04 Jan The Kitchen Finale… Finally!

This Christmas break has given us a bunch of extra time to work on projects around the house.  It felt great to get moving on the house again since it’s been a while since we’ve done anything big!  We decided to tackle the kitchen and finish it up… if you remember, we left off after painting the brick and cabinets, but the rest of the walls were still dirty, stained, grungy “white”.  Or yellow, really.  We had actually already purchased the paint and everything, so this stage of the kitchen was almost free!

The majority of what we needed to do was finish painting the ceiling, walls, and trim.  I also finished the floor by stenciling on it, and I love the results!  I don’t know if I would have had the guts to do the floor stencil if this was our “forever” kitchen, but since this is a “live-with-it” stage until we can do a whole gut job, I went for it!  I’m so glad I did!  The floor was probably the most tedious part of the entire kitchen update.  It started with peeling old linoleum off of the plywood subfloor, which of course required very nasty chemicals to get all of the glue off.  Then it needed to be wood puttied, sanded down a bit, and finally primed and painted.  This part of the process has been done for a while, but we needed to wait until the rest was done to finish the painting and stenciling part.  I’m glad we waited – the floor got pretty scratched up moving things around, and it had more than a couple paint drips on it!

There are just a few minor details to still finish up, but here is our kitchen as it is right now!

We purchased our fridge from the Sears scratch and dent in Lawrenceville.  It’s a Whirlpool, and we really like it.  I love having the freezer drawer on the bottom!  We didn’t get a french door fridge because we were afraid the door handle would hit the wall on the right side.  We also didn’t want a water dispenser in the door so that we’d have more room on the inside.

The red letter “N” above is from an antique shop down the road in Tarentum.  You can also see above how we replaced the old cabinet and stove hood with a new microwave and a shelf to hold pretty fiestaware dishes.  We were able to find the microwave on craigslist, brand new.  Our oven and dishwasher are from a local store called Good Housekeeping, which I would highly recommend.  We purchased a Frigidaire Pro stove with induction and electric cook top, and convection or conventional oven.  Our dishwasher is also a Frigidaire Pro, and we’ve been extremely pleased with both of them.

In the few months since we decided to stencil the floor, I’ve been searching high and low for a stencil to use.  The only place I found that sells large scale stencils was extremely expensive.  So I decided to make my own :)  I used Adobe Illustrator to create the design, then I printed it out and transferred it on to plastic used by quilters for their templates.  I cut it out and voila – my own custom stencil!  I was very pleased with how it all worked out, and I saved a TON of money by doing it myself.  For the colors, I used gray on gray.  I actually just used the same floor paint (Valspar floor paint in gray) but mixed in a little of our white trim paint to get the lighter gray color.

You can also see the pot rack in the picture – it’s a Grundtal shelf from Ikea, with s-hooks allowing the pots to hang.  We desperately needed the storage – our kitchen is fairly small (which also makes it difficult to photograph).

The artwork above are two vintage pieces … one is the instruction manual for my mother’s old Sunbeam mixer, and the other is a cookbook found at a friend’s house which had been left by a previous owner.  I love that both of them worked perfectly with the color scheme!  You can also see the curtains in the room… I actually made them with a flat twin bed sheet from Walmart with red trim sewn on (from Jo-Ann’s).  The curtain hardware is from Ikea.  The wall color is Palm Springs, from ACE hardware.  It’s their Royal brand.

Above shows the detail on the red trim.  I actually just machine-sewed it on – it took no time at all!

Obviously the biggest impact in the kitchen was just paint, paint, and more paint.  I don’t think we left a single surface untouched!  We use Purdy paintbrushes for all of our painting, they are by far the best that we’ve used.  Typically when we paint, I cut in while Jared rolls.  I’ve found that Purdy’s angled brushes are perfect for this, my favorite being the Cub XL brush.  I’ve been using the same Cub XL brush for months now, and it’s still holding up great.  Purdy recently provided me with a set of paintbrushes to review, and I give them 2 thumbs up for great brushes that are long lasting and perfect for all of our needs!

So there it is… the kitchen is FINALLY done for now!!  There are always a few minor things we need to do, but I’m very pleased with how it all turned out.

  • Alison
    Posted at 14:38h, 04 January Reply

    love love love it! looks so great ~ and so different from when I was just there! of course, I like the red, and I think the floor turned out beautifully!

  • Anita
    Posted at 15:22h, 04 January Reply

    Erin it looks amazing! WOW….so beautiful. And I love the orange tea kettle! You did a great job and I’m sure you’ll be enjoying it for years to come! God bless your new year!

  • Lindsay
    Posted at 21:54h, 04 January Reply

    WOW! It looks great! I must admit. I am a little jealous. My husband hates painted wood, but it would really brighten our kitchen if I could paint the cabinets. sigh… Enjoy your beautiful new kitchen!!!

  • Sue Craig
    Posted at 18:46h, 07 January Reply

    Dear Erin,
    I’ve loved seeing the kitchen project progress, and to see it at this point…..wonderful! It’s so bright and cheery. I commend you on designing and cutting your own stencil! The kitchen floor is just beautiful. Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary to you and Jared. :)

  • Lisa @ TexturedRoad
    Posted at 12:29h, 30 January Reply

    Wow! Awesome kitchen! These are my favorite kinds of makeovers: working with what you have and making it beautiful. Full tear-out/demos can be gorgeous, of course. But I think redos like this take much more creativity and keep that retro charm as a bonus.

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 13:42h, 30 January Reply

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your nice comments! We want to eventually gut the kitchen, but that’s wayyyy down the road. I never imaged we could make our cruddy kitchen look so much better! It was really fun being able to use as much creativity as I wanted, and step out on a limb with some things, not having to worry since I knew it would be changed down the road :)

  • Kelly (Kelly is Inspired)
    Posted at 09:04h, 24 February Reply

    Your kitchen looks awesome. That floor is great!!!

  • montanachic
    Posted at 23:30h, 24 February Reply

    Oh my gosh, your floor is AMAZING!!!!! You should be so proud of yourself!

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  • Tracy
    Posted at 09:01h, 26 February Reply

    Your kitchen is so cute. It has such a retro vintage vibe to it. The white and pops of color make me smile. I bet it is so fun to be in that room that you don’t even mind cooking. The floor was very smart and looks so good. I am going to mention your kitchen redo on my fb. Just love it.

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 11:21h, 27 February Reply

      It makes me smile, too! I love the retro vibe, but I love that it has a fresh take on it. Although to say that I don’t mind cooking at all might be a stretch… ;)

  • Kim @ Plumberry Pie
    Posted at 09:11h, 26 February Reply

    What a fantastic transformation. I’ve recently been toying around with the idea of painting our subfloor (my husband thinks I’m nuts), but I’m glad I stumbled upon your kitchen so I can show him how nice it can look!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 11:20h, 27 February Reply

      I think my husband thought I was nuts, too, but since there’s really no risk involved (you can cover it back up with new flooring if you don’t like it) he didn’t mind! But he loves it now, so it’s here to stay!

  • Gwen
    Posted at 11:54h, 26 February Reply

    Amazing job! I am totally going to rip up our carpet and paint the subfloor! I’ve been wanting to for a year now, and your’s looks amazing!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 11:19h, 27 February Reply

      It took me a while to “go for it” but I’m so glad I did! It’s an easy (and relatively cheap) thing to cover up when if get tired of it :)

  • Liz
    Posted at 11:02h, 27 February Reply

    Can you give us more details on the floor? Did you have to coat with a satin poly to finish it, or is the “porch and floor” paint sturdy enough to prevent chipping scratching etc.?

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 11:18h, 27 February Reply

      Liz – The floor has a coat of primer, two coats of floor paint, and the stencil paint is just a mix of the floor paint with some white semi-gloss trim paint. I haven’t done it yet, but I do plan on sealing it with a water-based poly. It hasn’t scratched at all in the month that we’ve been using it without the poly, but I do think it will last longer to seal it. I am going to use the water-based since I do not want the floor to appear yellowed at all. I usually use oil-based because it is more durable, from what I’ve read.

      Hope that helps!

  • Jae
    Posted at 10:21h, 04 April Reply

    Great job! What a major difference. It looks great. I am in the ATL area too!

  • Colby
    Posted at 14:38h, 19 April Reply

    What color is the paint on the walls? Love it!!!!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:23h, 19 April Reply

      The wall color is Palm Springs from Ace Hardware, I used their Royal brand. :)

  • Tara
    Posted at 14:43h, 19 April Reply

    Your kitchen looks amazing! Out of curiosity, what color did you use on the walls? Thanks!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:24h, 19 April Reply

      The wall color is Palm Springs from Ace Hardware, I used their Royal brand. Thanks for clicking over!!!

  • Allie ~ The Inspired Momma
    Posted at 14:43h, 19 April Reply

    You did an amazing job on your kitchen! I absolutely love the stencil on the floor. Wow!

  • Melissa K
    Posted at 14:52h, 19 April Reply

    Love your new kitchen, what is that fabulous blue color on the walls I may have to steal it!! :)

  • Cara
    Posted at 14:57h, 19 April Reply

    Gorgeous! What is the name of the paint color on the walls? I am in love with it!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:26h, 19 April Reply

      The wall color is Palm Springs from Ace Hardware, I used their Royal brand. We love it too!

  • Angela
    Posted at 15:07h, 19 April Reply

    What paint color is on your walls? That’s exactly the color I’ve been looking for for my kitchen! Are you happy with it?

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:19h, 19 April Reply

      The wall color is Palm Springs from Ace Hardware, I used their Royal brand. I’ve definitely been happy with it!

  • missscarlet88
    Posted at 15:09h, 19 April Reply

    So is this floor concrete or wood? I lurv this idea, mainly because the carpet in our house is driving me up the wall and I long for stenciled floors…my boyfriend may not allow it, but it would be a fun transition floor until we get laminate or new carpet put in.

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:18h, 19 April Reply

      The floor is wood – it’s just the plywood subfloor, nothing special! My husband wasn’t convinced at first, either, but since it was just the subfloor and would be easy to cover over, he let me at it! :)

  • Nicole
    Posted at 15:17h, 19 April Reply

    Kitchen looks great! Loving the stenciled floor!!

  • Erin L.
    Posted at 15:25h, 19 April Reply

    Ditto to the paint question – what color are the walls? They look great! I love the red accents!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:17h, 19 April Reply

      The wall color is Palm Springs from Ace Hardware, I used their Royal brand. Thanks for the nice comments!!! :)

  • Laura
    Posted at 15:51h, 19 April Reply

    What a fresh makeover!! Thanks for sharing with the folks at YHL so that I could pop over and visit. I love the colors and that you went for the stencil on the floor. You have nothing to lose and I hope the makeover gave you *practice* for your dream kitchen. It must feel so nice to go to such a bright space. It’s also nice to see *real* kitchens vs. $50,000 magazine redesigns. Nice work!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 15:54h, 19 April Reply

    Wow, that’s gorgeous! After seeing this, I’m thinking of painting our bathroom floor. Did you just rip up the linoleum and paint straight on to the wood? Why wouldn’t you just paint direct onto the linoleum? And what’s ‘wood putty’ for (can you tell I’m a DIY newbie?)

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:15h, 19 April Reply

      I did rip up the linoleum. A word of warning – when you do, there is probably a layer of glue underneath! I had to use chemicals to get it all down to the subfloor (bought at Lowe’s). I couldn’t paint our linoleum because it was already peeling up and curling in the corners and edges, plus it had a little texture to it. I would have to wonder how it would stick as well? It might not bond as well as to wood. The wood putty is just to fill in the cracks and nail holes on the subfloor. Good luck with your bathroom!! I would definitely recommend using a polyurethane sealer in a bathroom since it would probably be more prone to getting wet!

  • Ashley Manning
    Posted at 16:11h, 19 April Reply

    Your kitchen is beautiful, you did a wonderful job!! I was curious is the brick real? I have been thinking about doing a brick backsplash in my kitchen, but I don’t want to do real brick I would rather buy the paneling and paint it. I have been searching the web for anyone who has done this…but I haven’t found anyone yet.

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:12h, 19 April Reply

      Ours is a brick facade, I guess you would call it? They’re not full bricks, but more like very skinny bricks. They are real, though, and they are put up with real mortar. Good luck with your project!

  • Bethany Mitchell
    Posted at 16:19h, 19 April Reply

    Wow. The kitchen looks incredible! Weird question: what’s the font you’re using to write “before” and “after on the pictures? I love it :)

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:10h, 19 April Reply

      Not weird at all, haha :) It’s called “Pea Roxygirl”. Hope that helps!

  • Jen @ The Decor Scene
    Posted at 16:31h, 19 April Reply

    You guys did any awesome job. Love it. I would also love to know the wall color. Gorgeous!!! Stopping over from Young House Love

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 17:00h, 19 April Reply

      The wall color is Palm Springs from Ace Hardware, I used their Royal brand. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • mrinaye
    Posted at 18:07h, 19 April Reply

    Love Love LOVE the stenciled floor!!! Wow!!… Amazing job!

  • Kate
    Posted at 18:32h, 19 April Reply

    This looks awesome!! I love love love the wall color, it’s so cheerful.

  • juliacatherine
    Posted at 18:48h, 19 April Reply

    Wow! This looks great. I love the floor. My husband and I were supposed to do a temporary kitchen makeover, but it kind of snowballed into a total kitchen makeover. Incidentally, it’s still a work in progress. Awesome job!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 19:14h, 19 April Reply

    Saw your Room Redo on younghouselove ~ LOVE the transformation! Paint makes such a huge difference! Well done! :)

  • Amy W.@TheBlissfulBee
    Posted at 20:21h, 19 April Reply

    Just came over from Young House Love and I have to say this makeover is amazing. And it all seemed to be done on such a great budget. Nice work:):)

  • Sarah E.
    Posted at 20:58h, 19 April Reply

    I am also wondering what color the walls are!!! I LOVE the transformation! It’s beautiful!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 21:26h, 19 April Reply

      The wall color is Palm Springs from Ace Hardware. Thank you!!

  • missscarlet88
    Posted at 21:21h, 19 April Reply

    That is awesome! That’s what we have plywood subfloors. I am sooo showing this to Ryan. Maybe I can have him convinced…

  • Tonya@mycozylittlefarmhouse
    Posted at 22:16h, 19 April Reply

    I could so have that be my forever kitchen! LOVE it!

  • valentina
    Posted at 23:38h, 19 April Reply

    Hi! Love your redo! Question: did you have to sand your cabinets before priming and painting them? The guys at Home Depot said we could just prime and paint our cabinets white, but a contractor today say no way! we have to sand, prime, sand then paint…whoa. Please advise!! Your kitchen looks fabulous!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 07:52h, 20 April Reply

      We did sand ours just a little – we just used a sanding sponge and went over them. Ours were already pretty worn down and had very little gloss on them, though. I’ve heard that when painting furniture, you can either prime, sand, OR use a liquid deglosser. But I’d rather be safe than sorry when putting in all the work, especially if your cabinets are glossy at all. If you don’t want to sand, liquid deglosser is a good option to do before priming. has a lot of information on painting cabinets, as well as, of course!

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  • t
    Posted at 09:46h, 20 April Reply

    It looks great and has so much charm and character. I’m not sure I would gut it in a few years. Save your money for something else… retirement, emergency fund, etc.

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 10:20h, 20 April Reply

      Thanks for the nice comments! If the cabinets weren’t in such poor shape I would definitely consider it. The white paint is a face lift for sure! But knowing us, we’ll find a cheap way to do it when the time comes :-D We love a good challenge!

  • C. Desiree Barrett
    Posted at 09:47h, 20 April Reply

    I saw this on YHL and I had to come over. We have a drop in stove/oven from the people that previously lived there and I want to remove it to put in a slide in stove/oven. It seems like you were able to achieve that and still keep the surrounding cabinets in tact. I tried to find on your blog where you may have explained the process but I didn’t see it. Can you explain how you were able to remove the drop in? Thanks. Like you we can’t afford a major reno now..we just want something better we can live with.

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 10:17h, 20 April Reply

      Well, it was a bit of a process that was really just winging it! LOL :) When we took out the old stove, it was screwed into the countertops, so make sure you remove it carefully! We didn’t realize that and actually damaged our countertops a little in the process. The only other thing in the way was toekick, and we removed all of the old toekick from the rest of the kitchen as well and replaced it. The cabinets did not need to be modified at all, the width of the opening was correct, but we did have to cut the countertops a little wider. We just used a rotozip tool to cut them (gasp!). The countertops were just laminate, so it was easy to cut through, but it left an unfinished edge showing a little, since the stove doesn’t butt up right against them enough to hide it. But we’re ok with it for now until we can think up a solution!

      • C. Desiree Barrett
        Posted at 09:40h, 23 April Reply

        Thanks so much!

  • jodimckee20
    Posted at 10:55h, 20 April Reply

    it looks so great! love the light aqua wall with hits of red.

  • Melissa @ Loving this {crazy} life!
    Posted at 11:16h, 20 April Reply

    I absolutely love this makeover on a budget! One of my favorite parts is the stenciled floor~came out great! Found you over at YHL. I’m your newest follower!

  • Colleen P.
    Posted at 12:32h, 20 April Reply

    I am so in the market for a really good cut-in brush, I’ll keep an eye out for Purdy-where are they sold? (Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.).

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 14:44h, 20 April Reply

      I buy mine either at Sherwin Williams or Lowes! They’re the best, and last a long time, too :)

  • Sandy
    Posted at 12:59h, 20 April Reply

    I’m visiting from YHL. Your kitchen makeover is fabulous! I adore that wall color with the pops of red! And that stenciled floor!!!! Wowza! I think I’m in love…

  • thepaperviolet
    Posted at 16:27h, 20 April Reply

    Beautiful transformation! :-)

    Laughing out loud that you answered like five comments on the paint color, but it’s still not in your post! LOL. Too funny. :-p I was just about to ask too, but thought I’d read the comments first. :-p

    You should totally update the post with colors/brands of everything you used. I’d love that. :-D I know other people would as well… ;-)

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 14:34h, 22 April Reply

      I actually did update the post as soon as I was able to! Hopefully it’s showing up for everyone. I always forget to put those kinds of details in the post in the first place :)

  • Lori
    Posted at 10:48h, 22 April Reply

    I have a different question! Where did you get the frames for the vintage recipe bookets? I’ve had a few of these booklets for quite a while and could not find frames that I liked, but I love the ones you used. Thanks! And I love the rest of the kitchen as well!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 14:31h, 22 April Reply

      Unfortunately I have no clue where those came from… I know my mom found them somewhere, but my guess is it was at a garage sale? I’m sorry I can’t help more! Have you tried ikea at all?

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  • Rebecca Crosby
    Posted at 07:37h, 24 April Reply

    pleeeeeeease share how you were able to suspend the new microwave without having a cabinet above it. thanks!

    • creekbedthreads
      Posted at 07:46h, 24 April Reply

      I will have to try to write up a post about how we did it since a description without pictures would be tough!

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        Posted at 18:22h, 26 April Reply

        That was my question exactly:) My parents want to get a microwave for above the stove but the cabinet currently above it is too low so I thought the shelf would be great but the only microwave I have ever put in myself had to be bolted into the cabinet above it as well as the wall. Looking forward to your response

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  • Giovanna
    Posted at 13:48h, 14 May Reply

    I have the same question, how did you suspend the microwave without the cabinet?. Also, where is and how where you able to hide the electrical outlet.Thank you!

  • Giovanna
    Posted at 13:50h, 14 May Reply

    I meant to say, where is the electrical outlet and how where you able to hide it without cabinets.

    • Erin
      Posted at 07:52h, 29 May Reply

      The electrical outlet is just right above the microwave. You can’t see it simply b/c it would take a pretty tall person to see over the microwave – plus I have the shelf stacked with dishes. Most of the weight of a microwave actually hangs on the brackets beneath, not from the cabinet itself. So the shelf is attached to the wall securely through screws and brackets. Then we just treated the shelf like we would a cabinet – we drilled holes in it for the microwave screws and power cord. I’ll try to write up a post soon with more details since you aren’t the only one asking!

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  • kristiana
    Posted at 14:18h, 19 October Reply

    AAAHH!!! Creek!!! I found this on Pinterest and cannot believe it’s my long lost Etsy friend!! I love your kitchen! Miss chatting and tell everyone in the ‘group’ a big hello from krispy banana! XO :) Kristiana

    • Erin
      Posted at 14:25h, 19 October Reply

      Hahaha how fun! Good to hear from you :-D I haven’t been on etsy for quite some time, either. I’m not even sure if the group still exists! Are you still selling your things?

      • kristiana
        Posted at 21:59h, 19 October Reply

        Yes still selling. You? :) Love your blog!!! xo K

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  • Cindy
    Posted at 09:33h, 24 November Reply

    I love the floor! Does the paint scratch easily? How do you clean it?

    • Erin
      Posted at 10:36h, 30 November Reply

      The paint has held up surprisingly well since we still haven’t sealed it as of yet! I clean it with my steam mop most of the time, but I’ve used pine sol and things like that before with no trouble.
      Thanks for your comment!

  • Mickey Leonard
    Posted at 09:46h, 15 February Reply

    I love your floor. Good job on the entire kitchen, but it’s the floor that makes my jaw drop! Well done.

  • Mg
    Posted at 18:28h, 20 April Reply

    I live the kitchen wall color! Is it also Valspar? What color?

    • Erin
      Posted at 13:28h, 22 April Reply

      Thanks! The wall color is Palm Springs, from ACE hardware, actually.

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    Posted at 12:47h, 25 June Reply

    I love your floor. Kitchen looks really fresh … I would like to have such a nice kitchen :)

  • June
    Posted at 11:06h, 08 July Reply

    Just came across your beautiful remodeled kitchen. Great job and thanks for the inspiration. Just goes to show that paint goes a long way.

  • Jenn
    Posted at 13:24h, 10 July Reply

    I came across your kitchen post via The Kitchn and as I’m reading seeing Lawrenceville… then Tarentum… I’m laughing to myself as I grew up in New Ken.

    Western PA connections aside. I love your kitchen. My son’s room is the same color scheme. We are buying a new-to-us house currently with that same horrible brick in the kitchen. Glad to see it can be painted and look good. My husband doubted me when I first brought it up. I’m going to go through your other renovation posts, but any tips for painting it?

  • Erin Wittwer
    Posted at 18:53h, 30 August Reply

    How did you hang your microwave on the wall without a cabinet overhead? Did you have to use brackets or did you attach it to the shelf?

    • Erin
      Posted at 20:30h, 30 August Reply

      We actually put a shelf over the top of our microwave rather than a cabinet. The cabinets that had been there would have made the microwave way too low (you can see the hood in the before pics). We screwed the shelf brackets into a piece of wood that was secured to the studs. Most of the weight of the microwave sits on the lower bracket which attaches to the wall, but the top does attach to the shelf. We drilled a hole in the shelf for the microwave plug, so the shelf is usable, but the plug wire is up there, too. I hope that makes sense! We didn’t really check with anyone before doing this (which is why there isn’t more info in the blog post), but it’s held up for 3 years so far, so I think we did ok :)

  • Stephanie T
    Posted at 00:29h, 23 September Reply

    I could love to have a tutorial on how you made the stencil. I bought a stencil for my floor but now feeling like it is too busy. I love yours! I know you tell the basics but I would love more details. Anyway you could help?? Thanks and fabulous job!!

    • Stephanie T
      Posted at 00:33h, 23 September Reply

      Could is *Would* ;-) obviously didn’t proof this. Now I’m reading it and seeing more mistakes!!

  • Katie
    Posted at 16:30h, 22 February Reply

    Hi, After a few more years, do you find it holding well? Also, visually do you find that it ever looks “cheap” / like an obvious DIY project?

    Any feedback would be appreciated, thank you!

    • Erin
      Posted at 10:02h, 04 March Reply

      Hi Katie! I think it has held up pretty well – we never did seal it, though. If I scrub too hard on the patterned part (like with the rough side of a sponge), it starts to rub off, but I think that would have been prevented with a sealer. The other thing that has happened is the cracks between the subfloor boards have reappeared. I should have done a better job of filling them to begin with.

      It was definitely a temporary solution to the kitchen until we can save up money to gut it and replace everything, which will hopefully be in the next year or two for us. I’m really happy with it as a temporary solution, but I don’t know that I would have kept it long term. The subfloor does have a bit of an unfinished look to it because it was just unfinished plywood. If it had been actual hardwood we had painted, I think it would have looked more permanent and finished. I hope that helps!

      • Katie
        Posted at 11:00h, 04 March Reply

        Thanks for the detailed response!

  • Karen Mok
    Posted at 17:01h, 12 April Reply

    Very nice transformation of your kitchen. I love every aspect of it. Do you mind to tell me where you purchased your Frigidaire Professional hybrid oven range? Thanks.

    • Erin
      Posted at 20:29h, 12 April Reply

      Thank you so much! We purchased our range from a local store called Good Housekeeping in Natrona Heights, PA.

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