Kitchen Flooring Fiasco

Don't you just hate it when projects don't go the way you want them to?

I really do. Take our kitchen flooring for example. I want to strip off the tar paper and milk paint off the old wood flooring and refinish it. Well I got the tar paper and milk paint off with the help of a wall paper steamer. It worked like a charm.

We used a wallpaper steamer to remove tar paper and milk paint.
We used a wallpaper steamer to remove tar paper and milk paint.

But apparently we had some not so lovely black stains that did not come with wood bleach, sanding, or any other "normal" methods. The only thing that worked was a wire brush and brake cleaner.

4 different shade of gray to choose from.
4 different shade of gray to choose from.

Since we had a couple of huge spots and the hubby wasn't up for that much work {baby} we decided painted floors might be the way to go. Originally I liked white but the hubby wasn't up for it, so we decided a gray. But which one?

It was awesome! We easily agreed on a color...which hardly ever happens. I got it in flat...because I was going to varnish it. And started. It looked beautiful.

My helper with our gray kitchen floor.
My helper with our gray kitchen floor.

Then tragedy struck! I used a water based varnish and I started getting orange-ish colored splotches through the paint. YUCK! So I sanded it and tried oil based varnish. That was just as gross because it changed the beautiful gray color.

We were tempted to try white but quickly nixed that idea. So we had a problem again. Now any type of flooring we lay down has to be somewhat flexible because the subfloor has a wave in one spot that runs the depth of the room.

Yuck! It came through tons of paint!
Yuck! It came through tons of paint!

Then I started thinking of the vinyl click lock we used in the handicap bathroom. So we went with it.

Kitchen Flooring Solved

Vinyl Click fixed our kitchen flooring problem!

Vinyl Click fixed our kitchen flooring problem!

It is fairly simple to install, we did however have to use a chalk line to make a straight edge to work with. Remember to follow-up with hairspray or shellac to make sure your line stays.

Chalk line is perfect for creating a long straight edge.
Chalk line is perfect for creating a long straight edge.
Once we got to the hall wall it went fairly quickly.
Once we got to the hall wall it went fairly quickly.
Getting the last rows in takes 2.
Getting the last rows in takes 2.
Shaw flooring in Dublin Pine
Shaw flooring in Dublin Pine

I love the new flooring! We have had it down about 4 months now and it has held very well to the kids and dogs. AND when the dishes fell and broke the flooring took it really well. Only a few scratches that you only notice if you get down and look very hard.