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By Amanda Reid

Our kitchen has been a work in progress since we bought our house back in 2011. Once a dark and slightly updated open space, we have been slowly picking away each year with renovation projects in hopes of getting to our dream kitchen and laundry room. This year, we finally took the plunge on a bigger project: the kitchen and laundry room floor.

Style-wise, our tile wasn’t too shabby. It was a neutral brown pattern that hid crumbs like a dream from all the goldfish crackers and shrapnel from my son’s meals, but the previous homeowners really put this ceramic tile through the ringer. A handful of tiles have cracks, a few pieces even have popped out and there’s grout picking away from each time we vacuum. But one of the reasons it has been at the bottom of our “to-do” list is because our kitchen tile leads into our laundry room, so it’s a much bigger job than just our kitchen itself! So, after this past year with our toddler adding to the chaos, we knew we needed to put it at the top of the list, all with the help of our local home improvement store, Lowe’s Canada.

Besides being able to browse and shop via my smartphone on my downtime at Lowes.ca (for those of you who prefer shopping online, Lowe’s is unparalleled to other home improvement stores, with over 100,000 products to choose from online!), they recently opened up a brand new location, the Lowe’s Windsor — East store, that is 10 minutes from my house! Talk about convenient! The lovely and patient customer service representatives helped us through the struggle of finally pulling the trigger on the perfect tile for our space.

It was a tough choice. We bought several single pieces of floor tile to bring home and feel out with the rest of the room, most of which were super light in colour. We ended up going with the Galvano Charcoal Porecelain Granite Floor and Wall Tile for both the kitchen and laundry room (which we scored on sale, too!)

When it came to the grout, my husband and I had no idea what to get. We spent our Saturday night at our local Lowe's store on a mission to get the final items needed for our project. From sanded to unsanded, a variety of shades, and different quantities, the educated representatives in the flooring department were there to guide us through Lowe’s grout and floor accessories. With their insight, we left with the right amount of the MAPEI Keracolor Sanded Grout in Pewter, with time left to grab some dinner.

And just like that, we were on to the actual renos! We decided for our sanity’s sake to try to do all the tearing up on Saturday and have our local installer begin the project Sunday. Besides the tornado of dust and dirt, it was a success! I would absolutely recommend taking the time to prep your space to try to quarantine as much debris as possible.

We used clear multi-purpose plastic sheeting by Polytarp to try to maintain the chaos in the area and it seemed to do the trick! Our talented tile installer completed our entire kitchen in a day and returned to finish off the laundry room and grout. So, within 72 hours, with the proper prep, tools and people we were able to get this job done! We are so pleased with how well the Galvano tile works on both our kitchen and laundry room floors.

Those of you who have gone through renovations know, it’s a slippery slope to your next project. During our time browsing for items and inspiration at our local Lowe's, we also came across kitchen cabinets (identical to our own) that caught our eyes. The Nimble Sea Salt Door Collection has the same shaker style door fronts as our current custom kitchen cabinets but in a taupe shade, which gave us the idea to go big and add a row of these cabinets on the one empty wall in our kitchen.

With a little bit of paint (the same shade we used for the rest our cabinets) we will be on our way to our ultimate dream kitchen (and laundry room too)!

About the Author

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Amanda Reid

Rose City Style Guide

Amanda Reid is the creator of Rose City Style Guide, a Canadian Life and Style blog focusing on fashion, decor, travel, and motherhood. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

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