Last week I was
doing a little pre-Spring cleaning--and
collecting some inspiration on my "breaks". . . .looking for a few ideas for a summer kitchen. . . .When I clean house, my mind goes in so many directions!
I have Spring Fever so "bad"--I'm growing tired of the gray days, wishing for sunshine and flowers. . . .
So this bright cheery kitchen was one of the first to catch my eye. . . .I was thinking daffodils and sunflowers . . .
A checkerboard floor certainly transformed our keeping room
from "so-so" to "striking." It's the focal point of the entire room. . . .
I've decided that is the secret to success with these types of floors. . . .They should be the focal point and not compete with their surroundings. . . .
I'm a huge fan of hardwood floors for their beauty and durability. . . .Sometimes, though, painting them can bring so much more to the room. . . .Checkerboarding changes a drab room to spectacular with only a can of paint and a brush. . . .tiles will work, too, if you choose not to paint. . . .
It took me years to go ahead with my plans for a checkerboard floor. . . .Although I wanted it, I was hesitant to paint over the wood flooring. . . .I haven't regretted that decision one minute. . . .The entire room came alive. . . .It became a room that makes me smile. . . .
When I began looking more closely on the net, I found that checkerboard floors aren't dated at all. . . .During every decade there are examples of checkerboard floors being utilitzed. . . .
They're so appealing to the eye but can be overwhelming if not considered the center of interest--or a major part of the overall plan. . . .This red and white kitchen is playful and fun, but the floor is definitely where the eye first lands. . . .It all comes together with the use of two colors over and over again. . . .Doesn't it make you smile? It does me!
An alternative to completely checkerboarding the floor might be to paint an accent rug instead. . . .Start out small. . . .See how you like it. . . .I'm considering a painted mat in front of my kitchen sink.
Look at the difference in this kitchen. . . .The photo above appears to be the update of the kitchen, but the photo below takes bland to interesting for me. . . .
Obviously, the checkerboard here is on the walls, but I couldn't resist another alternative. . . .Talk about a "pop" of color!
If you desire a more subtle approach, checkerboarding with white and gray--or other soft colors-- might be considered. . . .
This blend of white and gray is still eye appealing but becomes a
part of the background. . . .while looking fresh and clean. . . .I love these colors together.
The more I look at kitchens with checkerboard floors, the more I love them. . . .I'm not planning to change mine again for years to come. . . .I think they're bright, fun, and attention-getters. . . .
The more examples I find, the more I'm thinking about painting one on the living room floor. . . .I'll wait to tell John, though. . . .He swore he'd never do another one. . . .Anyone want to bet?
You'll find a video at This Old House
with step-by-step instructions on how to paint a wooden floor. . . .more checkerboard floors, too!
|but, I do it anyway. . . .|
Time to get back to my cleaning. . . .(sigh). . . .I'd rather paint a floor. . . .
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .