Rehabing or replacing a kitchen floor on the cheap
June 10, 2010 10:23 AM Subscribe
How can I rehab or replace my gross kitchen floor for under $500? (Manhattan specific)
posted by kimdog to home & garden (19 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I have an eat-in kitchen with some sort of 12" linoleum/vinyl tiles. They are about 20 years old and glued down. They are terracotta in color, and look like 6" tiles with dark gray grout. The finish is fairly matte, and whatever they are made of is pretty sturdy. Currently, the floor looks horrible.
- The finish has worn off unevenly in the most heavily traveled areas, leaving a much lighter area through the center of the kitchen. This makes the darker areas look permanently dirty (and makes me crazy). I've attacked this with various solvents, scrubbers, and magic erasers... no luck.
- The kitchen was recently painted, and the painters dripped and tracked paint all over the floor. It's white latex interior paint and/or primer, and I have also tried to scrub this off without much luck.
-We live in a rent controlled unit, and our landlords will do only what is legally necessary as far as renovations go. Without going into much detail, we don't really want to get into a battle with them over this, even though the painters they hired made the situation much worse.
-The floor is in good repair over all. The tile is secure, even, and there are no major gouges or scratches.
-Once we leave the apartment, it will be gut renovated, so it doesn't matter what we do to the floor as far as the landlords are concerned.
-The floor solution only needs to look good for the next 2-3 years.
-L-shaped, roughly 200 square ft, but with large number of cut-out and irregular spaces (counters, sink, stove, fridge, washer, dryer, nooks and crannies)
-My budget is $500. I am willing to do some labor myself, but I am not up for moving major appliances, or doing meticulous tile cutting.
- We are somewhat messy people with animals, so the floor must be easy to clean.
My first instinct was to just have some cheap sheet linoleum put down, but I just got an estimate and the labor alone was $450. Maybe this is a gouge... so if you have recs in Manhattan (UWS) please let me know.
My partner refuses to even think about rugs (even synthetics, which we have in other areas of the apt) with the exception of something that could be easily mopped. Does such a thing exist?
My other thought was some sort of paint... but I'm not sure what would work. I've painted wood floors in the past, but did not use the correct paint, so they looked horrible after a year. Has anyone had a good outcome painting vinyl flooring?
Open to any other ideas (although resources must be available in NYC area). Thanks!