We are going to remodel our kitchen very soon. The main thing wrong with our kitchen now is the cabinets: they’re ugly and there aren’t enough of them. We’re going to slightly change the layout of the kitchen which will give us about another 18 inches of cabinets and enable us to have one of those nice lazy susan corner cabinets in a currently almost unusable corner.
Two things I like about our kitchen are the countertops, which you can see in this photo and the floor, which is actually a bit bluer than it looks in that picture. We will be able to save some of the countertops and the last time I checked (which was recently) that color Formica is still available. Unfortunately, the flooring is not and neither is any other blue vinyl or laminate floor covering. AAARRRRRGGGGGHHH!!!!! I Must! Have! A Blue Floor! In My Kitchen! The fate of the universe depends on it!
Okay, really? I suppose the universe will survive but this is hugely disappointing. The vast majority of tile, sheet vinyl and laminate flooring available is dirt colored. (a.k.a. “warm earth tones”) That’s crazy! Why on Earth would anyone want a dirt colored kitchen floor? Well, I guess I do know why. Some of you want a dirt colored floor because it sort of hides the dirt so you can wait a little longer to clean it. But for me that’s a bad thing. I’m not instinctively a good housekeeper. I need for the dirt to be really noticeable so I will realize it needs to be cleaned before it gets too terribly disgusting. Besides, I want blue. It’s part of the vision I have in my head.
After some desperate searching I found this laminate. I was delighted. All was right with the universe again. It looks almost exactly like the kitchen floor I have now but it’s laminate which means there will be somewhat less cussing involved in the installation, though of course no home improvement project is ever completely profanity-free. However, knowing that colors in photos online (or anywhere) are often not accurate, we went to Home Depot this past weekend to look at samples in person. Oh woe! Despair! Hopes shattered and stomped upon! It was gray! Very gray, not the least bit, not even by the most extreme stretch of the imagination, blue.
But that’s probably going to be our new floor. I’ve seen a couple of samples that were dirt colored with generous streaks of blue and I briefly considered those but I really want a lighter, cleaner look. And the gray really isn’t bad. I think it will look fine with everything else. I will adjust as always. (Dammit!)
I don’t know exactly when we’ll get started on this project but it will be soon. We will keep all our current appliances except maybe the dishwasher but I’m not sure; we might keep the one we have for a while longer. I’m excited and eager to get started even though it will be a huge, stressful ordeal. We will be without a real kitchen for probably several weeks but we have both a microwave and a countertop convection oven that we can plug in anywhere and I’m sure we’ll find somewhere to plug in the refrigerator.
Of course there will be pictures. Stay tuned.