Friday, March 29, 2013

Winter review

Thank goodness, today actually felt like spring!
No snow or rain or wind, it was perfect.

Since I am finally able to say goodbye to the cold I thought I would do a quick walk down memory lane and revisit some of my favorite projects from this past winter.

We decided to change our formal living room into a craft space for the family {well mostly for me}!

We added on a much needed mudroom to our home.

I jazzed up a couple of craigslist tables with paint.

We also began the renovation on our kitchen.

We sure did stay busy this past winter. We were constantly working on something with little break time in between!

Luckily our counter tops arrived this week and we were able to get them installed in one afternoon. I'm happy to report that our kitchen makeover is {mostly} complete and I will be sharing it with you early next week.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Fabric covered memo board

I'm feeling much better now and looking forward to putting some finishing touches on our kitchen this week. I'm still waiting for that all important phone call letting us know our counter tops are ready! It should be sometime this week {so they say}!

Last week I was able to whip up a little memo board for the back of our pantry door. It's a great place to keep lists, menu's etc.

I started off with this bulletin board I picked up at a thrift shop for a couple bucks. I found the yellow chevron fabric {that I LOVE} at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon. I bought a yard of fabric for under $6.00 and only used half the fabric! 

I used my hot glue gun to attach the fabric and then used command strips to attach the board to the pantry door.

I love the pop of yellow on the black door! Plus it was super quick and easy to make!

Have a great day!


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring mantel and painted birdcage

Sorry I haven't been around this week I've been battling a nasty cold. I have tons of projects and ideas floating around in my head, but my body just doesn't want to get with the program. 

Over the past week I've been tweaking my fireplace mantel to feel more like spring. You know the around the house from room to room grabbing items then running back to the fireplace to see how they look and then eventually putting most of those items back where you originally found them! I know I'm not alone here! It's a game I play a lot!

After a couple of days this is what I came up with.

I wanted to keep it simple with just a few touches of blue and yellow. That mirror over our fireplace is actually our television so I couldn't put anything on it {like a cute little moss wreath}. Plus I didn't want to spend any money!

The birdcage I've had for years, and last week it looked like this.

After several coats of spray paint it looks totally different! I was considering selling this at an upcoming garage sale, but now I am in LOVE with it again!

Today I plan on staying indoors {out of that surprise snow that came overnight} and trying to rest. I might even pop in my Breaking Dawn dvd and curl up on the couch. Take care and stay warm!


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Black painted interior doors

Last week I shared how our kitchen remodel was coming along and our completed pantry. I loved the look of our newly painted pantry door so much that I decided to paint the rest of our main floor doors as well.

Here are some before and after shots.
The view from our kitchen down the main hallway.


The door to our half bath.


Entryway coat closet.


I removed the doors and all the hardware before painting. I used a semi gloss interior paint on the doors {Glidden-onyx black}. I spray painted all of the brass hinges and even the door knobs with Rustoleum Universal Metallic paint and primer in one {satin nickel finish}.

To make the painting process easier my husband fastened the  hinges and doorknobs onto pieces of wood.

To keep the doors off the floor so I could paint both sides my husband screwed pieces of wood to both ends of the door.  This way when one side was still drying we could flip the door over and paint the other side.

It took three coats of paint, but it was worth all the work. We love the look of the black doors! Plus the black hides all those dirty little handprints!

In the meantime I am still patiently waiting for our new countertops to be delievered. I'll keep you updated on our kitchen progress!


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Kitchen update finished pantry

Our kitchen remodel is still moving along. Most of the big stuff is complete, we are just waiting on our new counter tops to arrive. Unfortunately I got the call today that they won't be delivered for three more weeks! 

So today I thought I would share how the pantry side of our kitchen is coming along and our new super duper pantry {can you tell I love it}!

When we started just a couple weeks ago our kitchen looked like this. 

The pantry was just too small and there wasn't enough storage for our family of five.

So we ripped out the entire pantry.

We also purchased new appliances and removed all the kitchen cabinets on the refrigerator wall.

My husband framed out our new much larger corner pantry.

He also installed drywall and hung new stock cabinets.

And if that wasn't enough work he installed our new pantry door and added crown molding to the cabinets.

Then I primed and painted the pantry wall.

I also primed and painted the inside of our pantry. I promise the color isn't as bright as it looks here. I used the same pretty yellow from our mudroom.

We then installed the track shelving.

This pantry is more than double the size of our old one. Being organized makes me happy!

I really really wanted to paint the pantry door an accent color, but the hubby said "no way". We agreed to paint the door black. 
Why yes, that is me in my lovely painting clothes!

And the biggest change of all...
painted cabinets
that took two long days to complete.
Just yesterday we added all our brushed nickel hardware to the cabinets.

So now we are just WAITING {trying to be patient} on our counter tops.

Still on my to do list 
-new light fixture over the sink
-new faucet for sink
-colorful accessories

I also have a future to do list  {after we take a breather and save some more money}
-new light fixture over table
-replace some of the door fronts with glass
-tile backsplash

Thanks for coming by today!


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spring shelf display

I've decided to take a little break from our kitchen remodel to get our house ready for spring. I spent the other afternoon grabbing items from around our home to use on my shelf. The cute printables I found on Pinterest, you can find them here and here.

I guess decorating for spring is wishful thinking because we got more snow last night and my kids have a snow day today!
Please come spring, I am so ready for some warm weather!

Have a great day and stay warm!


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