August 24, 2021

Transformation Tuesday #39

Happy Transformation Tuesday!

I actually spent the morning finishing up the transformation in my kitchen--I put up the backsplash behind my sink. I love how it turned out! I still want to put some sort of trim along the outer edges to finish it off. I used one full box of the vinyl tiles on this wall (literally down to every last scrap), so the whole backsplash on this wall only cost $30 and took about four hours. It would have been much faster if I didn't have to cut around the window and the change in countertop height and the plugs/light switches. It made such a big difference--I wish I'd done it a few years ago!

Anyway, here are a couple of readers' transformations for this week...

I create a little gnome/fairy garden in an old bird bath every year. I like to take a before picture to see how much the plants grow. Each gnome represents my husband and two son-in-laws and each fairy represents myself and my two daughters. Also, the two little boys and two babies represent my four grandchildren. Next year I’ll have to buy two more babies!

- Kim, Grandma to four, Mom to two daughters, Dog Mom to two rescue dogs

Kim, what a cute idea! I love that the figurines represent your family--that must be so fun when you get to add to them. Maybe one day, you'll have to buy a bigger garden ;)  -Katie

Nothing like a Transformation Tuesday to kick me into high gear and mostly finish an office redo.

I’ve worked from home for over 20 years, and it was finally time to redo the office. I’d painted it many years ago, done floors about 11 years ago, and change was needed. I had already started cleaning/moving stuff in the before pictures—I wouldn’t normally work in that much chaos!

The walls are now Behr Marquis (one coat coverage really worked!) in Sculptor Clay—it’s sort of a greige (that is such a made-up word, but it works). The floor is the stick together vinyl tile—SO MUCH EASIER than wood. We have done all sorts of floors in the last 30 years and this was by far the easiest. We even decided to put it down OVER the existing laminate—it was flat/smooth and there was room under the baseboards. It saved us having to pull up the old stuff. New furniture arrangement and purging of some stuff that had just accumulated over the years and it feels like a whole new space!

- Traci, Texas girl

Traci, what a huge difference! I absolutely love the wall color. And the little corner nook with your chair looks super cozy. You must love the "new" space--it looks fantastic! -Katie

Thanks so much for sharing your transformations! Please please please keep them coming so I can continue Transformation Tuesday. To submit a transformation, just email me a before photo and an after photo at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Make sure to include your name and a description of the transformation!


  1. Love these! Almost makes me want to redo my office . . . almost.

  2. Katie, the kitchen looks amazing! I just bought a white set for my bathroom, cant wait to try it out! They do make a white trim piece for these tiles on amazon, its a continuous piece of bullnose to finish the edges. You should go all the way to the ceiling around the window, it would look so fancy.

  3. Did cutting the vinyl tiles require standard scissors, a box blade, what did you use? Thanks in advance.

    1. You can just use regular scissors! I used a rotary cutter (like a pizza cutter, only it's meant for fabric/quilting) against a straight edge ruler to make sure the cuts were very straight, but it cuts well with scissors.

  4. Oh I just realized that after I finish the bathroom I will actually have a transformation tuesday submission! :)


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