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Kitchen Renovation

January 12, 2017

Our kitchen remodel is finally done! We started the first weekend of December. My husband decided to take a few days off of work and try to get as much done in a 5 day stretch as possible. While he did get quite a bit done in that time, there was still so much more to do! Hence why it is just now finished….a month later.

One of the biggest time consumers was the cabinets. We went back and forth whether or not we wanted to rip the old ones out and start fresh, or keep the original set and repaint. While new cabinets would of been nice, we ultimately decided to keep the originals and sand them down and repaint. The biggest factor behind this decision was the fact that because the kitchen is so small we didn’t really have the option to change the layout at all so it just made more sense to keep the original cabinets, especially since they were real wood and were still in really good condition (other than the multiple layer of thick gross-colored paint…) Since we were keeping the cabinets we wanted to make the new paint look as nice as possible, so we sent all the cabinet doors to a local company to be completely stripped down to the bare wood so we had a nice fresh surface to paint over. This took a couple weeks, so we lived with an almost complete kitchen without cabinet doors for a bit. Not only did the stripping take some time, the actual painting was lengthy as well. We ended up using Valspar Cabinet Enamel and had it tinted to with a couple Valspar colors. For the top cabinets we went with Valspar Cool Grey and for the bottom cabinets we went with Valspar Autumn Fog. I know some people take a ton of time deciding on paint colors, but my husband and I walked into Lowes, and picked these out literally in 5 minutes. I knew what I was looking for so I suppose that helped.

Overall we did quite a bit of work in the kitchen. We stripped and painted the cabinets, installed a new checkerboard black and white floor, white subway tile backsplash, butcher block counters, a new farmhouse sink and faucet, painted the walls, put in new baseboards, and got all new appliances. While it was a lot of work (thanks to my husband!) we are so happy with how it turned out. My vision for a modern farmhouse style truly came to life and I couldn’t be happier!

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Nursery Inspiration

November 22, 2016

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I have been so excited to start the nursery, especially since we found out we were expecting a little girl! To be honest, I have had a vision in mind of what I wanted the nursery to be like since before I was even pregnant. Since its a space that my husband and I will obviously spend a lot of time in, I wanted it to feel comfortable to both of us and baby. I also didn’t want it to be too baby-ish. I wanted pieces that would grow with baby girl and not be things we would end up getting rid of as soon as we were out of the baby stage. Overall I wanted the room to be light and bright with all the furniture being white with natural wood accents, modern, and not too girly. I’ve ridden horses since I could walk so I was obviously going to incorporate horses/unicorns into the room. And that is really the theme I have run with, although, not too over-the-top 🙂

These are some of the pieces we have either already purchased or plan to purchase. Now we just need to clear out the room so we can actually start putting everything together!

  1. Babyletto Lolly Crib
  2. BabyJives Moon & Star Cloud Mobile
  3. Round Brass Mirror
  4. Side Table
  5. Pillow
  6. Rocking Chair
  7. Book Shelf & Baskets
  8. Ride-on Unicorn
  9. Artwork

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Kitchen Reno Inspiration

October 26, 2016

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We are getting ready to start our kitchen renovation and I am SO EXCITED!!! The goal is to have it done before Christmas…we’ll see if that happens. Just like our bathroom, my husband will be doing all the work himself, especially since I’m pregnant and can’t really participate in most of the projects. Above is the inspiration for the style we are going for, modern-farmhouse.

On the to-do list.

Paint Cabinets – our cabinets are really in pretty good condition they just have several (ugly) layers of paint on them currently, so that will be the biggest chunk of work I think. The top cabinets are going to be painted white, while the bottom cabinets will be painted a blue-gray. Then we will be replacing all the hardware to an oil-rubbed bronze.

Convert electric stove top to gas – this might be one of the things I’m looking forward to most. I absolutely hate cooking on electric stoves…gas is so much better! Luckily we already have gas in our house so we just need to get a contractor out to the house to run the line to the stove. (this is the one thing my husband won’t be doing)

Counter tops  – currently we have some really attractive laminate counters that literally have a pink floral pattern on them if you look close enough. So cute. We are ripping these suckers out and putting in Oak butcher block counters. I can’t wait. I love the love of butcher block counters, especially will all the other elements I have picked out for the kitchen. The perfect combination of modern and farmhouse.

Backsplash – The current backsplash is the same as the counter tops. This will be gone and replaced with classic white subway tile, just like we did in our bathroom reno. We’ll again be going with the pewter grout. I love the look of a darker grout so you can actually see the tiles themselves but also because it will stay way cleaner looking than if we went with white.

Sink – Right now we just have a regular old two bucket metal sink. We are replacing it will a ceramic white farmhouse (apron front) sink! This is going to be such a beautiful touch and truly bring in that farmhouse feel.

Floors – Currently we have a ‘white’ and looks black but is actually dark green, checkered floor. We actually really like the look of the checkers but we want a true white and black. So we will be going with classic snap-n-lock white/black laminate flooring.

Other than that is will be painting the walls, possibly adding some bead board around the eat-in kitchen area and a few other farmhouse touches. We have already replaced the refrigerator, oven and dishwasher from ugly white to stainless steel over the past year, so the only appliance left to replace is the stove top!

I can’t wait to get this project started, and even more so to get this project finished! It is the last big project we have on the list for the interior of our home and then it will truly feel like our style.

 

 

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Bathroom Remodel Inspiration

April 11, 2016

modern-farmhouse-bathroom-inspiration-boardWhen my husband and I purchased our first home last Spring we knew there were some things that we wanted to change to make the house fit our style and taste. The house is a small, 2 bedroom 1 bath built in 1952 and let’s just say, it was pretty evident no improvements (other than new windows) had been done to the house since 1952.  Overall the house is in decent condition but updates are still needed.

In comes our sole bathroom. It’s tiny, dingy, and totally 50’s style. With that said, its completely functional and is just awaiting some remodel magic 🙂

I put together an inspiration board before we started anything so I could visualize all the materials I had selected together. I really think this is the best way to start any project when it comes to remodeling or even just basic decorating. I had a hard time choosing a light fixture so being able to simply swap different photos out really helped ease the decision making so I didn’t feel like I purchased something that really wouldn’t work in the space.

I can’t wait to share the before and after photos soon!

-Lee