Okay, my husband and I bought our new house about three and a half months ago - overall, we adore the house and we’re trying to move slowly in taking care of the decorating. We have a HUGE list of things that we want to do, but money obviously stops us. So we’re trying to do things within our budget while improving the value of the house. The previous owners left us with some pretty hideous wall colors, so we’re in the process of painting rooms right now and we’re going to paint the kitchen cabinets, which is going to take awhile, as it’s a pretty tough project.
But - our kitchen floor and mud room floor are pretty awful. It’s apparently jut a sheet of vinyl tile and I don’t know if the previous owners put it down or if it’s been here forever (our house is about 80 years old). But it extends from our somewhat smaller kitchen (small, but functional, which I like) into the mud room (I’d love to knock the wall down in between the two and make the kitchen bigger, but I don’t think it’s going to happen). The flooring is ripped in certain spots, and as we’re trying to have a baby right now, I do NOT want my little one crawling on the floor and cutting herself on the ripped floor.
Also, we have a basement bathroom that’s a full bathroom - toilet, cabinet, sink, and stand-up shower. I’m not sure when the bathroom was put in, but the floor is just concrete - there are cat pawprints in the floor. Since we’re putting a daybed downstairs in the finished alcove where we keep our elliptical and TV, we’d like to make it into a sort of ‘guest suite’ for friends when they come to stay so that they get their own bathroom. But - again, the floor is concrete and somewhat sloped as well.
So my question - we’ve seen the vinyl squares of tile at Home Depot. If it were up to me, the kitchen and mud room would have hardwood flooring, but that’s a little out of our budget. And the vinyl squares actually look quite nice up close - here’s a link to what we’ve found:
This isn’t the one we’d use - we’ve found a pretty one with blue in it that matches the blue we’ve already painted the trim in the kitchen (it was originally a horrid dark green, and now we’ve opened it up so much - it looks bigger now).
How hard is this stuff to put down? Would we have to pull up the flooring that’s on there now or could we just cover it up? What would we need to do to prep it? Is it durable? As far as the downstairs bathroom goes, since the floor slopes, would it be hard for us to do? Would we need to do a LOT more prep down there than on the upstairs kitchen floor?
We’re new homeowners, remember, and the biggest project that we’ve attempted is to paint the mud room and the kitchen:). So this is a new one for us.