How To Create a Colorful Kitchen Floor

Dominique's February Jumpstart Project 2009

Project: How to add spice to a tired kitchen floor
Name: Dominique
Time: 2 weekends
Cost: Around $90

The kitchen floor is one thing that seems obviously off-limits for re-do in a rental (or even an owned) kitchen. Cost and hassle are just too much for most people to even think of replacing an ugly floor. Well, not Dominique! She covered over a bad old floor-job with a protective and colorful new surface. Read on to see how!

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BEFORE

Dominque says that:

The previous owners of our house had a love affair with peel and stick tiles, so much so that they stuck them directly onto the hardwood floor in the kitchen area. Over time, the lines of the wood floor have begun to show through the tiles, not to mention the staining and cracking that happens with age. With a full blown floor refinishing project out of our budget for now, I decided to create a protective new floor over top that would also lend lots of color to the space.

TOOLS:
3 birch ply panels, 4 x 8' and 1/4" thick
A table saw
Primer- Kilz or Gripper
Leftover latex paints and in some cases some acrylic paints to custom blend my colors
A quart of poly
Lots of Liquid Nails and a caulking gun
A strong husband to move the fridge and stove
Metal edging strip and nails to finish the edges

STEPS:
I purchased 4' x 8' birch plywood panels, 1/4" thick and cut down to 2' x 2' squares, 1' x 2' for the back row nearest the windows. I had originally intended to stain them dark and light and create a checkerboard pattern, but upon seeing all of the leftover paint in my garage, I decided to go bold.

In some cases to create more harmony between the colors I had, I mixed in some artists' acrylics.

After priming and painting the squares, I put 3 coats of an acrylic based polyurethane over the top and let them dry. This took one weekend.

To install the tiles, I first laid them all out to determine the pattern that I wanted, particularly not to repeat colors in a row.

I used Liquid Nails to adhere the squares to the floor, creating an X pattern as well as going around the edges.

To finish it all off, I purchased a long strip of metal edging in a pewter color which my husband cut down to fit and installed.

RESOURCES:
I am constantly collecting images of color from catalogs and magazines, so the color inspiration came to me as a result of that....otherwise the materials are pretty run of the mill, but used in a different way.

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