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YOU CAN PAINT A VINYL FLOOR!

 I love how Hexagon tile looks in kitchens.

Hexagon tile

AMAZING HEXAGON PATTERNS ABOUND! LITTLE GREEN NOTEBOOK

Especially in OLD HOUSE kitchens where it makes sense..like it could have been that way forever….

Hexagon Tile

…AND I STILL HOPE to have a kitchen with HEXAGON tile..someday…but alas, when it came time to address the floor in our kitchen makeover…we realized that the height of tile..on top of our existing floor which is on top of two existing floors on top of a sub floor –  would make the floors too high and potentially too heavy for the room and in relation to cabinets. If we ever were to gut the kitchen…the HEX would be what I would do..but for now….instead…I had to work with what we had.

Sometimes this happens in a renovation. Or even a small makeover. You have these dreams, of the perfect “this or that” within whatever budget you have allowed…and your each a point where items need to be re-THOUGHT. Perhaps changed.I aways look at the “DREAM” part as kind of my jumping off point. What is wonderful is that some of my BEST discoveries and outcomes were borne of a budget constraint or a mistake…so don’t let the limitations stop you…let them INSPIRE YOU!

So what to do? Given time and budget (our home was being photographed for Family Circle in 3 weeks!!!) I had to make a decision fast. I decided to work with what I had – which was a 5 year old high end vinyl floor. As it turned out,  the floor offered a great base to PAINT!!!  and so..that is what I did!

paintedfloor HOW I DID IT:

1. Cleaned the floor thoroughly. I used TSP and scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed. Until the water ran clean…and then I scrubbed some more!!!!!

BEFOREthis floor was nasty...dirty and old...but intact and I liked the underlying pattern...

BEFORE …this floor was  intact and I liked the underlying pattern…

2. Used TSP to clean it some more.

3. Designed my pattern….Our existing floor had a pattern of squares which gave me a template of sorts to work with. It also enabled me to make straight lines..this was an invaluable help!

I used to graph paper to make my design.

I used to graph paper to make my design.

4. PRIMED the floor with SKILZ primer which I had tinted to one of the gray colors.

5. Touched up the trim with Benjamin Moore – Mountain Peak White and “CUT in” the floor around the edges…

I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.

I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.

6. I originally designed a Herringbone Pattern  – but when i got 4 colors down…it was much too busy, so i changed to a “modified Chevron” design.

I started with 4 colors...it was too too busy so I took it down to TWO colors

I started with 4 colors…it was too too busy so I took it down to TWO colors

7. I Taped off the lines to get them nice and straight…you will need a few rolls of tape for this part..it goes fast! I did ALL of one color first…then OF ALL the second color….

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8. Removed the taped…touched up the bleed throughs…and then touched up THOSE bleed throughs..rinse and repeat!!!

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9. LET IT DRY

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – MAYBE A 5 ….TEDIUM – 9  -BUT ULTIMATELY EASY TO DO.

IF YOU HAVE KIDS THEY LOVE REMOVING THE TAPE!!!!

Honestly the hardest part was keeping people out of the kitchen for a few days while I let it dry…

 I covered the floor with a large plastic drop cloth which was great!

COST:

BENJAMIN MOORE PORCH AND FLOOR PAINT 2 quarts  $15.00/each

1.Coventry Gray and 2. Tucker Gray

2. SKILZ Primer $25

3. Cleaning supplies etc $20

Total: $60

Our cat TIGER spent MORE time in the kitchen during the painting process than he ever has in his life!!! I think he was looking for his food, which usually sits in the window sill…away from the dogs…

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IMG_0537 IMG_0539 THE pattern extends into the laundry room…

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I JUST RE-PAINTIED THE KITCHEN FLOOR IN PREPARATION FOR PUTTING IT BACK ON THE MARKET. IT LOOKS SO FRESH AND CLEAN…LIKE A NEW FLOOR!

IMG_0529 and Tiger would still like to know where his food went???

HAVE YOU VERE PAINTED A FLOOR?

HAVE YOU EVER PAINTED A VINYL FLOOR?

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

KITCHEN

Leslie

MASTER BATHROOM MAKEOVER – PART 2 – THE FLOOR

Spring arrived and then…it snowed…again…

Yesterday the kids had another March snow day and I took a day off from the Master Bathroom Makeover…Now I will get back to the floor…

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….the view from the front door..hard to believe it is March 25!

I have broken the Master Bathroom Flooring Project into 3 parts –

1. PREP  DONE!

2.  TILE INSTALLATION starts today…

3. TILE FINISHING

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Cement board is applied with a thin coat of “Thin Set” and then Hardbacker screws…I bought GREY thin set because I knew I would use it for the tile as well…and as I discovered before…it HELPS to have the thin set and the grout be similar colors with small scale Hexagon tile….

I completed step 1. on Sunday when I installed the 1/4 inch cement board. I spoke a bit on this HERE  when I did the Powder Room. I have since learned a few tips from the tile guys that did the Kids Bathroom. and a few things I have learned MY way…which is often referred to as -THE HARD WAY.

CUTTING -I struggled the first time with cutting the board and eventually resorted to using my Jig Saw, which was…WAY overkill….and a bit messy. While messing around during the kids bathroom work, I figured out how to SCORE the board with my Matt knife and then with a quick kind of karate kick move, SNAP IT…and this is my technique now for cutting it. I still use the saw for very small cuts and when I had to cut the holes for the toilet and then shower.

It is also super important that when you install your cement board that there be NO BOUNCE. There are little indentations on the board itsself…and your Backer-On screws 41Ft0ioOX-L go in each of those spots…lots of screws. My 9V drill could not do the job, had to bump up to an 18 volter…perfect except I swear I have a pulled arm muscle from all the drilling!!!

install screws here..and here...and here.......

install screws here..and here…and here…….

Step 2. The FLOOR tile is going to be a cinch. Imagine wallpaper with no match…or fabric that has a very simple pattern like polka dots…THAT is what this tile is like…EASY PEASY…NO PATTERN AND I HOPE I AM NOT JINXING MYSELF…by saying it will be a breeze!!! I also expect it to go smoothly because the nature of the HEXAGON tile is that there really are no cuts needed.

THE Shower tile HOPEFULLY will also cooperate.

I had to do math. Stay with me here. the shower is 47″ x 47″. So each wall of tile, like a book cover will need to be a minimum of 47″.

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Vigo neo Angle Shower -Glass with Chrome accents

I learned with my Tile Guys that with subway tile everything is done in 3’s and 6’s inch measurements, to accommodate the tile size. Simple. So my plan is to have the tile be 48″ on each side + a nose piece. The height is 73″, including the floor, (I think) so I will have the tile go a few inches above the top of the glass…in multiples of 3″ plus the nose piece!!!

3. FINISHING: I am going to use a gray grout for the floor…and white for the shower. I used off white in the kids bathroom and then spent a long day “painting” the grout, WHITE, with grout colorant and sealer…. I bought Gray colorant to do the kids floor which I also did in an off white, but I honestly do not think it is a good use of my time.  OUR bathroom will have the white and gray from the start!!! I Loved the Gray in the Powder room…

Powder Room With Hexagon tile with Gray Grout

so that is my report for the day. I am back at the coffee shop writing this, internet still down. What would we do without our internet…or rather what did we do before it? Wait? Do you wonder if maybe the skill of patienec is being bred out of us??? Perhaps our childrens childrens children wil simply ahve to think something for it to appear!

Oh speaking of the kids…I am having them do a time capsule to stick in the wall behind the shower. We are going to fill a pasta jar with little mementos, things to leave for the next owner….or for them one day, if they own this house and want to renovate…In case I forget where we put it…It will go right behind the shower here!

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old shower space where NEW IMPROVED shower will go!

TOMORROW: Floor and Shower tile installation!!!

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