Among other rustic, worn, distressed things, anyway. Sorry about missing a posting last Sunday. I had it scheduled but it didn’t run automatically. My bad! I usually figure those things out and they work right on schedule.
Today, you get two for the price of one. This is the week I started our floors in the kitchen. I don’t know if you remember, but our budget is beyond tight in our city farmhouse, so we have to go very slowly with our projects and the budget is 0, which is my favorite price. I do a bunch of bartering, repurposing, and just plain, ole, cheapskate haggling. In the long run it may take longer to get there, but in the end we will have our comfy, cottagy, cabiny, rusticky, perfectly ours home. In the meantime, it may take the rest of our life to get it there.
So, now that you know the place I am starting from, let me show you a before after photo of the floors. This was what we found when we ripped up two, mostly three, layers of vinyl. Plus, under the cabinets that held the stove top and ovens we had carpet? Just remember that this home was built in 1925 +/-. A lot of years and a bunch of layers with differing styles.
I looked at these floors, naked, drying out from all of the trapped moisture, for well over two weeks thinking about the feeling I wanted to get from them. I contemplated renting a sander and taking them down to perfection, using a light stain on them, and bringing them up with a high sheen. I considered white washing them and finishing with a satin type sheen. I considered tearing them up and replacing them but then I remembered my budget. Sooo, it was Monday and Hobby Lobby was open, YES!
Stenciling is a design aspect I have always loved. (Remind me to tell you about my favorite desk someday.) There are so many options on the store shelves now that it is impossible not to find something you love. Trust me, one store and I was there for almost 2 hours looking at stencils. But, true to my style (and as close to my budget as I could get) I landed on a paisley pattern. Paisley and Argyle are my favorite patterns and I use them where and when I can. I even knit some double sided Argyle (red & white) hotpads for our cabin in Tennessee, but that is quite another story. Oh, by the way, the stencil was even a better deal because it came in a package with nineteen other stencils for under $10.
I chose paint colors that would work with our scheme plus, added bonus, they are colors with a lot of different elements so they will work in most future decor changes I would ever make. I stenciled the color on considerably thicker than I normally would, but it is a floor and the patterns are being placed sporadically so some are finding their ways to heavy traffic areas. I let that acrylic paint (I don’t have any milk paint dye right now) set for 24 hours and then I took some 120 grit sandpaper on my trusty mouse to sand it down and give it a somewhat worn appearance. Then I brought out my stain and went right on over everything equally. I let that sit for about a minute and then rubbed her down.
Just a few more steps until the finished project, but some of the floor will have to remain that way until we open up the wall between the kitchen and dining room. I may have to wait on the final surface until I figure that out. Right now I am just considering a really nice coat of citrus and beeswax to keep these old boards nourished and protected. I think the dining room may be a little more formal finish than the kitchen, but I am loving it. Oh, did I forget to tell you, I chose to do a simple prep because I absolutely adore the rustic condition of the boards. I couldn’t help myself. No heavy sanding. Mostly a real good scrubbing with castile soap, water, and a very stiff brush. It’s mother-in-law approved! Let me know what you think and thanks for coming along on my life of lovin’ it.
I can’t wait until next week to share even more stunning kitchen work. God bless y’all and see you next time. Wear you blue jeans.