Currently, my kitchen floor is some sort of Pergo-like laminate that I've hated ever since I walked into the house the first time. I suspect that the previous owners put it down right before they sold the house to me.
A while ago I noticed a discoloration under part of the floor. Then black spots. Then I noticed water leaking from my washer/dryer. I discontinued use of my washer/dryer in my kitchen and poured a shitload of clorox on the discoloration. The black spots went away.
But clorox was a stop-gap measure. I need to fix the washer/dryer, pull out the floor, investigate how bad the subfloor is damaged, and reinstall the kitchen floor (and possibly the subfloor). I also need to replace the cabinets where the washer/dryer resides, which are the same cabinets where the kitchen sink and dishwasher reside.
Basically, I need to almost completely redo my kitchen...
But sometimes you get a break. My break came today. In the form of an e-mail from my brother, the architect. He, it turns out, got an e-mail from one of the vendors that his firm deals with. The e-mail said this: Tile Yard Sale.
The ceramic tiles start at $0.50 a square foot. Porcelain at $0.90. Marble at $2.00. Granite at $3.00. Limestone at $2.50. Slate at a dollar.
The thought that I could retile my kitchen floor, spending no more than $200 on materials makes me downright giddy. (We estimate my kitchen is about 120, 130 square feet. We'll buy 200 square feet of whatever we end up buying.)
And did I mention that I hate my countertops too???
And that I've been fantasizing about putting tile on my disco fireplace?
The sale starts at 9:00 Saturday morning. I'll be there at 9:01.