The weekend before DH had his emergency surgery, we were wandering around Home Depot looking for stain for our deck when we happened to walk by the flooring section and notice a SALE on tile. We've checked the flooring section pretty much since we moved into our current home 2 years ago and have never found tile we actually liked that was less than about $3/sf. Low and behold, this time the store was selling a decent grey tile for $0.99/sf on an end display. It was such a good deal that we agreed to put off the staining of the deck and instead tile the kitchen floor. Upon checking out the isle I realized that the price per case was actually cheaper on the sign there so when we went to cash I brought it up and we ended up getting the tiles for $0.88/sf.
Overall, the entire job cost us about $550. This included disposing of the old laminate and linoleum kitchen floors and purchasing an air compressor and nailing gun which will come in handy down the line. So minus the cost of the tool we spent just over $400 on the new kitchen floor but it was much needed. Most of our main floor of our house is laminate "hardwood" flooring. In the kitchen, there was water damage to certain areas and when we replaced our dishwasher in the Fall, DH had to remove a piece that was mostly rotted underneath. Consequently, we had a strip of flooring missing right in front of the dishwasher.
I was a bit torn on the threshold strip. Our old flooring had a strip that matched the laminate. Our bathroom and foyer have a marble strip. The laminate strip would've had to be ordered in and would cost more so DH grabbed some plain ones off the shelf and I actually surprisingly quite like them. Now we have a tile floor which looks nicer and will hopefully last a bit longer. I still need to go around and use Dap to fill in the holes and paint the trim and quarter round but otherwise, we're happy with it! Next step is getting rid of the hideous forest green countertops which we discovered matched the yellow, green and pink rose accented linoleum flooring that was there prior to the laminate.