A year and a half after starting our renovation, we nearly have a finished kitchen. Two of the last projects to do were tiling the hearth and putting poly on the floor. I did both of those last week.
For the floor, I used a water-based polyurethane that is ‘eco-friendly’, ie low VOCs.
Interestingly enough, 4 litres of poly cost more than all of the oak boards (125 mm x 25 mm) we needed to cover about 15 square metres. (We bought the oak as off-cuts from a door factory on the other side of town.) See this post by Jiqiao
, our Chinese intern, about laying the floor, which looked like this.
We laid the oak over the old floor, making sure to keep out any drafts, especially along external walls.
I applied construction tape along the wall/floor intersection…
… and then installed the baseboard. (Behind Billy T.)
Tiling was something else entirely. We bought the tiles and the adhesive from the shop for about $60 total.
I have never tiled before, but following the directions on the bag of adhesive seemed to work out fine.
And I had a supervisor looking on.
The timber frame is 25mm thick and cut on a 45 degree bevel to match the height of the tiles.
Here, the frame is removed while I finish the cuts.
Tasmanian oak boards: (25 mm x 125 mm) $80
Tiles and adhesive: $60
Finishing the kitchen: Priceless