So…finally, we progress on la cocina. Our remaining three projects were:
- Put in the floor
- Finish building the lower cabinets
- Tile the backsplash
I’m happy to report that the floor is now finito! For your viewing pleasure, here are some photos:
Wow, that is really red!
I hope we’re not sick of it by next week.
The design points into the dining area, which is kind of a nice little effect that we hadn’t anticipated. Our kitchen is not square, it’s kind of…trapezoidal? So this “square target” design is actually offset when looking at the sink and oven, but lined up with the refrigerator wall, if that makes any sense.
In a previous life, The Man was a talented AutoCAD designer, which is how he made his living. Then, he got laid off and had one of those go-deep-into-the-wilds-of-New-Mexico-years, like we all do, and figure out what you Really Want to Do with Your Life, which maybe only some of us actually figure out (I haven’t). That’s when he became a contractor. Anyhoo, the upshot is twofold: he’s a great designer and builder. It’s a nice combo, especially around the house.
For this design, he gave me about 25 designs to choose from. That’s no joke: 25. They kind of made my eyes spin around in my head like a slot machine. I can’t even remember now if we agreed on any of them before we started negotiating about this one. We did this with Marmoleum Click square tiles. You can really get a nice custom look with just a little effort (and a lot of drawings). He was able to install this in one day. Pretty sweet.
The only other things we had considered were hardwood to match the rest of our house and tile. We had to do something because what was there before was some pretty hideous sheet vinyl crap from 1980 that had seen better days due to our house being a rental for 20-30 years before we bought it. You get the idea.
We went with Marmoleum because it’s cheap, fast, somewhat “green”, and pretty darn durable. I also like how it feels on my feet–smooth and warm.
Next will be the lower kitchen cabinets. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait another two months for those; The Man’s schedule is pretty packed (thank god). We have a little saying around here based on the old adage “The cobbler’s son has no shoes.” Our version is “The carpenter’s wife has no kitchen.”