Kitchen Flooring Choices ~ Our Remodel Begins

Have you ever been told,”The grass doesn’t grow under your feet”? Well, that is true for me and my husband. We are always working on something, like my post demonstrated on Monday. Now that “something” is our kitchen. {{applause}} I am so absolutely excited to begin this venture that started a few years ago. Today, I want to show you the before(s) – yes, plural because there’s more than one –  and we’re going to focus on our kitchen flooring. Looking to do your kitchen too? We are sharing our tips on how you can choose the right kitchen flooring to suit your style and budget.

If you want to get caught up to speed on the rest of our home remodel, you can visit our master bedroom, bathroom, boys’ room, and patio. Let us know what you think while you’re there!

Our story begins in 2003 when we bought our house with one kid in tow and another on the way. This is what we saw in the kitchen…

Outdated Kitchen Remodel with New Flooring by Prodigal Pieces |

…yes, this is before we had a digital camera – I’m dating myself. ahem. We’ve got dark cabinets, linoleum, white laminate, and a whole lotta 80’s going on. If you were to do a 180° turn, you’d see the dining area.

Ranch Home with Carpeted Dining Area "Before" by Prodigal Pieces |

This used to be a screened in porch at one time, hence the outdoor light fixture and faux door where the exterior door used to be. This berber carpet ran down the steps connected to our family room and could also be found in our bathroom. yuck.

We wanted to open up the space and create more of a unified room, so we took out the wall on the left and put up a header to divert the weight of the house. Since we were changing it up, I decided to add a faux panel to the cabinets and paint them an creamy white. We added a new sink and faucet, and light fixtures, but we didn’t stop there. New laminate countertops were added, new drawer fronts, hardware, flooring, and added wallpaper to create a country feel, not to mention new window and door.

Mama and Son Goofing in Kitchen | Prodigal Pieces |

We were planning to sell our home, and this primitive country theme was the popular in our area at that time. Not decorating for me was feeling like you’re living in somebody else’s house. Not cool. And, for the life of me, I couldn’t find our listing photos, but me goofing around in there gives you the idea.

Now here is our kitchen present day.

Kitchen Remodel Before by Prodigal Pieces |

Obviously, we didn’t sell because God didn’t have it in His plans for us. After 175 showings and a handful of near misses, here we are. I was tired of living in someone else’s house and trying to sell after 4 years off and on, so I painted and painted. All that pine paneling in our dining area and down into our family room became new. I painted the cupboards and wallpapered – AGAIN. This time, it’s going to be for my family and me.

Kitchen Makeover Sink Side by Prodigal Pieces |

You might say, it looks good as is…well, yes at a glance. Our kitchen flooring is worn to the bone after 11 years and 6 kids later. Our sink is damaged and plumbing is leaking, our counters have worn through to the bottom layer where I knead our bread…I could go on. Point is, time for an update.

Blue Gray Cabinets in Kitchen Remodel by Prodigal Pieces |

I just recently put up that chandy and gave away the fixture. Our 1983 fridge died recently so we got a new one. That portable dishwasher is as loud as a freight train and on its last leg. (we run them into the ground around here) Our double-oven vintage Tappan range bit the dust so we got this used one as temporary fix. See the empty spot where the Tappan range used to be? Ugly, ain’t it?

Double-Oven Range in Kitchen |

I think I have even convinced my hubby to tear out that peninsula (bar) and replace it with another style. Yay!! Nothing like cave dwelling to dig out your pots and pans. It is perfect for playing hide-and-seek though, just sayin’.

Kitchen Peninsula Before by Prodigal Pieces |

A week ago, I showcased how I refinished our dining room table and chairs complete with tutorial. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Whitewashed (or Limewashed) Farmhouse Table by Prodigal Pieces |

Now check out the kitchen flooring. See how it is worn and breaking? This is where our existing wall used to be and we have to get that level before adding our new.

Worn Out Vinyl Flooring by Prodigal Pieces |

Our 6 kids have even seen fit to make sure pieces are missing on the steps. Time for an update, right?

Dining Area in Kitchen by Prodigal Pieces |

Now onto the fun part…the new kitchen floor!

Though tile was on our mind, we also looked at their laminate stock and hardwoods (be still my heart!) In the end we ended up with a porcelain tile to suit our needs.

Choosing Flooring ~ A Stone Look Porcelain Tile | Prodigal Pieces |

Things to consider when choosing your kitchen flooring:

  1. Is your kitchen an open floor plan or does it connect to another room with different flooring? You will need to consider transition points and thickness of each floor.
  2. What is under your current flooring? For laminate, hardwoods, and vinyl, you can apply it directly over your subfloor with a layer of underlayment. For tile, cement board is the best choice.
  3. What level of maintenance suits you? For lower maintenance, pick hardwood, laminate, or vinyl. Medium maintenance is porcelain and ceramic because of the grout. Higher maintenance would be stone that would need a sealant initially and renewed periodically or buffed to keep the shine, like marble.
  4. Do you want radiant heat in your kitchen? You can use tile, laminate, and even hardwood too.
  5. Are you concerned about water damage? Most say wood floors are a no-no in the kitchen, but you can certainly use them with precautions taken. There is also a 100% waterproof engineered hardwood available that works well too. As always, tile is an excellent choice for the kitchen when installed correctly.
  6. Looking for long-lasting durability? Stone is by far the best choice, followed by porcelain and hardwood, then laminate and vinyl.
  7. On a tight budget? There are so many choices out there that can be less than a dollar a square foot, so there’s certainly something to suit any budget-savvy style. You can make it work for you.

Got questions? Please feel free to ask.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the our beginning and we look forward to sharing our end results. Now it is GAME ON with our kitchen flooring. Check out my updates on social media and stay tuned for the next step!

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More of our remodeling projects like our kitchen flooring:

Budget-Friendly French Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover Final Reveal by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesBudget-Friendly DIY Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces


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  • Cornelia

    I appreciate the time you took to write about your current flooring choices. We are about a month away from updating our upstairs laminate flooring to what you have mentioned “timber lock”, a flooring that does not require glue or nails. The previous owner installed a different flooring in each room of the house and you can imagine how it drives us crazy. There is no flow from room to room. Each time I walk into a store, I see something I like. Our final decision is going to be a big change for the better. I look forward to actually seeing how you install the flooring. Thanks for your post!

    January 28, 2016 at 8:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good for you! Yes, many floors can drive you crazy. I know you’ll love it when it’s an improvement! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

      January 28, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Patty

    We have a black and white checkerboard floor in the kitchen that was done with peel and stick tiles. I love the look but I have replaced so many tiles. It is not bad when it is a black tile but when it is a white tile, it sticks out like a sore thumb. I would love to do the same floor but with ceramic tiles. I did find a full out floor with black and white that a sheet but I am afraid to even price what it would cost. Other things have come up and eventually we will have to do something. Thanks for the advice.

    January 28, 2016 at 9:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We were looking into a checkerboard style flooring, but could only find it in vinyl and we didn’t want to do that again. It is my pleasure to help in any way I can!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Oh I’m so excited! Looking forward to your kitchen update. I love the flooring you chose. Mine was new when we moved in and after 4 kids the cabinets are falling apart! I guess the kitchen is the room that takes the most beating from the kids.

    January 28, 2016 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both, Mary! Yes, our kitchen is where we homeschool and live 24/7, so you know it takes a beating. I can’t wait to get this done!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply
  • Lindsay Eidahl

    WOW! I would have gotten lost in that store and would have been there all day! I didn’t know they offered so much! Love what you picked out!

    January 28, 2016 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Seriously, Lindsay. It is amazing and any DIYer would find a new home. Thanks for stopping by!

      January 28, 2016 at 9:30 am Reply
  • Gwen

    a true inspiration! after 12+years in our house, i’m so looking forward to knocking down 2 load-bearing walls and redoing the flooring all through the entryway, dining room and kitchen! i’m very hopeful it’ll happen this year! great advice for options – thanks!

    January 28, 2016 at 10:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I sooo hear you! It can be such a chore, but sooo worth it! Have fun, Gwen. 😀

      January 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm Reply
  • Amy | Canary Street Crafts

    Can’t wait to see your new flooring installed! That store looks amazing. So many choices, but the tile you decided on is gorgeous.

    January 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was so hard to choose, Amy, because there’s so many! I want them all. 😀 Thank you for stopping by!

      January 29, 2016 at 3:42 pm Reply
  • melinda

    This was a great post,it so fun to redo:) Good choice on flooring,love the tiel choice

    January 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Melinda! I can’t wait to see it down.

      January 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    I am looking forward to seeing this room makeover. I know you’ll add your magic touch and it’ll be magazine worthy in no time!

    January 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I can only hope, Marie! It seems daunting, but that’s when the “tough get going” right? Thank you!

      January 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Lucy @ Patina Paradise

    Oh wow… I love the tile that you chose and dream of one day being able to redo the floors in our kitchen… wood laminate now… not practical at all… look forward to seeing it all installed and see you work your magic!

    January 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I can’t wait either, Lucy! Thank you for your encouragement – it’s much appreciated. 😉

      January 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm Reply
  • kim

    Great tips to consider. I can’t wait to see it finished and hear the tips there. Laying tile myself scares me.

    January 28, 2016 at 6:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It can be daunting, but like anything, once you try it can be pretty simple. Thanks, Kim!

      January 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm Reply
  • [email protected]

    I love the tile you picked out. Can’t wait to see the reveal. I need to check and see if there is a Floor & Decor in my area!

    January 28, 2016 at 8:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Watch out if you go, Kathy, and warn your husband too! I could stay for hours just dreaming up projects. Thank you for stopping by!

      January 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm Reply
  • [email protected] Restyle

    The tile you picked reminds me of what we had in our last home. I LOVED it so much I would absolutely do it again! We have a Floor & Decor not far from us so I will definitely have to check it out! I can’t wait to see your kitchen reveal….no doubt it will be stunning as all your projects always turn out. 🙂

    January 28, 2016 at 9:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are such wonderful support, Amy. Thank you! I can only hope to please. 🙂

      January 29, 2016 at 3:38 pm Reply
  • Breanna

    Ohh such a pretty choice! I can’t wait to see how it looks! And I can’t believe you still have those before photos!

    January 29, 2016 at 8:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sooo not funny about the befores…seriously! This house was a dream to use when we found it and the owners took off $25,000 to make it so we could afford it. A blessing for sure, but a whole lotta work. 😉 Thank you, Bre!

      January 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    Floor and Decor id one of my all time favorite stores! I’ve used them for years! Your home progress is amzing and I can’t wait to see what you do!

    January 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s awesome to hear, Wendi! If they were closer to us, I know I wouldn’t have missed them for this long. Guess I’ll be hittin’ the road often. hahaha… 😀

      January 31, 2016 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Awesome advice! We have laminate “wood” in our kitchen (almost 5 years) and it isn’t holding up very well. We’re interested in looking at more durable options. I can’t wait to see how your kitchen makeover turns out!

    January 31, 2016 at 2:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! With our 24/7 traffic from seven of us, we definitely need a durable option. I know this porcelain will do the trick. I can’t wait! 😀

      February 5, 2016 at 3:33 pm Reply
  • Vineta @ The Handyman's Daughter

    Can’t wait to see how it turns out! I wish we had a Floor & Decor store near us, although I’m sure my husband is happy we don’t! 🙂

    February 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…I can assure you this won’t be the last time I’m there. hee hee. 😉

      February 10, 2016 at 3:11 pm Reply
  • Earline Pritchard

    Larissa, what do you think about wood vinyl planking (or vinyl wood planking)?

    February 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      If it’s going in the kitchen, you just make sure it doesn’t have water damage issues. Sometimes even a spilled drink can ruin tile. I love hardwoods in the kitchen and have had them for years. We went with tile, but I wish we had done wood.

      February 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm Reply
  • Eliza John

    Hi Larissa. I am going to design my kitchen floor. Can you help me what type of material should I use to save on budget? What if I use Vinyl Flooring?

    March 11, 2019 at 8:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Eliza! 🙂 We used vinyl for years and loved it. If that what suits you and you like what you find, then I say go for it.

      March 11, 2019 at 9:22 pm Reply
      • ELIZA JOHN

        thanks for your thoughts

        March 12, 2019 at 9:05 am Reply
        • Larissa

          You bet! I wish you the best with it.

          March 12, 2019 at 10:58 am Reply

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