Monday, February 28, 2011

Oh No She Di'nt!


Oh yes, I did.....


After much consideration I've decided to replace the hardwood floors in my kitchen (insert gasp here) with  porcelain tile.  You're probably thinking I'm crazy, and you'd be right.  But not because I'm tearing out perfectly good floors that are a mere two years young.  That decision came at a relatively sane moment, and if you're like me, those moments are few and far between. 


Are gleaming hardwood floors beautiful?  Yes.  Are they in good shape?  You betcha.  




And in a house with no children, no pets and no husband, they'd be perfect in a kitchen.  But not in my world.  Not in this house.  These days, I'm all about low maintenance.  With a teenager, a fifth-grader, a new baby, a dog that sheds and a husband who refuses to take off his muddy shoes, sweeping and swiffering hardwood floors on a daily basis does not fit into my day.  Of course begging convincing aforementioned husband that this was necessary was not easy.  But as we all know, marriage is all about negotiating.  We also know that men are pretty easy to negotiate with..... there's really only one thing they want ;)


So at the end of the day, it's a win/win.  I get my porcelain floors, my man is happy (for a whole week) and the swiffer will take it's rightful place in the closet, never to be seen or heard from again.


The End.

22 comments:

Victoria said...

No, you're not crazy to do that. My mom has dark hardwood floors in her kitchen and they always showed dirt and dust very easily. She was constantly cleaning them! Your hubby probably knows if mama's happy then everyone's happy! Can't wait to see your new floors:)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

While I agree that the hardwood looks fantastic, Kim, I can understand your decision. I have ceramic tile in my kitchen. Although, tile does get just as dirty, it probably doesn't take the same abuse or damage that wood floors would. Have fun choosing your tile!

Love the Decor! said...

Just put in porcelain tile floors I love them!!!!
They are a bit colder but the upkeep is wonderfully easy!!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Girl now that is funny! I am not sure what part...all of it. Enjoy your week, and your new floors!

Paula said...

I say it's your house and you should do what works best for you and your family. I'll bet those dark floors really do show dirt and dust just like my black countertops do.

I once lived in an apartment where the floor was the color of red mud. Around here that would be the perfect color because anything that came in on someone's shoes would be camouflaged.

Enjoy your new floors!

Judy said...

We need to swap places cause I have tile and want hardwood! The tile is cold, the grout is ugly and I really wish I had the hardwood but not real sure if I'd change if I could. I know what you mean about dogs and husbands...I'm constantly vacuuming up dog hair, in fact about to do it AGAIN for the 2nd time today!

Good luck, can't wait to see your choice...
Judy

Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom} said...

*thump* (me falling off my chair)

;)

I have to say, your post makes me glad I chose natural maple instead of those beautiful dark woods. The rustic maple with all its variation shows nothing, so even though I drool over dark floors, I'm just not responsible/domestic enough for them.

Can't wait to see the change!

Allyson Pecilunas said...

Girl you aren't crazy! In a house we used to have it had darker hardwood floors and man I hated when the sun would shine in and you would see EVERYTHING. So I don't blame ya for changing them out. I am sure they will be just gorgeous!!

Darlene said...

I hadn't thought about the dark floors showing the dust. I probably don't have to tell you this, but stay away from white tile floors. I love the look of a white floor, but I've had three now (not all were my choice) and it's just as much of a nightmare to keep clean. Can't wait to see the new floors. It's so nice when things can be a win-win!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Hey -- it's all about keeping a happy home -- nothing crazy about that!

Stacey said...

You go girl! I had wood floors in the kitchen at my last house. I always tell people now not to let anyone talk them into it. Each and every little drip shows and it can mess up the floor. Too much worry for a kitchen.

How's little baby Cole?

Wendy said...

Right there with you girl! Which is why we put tile in the kitchen! Can't wait to see the changes :)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I have dark wood like yours and they are a pain to keep clean. Dog drools are the worst part. I have tile in my kitchen. Which I like but when you drop a glass, watch out, it goes everywhere in a gazillion pieces!

Ellen said...

I understand....really I do....
I, like Deb, put in light natural maple floors, and they are hard enough to keep clean (with only my husband and me to mess them up...). If our 4 adult children came to live with us, I would rip them out too...smlies.

Jodi said...

Hi! So glad to find another NJ Blogger. Kimberly from Kimberly's Korner sent me over. I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts. Stop by some time if you get a chance~ Jodi @ http://greenacresfamily.blogspot.com

Jemsmom said...

You go girl!!! My only tip after having tile in our home in Germany is buy plastic. If you drop glass on that bad boy, it will shatter everywhere!!!!! Other than that, should be sooooo much easier to keep clean!!!! I have the darker hardwood floors and can't stand them!!! I vacuum, then use the cleaner, turn around and they are filthy! Ughhhhh.... I can't wait to see what you do!

Artist Terri Smith said...

Miss Kim..I Got The Biggest Chuckle Reading This Post! :)) Yes, Those Floors Are GORGEOUS..But Your Reasons For Lifting Them Are Spot On! No Pun Intended! You Have Your Hand FULL These Days..And I'm So Happy Your Man Agreed To Help Lighten Your Load! I'm Staying Close Through Your Postings. LoveYa,Terri

queenbee1994 said...

Yay for negotiations!! Cant wait to see how your new floors turn out.

CAS said...

Totally agree. I love my hardwood floors in the dining room & kitchen, but they are definitely more work than tile. It is just The Man & I, plus one fuzzy/shedding cat, but that's enough. You always have to be sure to have little pads on all the feet of furniture so there are no scratches. Yea, I'm with you, Kim! Nice to hear from you again & thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, the lure of 6 grands, one being just a sweet, cuddly little angel, is tugging at me to get moved. Just have to be patient. Argh....
CAS

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Hi! Thanks for following me! Congratulations on your little man. My mom had a baby girl when she was 40: I was 15, my older sister 18. She REALLY added to our life. She just got married, so my mom has the empty nest now, but lots of grandkids to fill in! :) Enjoy your house the way you like! I am so NOT trendy: the less mess and stuff to keep perfect looking, the BETTER! :)

queenbee1994 said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I love to meet new people and their blogs. Please come back again soon.

I cant wait to see what your floors look like after the transformation.

Susan said...

I'm a little late, but I just wanted to congratulate you on your new addition. He is a doll!

I love hardwood, but I never understood having them in a kitchen. I am under negotiations now with Mr. Wonderful to get something new in my kitchen ;o)