Saturday, April 26, 2008

-- new floor, take two

We've decided to rip up our new but hideously ugly and completely undurable Durastone floor and replace it with tile. It kills me that we are doing this but the whole kitchen project has been on hold ever since our mistake. Don't ever buy fake tile if you can help it. Not only is it absolutely repellant but ever since I dropped a spoon (a spoon!!) and a pencil holder on it, causing great gouges, we've known that it had to go. We lived with it for a year while the kitchen was in flux thinking maybe we would get used to it but no dice. We both hate it just as much now as we did the day it was installed.

I remember seeing the tile for the first time. It was hate at first sight. Dan couldn't stand it either but what could we do? We chose it. We did call the flooring guy over afterwards to lament about how ugly it was.

"I know it's not your fault," I told him. "We just didn't realize how ugly it would be." Then I asked him if he would give us a discount, as a repeat customer, on something else. But he refused to touch the floor. "Give it time," he said. "You just need to get used to it."

Yeah right. A year has passed and it still makes me want to throw up. It looks like extremely repulsive and cheap 70s basement tile. The fake grout line is so obvious that it looks like a two-yr old scribbled big thick marker lines all over the floor, like cheap peel & stick linoleum tiles. (Even another expert flooring estimator thought that's what it was.)

I have actually seen Duraceramic in someone's home that was tasteful and didn't look awful, but it was because there was very low contrast between the fake grout line and the tile itself. Duraceramic is a newer version of Durastone - ours (Durastone) is cheaper, older and is no longer even sold. (I might point out that Durastone is neither durable nor stone-like.)

Anyway so we deliberated over what kind of floor to replace it with.

Pergo? Ikea sells it cheap and had good reviews. But everyone with Pergo tells me not to use it in a kitchen, water WILL eventually get into it and cause buckling.

Real wood? Not in a kitchen either. Water causes issues with wood.

Tile? I hate that it's cold and brittle but you know what, slippers are cheap and I can drop a spoon on it without ruining it. Tile it is.

So the goal for this weekend is:

- clean out extremely cluttered laundry room that holds everything the kitchen will when it's actually completed (a full weekend task by itself!).

-- move the all contents (washer, dryer, shelves, cabinets, etc.) into the garage.

- Tear out old asbestos tile (mesothelioma, yay!) in the utility room so we can just have the same floor straight-through.

- Sell piano so it won't be in the way.

- Rip up the Durastone. Will it come up easily? Or will it bend like linoleum and require us to chip away at it with fingernails and putty knives? Only one way to find out.

- Buy new tile before it's gone; it's on sale super cheap because it's discontinued.

- Figure out how we are paying for this.

- Oh yeah and finish up one website client and start another, they need to see designs by Monday.

- And I should assemble the new storage unit I bought to replace my desk just to get the boxes off the hall tile.

- Sell old desk on Craigslist to cover cost of new one.

- And maybe also foodshopping, laundry, and sleep.

Speaking of sleep, it's now after 3am, I'd better hit the sack before I pass out!

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