Inexpensive Rustic Wood Kitchen Floors + Kitchen Faucet Upgrade

Earlier this year Isaac and I bought our first home. Yay! It was built in 1949 and as you can imagine it has some quirks, or character if you will. For instance, we have one of those little telephone nooks in our dining room, which I think is really cute, but then there are things I don’t find attractive — like crazy amounts of tile everywhere. Our kitchen countertop is made from basketweave black and white tile (cleaning grout on a countertop is NOT fun), our downstairs bathroom is salmon colored and covered in tile and our master bath is maroon and white tile. I’m ready to be done with the tile, but from everything we’ve read it’s a HUGE project and one we might not be able to DIY so we’re holding off for now.

Since the tile projects are on hold we completed two fun kitchen projects instead and I thought they would be fun to share. I hope home stuff doesn’t bore you guys!

The first project is super simple, but is a huge upgrade in my opinion. We replaced the kitchen sink faucet.

Kitchen Sink Faucet Before

It was really old, didn’t have any cool features and it leaked… a small continuous drip that was super annoying. We ended up finding one we liked at Lowe’s and Isaac did the install. The new faucet is a Delta Savile with a pull down sprayer. It also came with a built in soap dispenser, which is awesome because our sink ledge is small and a little curved so bottles of soap don’t sit on it very well. Now we have the dish washing liquid in the dispenser and a bar of soap for hand washing.

Kitchen Faucet Upgrade

Here’s the during… Isaac did all the work. I supervised and took photos. Just kidding, I helped when he asked me to.

Reading Directions

Sophie helped too!

Kitchen Faucet Install

The kitchen sink project took about one night, while the kitchen flooring project was a little more labor intensive and took quite a few days to complete. That said, both projects were pretty comparable in cost.

Here’s what we had going on before:

Flooring Before

Peel and stick vinyl square tiles. It was dark, old and some of the tiles were starting to peel up so occasionally we would stub our toes on the edges. Not fun. At some point we really want to redesign and renovate the whole kitchen. There’s a lot of wasted space, the appliances are a bit older and it could definitely be modernized. Since it’s not in the budget at the moment we decided we needed to do something quick, inexpensive and easy to update the flooring.

Kitchen Flooring Before

In the photo above the tiles look wonky because Isaac had already starting peeling up a few up to check out what was underneath. Had our floors looked THAT BAD we probably would have replaced them before moving in. haha.

I was really nervous about replacing the flooring on our own. I’d read some stuff online about needing to take it all up, clean up the sticky goo underneath and start from scratch. It seemed like so much work for something we might pull up when we redo the kitchen. Isaac was optimistic and persistent. He found that we didn’t need to do any of that. Maybe it’s because our current tile was old and had lost a lot of it’s adhesiveness, but he was able to peel up the old tile relatively easily and replace it with the new planks.

Kitchen Flooring Before

We found some rustic peel and stick vinyl tile at Lowe’s. I’m all about the chic farmhouse look so this flooring was my top choice.

And here’s the finished product:

Rustic Wood Floors with Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile

The only big challenges were matching the tiles because our old ones were square and the new ones were planks and then cutting the planks perfectly for areas around the edges. Isaac just measured and cut the pieces with a utility knife.

Rustic Wood Floors with Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile

Each plank costs $1.47 and we needed about 100 planks to cover our kitchen floor so the whole project ended up costing us about $150.00 and a bit of Isaac’s time and hard work for the install.

Rustic Wood Floors with Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile

Overall, we couldn’t be happier. It’s definitely not real deal hardwood flooring (which we would adore) but the planks look very similar to natural wood flooring and give our kitchen that rustic farmhouse vibe I love. They’re also much lighter than our old flooring so the whole kitchen is brighter now. I would have never thought that we could replace our kitchen flooring for less than the cost of a new kitchen faucet. Pretty sweet!

DIY Rustic Wood Plank Flooring for Cheap // How we replaced our kitchen flooring with rustic wood kitchen floor planks for around $150!

Have you ever done any surprisingly cheap DIY home projects? I’d love to hear about them! 🙂

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    1. Sara
      November 12, 2017 AT 2:39 pm

      Looks great! Did you guys have to remove all the existing “tile”? Was there plywood & a lot of adhesive left underneath? If so, did it all have to be removed before installing new flooring? I’m desperate to find inexpensive flooring that I can install over old linoleum without having​ to float the entire floor.

    2. Sydney
      December 11, 2015 AT 5:52 am

      Really interesting projects! Our home was also built around 1950 and we have the EXACT same kitchen counter tops – I feel your pain on the grout thing – I am constantly bleaching it. We have the vinyl flooring too and a TON of wasted space. Plus the cabinet doors are falling off because the screws are stripped out. SO needless to say, we want to do a kitchen reno too, but i love these ideas for quick and easy upgrades!

    3. Kalliopi Sakellariou
      December 10, 2015 AT 9:27 pm

      Everything looks so cute and the pictures are fab.I don;t have my own house but as you know rented flats are so ugly and I did the painting and some mini DIY projects like a blackboard in my living room alone.It feels so good when you look at it!

    4. Paula Longo
      December 10, 2015 AT 9:21 pm

      Great upgrades! This post was inspirational and informative. I think it is nice you share projects like this. We all could use affordable ideas for remodeling!

    5. katheats
      December 10, 2015 AT 7:40 pm

      The flooors (and sink) look so awesome!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2015 AT 10:52 pm

        Thank you!! 🙂

    6. Liz
      December 10, 2015 AT 4:33 pm

      Love home updates (and looking at homes in general – house hunters is one if my fav shows). You guys did a great job!!

    7. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
      December 10, 2015 AT 3:51 pm

      Hi Brittany! First of all, how cute is Sophie laying on the instructions on her belly? Second of all, great job on the projects. My husband and I are renting right now, so don’t have to worry about all of this, but I love to see the before and after shots! 🙂

    8. katy
      December 10, 2015 AT 2:16 pm

      Yall did great! This is where everyone starts, with the small things, and then gain confidence for bigger and bigger. Good Job! There are easy to use products if your grout needs freshing (sort of like a paint, check YHL), and of course painting the cabinets is an easy (although takes a bit of time) update as well.

    9. Mal
      December 10, 2015 AT 1:41 pm

      Oh my goodness how cute! I have been wanting inexpensive wood floors for so long! May I ask what kind of dog Sophie is? She looks adorable.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2015 AT 1:48 pm

        Thank you, Mal! Sophie is a toy poodle. She belongs to Isaac’s parents. We were just babysitting for the evening. 🙂

    10. Amanda
      December 10, 2015 AT 1:17 pm

      It looks great! I also have tile counters in the kitchen with an ugly metal sink that I’d love to upgrade. I also want to replace carpet in the bedrooms with wood, but maybe these planks could be an inexpensive option!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2015 AT 1:49 pm

        I’ve never had tile counters until living in this house and I can totally see why people stopped using them. They’re sooo hard to keep clean.

    11. Jeanette Woods
      December 10, 2015 AT 12:59 pm

      Please tell Isaac “Good Job”! Both projects look great!

    12. Liz
      December 10, 2015 AT 12:53 pm

      Love the home updates! It’s both fun to see the “before” and “after”s AND get ideas. 🙂

    13. suzie
      December 10, 2015 AT 12:34 pm

      Looks great! Can I ask where your light fixture above your sink is from?

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