On Cabinetry and Flooring

30 September 2014

The kitchen remodel is in full swing. The boys (Jacob and my little brother) have redone the cabinets from scratch. That wasn't the intention. We'd planned on reusing the old cabinet boxes and just putting on new doors, but once the old cabinet doors were ripped out, they showed their true colors and their condition was just...poor.

I love that they're redoing all the cabinets. We could've just coughed up some serious dinero on new cabinets, but this way they're learning a lot and enjoying it so much, and to watch your people create something so substantial and useful is just fun.

We're going to model our cabinet doors after these ones from IKEA.
  

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If we're staying true to Jacob's carpentry genes with our cabinetry, on the flipside, we're taking the low road with the floors. After ripping up three layers of linoleum (gross gross gross) and considering lots of different options, it looks like we're landing on Tundra laminate flooring from IKEA.
Can't beat the price and it's pretty durable, but it's still laminate and it makes the snobby naturalista in me squirm. What are your thoughts on laminate flooring??? (Help me feel better.)

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I've been able to help with some of the paint, but my contribution to the remodel is still mostly babysitting and letting youtube How-To videos serenade my evening: table saws and drills and backwoodsy accents saying things like:

"What we have here is a failed kitchen cabinet drawer."

"Installing these floors by yourself is frustrating as f***."

And on that lovely note, I'm off to read some dePaola with the minion while the baby snoozes. Have a nice Tuesday!


15 comments :

  1. We had laminate flooring in our first apartment, and I actually really liked it: no wood care, not as hard/cold as tile, and really durable.

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  2. Love laminate. Not as nice as wood, but with littles no dings, scrapes, or dents and looks nice!

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  3. We have laminate–inexpensive, can install yourself, and still decent-looking without the maintenance of real hardwood floors. Save those for the next house. :)

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  4. Basically my opinion on floors is: I'll take it as long as it isn't carpet, which grosses me out. Why put something down where the only way to get it really clean is to replace it?? (While I'm at it, I was appalled to see, last time I was in the US, that Americans put carpets in hospitals. I'm a nurse. I know what happens in hospitals.)

    That aside, if you are maybe planning on renting the place out, don't put nice floors in, because renters will not be performing nice wood care and may just outright trash them.

    I don't know what kind of real wood floors you were looking at. We have planking from the 1930's and there is like a 2-3 mm gap between the planks and it is full of %}^*. Let's just call it patina.

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  5. So, so impressed.

    And save the hardwood for your forever home! The grain in that photo looks very nice.

    You are guys are awesome. I wish we were handy.

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  6. Wowzas, those cabinets are looking good!

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  7. Since it's going to be a rental I think the laminate floors that look like wood are a great choice! I have been in multiple homes that are beautifully done where they've done almost a distressed white watched wood floor that is actually laminate and if we ever ditch our 60s bathrooms (which are actually kind of growing one me... pink toilets are totally coming back) I would do the laminate "wood" floors for the bathroom.. People take it to the next level with the laminate wood floors.. check out the pictures of this one... http://www.bestlaminate.com/classen-premium-fresco-25964/?gclid=COuE38SNisECFW4Q7AodJFgA1g

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  8. Wow! Keep the updates coming, please!

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  9. So good to catch up on your corner Kate, you're been super busy my dear girl! A new kitchen, you lucky duck!
    It's good to see your crocheting again, I have been teaching myself (bloody hard actually, excuse the French)
    x

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