I can’t believe I am able to say this but (most of) the ugly, broken kitchen tiles are finally gone. Good riddance! I feel like we’ve been dealing with this f-o-r-e-v-e-r! And thank you to all of you who have supported me emotionally and commiserated with me along the way.
And doesn’t it look nice??
Okay, let’s go ahead and admire these nice-looking, new floors for a minute in sweet silence (and please focus on the floor, not the old and ugly cabinets) before I start nitpicking. I should really just be thankful that something – anything! – was finally done about these floors, but I could also tell you that while the vinyl looks nice, they didn’t do the best job with the floor molding and the sealing around the door frames.
And as previously mentioned, the landlords decided to not replace the tiles in the laundry room. The answer to the question of ‘why not?’ is beyond me and I had finally made peace with the fact that it wouldn’t be done, but it’s still an eyesore. I realized (belatedly) that the door to the laundry room closes on the “outside” of the door frame, but the new flooring was installed up to the “inside” of the door frame, so when the door is closed, you can still see a strip of tile on the kitchen side. They didn’t think this one through, I guess. This is probably to blame on the original owner who installed the tiles this way in the first place, but again, we wouldn’t have that problem if they had just agreed to do the whole damn thing.
Oh well, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. This is not my house. However, I am a bit of a perfectionist and these kinds of things bother me (because I would have planned it differently). I kinda live by the motto: If you’re going to do something, do it right.
BUT, I really don’t want to sound ungrateful. I am really, really happy that this work is finally done, so let’s focus on the positive!
First of all, these guys were fast. What I thought was going to be a multi-day disruption turned out to be a mere 6-hour job for two people. They showed up 30 minutes late (and I already assumed the worst), but when they showed up, they got right to it. I don’t think they even took a break.
The new vinyl flooring does look so much nicer than the tiles. I am elated that we no longer have to walk on wobbly, uneven floors, and that I won’t be sweeping and mopping up grout every week anymore. As small and old and ugly as the kitchen is, the new floor has definitely given it a little facelift, and it makes me love it a little bit more.
We took advantage when the space was “empty” and spent 3 hours cleaning every nook and cranny in the kitchen on Tuesday night before putting stuff back. We wiped down all the cabinets, the fridge, and the oven, and I even cleaned the (old wooden) windows (as best as I could) and hosed off the screens.
The landlord came by in the early evening to inspect the work and was a little nitpicky like me. He said that it was really hard to find people to do the work though. I think they paid $900 for labor and about $500 for material. I don’t even know if that’s cheap or expensive anymore. I am just so happy it’s done.
How long do you think we have to wait before asking for the next home improvement upgrade? Ha.