KITCHEN TILE PART 1: DIY LAMINATE FLOORBOARDS

If you’ve been following me on social (follow me!!!!), you know I went kitchen crazy for TERRACOTTA TILE with MEXICAN TALAVERA ACCENTS!

But after exploring our options we decided to hold off on the tile-- this house is getting expensive, and we’re afraid to find out what’s actually underneath the old linoleum. So we decided on a temporary fix: laminate flooring!

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It comes in a box of thin laminate planks with interlocking edges. I know it sounds like a huge downgrade, but the whole kitchen is going to be torn out and rebuilt once we can afford it. And guess what? I love how it turned out. I know you’ll think I’m crazy, but this stuff is inexpensive and a snap to install.

This is the only time you’ll ever hear me say it-- I’m so glad we have a tiny kitchen! We managed to redo the whole kitchen floor with two boxes of laminate-- grand total, less than $100!

 Clever tongue and groove edges latch together-- no glue required!

Clever tongue and groove edges latch together-- no glue required!

 I learned the hard way to wear work gloves.

I learned the hard way to wear work gloves.

We started in a corner, setting the laminate board flush against the baseboard. If we’d really wanted to do this like pros, we would have taken out the baseboard first, then reinstalled it once the laminate was down. But instead we finished this whole project in a day and went out for Thai food. ;)

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We had to cut some of the planks down to perfectly fit the room.

 M is helping me today because he’s a hero and I’m a baby.

M is helping me today because he’s a hero and I’m a baby.

The second plank hooks right into the first.

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Then tap with a mallet (or if you don’t have a mallet, a paint stick and a hammer) to set the connection!

 Photo credit: my husband. Manicure credit: Home Depot.

Photo credit: my husband. Manicure credit: Home Depot.

The laminate floor came together like a dream. I couldn’t believe how quickly it went down, or how polished it looked when we were finished.

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Now we just have to do the cabinets! And the counters, and the appliances, and the vent hood…

Would you ever try a DIY laminate flooring install? What do you think of the finished product?