The kitchen in the historic Craftsman house that Jennifer Morrow remodeled in McMinnville, Oregon, needed some attention. Not as much as the other parts of the house, but enough that Jennifer opted to transform it with a new Formica laminate countertop and Marmoleum floors.
Here’s her story, with plenty of images, so you, too, can experience the transformation. Check out the other articles documenting this home remodel story, too:
What Went Into Transforming the Kitchen?
According to Jennifer, this kitchen needed some love.
Before the remodel, it was functional, but drab and tired. The counters were a very pale pink and the old overly-neutral linoleum flooring looked blah. Between the fussy curtains and the pale pink trim, nothing about the kitchen expressed a Craftsman-like vibe. It didn’t even appear fresh.
Although the changes were primarily cosmetic, the results were dramatic! What did Jennifer do?
- She had the cabinets repainted.
- She replaced the metal sink and the faucet.
- The walls received a new coat of paint.
- The old drab linoleum flooring became a beautiful Painter’s Palette Marmoleum floor.
- She chose a brick red Formica laminate to replace the pale pink countertop.
- She replaced electric switches and plug plates to coordinate with the two tone cream/ecru colors.
- She found a new table/counter piece to tuck into the corner by the door for additional counter surface.
And what did she not do? She didn’t change the flow of the kitchen and she kept the appliances (except for the dishwasher which died).
Jennifer’s inspiration for the kitchen started with the Painter’s Palette Marmoleum flooring swatch and its colorful swirling pattern.
For the countertop, Jennifer wanted Formica, and found a brick barn red color at Classique Floors + Tile that went well with the Marmoleum. It had a slight wood grain texture that felt more rustic and historic than a smooth finish.
She built paint colors around that, as you can see in the image above.
What Makes Laminate an Ideal Countertop Surface Material?
Laminate countertops are ideal for a kitchen. Not only are they easy to maintain, but they also resist stains, and can take a lot of wear and tear. That said, some laminates will show scratches and cuts, so always use a cutting board rather than the surface itself for chopping, slicing and dicing.
Laminate is made from a combination of plastic, paper and melamine. The materials are formed into a thin layer and colored or manufactured with naturalistic or textured designs – as Jennifer’s selection has. The decorative layer is compressed and cured with heat to create a hard, durable surface. This layer is then laminated to particleboard or chip board, which holds down the cost and provides a sturdy surface.
In Jennifer’s case, the existing laminate was stripped from the counters, as you can see from the image below, as were the edges.
That counter surface was cleaned, sanded and prepared so it could receive the new Formica laminate that Jennifer selected.
The new laminate was then carefully positioned, measured and trimmed to fit the countertop.
The edges were also covered with the Formica laminate.
As you can see, the installation process is relatively simple and straightforward.
Laminate Countertop Options at Classique Floors + Tile
When you visit Classique Floors + Tile, you will find a wide range of laminate colors, designs and textures to choose from for your countertops from well-known brands such as Formica and WilsonArt. You’ll find finishes ranging from traditional matte and glossy finishes to abstract textures so you can easily create a custom look for every surface you can imagine.
You’ll also find options for your countertop edges. If you don’t like the traditional laminate edging, you’ll find new edge options such as the rounded or bull nose look found in Corian or granite countertops.
In the image below, you see the finished Formica counter, the repainted cabinets, the new two tone wall colors and the backsplash in Jennifer’s kitchen. Looking much better, no?
Marmoleum Floors for this Historic Kitchen
For her kitchen floors, Jennifer selected Painter’s Palette Marmoleum.
Marmoleum is a linoleum manufactured by Forbo Flooring Systems, a global player in high-quality commercial and residential floor coverings, which focuses on environmentally friendly, functional and design-oriented floors. Not only is Marmoleum extremely durable, and long-lasting (up to 40 years or more if installed properly), but because the color and pattern permeate the entire product, nicks and scratches aren’t eye-sores and can be repaired.
Marmoleum must be professionally installed. It requires a completely smooth, flat subfloor, and must be sealed and finished properly to keep out moisture and dirt. Furthermore, linoleum naturally tends to shrink in length and grow in width over time. Seasoned installers such as those from Classique understand this and know how to compensate during the installation process.
In the image above, you see the two meter wide sheet of Marmoleum that the installer is carefully measuring and preparing before final installation. The sheets will then be professionally glued down with non-toxic glue.
To ensure a completely flat subfloor, they patched some little awkward places that were under the swing door. The end result is just as Jennifer envisioned: warm, practical, inviting and historically appropriate.
Are you ready to update your kitchen with a new laminate countertop and Marmoleum floors?
Stop by our store for plenty of samples and ideas. We carry major brands and can help you choose laminate countertops to coordinate with new floors, including Marmoleum. We’ll bring colors and samples to your home for an in-home project assessment and estimate. And we’ll install your new countertop once you’ve chosen the look.
We invite you to visit our Portland, Oregon showroom where one of our Classique Floors + Tile project consultants will guide you through everything from initial estimate to product selection to final installation, as we did with Jennifer.
You’ll be delighted, we promise!
Thanks for reading,