Thursday, January 17, 2013

Researching Kitchen Flooring Options

Yup!  That pretty much sums it up!  We are starting to research which type of flooring we want in our kitchen.  There are so many options to choose from, however, whichever flooring choice we go with has to meet certain criteria.
 
  
 
1.  It has to be durable. 
 As in I drop things.  A lot of things!  Things like glasses, which break.  Knives, which would scratch certain surfaces.  Forks, which again, scratch certain surfaces.  And, that just scratches the surface, (argh! argh!).
 
2.  It has to be reasonably priced. 
As in, we don't want it to eat up our retirement!
 
3.  It has to hide the dirt.
No, I'm not a slob!  But I also don't want a type of flooring that will show every spot, either.
 
4.  I would like it to flow seamlessly through to the livingroom, which is a lighter shade of older style hardwood flooring.
 
Oh yes, one other thing.  I want it to look attractive (i.e. pretty)!
 
Now, what I'm really tempted to go with, is some type of  hardwood.  We have been to several open houses, and the trend we seem to be seeing is hardwood in the kitchen.  Although, I always thought kitchens and bathroom, with water around, are not the places you would put hardwood.  How interesting...
 
Any opinions or thoughts on this?  I would love to hear them!
 
 
Sue
    

14 comments:

  1. Sue, It sounds like you are on the right track. As a designer wood does sound like the right choice for you. I would suggest since you have a old floor in the living room consult with a company that sells and refinishes wood floors. If you call a company that just sells floors they are going to sell you what they have. Someone who refinishes wood floors can tell you more about what will blend with you old floor.

    You can always put a border around the kitchen to make a easy transition between the old and new wood floor. When I sold wood floor we had kits with a wax crayon in the color of the wood stains to cover scratches. So don't worry about that. Water is woods enemy. So just spray mop and damp mop only when needed. Be quick to wipe up water or spills and put a mat under any pet water dishes and you should be great. I hope this helps. Good luck with your new floors.

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    1. Thanks Denise! I thanked you on your blog, but just wanted to say a thanks again over here in my comments section. Very good suggestions that I'm making note of if we decide for sure, on this route!

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  2. I'm following along to see what you go with... I love making choices like this!

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  3. We have had hardwood in both of our houses. Love it. I have brazilian cherry in my kitchen now. It is beautiful with great variations, but it is darkening over the years and I'm not too crazy about dark floors. They show EVERYTHING! A medium to light stained maple would be a great option for durability and beauty.
    Stacy

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    1. Thanks so much for your input! All the input I can get is very much appreciated!

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  4. We have hardwood throughout our entire first floor. I LOVE it, especially in the kitchen. Last year we had our living rm carpet torn up and new hardwood laid down. Then the (already there) hardwood in the kitchen ( which is open to the living rm) was sanded down to bare wood and both floors stained the dark color I love. Don't worry about little dings-they are character. I've got 4 kids under age 7, and it's just fine--go for it!!

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    1. I bet the seamless flow from one room to the next, with the hardwood floors look just gorgeous!!!

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  5. Hardwood and the finishes available today have come a long way and would be wonderful in a kitchen. I hate grout lines, so next time we update, it's going to be wood. I would also stay with a medium shade because dark shows every speck of dust. Thanks so much for visiting with me today and for your nice comments:-)

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    1. Thanks for this Betsy! Yes, if we went with this, I think I would stay with a medium shade for just that reason.

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  6. I'm a new follower from "Doing you well" Wednesday... We are also exploring flooring options for a rental we just purchased. So I need cheap and durable! Let me tell you one thing to NOT do in your kitchen. We have some sort of pebble tec, mini stones set in resin. Let me tell ya, it is neat. Let me also tell ya it is horrible. Anything that falls on it shatters instantly. Anything liquid or crummy gets stuck inside the little crevices. Oh to be able to go back in time and do a nice faux wood tile. I will be so interested to see what YOU pick!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the good advise on what NOT to do, lol! I'm curious if you take it out, or perhaps cover it over with something?

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  7. i read your comments on thrifty decor chick's site...we have wood floors in the kitchen. as long as your wood is sealed it will be ok. just make sure when there are spills to wipe up & when cleaning damp mop & dry. it's not really that big of a pain to do;) i love the look & it's been durable. hope that helps!
    sheila

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm grateful for another's perspective, especially when they have tha flooring themselves. Thanks!

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  8. I would have to advise that you get real solid hardwood floors for the kitchen, I have the engineered prefinished type and the thin layer of hardwood attached to the plywood allows it to dent and chip out in places where anything has fallen on it. It does have it's advantages being more environmentally friendly and all but I would never again have it in my kitchen. I guess that means I would have to do the entire first floor since I would want it all to match. Also I have a large dog and can see every scratch from his paws, where as my neighbor with solid floors has only had her dog wear off the poly.

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