Kitchen flooring is in! And here’s what else I have been up to.


The Eames/McCobb club chair that sat on my front porch over a decade because the vinyl was torn, so I had a throw cover on it, but hoped someday to have it professionally redone.  Got tired of it sitting there rotting and knowing that paying for the re-do by a pro was out of the question, I decided I had nothing to lose so I did it myself.

Here is the “before” when I had just started stripping the old upholstery off..  This was a very well-made chair.  I recommend to anyone who is going to try this, invest in a staple puller.  They used about 2000 staples in this thing and I used at least that many when I did it over.

And here is the AFTER:

‘I retied springs, added extra padding besides the batting, and came up with my own corner roll as the old one was cardboard. I used dense foam like you see in pool noodles, but smaller.

Covered this little round footstool to coordinate it with the chair, then this old table that is beside it, I picked up years ago where someone abandoned it in the apartment complex I lived in. They had painted it with a pretty blue paint, but it was car paint! Metallic. So I kept it covered for years, then gave it to my Mom and she used it for years, then I got it back and when my chair was done, I finally had a place where the color actually coordinated with something. I made a faux marble effect on the top surface and there you go!

Bought this mid-century Regency lamp for nine dollars, bought a lamp shade frame-only, and beaded and added ribbon and the dangles myself. If I had known how many beads it would take and how many hours, when I stared, I probably would n ot have done this! But I love it! I also decoupaged the base. The blue in the center is acrylic so it looks like a jewel.


This shows a little of my faux-marble effect, and my wire tree that I made to go with this table. That’s the first one I made as a “weeping” tree.

Email Studios Steinbock peacock pin dish. This little cutie is only 3 inches wide.  But the colors are so pretty, had to have it.  Got it for seven bucks plus shipping, where they usually go for thirty bucks or more! Notice the gold glittery sparkles in the faux marble.  I didn’t make that effect. I actually used a gold paint pen to make the gold veins and then when I sprayed on the enamel finish, it carried some glitter out of the gold lines, out into the rest of the table. It’s always fun when you are doing something artistic and the stuff you are working with just does it’s own thing.  I love this table now! Fun.

Here are the additional kitchen pictures after the flooring was in:

Bought this for six bucks at Goodwill, and used a thin-color wash of paint to tone it back from an orange-ey color, to more of that driftwood grey to coordinate with the floor. I hand-painted some of the wood grain, but in other places I just wiped off some paint where there were distinct marks like the knots.

Main floor area now that the vinyl strips (driftwood style) are down.

The nook with new floor and for the first time ever, I have an air conditioner in my kitchen! YAY!!! With oven and washer and dryer in there all in use at once, an air conditioner is really a big difference!

Can’t see much of the floor in the panty/back door area, as I snagged this great huge rag rug very affordable on ebay at $16.00! Two-foot rugs of this type cost about thirty bucks these days!

These are the other pics I shared before from when we had yet to finish the floor.


Bought these 6″by 6″ aluminum tiles from CollectionsEtc, fourteen per box, three boxes.  $9.99 per box, plus shipping.  They are dimensional, so rather than try to put a ton of liquid nails behind them we decided to just stick them on with the little foam squares (for filling the dead space, but nail each corner, as the foam “sticky” would have failed within a few weeks after the heat of the oven, moisture, etc effected it.  The nails are invisible unless you get up close, but they’re cute anyway.  I love how it brightens up the wall.  The lighting has changed the room entirely, and when we get the faded looking “driftwood” floor panels in, it is going to be like night and day from what it was like before.  I am so proud of my husband for this great job he has done!


It feels both bigger and more cozy.  I don’t know how that is possible, but I love how warm it feels.


I love that we kept the old barn red in the nook there on the right.  The depression era tall cabinet I free-handed the yellow “trim” on it to match the cabinets.  The apron in the corner was a gift from my boys when they were little.  I should probably have moved the recycling bin out of the picture, or at least emptied it.  🙂


Sticking with the original color scheme of green, red and yellow, meant the old “geegaws” still work, plus I tossed in a few new ones.  We just shuffled around the way we used the colors. More yellow, less green and red and a lot of crisp clean white!  You can’t see it that well, but I have a string of mini Mason Jar lights (Dollar store) woven in this “display” as that corner is sort of dark now that the central light is  about a foot lower than the old one was.

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You see the red-head lady thing on top of the microwave?  That is called “Angry Mama”.  You can’t see her face but it is angry-looking, and you put water inside, and run the microwave for one minute, and she steam-softens all the stuck-on gunk, for easier cleaning.  I know I can do the same thing with a cup of water and some vinegar, but I loved the idea and thought it was just so cute.  Ebay, of course!


The sunflower light fixture was the splurge.  But it makes the whole thing, don’t you think?



This picture is huge.  Nearly 3 feet diameter.  I found it at Goodwill, loved the frame, but not the picture inside.  So.  I altered the picture.  The foreground had people in Victorian garb sitting under the big tree.  I kept the tree and the far background, and painted in the barbed wire fence and flowers in the foreground, and added the barns and house, pond, fence, etc. Hubby repainted the frame for me from a drab gold to Tobacco Brown lacquer. I wasn’t sure I could pull off altering the original picture and keeping the tree and the distant background.  But I did it!  I did go over some of the greenery that was very pale, and add a little more blue to the sky around the clouds.


Adorable tractor shadow boxes from eBay!



I bought a book of food ephemera of years past, and clipped out these  vintage images, attached them to pennants, connected them with brads and strung with jute.  Sealed with Mod Podge and strung them up around the pantry area by the back door, where the ceiling is high.


I made this 2-tiered fruit basket with a candlestick, a tin I got with bath goodies in a few years ago, and the lower tin that I got at Goodwill, plus I lined it with cloth, coated with mod-podge for wipe-clean care.


We still have to put a bead of clear liquid nails sealant between the tiles to seal everything, although we already did that on the part of the backsplash over the sink, because we don’t want water getting behind these tiles and get mildew and mold.


The small brown frames over the doorways have Bible verses on them.  Hubby has to adjust a few hinges as a couple of doors want to stay open on those upper cabinets.  For someone without experience in all of this stuff I think he did a fantastic job!  The center picture over the nook is of two scarecrows, that I did in watercolor.  The “dipper” (white enamel with red handle) is a nod to childhood at Grandma’s and Aunt Jean’s in West VA.  Everyone drank from it, and hung it back on the nail when they were finished.  Saved a lot of cup-washing when all the grand kids were there.


My mom painted this.  I love it.  On the flip side is a rooster, so I switch it up every once in a while. The finish is crackled.  My mom’s dad was a carpenter and painter, and a few years back when they came up with those crackle “kits” to achieve that effect, Mom got kind of tickled because back in the day, people got upset when this happened, before they figured out what happens when you put latex over oil.  Mom said she loved the look back when most people thought of it as a “mistake”.  Mom, to keep the crackle, I had to apply  the lighter paint one dab at a time so as to not white out the blackened crevices.  Preserved the effect, but I used flat paint, so good old Mod Podge, restored the shine to blend with the original gloss.


Sister-in-law Carmen gave me this pre-rusted rooster that hangs in my kitchen ceiling, with it’s mini cow-bells.


A buck fifty at Goodwill, perfectly coordinates!


Even better, fifty cents at Goodwill, made my own hanger with heavy copper wire.


The piggy I ordered first, never came, so I got a refund on that one, and found this one that I like just as much!  The jar thing behind him is one of the lights on a strand I wove through the stuff up there.  See the dollar store bean-bottles in back?  It reminds me of the bean “wreath” in Grandma’s kitchen at Sandstone. Beans and acorn tops I think it was.


The piggy that went to market, of course!


Yep, and honest-to-goodness Aunt Jemima bottle.  I have two.  I intended to paint them like the ones I remember from when I was small, but I just couldn’t bring myself to desecrate it, lol.  Arent the little “Borden milk” cow creamers adorable? String of flower lights on this shelf.  That middle thingy under the shelf is a “jar-tong” for canning.  I don’t can.  But my husband made pickles from the cucumbers he grew in the back yard the past couple of years so he actually uses them. He also likes to pull my old-fashioned tater-masher off display and put it to use from time to time.


Ever buy something for someone and like it so much you kept it for yourself?  My other sister-in-law Julie, collects McCoy and Fiesta pitchers.  I wasn’t sure she would like this one, but I found I did like it so I kept it and it worked perfect for the set of red utensils Mom gave me, plus the cute “Hey Kool-Aid” spoon!


I picked up this fan at the dollar store a few years back for about eight bucks. I loved copper before the price of gold shot up and everyone started doing stuff with copper all over the place.  It is the perfect little thing to have near the sink where I still wash dishes the old-fashioned way!  See the carrots in the corner?  Dollar Tree had jump-ropes for Easter Baskets and those carrots were the handles.  I just lopped off the ropes, attached some artificial grass, also from Dollar Tree, and tied on a yellow ribbon I already had!  I think it goes well with my happy veggie-fruit theme, my veggie lady and smiley onions that I showed in the March 3rd post about the plan for this Kitchen do-over.  


A sunflower stained glass night light to go with the sunflower socket plate I decoupaged!


I got the idea for this scene from a kitchen towel I saw.  Instead of buying the towel, I bought a one-dollar frame and painted it myself.  Watercolor!  Pretty vivid for watercolor, but I’m a heavy-handed painter.I took that from standing under the doorway above which it hangs.  Thus the weird angle.

This was the cabinets and floor before:



4 thoughts on “Kitchen flooring is in! And here’s what else I have been up to.

  1. Boy this was fun. I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN. It is so much like my Aubuelitas ( grandma ) and it is so comfy and warm and has that just plain home-y type feel to it. A place to sit and talk over coffee and baked goodies or roll out tortillas and have some. You really have inspired me first with your other post with the pictures and now this. My talent lies in cooking and baking, as others have shared, wish I had your artistic flare. Love these posts. Have a good weekend. Write you soon, Love Mary


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