Deciding on the flooring style I wanted was not hard at all. I knew I wanted a checkered floor pattern and the most common was black and white. I did research to see if I could find other color varieties available. There are red/white and a few other color options out there but they are very expensive. Black and white checkered floors are classic and so that is what I decided to go with.
Vinyl is the most durable and cost effective, but suprisingly was not easily accessible in any local stores. At first, I wanted a solid sheet of vinyl because of the durablity and ease of installation. However, when I learned a single sheet of 6 x 5 vinyl was going to cost close to $500 and I would have to order it. I went looking for another source.
I finally decided to go with a peel and stick 12 inch vinyl tile. I read the cons to using this product which include gapping due to changes in temperature and a few others. I decided to take the chance of having to redo it or replace a tile or 2 over time because of one reason. Price. At $40 for 2 boxes, I had to give it a try. Plus, the very ugly tile sheet that was installed by the previous owner had a 12 inch faux tile pattern that was going to make it easy to cut and install the new tiles.
(Above)This is the floor before. Both the original floor under the cabinets and the solid sheet of ugly flooring installed by the previous owner. (Below) 12 inch black and white floor tile
The tile was easy to install. When I say easy it was the easiest project I have ever tackled! Take a look at the final result. I couldn't be more pleased :)