As mentioned yesterday, it’s been a huge long while since I’ve updated this blog (sorry again), so I am way out of practice on my home reno related puns. Let’s pretend this post is titled funny.
When we last addressed the kitchen floor (here) way back in September, I mentioned that our plan included the keyword of “cheap” – and I’d say we nailed it.
First, lets look at what our kitchen came with in the way of flooring…
Who doesn’t love pink, filthy, chipping linoleum tile from however many decades ago?
So in that post way back in September, I listed out about a dozen different ideas we had running through our minds, but we eventually settled on vct tile. We had our reasons, but the real reason we just went for it was my stumbling upon this post at design*sponge that just had the most fabulous cheap floor ever. I was immediately obsessed. To me, it was just the perfect floor with huge visual impact and in our price range (Under $1.50/sq.ft).
So I started to research VCT Tiles and what I found out sealed the deal. As it turns out, they were way under budget (Around 75cents/sq.ft). Also, they came in a huge rainbow of colors and I could customize to exactly what I wanted. Originally, my heart/head said I wanted grey (to match the cabinets and backsplash), white (the neutral), and a pretty blue (because, thats just where my head went). I went to Home Depot and on about 10 different occasions asked somebody in the flooring department to help me with VCT tile ordering & nobody ever knew what I was talking about to help me. I would literally be standing in front of the big poster they have at home depot telling you to “custom order VCT tile” and the worker would tell me that wasn’t possible. So I gave up on that and went home to order it online. However, Home Depot’s website was even less helpful than their store workers. As a result, for this project, I switched teams and ordered from Lowes.com.
If you search VCT on Lowes.com, you’ll come with about 300 (I don’t even think thats over-exaggerating) results. Be cautious, some of them are ridiculously priced (I still haven’t figured out why, but I didn’t really look into it- I just didn’t order any of those ones). I ended up ordering about 14 different colors – a few each of blue, grey, and white – because I couldn’t decide based on what my monitor was showing what would look right in the kitchen. And it’s a good thing, too, because the ones I would’ve swore were perfect ended up being horribly horribly wrong. The whole bill ended up being north of $450. I called Lowes and double checked that whatever tiles I decided I didn’t want, I could return & was triple-ensured that was the case.
About a month later, we got the call that our tile order was waiting for us at Lowes. We headed down and loaded up our haul. I never considered how heavy these tiles could be. I actually didn’t think they would be heavy. I was wrong. I couldn’t lift a single box. I won’t even try to wager how much they weighed, but our small Corolla was quite the low rider.
When we got them home, we quickly realized that the colors I had previously had my heart set on were wrong. But first, we tried out a ton of different patterns to make sure it wasn’t the pattern’s fault it looked awful. Spoiler alert: it was my color choice.
Here are some of the patterns we ran through, just in case you’ve stumbled upon this entry in hopes of finding VCT floor patterns.
Eventually I realized it was the colors that were all wrong and switched them out to be something much more subtle and classy. More on that, soon!