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Old 01-15-2009, 01:52 PM   #21
 
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Black/white squares on a floor hurt my eyes.

I like the idea of a stained concrete floor.

Cork is pretty, but well and easy does it clean?




Stained concrete...pretty!

I really don't like concrete floors. ITA that they can be really pretty, but they are cold and hard

Anyhoo, to answer the question about cork, it actually cleans really well. It's not like it's just straight cork; they put a sealant on it which prevents moisture penetrations. It's not very much different from any other flooring in the cleaning sense.

Oh, and cork is very soft (but not spongey) to walk on, especially compared to concrete

This is a good info site:
http://www.corkfloor.com/faqs.html
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:29 PM   #22
 
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I really like stained or stamped concrete floors, but it's definitely not a cheap way to go. You can't just stain or stamp an existing concrete slab. There is a lot of (messy) sanding and topcoating that needs to happen...definitely not a DIY job. It's probably more expensive than most ceramic or stone or hardwood installations.

Hardwood is nice in a kitchen...at first. Til it gets all nicked up. Then it looks like crap. My preference is natural stone flooring for kitchens. I'm saving my sheckles to have my awful white tile replaced with slate.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:07 PM   #23
 
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I confess that I love b/w checked floors and in a small kitchen, I'd angle them so they looked more like diamonds to give the appearance of bigger space.

We'll be in this house another couple of years probably, so this spring/summer I want to put down b/w tile in the kitchen, see about painting the cabinets in there either black or white. I'm going to get a couple of pieces of poster board or foam core board, paint them a gloss black, then use double sided tape to put them on a few cabinets to see how I like it. If I don't like the black, then I'll flip it over and check out the white

I want to paint our BR, loft and den also. I am wanting a blue in the den and loft and NO idea what for our bedroom and bath...
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:26 AM   #24
 
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SO, the first layer of linolium is coming up nicely. The bottom layer is a BEYOTCH to get up! And, since we are doign this after the kiddo's bedtime, I am having to be semi-quiet. Jill- I think I am going to try to do some version of what you posted.
RCW- My parents stained an existing slab and it turned out great and has been lasting so far. My mom is like the Queen of DIY though, so I am confident that I (and my floor) am/are in good hands! I need to post a picture of my progress! We were laughing b/c the top layer is way uglier than the first. We were wondering why in the heck would someone would be like, "Lets cover this brown linolium up with this other uglier brown linolium..."
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:38 AM   #25
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I always wanted a checkerboard floor for my retro kitchen but decided against it.
The wood floors are easier to keep clean

Good luck if you decide to do it-I'd love to see it!
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:39 AM   #26
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That is really pretty!

oops-this was referring to the concrete floor with the flowery pattern
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:35 PM   #27
 
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Here is a picture of the two patterns of linolium I am removing. The darker one is on top. Did they really think that was an improvement?? Either way- that crap is OUTTA HERE! (Well, almost!)

I actually don't hate the bottom layer. The splotches of glue make it look pretty cool. But, I want to be linolium-free!
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:39 PM   #28
 
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I have had black/white checkered floors in my last 3 homes (4" and 6" squares, tho) and may possibly put it in my next home.

I have it only in my bathrooms and laundry room, in the current house. But I had it in the kitchen, too, in the previous houses.

I started out w/ checkerboard linoleum and moved on to ceramic when I could afford it.

I might want black marble w/ white marble effect next, tho. I might be getting bored of the checkerboard look.
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