Back in 2016 when I purchased my first home – I fell in love with the vintage 1960 brick rancher the moment I walked through the front door. It was vintage in style, yet had a nice vibe to it and the owners (that were selling it) did some updates to it that helped me to make the decision to buy it.
With that being said, the kitchen needed some sprucing up: back-splash, counter-tops and eventually floors.
This post is to show you how I updated the floors in one day and it cost under $400-including installation! Ready?-let’s dive in to the magic of peel-and-stick vinyl plank flooring!
As you can see from the photos above and below–the white square tile floor was original to my home the very year it was built – 1960. Not bad, but not good either! It looked tired and outdated and it didn’t give me a feeling of cozy cottage warmth whenever I set foot in my kitchen/dining room.
As you can see, it is a long galley-style kitchen that flows right into the dining room. Lots of great cabinet space and it just needed some of what I call ‘cozying up’ done to it.
So, I did some research and decided to pick up some 6X36 peel-and-stick vinyl plank flooring from Lowes. This particular color is the Driftwood Gray. Very affordable and fairly easy to install.
You may or may not need some adhesive like Stick-n-Stay. I didn’t use any as my tiles weren’t loose and we were careful not to handle the new flooring too much after removing the paper backing prior to laying them on top of the old tiles.
My handyman and I started this project at 9:30 am and finished at 6:30 pm. Hard work, but I think the results speak for themselves!
A work in progress for your viewing pleasure. A few tools are handy to have on-hand like a pencil, sharpie marker, tape measure, square, rubber mallet, level – and you will most definitely need a pair of scissors and a utility knife with some extra blades. Oh, and knee-pads! I did not wear any and had some nice bruises on my knees for a few days.
Finished – finally! Now how about that margarita? Whew – it was a long day, but so worth it, don’t ya think? It took my kitchen and dining room from being a bit too bright and sterile to cozy and charming and so Vintage Shabby Glamour! Now all I need is this lovely Big Chill Slim Fridge in turquoise along with perhaps the matching stove top and dishwasher panel cover and I will be moving my bed into the kitchen just so I can fall asleep dreaming of my cozy cottage kitchen!