My goal yesterday was to get my kitchen floor patched, sanded and painted with at least the first coat of paint. So I headed to Home Depot to get sand paper for my sander, and that’s when I took a detour down a rabbit hole that took my focus off of my goal for the better part of three hours.
I hate it when I let myself get distracted!! But it happens all the time. Here’s how the confusion set in.
My original wood kitchen floor is a tongue-and-groove wood (I think it’s pine), and the boards are exactly 3.25 inches wide. They don’t have anything like that at Home Depot. So I considered ripping up all of the original wood in the kitchen (now is the perfect time to do that since the kitchen is completely empty) and replacing it with all new wood so that the width would be consistent throughout when I continue the flooring through the breakfast room.
So then I figured the “per square foot” cost of the new lumber (1 x 4 pine), and found that it was about $2.80 a square foot. Well, they had tongue and groove solid red oak floor that is a perfect match to my original hardwoods in the rest of the house. It’s in stock, and costs just $3.18 per square foot. So I thought why the heck would I pay $2.80 for regular lumber when I can get actual oak flooring that matches my existing flooring for just a bit more?
But I really have my heart set on a painted floor for the kitchen, and I don’t know if I could make myself go to all of the trouble and expense of ripping out the original floor, installing brand new oak flooring, and then painting it. I just know I couldn’t do that. So then I’d be stuck with finishing it in the exact way as the rest of the house, and it would be one continuous floor throughout. That’s fine, but it’s not what I have my heart set on.
*Sigh* Long story short, I’m sticking with the original wood, and I’m going to paint it. Then I’m going to use regular 1 x 4 pine lumber in the breakfast room to match. I don’t think the additional 1/4-inch width will be noticeable going from the kitchen to the breakfast room. (1 x 4 lumber is actually 3.5 inches wide.)
So after all of that wasted time on indecision (once again), the only thing I got done on my kitchen floor was selecting the colors that I’ll be using. Here’s a peek at the two colors:
The lighter color is called Polar Bear (Behr). It’s what I’ll use on all of the trim throughout the house. The darker color is called Oyster (Behr). And you can see how those colors look with the green color called Derbyshire (Sherwin Williams) that I’ve picked out for my cabinets. Derbyshire is the one on the bottom right on the painted door.
So now my final decision is to decide on the design of my painted floor, which will be in the kitchen and the breakfast room.
Right now, I’m leaning towards stripes. If you’ve visited my blog for long, you know I’m kind of crazy about stripes, and I think a striped floor would be pretty amazing.
Another obvious option would be a checked floor. I know that checked floors are classic, but sometimes I think they remind me a bit too much of linoleum or tile. But then I see amazing checked floors like this one from Fieldstone Hill Design that makes me think I’d love to have a checked floor in my kitchen and breakfast room.
And then a third option would be to go with a more geometric design, like this showhouse room by Grant K. Gibson.
And when you get started looking at geometric designs, you see that there are about a million different options, which just adds to the confusion.
I’m pretty sure that I like the stripes best. They just seem more “me.” Don’t you think? I also like that stripes would add interest without being busy or distracting and stealing focus from the other elements like the cabinets and backsplash. Subtly striped floors would play nicely with those other elements. It would also be so much easier and faster to paint stripes than anything else. Not that I make my decisions based on what’s fast and easy, but it’s an added bonus that the one I think is my favorite just happens to be the one that’s the easiest and fastest.
So I think I should just go for it and stop second guessing myself, but then I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t waste several days second-guessing every single decision! 🙂