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Finally! And it’s Beautiful! And Happy Halloween!

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Yesterday, we had our marmoleum kitchen floor installed and we love it. It’s completely worth not having a refrigerator in the kitchen for the next 36 hours while it continues doing whatever it’s doing before we seal it Wednesday night. We do have a fridge in the garage though, so that is helpful. I’m just not doing much cooking for the next couple of days. Again, though, completely worth it!

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The Details
I seriously thought this would never happen. We started by going to Marion’s Carpets, which stocks marmoleum and in the beginning, seemed that they would be easy to work with. Nope. Now, perhaps carpet through them is fine, but trying to get Marmoleum purchased and installed through Marion’s was like trying to get the kitchen floor covered in gold, with the work only being able to be completed by exotic and highly-skilled, yet surly circus animals. Also, Marion’s was very bad at returning phone calls. In addition, we had to put a deposit down for materials before we could get an estimate (we got this back). Oh and they are overpriced. Blah.

Plus, the contractor they sent out never left us with a bid sheet or . . . → Read More: Finally! And it’s Beautiful! And Happy Halloween!

We Might Have a Winner…

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Indian Summer

Thank you, Photoshop
Last night, I took our three contenders, Indian Summer, Red Copper and Henna (jwa got the sample finally), laid them out, took pictures and made somewhat-crappy-yet-still-helpful photoshop images showing each floor choice color.

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Henna

The whole look that we are going for is relatively bright and cheery with warm tones. We want it to be inviting — to wake us up in the morning and welcome us home at night. Is that too much to ask? Oh, and hide pasta sauce spills! Still kidding!

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Red Copper

I think Indian Summer is our favorite. I love Henna, but it seems a little dark. Red Copper seems a little bright. Indian Summer might be just right. I also think the Indian Summer is a balanced tone with the walls, where again, the Copper is a bit bright and the Henna is a bit dark.

And, I did consider briefly putting in patterns or using more than one color but jwa really didn’t like that idea — and he’s paying for it so I guess he gets a vote. I still think patterns would be cool but I’m going to be extremely happy with a . . . → Read More: We Might Have a Winner…

A New Kitchen Floor to Drop Snacks On?

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Since I spend so much time cooking and making messes in the kitchen, it’s an environment that is very important to me. Since we’ve moved into the house, I’ve painted the walls, the cabinets, gotten new hardware for the cabinets and we’ve replaced the old refrigerator.

Now, we are starting to investigate new kitchen floor options. I think I have it narrowed down to the material a least — now we just need a color. But first, let me talk about how much I dislike the current floor. It’s gray and dingy and coming apart at the seams. Literally. I’ve tripped over the seam many times and even ripped some of the flooring off the…well…floor. The old floor is gross and shows all kinds of kitchen mishaps and spills. And it’s dangerous! One day I will be carrying a beautiful plate of tuna or something similarly tasty and I will trip and the tuna will go sailing across the dining room, like only a plate of seared tuna with a soy-ginger dipping sauce can…

Okay, with that out of my system, I’ll now move on and profess my love for Marmoleum — what will hopefully become the new floor. It’s . . . → Read More: A New Kitchen Floor to Drop Snacks On?

The Kitchen That Unemployment & Boredom Built

He, has proclaimed that he really dislikes the lizards and that they are impractical and unsafe, but I know that you have to suffer for art.
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