Mel stayed back to hold down the fort at home, and one project she's managing at the moment is ripping up their kitchen floor and figuring out a replacement.  Her post on Friday got me thinking, and I've been trying to come up with some options for her new kitchen look.

Flooring is one of those home improvement investments that has a pretty wide cost spectrum available to you.  So if you have money to burn, you can find some unique, wow-factor options with gorgeous design and beautiful materials-- but if your budget is microscopic you can still manage to come up with *something* to cover your subfloor.  As much as I love hardwood floor and beautiful tile, I wanted to see what's out there for low cost, good looking flooring options.

You could pick up a few boxes of black and white vinyl stick on tiles and lay a classic checkerboard look, or go with bold, graphic stripes.

Design Sponge via LGN


Check out this fabulous low budget transformation using stick on tiles from Hazardous Design-- great before and after photos (always inspiring!).

In the house we owned during our seminary years we replaced a nasty lolled linoleum floor with new stick on, 1 foot square tiles, which looked clean and crisp-- not at all like the idea I had in my mind of what all vinyl flooring would look like.  Home Depot and Lowe's sell these tiles at around $1 per square foot, and they are super easy to install, with no messy cleanup like ceramic tile.

 And if you already have the rolled out kind of linoleum floors and want a low budget, instant gratification option-- paint!  When in doubt, always paint it and see what happens:) 



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