Completing Our Kitchen’s Cork Floor Installation

Hootie hooo! The cork floor in both the kitchen and the laundry room is complete!

Well, except if you count the fact that we still have to add shoe molding, thresholds, and seal it all. Details, details. The point is, we finally get to see the whole picture. Huzzah!

The annoying part is that we still haven’t figured out how to photograph it as true to life as we can (it’s a rich mocha color, and actually looks more like brown leather in person, so the pattern is more like soft movement and less like any sort of obvious shapes or anything) – but the two videos from the last post really are the most accurate depictions of it, although we hope today’s photos are closer to real life than last week’s were. The one above is getting there. We’ll learn the trick someday I’m sure!

When it came to finishing things off in the corner of the kitchen and our tiny laundry room, it was pretty much exactly the same method that we outlined in our kitchen corking post, although we were getting worried that we were running low on cork, so we actually used some remnant planks all along the left wall (leftover cuts from the kitchen) to ensure that we wouldn’t run out.

Thankfully we finished up with about four planks to spare. Not kidding. It was crazy close. So we’re at least thankful to have those as extras, and plan to seal the heck out of these to protect them. Cork can even be sanded, restained, and resealed down the line if it gets worse for wear, so 40+ year old cork floors exist (which is nice to know since cork sounds like such a new-age material). Heck, we’ve even heard from folks who have 100+ year old cork floors that still look great, so here’s hoping!

It’s kind of amazing how much of a difference the new floors make in the laundry room. I mean, we really liked it before since we did so much work on it already (more on the rest of the room’s transformation here), but here’s that room before it got the ol’ cork treatment:

And after:

We enter the house through the door in the laundry room and it’s so nice to walk in and see the rich cork floors whispering “welcome home.” Oh and for those wondering where the laundry basket is, it’s just in the bedroom full of a pile of “flu clothes” that have been washed and have yet to be put away.

Since we already blogged all about where/why we purchased our floor here, and how we installed it (video included) here, this post is more of a big sigh of relief that the last big kitchen undertaking is winding down.

Other than polishing off those last few floor tasks on the list, all that’s left are smaller things like adding some decorative wood molding to the back of the peninsula, deciding if we’ll be adding a window treatment over the sink or painting our stools, potentially doing something fun to the side of the pantry, bringing in a chair and a rug in the fireplace side of the room, etc. And of course we’ll share a ton of before and after pics along with a budget and time breakdown when we finally get to stick a fork in this kitchen (which we’ve been working on in stages since October 5th!).

And remember when we moved in and it looked like this in here?

This shot is a little further back, and a slightly different angle, but it’s semi-comparable. Is there anything better than making a room that feels nothing like you, finally feel like home?

As for our plan with the variety of mismatched wood floors that surround our freshly corked kitchen and laundry room, we’re huge fans of flooring that looks seamless (we upgraded our first house to have the same dark mocha wood throughout the layout for a nice open flow). And sure enough, we plan to eventually refinish the rest of the wood floors in this house in the same rich mocha color as the cork for a much more easy and open look. Although it’ll still be cork in some rooms and hardwoods in others, the same rich tone should really tie things together and not make any of the spaces feel as choppy or broken up.

When it comes to a usability/function update, we have been really happy with it so far. The rich deep color adds so much to the formerly white-washed space, there are no scratches/dings where Burger runs around from his nails, no dents where we drop things, it’s very soft and easy on the back/knees, it should be even more durable once we seal it, it’s eco-friendly, and it’s quiet. We’ll definitely keep you posted as we live with it (and add shoe molding, thresholds, and a few coats of protective sealer). What did you guys do this weekend? We were pretty much laid up on the sofa fighting our little flu battle after finally squeezing in those last few cork boards, but we’re getting a lot closer to feeling like ourselves again! And the finished cork floors definitely have our spirits up. Onward!


  1. Jamie D says

    I’m envisioning you all doing some sort of fun stencil on the side of the pantry and the fridge cabinet even! That could be such a fun punch of color/excitement! Awesome job powering through on the floors, they are perfect.

  2. Timmi says

    I love your floors, I was considering cork, but have read comments on it denting when something is dropped on it, I drop stuff. ALOT! So please let us know what happens if you drop something!

    • says

      Will do! We hear from a few folks who have it that stuff bounces (instead of breaking) but they haven’t mentioned dents (although I’m sure if you drop something heavy enough it’ll dent since it would dent hardwoods and crack tile, etc). We’ll keep you posted!


  3. says

    Looks great! I hope you are on the mend from the flu.

    I am especially a fan in the laundry room and the seamless look it gives you between the two spaces.

    I spent the weekend grouting our new basement shower and am totally pooped (that and the time change)!

    • says

      I am trying to figure out what the surface is like too – Sherry you saying that it’s compressed helps me understand a bit – does it have a pretty slick surface (like hardwood/wood laminate)? How do you clean it? I’m picture sweeping/mopping a floor made of cork like wine-bottle cork, but that must not be right?

    • says

      Yes, when you wipe it down with a damp cloth it’s just like wiping down hardwood flooring. It’s a completely different strength (much much harder and denser) than wine corks. Hahah.


  4. says

    It looks amazing! I like it so much more today than I did in the first pictures. And I love how it looks in the laundry room!

    We are landscaping right now, so our weekend was all about that. We shoveled/wheelbarrowed 12 tons of rocks on Saturday. So Sunday we just laid in bed all day! haha.

  5. says

    This looks absolutely AMAZING! So the allure of cork flooring is it looks as chic as hardwood, but is way more durable, right? Like puppy/kiddo proof? Is it similar to bamboo flooring in that way?

    We put engineered hardwoods in our living area and it’s super scratched up from our dog’s nails. Next time around we were thinking of laminate, but have heard about bamboo and obviously your cork flooring is gorgeous. Most ADD post ever.

    • says

      I believe it’s slightly softer underfoot than hardwood, so the allure is more that it’s easier on joints (knees, ankles, backs) and quiet and eco friendly. We hear from folks with 70lb dogs and cork and no issues though, which is awesome! I think when it comes to hardness, it’s bamboo, hardwoods, and cork in that order. But it’s still durable and can be refinished, so in many ways it’s similar to hardwood, just another option.


  6. Tammy says

    Love it! The new floors look great. Have you considered doing a magnetic chalkboard wall on the side of the fridge? Would be a cute place to write grocery lists, put up some family photos, etc. Lot’s of great DIY chalkboard walls on Pinterest. I’m sure whatever you come up with it will look great!

  7. Billie McIntosh says

    Love the cork! We put down cork in our three daughters bedrooms in a previous reno. I would love to do it again. Warm, quiet and beautiful.

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