For years, I’ve been babbling on about doing a kitchen renovation and now it’s becoming a reality!
First, I need to decide if I want to switch from tile to hardwood floors in the kitchen…As always, I like to make a list of the pros and cons.
If you are considering installing hardwood floors in your kitchen, you might find my list helpful in making your decision.
First, let’s take a look at my current kitchen floor:
As you can see, we have ceramic tile in there now. The tile extends down the back hall and then up to the front foyer.
The tile breaks up the dining room and living room which both have pre-finished Bruce hardwood floors. The hardwood floors have faded over the 15 years of living here.
So, one option would be to rip out the ceramic tile in the kitchen, back hall and foyer and replace it with another tile. Yes, practical with a dog and kids but I am not sure I still want tile.
Then there is the other option...When our contractor priced out the tile for us, he also priced out replacing the old tile with hardwood AND replacing the hardwood in the dining room, living room plus the family room (where there is currently white carpet that’s way past its prime).
Well it turns out, it doesn’t cost that much more to change everything over to hardwood than it would cost to just replace the tile. He suggests that we go with the finished on site floors instead of the pre-finished boards. This way the kitchen won’t have any grooves in the floor which is a concern of mine because of spills and things that happen in a kitchen with boys and a dog. Plus, my husband said the only way he would do the hardwood floor option is with the finished on site floors. That’s definitely the look he prefers. We are thinking a light to medium stained oak floor.
Of course, since I love lists I have to list out the reasons for both options. Here is what I am thinking….
My Reasons to Install Hardwood Floors:
1. I love the look of hardwood floors in the kitchen. If you hop over to my Kitchen Pinterest Board, you can see that the majority of my pinned kitchens have hardwood.
2. I really need to do something about that white carpeting in my family room. I think having wood floors run from the kitchen right into the family room would be beautiful!
3. I love the thought of having the same floor in most of the downstairs. I say “most” because I will keep the tile in the bathroom and laundry room and since my office has a door, I will keep those pre-finished hardwoods.
I love the floor in there but with a golden retriever, I think I really need to go lighter in the rest of the house. I vacuum enough now!
4. Wood floors don’t have grout! I hate cleaning grout and even though we get it professionally cleaned every now and then, it still gets dirty looking.
My Reasons NOT to Install Hardwoods:
1. I am not going to lie. My absolute biggest fear is the fumes. I know this is short term (I hope) but I can’t even handle bringing a new piece of furniture into my house when it smells like stain. The contractor told us we’d have to move out for about a week while the floors are being finished. Ugh. I hope the smell doesn’t linger longer than that week!
2. And speaking of moving out…how on earth will we live in this house with all those rooms being torn up at once? I know – short term problem again but I am just dreading that!
3. Rosie. Yeah I know, plenty of golden retriever owners have hardwood floors but I worry that her nails will end up scratching the floors when she runs down the stairs into the foyer every morning. Maybe I can buy her some doggie slippers…
4. My husband is not the neatest cook. Sure, I am the one who cooks 95 percent of the time but on Christmas and a few other occasions, he will cook something like bacon and get grease and all kind of mess everywhere. Ceramic tile is pretty easy to clean up, but how will the hardwood be?
So here is where you come in, my blogging buddies, readers and friends with great taste…
Please answer as many questions as you like. I would love to hear your thoughts!
Do you have hardwood floors in your kitchen?
If so, would you do it again?…Are they pre-finished or finished on site?
Do you have dogs and hardwood floors? If so, any issues?
If you have installed the finished on-site type of hardwood floors, how long did the fumes last?
Did you use an oil based or water based stain/poly?
Any other thoughts, comments, suggestions?
Thank you so much for your input!