Renovating a Kitchen One Piece at a Time

Old 03-31-14, 05:26 PM
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Renovating a Kitchen One Piece at a Time

Hi All,

My kitchen is in need of a complete overhaul, however I will not be able to afford everything at once. I was thinking of tackling a new floor first because it is the cheapest part (tiling myself would cost about $600 compared to thousands for new cabinets). Also, our floor is a vinyl flooring that is not in great shape. We plan on purchasing cabinets in a year or two.

Please comment on whether or not it is a mistake to tile the floor now, then in a year or two address the cabinets. We will be doing the same floor plan, but adding an island once we purchase cabinets. Also, considering this proposal, should I leave any small tiles under the toe kick loose, lightly glued down, or thinsetted in normally. Would you suggest that I purchase enough tile to tile under the cabinets (I worry that the tile may be discontinued or change drastically, it is a natural slate), or just plan on putting plywood down once I change the cabinets? I will be tiling myself, and likely install the cabinets myself in the future. Also, will pulling up tiles on Hardibacker destroy the Hardibacker?

This is a way to improve the looks of the kitchen now (since the cabinets do not look terrible), without spending big money now. I appreciate any thoughts on this idea.

Thank you,
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Floors are done last.
Keep saving and have all new in place before tiling the floors.
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Agree with Joe. You'll only damage the floor when you replace the cabinets. Besides, you'll want to put the same flooring under the dishwasher if you have one. And depending on the cabinets a new floor now may not properly fit to the new cabinets.

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