Kitchen and Breakfast Room Flooring Makeover

Well friends, as promised I’m back today to show you the rest of my Shaw Floors makeover! Yesterday was all about my family room but today I’m sharing how the new flooring looks in our kitchen and breakfast room.

Kitchen plate rack decorated for Christmas


But before we get to the reveal of the new, let’s take a look back at the old.

This photo was snapped the night before the renovation began. As you can see, the old floors were a very light color but what you can’t see in this picture is that they were also beginning to separate in places and had significant damage in some spots. Our house was built in the early 90’s and these floors hadn’t been touched since and were in desperate need of some help.

kitchen with light wood floors

Enter my beautiful new Epic Plus floors in Arden Oak (color: gunstock)!

Kitchen and breakfast nook

Breakfast nook next to kitchen with wood floors

I cannot even describe the ridiculous little jig and happy jumping around that took place in this house after I saw them installed. Let’s just say that my kids were sufficiently embarrassed. That’s my job as their mom after all, right?

Black buffet table in breakfast nook

Here’s another look at how the floors looked BEFORE with the wood in the breakfast room leading into carpet in the family room.

kitchen family room combo

And here is how it looks AFTER.

Kitchen looking into breakfast room

I never realized just how much having carpet in the family room made it feel smaller. Now, with the same flooring running through all three spaces, it truly feels so much bigger and everyone who has visited our house since the installation has commented on this. It’s a reminder to me of how these decorating ‘tricks’ of the eye can have such a big impact.

Wood floors in kitchen breakfast room and family room

Against our newly painted white cabinets (I still need to do a full kitchen reveal but that is going to have to wait until the new year) the darker wood provides such a nice contrast.

white kitchen cabinets with cherry hardwood floors

The Epic Plus floors are built using a system called Stabilitek which is designed to withstand just about anything you could throw (or drop!) at it. It’s scuff resistance is six times better than that of competitors, it resists dents up to 30% more than other engineered hardwood floors and the stronger joint system means that once it’s installed the boards won’t be shifting around.

Hardwood floors in breakfast nook

Sigh…swoon…aren’t they just so beautiful? It’s hard to believe how far these spaces have come since we first moved in almost 9 years ago and I’m so incredibly grateful that I have had the opportunity to put my stamp on this home.

Breakfast nook with bay window

There are so many more plans in the works but for now, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the beauty of these floors.

My daughter took her first steps on those old floors and there have been many kiddos running through these rooms over the years. But I know that as many memories as were made on the old boards, so many more will be made on the new ones. The first memory of course being the happy dance I did on them. 😉

So, what do you think of them? I’d love to hear from you! And thank you so much for meeting me here at the fence today,

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*I’m compensated for my partnership with Shaw Floors but all opinions are 100% my own*


  1. Carolyn Smith says

    The floors turned out great. Indeed it made a wonderful difference. I love the stools that you have around the bar. Could you possibly have the resource where you bought these? Thank you.

  2. says

    Your new floors are gorgeous!!!!! The same flooring does unify and make a home look so much larger.
    I noticed your dining table and chairs. I love them and was wondering it the chairs had the wood color seats or if you had taken wood colored chairs and painted them, leaving the seats the wood color? I want to copy
    this look in my dining room.

  3. Angie g says

    They look beautiful! So happy you could get another project done. Always a blessing when your space feels like home

  4. Carol Reddin says

    Really nice, Vanessa! It does make the space look so much larger. Love the cabinets with the darker contrast! Good choice in my opinion!

  5. Karen Hobson says

    My floors are Gunstock high glass (we live on a farm, what was I thinking). They show EVERYTHING!! When the sun comes through the back patio doors, I’m forced to dust mop if I’m at home and see it.

  6. Diane Lawrence says

    The new wood makes your house look so much richer and warmer. The color is amazing!! If Shaw is wanting to see how their new product survives the winter weather and the CO dryness, (and 2 dogs), I just might know a willing homeowner who would be willing to try it out! :) (a very small house).

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