Yep! You read that right! I took the plunge and decided to chip up all of the tile in my kitchen and replace it with the Maison Oak laminate flooring, that I installed in my living room and dining room last year. This laminate is the BOMB! We have had it in our home for about a year and all of the features that Quick•Step claims with their new Envique™ collection has proven true! Not only does it have a Scratch Guard finish protection, it has an exclusive HydroSeal™ that repels water from the plank surface, as well as the joints! Quick-Step also offers a 24-hour spill proof guarantee! I love the flooring so much that I reached out to our friends at Quick•Step and asked them if they would partner with me, again, on my kitchen renovation! The sent me the flooring and the rest is kitchen reno history! If you missed the original Envique™ installation post, you can find it HERE.
Isn’t it so pretty! I still can’t believe that it is laminate!
One of my goals in my kitchen renovation was to get rid of this huge break in the flooring between my living room and kitchen. I have an open floor plan but with the flooring break, it has always felt so chopped up.
We started by chipping up all of the tile. This was a huge mess and it was the most dreaded step to me but it was manageable.
It really was like ripping off a bandaid!
Once the tile was up, we scrapped the concrete to prep it for the install.
Here is a process shot of installation – this is right where the break in flooring was and I was thrilled to see this spot done!
And here she is all cleaned up!
I also was able to get rid of the small break in flooring where my dining room is. Now, it is one solid flooring from this end of the house to the other 🙂
Here is another before. I am also thrilled to not have the maintenance of grout anymore. I had this sealed when we moved in and it was still staining from every day use.
The Envique™ flooring is so easy to maintain. I just spray a laminate floor cleaner over the planks and wipe it up with a terry cloth broom.
One of the most asked questions that I get on social media, in reference to the laminate flooring, is: “Does it creak and crack” when you walk on it and does it feel like plastic”? I have had many laminates over the years and this one surpasses them all. It doesn’t feel like plastic, it feels like real hardwood (and I should know, right 😉 and it doesn’t creak and crack when we walk on it. A lot of the creaking and cracking is dependent on the install though. If you make sure to get a good, solid joint between each plank and you don’t damage the tongue and groove edges, they won’t creak and crack.
People are shocked when they come over and I tell them it is laminate! It really does look and feel like hardwood BUT it’s more durable and 24-hour spill resistant! It’s the best of both worlds to me. We have 3 kids and two dogs and a pool. You can imagine the tracked in water puddles, scratches and just crazy wear and tear that would all have on wood floors but these look new every day!
I’m so happy with the way my new kitchen renovation turned out! Having one continuous floor throughout the house makes it feel so much more open and I love the color contrast and warmth that the dark floors add to my kitchen.
I also installed the Maison Oak in my laundry room so check back soon for the reveal!
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