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Wildflower-Infused Countertops in this Retiree’s Home


Gale wanted a beautiful spot to retire in, and there’s no doubt her tiny house is just that! She filled the home with oodles of plants, all of which she tenderly cares for. She even poured resin over local wildflowers to create a stunning counter top.

She has a loft bedroom for now, but made sure to have enough space downstairs for a bed should she ever tire of climbing up and down. Her closet — and more plants — are up in the second loft. Enjoy the video tour below!

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Gale standing in her lovely kitchen.

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The twinkle lights are looking great.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • LargeMarge
    November 16, 2021, 3:00 pm

    Gad-Zooks!
    I see all that stuff, my first thought is GVWR?

    • Tracee Pettee
      November 17, 2021, 7:51 am

      What is GVWR?

      • Hawthorn
        November 23, 2021, 10:26 am

        Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Don’t see how it matters in this case; she has a porch so I doubt it’s going anywhere. And with proper support underneath it shouldn’t be an issue.

  • bonn
    November 16, 2021, 6:06 pm

    I love you tiny home. It’s very warm and inviting and I love the plants. I LOVE your resin counters! What a great idea.
    I was wondering if your bedspread (on daybed) is something commercial? I am looking for a spread like this.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Alison
    November 16, 2021, 6:38 pm

    It’s lovely. Very comfortable, and her air must be very fresh, with all those plants pumping out oxygen. The flowered countertop is beautiful (but maybe not practical? Does the resin surface scratch easily?) I enjoyed her video.

    • James D.
      November 16, 2021, 11:40 pm

      Generally, Epoxy countertops are resistant to stains, stronger than wood, and do not get scratched easily. On top of this, epoxy countertops can be heat resistant to high temperatures, up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

      The surface is not porous, which helps make it resistant to mold and bacteria, and can hold up against most chemicals. Add, the sealing properties of an epoxy finish make the counter resilient against all types of stains.

      Though, you just need to make sure you wipe up spills and remove them immediately, as certain things sitting on it over time could cause minor discoloration. Otherwise, just wiping it with water and soap will suffice for years.

      However, it can dull and get scratched over time but it’s pretty easy to re-polish and repair, if needed. Just avoid Using Abrasive Cleansers, occasionally add small dab of mineral oil to its surface to help keep the surface from looking dull, and if you do somehow stain it you can usually use acetone to rub away the stain…

      Main downside to Epoxy is it can get expensive the more of it you use. So usually just apply a surface coating would be the most affordable application versus a deep pour mold and it gets harder to avoid bubbles, contaminants, over heating, etc. during the curing process if you use too much in a single pour. So there’s a learning curve in knowing how to use it properly and getting the desired result but once you do you can do all sorts of things like make a wood or laminate countertop look like marble or granite, among other effects, like different colored layers to make it look like sea water or just transparent like she did…

      Of course, if it’s done wrong or the wrong product used for the application you’re using it for then it may not be as durable or have the appearance you want or may have some other issue…

      • Stephan of Arkansas
        November 28, 2021, 5:28 pm

        Hi everybody. I much enjoyed viewing Gale’s tiny home. So well thought out and beautifully executed! What a blessing to live in a lovely, small, well-built place in a naturally beautiful area surrounded by plants and living with one’s beloved cat and equally loved dog. Gale is obviously an artist with poetry running in her veins. I am very happy for her. The blessings of Almighty God upon U, dear Gale, and your home and animal companions. Now…. two comments/questions: 1. I very much enjoy reading James D’s informed comments in this and other postings. Keep up the good work, James. 2. What is it like to live with a combo washer/dryer? I am intrigued by such machines. What thoughts of readers that have lived with one of those? A dear friend of mine in Thailand had one in his apartment — he despised it because of its limited capacity and that his washed things never got dry enough for him. Anyhow…. these comments and observations are respectfully submitted. Stephan of Arkansas

        • Natalie C. McKee
          November 30, 2021, 11:19 am

          To your question about washer/dryer combos — about 5 years ago we had one in an apartment and I felt the same way as your friend in Thailand. Our clothing never really dried! That said, it was probably already an older machine at that time. Perhaps the newer ones are better-suited!

    • Tracee Pettee
      November 17, 2021, 8:00 am

      “James D” left great info on resin countertops etc but I was noticing in the short glimpse of the countertops that they really weren’t poured deep enough and some of the foliage was very close (almost breaking through) the surface. That’s why I believe she has to be more careful in protecting them! I wish there was more footage as I really enjoyed the video. Mt Laguna, San Diego reminds me a lot of home (Yosemite Nat’l Park) where I lived for many years

  • vee
    November 16, 2021, 7:35 pm

    Well, — I just love this tiny home. I, too, am a plant lover and so truly think what she has done is fantastic.
    Also — great planning so if she needs to move to the downstairs area when she is older — she can. Wish I could have seen more. — but so impressed by what I see she has done. — lovely!!!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 17, 2021, 9:52 am

      I love that she thought ahead that way!

  • Cathie Lanier
    November 17, 2021, 11:56 am

    Love it. Want a tiny house like this!

  • Rosie
    November 22, 2021, 6:05 pm

    Oh my lord, I just adore your home and all the plants. I’m jealous and admiring with bated breath!
    I’m proud of you!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 23, 2021, 9:10 am

      Totally agree!

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