Paper Crafting Skills Come In Handy for Home Improvement Projects

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Feb 21, 2007 in Uncategorized

I haven’t posted in a few days because I’ve been up to my neck in my latest home improvement project – putting in a new kitchen floor. Yes, that’s right – I’m handy around the house! :)

The ball began rolling when our oven stopped working a few months ago. We made do with the stovetop, microwave and crock pot, but eventually, it had to go.

So Mike pulled it out and we spent the weekend shopping for a new one. Sounds easy enough, right? But it was anything but easy. There are so many different options out there – it was overwhelming!

But back to the floor – our kitchen floor was in pretty bad shape and I have wanted a replacement since we moved into our house 9 years ago. But it just wasn’t in the budget (and still isn’t).

Since the stove was gone, I took the opportunity to convince my husband to try one of those peel-and-stick vinyl floors (a new floor Trading Spaces style). We found one that came in planks and looked a lot like the laminate floors that are so popular right now. And it was only $120 to do the whole floor!

I began to install it yesterday afternoon…here’s an in-progress photo:

Here’s where my paper crafting skills came in handy – the pieces all have to be cut to fit around the cabinets, walls and such. My experience as a crafter has taught me how to cut things in awkward places to get paper or other coverings to fit, and it basically worked the same way on the floor. I marked the pieces with a pencil and cut away the excess with a utility knife. I was working on the floor until 11:30 last night and just finished it up this morning.

Here’s the finished floor:

I think I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself!

Of course, there is still this mess:

Sometime next week, I hope there will be a new stove in that very spot…

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