I went shopping today for flooring for the studio, dragging Dave and Matt along with me. I started out with two options in mind: 1) real tile, or 2) commercial vinyl tile. In both cases, I was taken by the idea of black and white tile, installed on the diagonal. I thought that would look so pretty! Earlier today, a friend said to me, “If I came to your studio, dropped something, and broke your floor, it would ruin my entire time.”
Hmmm. There are a lot of negatives to real tile. Cold, hard, potentially slippery, and it can crack–and will certainly shatter anything breakable dropped on it. And I wouldn’t want anyone to feel bad if they dropped a heavy pot during a cooking class and broke a tile. Back to considering the commercial vinyl option. I was torn between the two options. Torn, I tell you!
Of course, once I was in the flooring department, I was overcome by so many other choices, and of course, I ended up choosing neither of the original options.
As it happens, real tile in solid colors isn’t easy to find these days. Solid colors aren’t that popular, so they don’t carry them in in stock. Everyone wants pattern and texture. Solid black and white tile is a special order. That’s almost hard to believe, but I’ve been to the store, people! You can’t find it!
Already wavering on my real tile desire, I decided to check out the commercial vinyl. Here’s the closest I could come to my black and white tile dream in vinyl.
Everything has pattern to it. No solid colors. Close, but…. I just wasn’t excited by the black and white in vinyl. It made me feel like I was in an elementary school or a hospital.
Then I was sucked in by the vinyl plank flooring displays.
THIS IS MY FLOOR!
I chose the dark one in the middle.
It’s not at all what I went to get, but I fell in love with it. It looks very much like real wood, but it’s not. It fulfills the health department requirements. (Relatively smooth, durable, and non-absorbent.) It didn’t cost very much more than the commercial vinyl, and it was a lot less expensive than real tile. I think it will look gorgeous in the studio.
My photographer friend Jerry lives near there and sneaked up on me in the flooring department.
This is me telling Matt and Dave, “Here’s my latest greatest idea!”
Matt and Dave: “We’re never gonna finish this project, are we?”
That’s how most of our conversations go.
(I’m just kidding.)
Anyway. I have a floor!
Well, not exactly, but I have a floor in boxes!