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This was a big night. We started putting in the floor around 10 pm and finished around 2:30 am. Let’s just say I was pretty worthless the next day. John and I had no clue how to put in a new kitchen floor, so our friends Jeremy and Cristy helped.

Jeremy is a night owl. He always works til 2 in the morning. The rest of us are NOT as tough as him. However, it is planting time now and we have to work when we have time. Since planting is a bit time consuming, this leaves two chances to work on the house:

  1. When it rains.
  2. The middle of the night.

The old floor was green and worn out in several spots. It was hard to keep clean, but I bet a new one will be hard, too. To save a little money, we bought a remnant instead of special ordering. Remnants are generally 30% cheaper. DSCN4275


In a newer home, folks would remove all the cabinets and appliances and then put the flooring down under those items. We did something much more unique. In an effort to save time and sanity we just moved the fridge and cut around everything else. Moving the fridge took about 45 minutes. It wouldn’t fit through the door! We tried everything, in the end…we had to put in on the porch.

DSCN4280Unfolding this big roll was quite a task and we needed all four people. If John and I had tried this alone – one of us probably would have ended up trapped under the flooring. Not good. DSCN4288


We put carpet tape around all the edges of the room so the new flooring would not slip. Eventually, quarter round will hold the flooring in place. For now, we are relying on the tape. Carpet cleaning San Jose cleans and refreshes your surfaces without the use of detergents or harsh chemicals, which means your carpet stays cleaner longer.



I took this picture at about 12:30 am. We were dragging pretty hard by this point, but we really needed to finish. Something about these projects DOES NOT allow quitting in the middle.



We trimmed off the excess flooring with knives and kitchen sheers. Linoleum is shockingly easy to cut and rip. Too easy sometimes, we had to be careful on the corners.


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Finally at 2:30 am the floor was finished. My family was coming to visit the next day, so I hustled home to jump in bed. I slept until 9:30. It wasn’t enough. I also napped from 1:30 til 3!DSCN4312


The flooring is done and we couldn’t be happier. It does sweep up easier and thanks to the coloring, dirt hardly even shows. Happy, happy, happy about that! We borrowed a table from Elaine. It folds down to seat two, but opens up to seat as many as eight. This is quite handy, because now I can get to ALL the kitchen cabinets instead of just three.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Lori

    It looks great!

  2. Derina

    Looks great and good choice on the coloring too. I had to use the famous iron to remove the flooring at the parents one time to replace and put in new flooring. So yes flooring is a long process but in the end it looks wonderful and feels clean.

  3. Laurel Wilson

    The floor looks very nice and is the most unique way of installation I have ever observed. It should do the job though.


    • Sierra Shea

      It was unique! I think we are going to do the same thing in the porch soon!


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!