Reading Nook: Part 2

I wanted a header across the top so that it would

separate the nook from the hallway.

So this is what we came up with.

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We made sure to to leave a 3/4″ space in the front

so that we could wrap the header in wood.

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We made sure to screw it into studs in the ceiling.

P.S. The top frame is now also wrapped.

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Here it is wrapped.

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We added some crown to the front.

See that little vent?

 It used to be in the nook right where I needed my light to be.

So after some major begging, the hubs got in the attic for me

and magically switched everything around 🙂

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Here’s a pic of the ceiling after the hubs

moved the vent for me and wired for the light.

Gosh I love having a handy man!

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I couldn’t just have the ceiling be boring,

so we added the same wood that we did on our kitchen ceiling.

I used Minwax Dark Walnut and Valspar Briarsmoke to stain it.

In that order.

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(Temporary light)

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Here’s the nook all caulked and painted!

I decided to use Alabaster from Sherwin Williams

2016 Color of the Year in semi-gloss.

I’m pretty sure that it took me longer to caulk and

paint it than it did to build the dang thing!

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I really wanted to put some wallpaper behind the bookshelves and

I am really loving buffalo check right now,

but not the $60/roll price tag.

So I decided to paint it and save the $60 bucks!

Can you see the lines on there?

I’ll show you how I did it!

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I decided that I wanted 5 squares going across,

took the total width and divided it by 5

and it ended up being about 5 1/4″

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I measured and marked 5 1/4″ all the way across.

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And then used my level and connected all the marks.

It’s super important to make sure the lines are level

so you don’t have a skiwampa’s wall!

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Then taped them off using frog tape.

It’s the best for no leaks!

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I mixed my Repose Gray paint by SW with some glaze,

but didn’t have enough to do half and half like

your supposed to do and had to fix it in the end.

Do it right the first time!

I’ll show you what I had to do in a sec 🙁

*TIP: Paint the stripes with the 4″ roller with a

semi-smooth/smooth surface.

 DON’T buy the smooth sponge one.

 It will give you bubbles in your paint!

“Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

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By the time I had done the same steps to the other side,

this side had dried and was ready for the vertical stripes.

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Here is what ended up happening.

NO. DIFFERENCE. IN. THE. STRIPES

because I didn’t dilute the paint enough

so now it all looks solid.

No bueno!

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So since I screwed up on the stripes and there was no dimension

I took the same white paint and watered it down a bit,

re-taped where the lines where at and dabbed it on with a sponge.

I didn’t tape on the sides because it was the same white

and just blended in.

You can’t even tell.

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Here’s the after and the new light I purchased from

Amazon for $26 bucks!

SCORE!

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I wanted the shelves to look neutral

so I turned all the books around.

The hubs said that was weird,

but I know where they are all at 🙂

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Rug, Bedding and Pillows and Mattress are from Ikea.

I ended up replacing the rug with a white and gray striped

one from Overstock and used this one in my kitchen.

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Blanket is from TJ Max

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 Final result

*I still may take the blinds down and do a

pretty Roman Shade here

Just have to build up some mojo!

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My little reading nook: Part 1

I am always day dreaming about what I can do with a space.

How to make it different.

I don’t think I will ever be truly “done” our house,

because once I thought I was at the end of my list I would probably

just start all over.

It’s just what I do.

As wacky as it sounds it makes me happy to have things torn apart

knowing what they will be when I am done.

I am like kinda like Sarah Winchester of the Winchester Mansion

without the fortune, ghosts, or mansion!

I love my house to always be under construction of some sort.

It’s like my drug I guess.

This is a small area between two bedrooms upstairs that indented 3 feet.

We never even walked there.

It was just the perfect spot to make a little nook of some sort.

So after a few years of obnoxiously begging and coaxing

my husband obliged 🙂

I showed him a few pictures of what I liked and drew up a little plan

and we just went from there.

This is when we started to frame the base of it.

I wish I had a better before picture than this,

but I always get ahead of myself and this is

when I remembered to take a picture and it’s only a half

picture at that.

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We just took a razor blade and scored the caulk at the top of the base board and pried it off with a flat head screwdriver.

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I thought I had a picture of the step before this, but apparently I don’t.

So you can imagine, we built 2 of the frames in the first picture.

We then wrapped them on each side with 1/2″ pressed wood,

except for the one against the wall.  It was only wrapped on one side

because the other side of it is the wall.

Those 2-2×4’s are turned different on the inside because I wanted to be able to slide pillows

and blankets in easier and turning them like that gave me an extra 2 inches of space.

I wanted thicker more sturdy wood on the top

so we used 3/4″ cabinet grade wood.

We measured and cut the top piece so that it would be able to lift up

and not hit the bookcases.

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We used our Kreg jig to make some holes to screw the 2×4’s on the inside to the frame.

Make sense?

(super crappy pic, sorry)

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We made sure that the wood sitting inside of the bookcase and the edge of the piece in the

middle were both resting on a 2×4 for support.

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Here’s a different angle so you can see it cut even with bookcase.

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To make the lid we used 2 long piano hinges.

One side is screwed to the lid and the other side is screwed to the frame.

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Now for the book shelves!

We just purchased some pre-drilled melamine at Home Depot.

They were already 11-3/4″ wide which is exactly what we needed.

I wanted shelves to be centered with the window so we built a top and bottom frame

that will just be empty space.

It also supports the sides.

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When we put the sides up we used a spacer so that we could

put the molding on after and not have it over lap the door frame.

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We did the molding the same on the bottom and top of the window.

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You can check out my Reading Nook inspirations on my Pinterest Board.

 To be continued…


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Christmas Home Tour 2016

Hey Friends!

I thought I would give you a tour of our home decorated for Christmas

since I actually put some effort into it this year 🙂

The hubs doesn’t like me to put anything up until after Thanksgiving is over

but I was having a Progressive Dinner at my house

and wanted to have it all done.

Front Entry:

1. Garland from Tai Pan-bought on sale after Christmas.

2. Topiaries from Tai Pan

2.All the bulbs, snowflakes and wreaths – Wal-Mart.

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The Entry:

Mirror – Ikea

Wreath, wooden tree, greenery – Tai Pan

Deer, lamps – Wal-Mart

Sign, table-DIY

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Living Room:

Tree, some ornaments – Wal-Mart

Ornaments, Christmas countdown – Tai Pan

Tree skirt – Down east (Pottery Barn)

Ottoman – World Market

Striped Rug – Ballard Designs

Fur Rug – Ikea

Pillows – Home Goods; Ikea

Blanket – Home Goods

Shelves – DIY

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Chipper is already out and watching!

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Stockings – Down East (Pottery Barn)

Garland – Tai Pan

Décor in garland – Hobby Lobby

Nativity and trees – Tai Pan

Pillow-Home Goods, Ikea, At Home Store, Etsy

Blanket Ladder – DIY

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Those aren’t even our names on the stockings LOL!

I got them at Down East on an awesome sale

and thought I would just unpick the names.

But now it’s kind of a family joke!

I may just keep them 🙂

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Shutters – Antique find

Boxwood wreath – At Home Store

Merry Christmas sign – Hobby Lobby

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Milk for Santa – Walmart

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I’m glad to have this all up and done to enjoy for the holiday season!

I hope you enjoyed our Christmas Tour!

Feel free to share and Pin

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Avery’s new room

Avery needed a room makeover Big time!

Poor girl was sleeping on my mattress and bed I got for my 13th birthday!

To say the least, it was time.

So a couple of years ago we decided we would give her a room

makeover for her 10th birthday.

(She’s now 12)

I don’t even have complete before pics of the room.

I was just super excited to get started I didn’t even take the time to get them 🙁

So here’s a few of the messy stage when we were taking everything apart.

Put it was very similar to this, but not as cute.

ALL THE WORDS HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE HAVE LINKS TO THE PRODUCT

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I decided I wanted a room that could last her until she moved out.

So we decided to go for a queen size bed and just make it more grown up.

I went for neutral’s for the big stuff so that she could just change the accessories if

she got bored.

Here’s some details of the new room.

Light is from Home Depot but has been discontinued.

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Wall color is Collingston Grey by BM

Headboard is from Overstock

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Bedspread is also from Overstock

We love the bedspread, but the down side is it doesn’t

fit in my washer.

 And it has come apart on the seam a little on

the side, but nothing I can’t fix with a little needle and thread though.

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We got this dresser from Ikea and it has been an awesome dresser and held up well.

I also got the piece of glass they sell to go on the top of it for $30 and I HIGHLY

recommend getting it.

It is just nice having the protection.

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I got these dividers for the drawers because I am an organizational Nazi!

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Mirror and lamp is from Ross

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Since, we have hung these frames.

(Not sure what’s up with this lighting!)

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She loves this reading/Netflix corner!

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She loved the collage wall that Brooklyn and Bailey had,

so we did one for her with A’s of course!

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Hope you enjoyed her new room!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Feel free to Pin any images!

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From boring to beautiful

When we first moved into this house I loved the tall ceiling’s in our family room,

but I envisioned something more for this room.

I have a love affair with molding and coffered ceilings.

We had the perfect room for both.

After a lot of convincing, my husband said yes 🙂

This is what the room looked like before we started.

(Sorry for the picture quality, these were all before I got my nicer camera)

Yes, those are paint samples on the wall.

(At least one room in the house seems to have some at all times).

I may have a problem!

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I had a really hard time decorating this room.

It seemed like no matter how big of pieces I used it still seemed so tall and bare.

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Excuse the wood in the corner,

these pics were taken right before we got started.

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I was lucky enough to have my talented neighbor do the job.

I showed him pictures of what I wanted for each part of the room

and he made my dreams a reality.

He’s seriously so talented.

First he drew the design on the ceiling.

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Then he started building.

This ceiling is solid!

A lot of times for a coffered ceiling they will just use blocks

where my solid piece is laying flat against the ceiling.

Not on this one!

This baby is never coming down!

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After Teaser!

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Stay tuned for the after!

Thanks for looking!

Feel free to pin!

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Cindy’s Entry

Cindy wanted something different for her entry,

but didn’t quite know what.

I suggested we load it up with some white molding.

I showed her some pictures and she was on board!

Here is what it looked like before we started.

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Here it is During/After

We updated the railing to fit in with the molding.

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I really wanted to go high with the molding to draw your eye up and show how tall the entry really is.

Before you really didn’t notice.

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We also added in the wainscoat in this formal living room.

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Now obviously the carpet is not installed yet but,

I love how bright everything looks!

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I haven’t been back to take pictures of the house since the carpet has been installed.

Maybe that can be a future post 🙂

Once again

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Hope you enjoyed!

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Customer Kitchen Design

I designed this kitchen a couple years ago for a good friend.

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She called me and said her husband and son in law were tearing the tile out

in her kitchen and she wanted me to come over and give her some advice.

While I was looking at the kitchen,

just thinking I was going to give her some color options for paint and tile,

her husband came in and said the most beautiful words to a designers ears

“You can do whatever you want!”

NO WAY!

He gave me permission to move, plumbing, electrical, walls,

EVERYTHING!

To say the least

I. Was. In. Heaven!

Here is the entryway looking into the kitchen and a half bath (which we ended up tearing out).

(Sorry for the crappy pictures the were taken with an old camera)

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So this is what the kitchen looked like before we started.

She actually had quite a bit of space, but it was not taken advantage of.

Keep in mind while looking at these pictures,

that this couple has 4 adult girl with spouses and about 15 grand kids!

She never had anyone over because she didn’t have enough room

and sadly embarrassed of her space.

That. Had. To. Change.

Looking into the kitchen from the Family Room

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Dining area behind kitchen just off the entry, which used to be a bedroom.

You can see why she never had anyone over in this small dining space.

It was just too small!

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Before they turned the old bedroom into the Dining Room, this was the dining space.

It was literally right in the walk way to get to the Family Room from their Master bedroom and the Entry.

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Family Room located just opposite the Dining Room.

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I measured their whole space, went home and drew up a new kitchen plan, presented it, they loved it, and then the real work began!

About where the ladder is where the half bath once was.

She loved that half bath there, but the kitchen plan would not work with it.

SO we tore it out!

But luckily she has another one just down the hall 🙂

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Seeing this is such a high for me!

I know most people get panicked seeing a space like this but,

I LOVE IT!!!

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After finishing all the new plumbing, electrical, venting and moving the central vac

the drywall started to go back up!

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We didn’t tear out any sheet rock in the Family Room,

we just changed the lighting, paint, added trim around the windows (not seen in this picture),

new mantel, furniture, and of course new wood flooring.

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Trying to pick out a paint color

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Once everything was removed I had 22 feet of wall space on each side of the kitchen to work with!

You would never imagine that with what it looked like before.

The tight spaces were quite deceiving.

We were able to put in a 10 foot island!

The back splash is not in yet in these pictures, but everything looks so beautiful!

(we ended up doing a mosiac that ties the cabinets and counter-tops together.

Here’s the new kitchen!

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She wanted to do something traditional.

We decided to go with lighter cabinets since there is not a ton of natural light in this space

and warmed it up with a beautiful walnut stained island.

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Spice pull out’s on each side of the range.

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Wouldn’t just love two dishwasher’s?

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We tore out the old built-in china hutch and desk and they really loved them,

so I decided to put them back in.

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The wall of cabinets is all food storage.

She never had a pantry before and didn’t really have space to add a big walk-in one in,

so I thought she would love this storage space.

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There is slide out drawers so she can get to the back where things tend to be forgotten about.

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I believe everything needs to have a place.

Our cabinet guy helped us come up with this spot for the broom!

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We added in under cabinet lighting for a soft pretty glow at night.

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The granite was really a beautiful mix of color that tied in the two different cabinet colors so well.

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This was a huge project and took about 1 year to complete.

But it was so worth it!

I hoped you enjoyed it!

Feel free to Pin any images!

If you would like any info on a design consultation email me at sunshinefolkman@gmail.com

Later this week I will post her entry.

The wood work is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

XOXO


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Round side table

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I’m so excited to show you my new side table build!

It was a really fun project!

I got the plans from Shanty-2-chic

I love their plans because they have the whole list of wood you need to buy

and all the instructions on how to build so well laid out!

I spent $35 on the wood and $10 on Kreg Jig screws.

I had the paint and stain at home.

Here is the table all built.

I’m not going to walk you through the build because Shanty-2-chic does that

so well!

I did change a couple things from their plan though.

First I made my table legs and the wood under the table top curved

and I made my table taller.

 Theirs was 22″ and I made mine 25″.

Other than that I followed them to a “T”!

So here’s the table all built

(Please excuse the messy shop!  Someday it will be organized and nice)

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I stained it first with Minwax Weathered Oak and then Dark Walnut.

Let dry between coats.

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The table looks pretty as is but I wanted it to have a driftwood look.

So I did some research about dry brushing and it seemed pretty foul proof

so I thought I’d give it a go!

I took my Repose Gray by BM and watered it down 50%

~See it dripping off the brush

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Then you want to get almost all the paint off the brush

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Then you just start brushing it on.

I started out lightly because I didn’t want too much paint on the wood.

I still wanted to be able to see some brown.

I went all different directions.

Then I waited just a minute and rubbed it with a dry towel.

Don’t worry!  You seriously can’t mess this up!

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Here is the top of the table with half done and half not,

just to show you the difference.

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I did go over some of the edges with a 220 grit sandpaper on the edges where I wanted it to look worn.

When it was all dry I went over it with a wax to give a nice finish.

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Here it is all finished!

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I’m super happy with this table and can’t wait to find something else to build!

Maybe it will be another one of these!

Feel free to pin away!

(Just hoover cursor over image to Pin)

Have a Happy day!

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Kitchen Remodel before and after

Our kitchen remodel was finally complete (for the most part) in 12-15.

From start to finish, including ceiling, it took about a year!

It still needs a couple things done.  But it is 99% done, which I am satisfied with for now 🙂

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Our kitchen for me was just too dark and not enough counter space to work on.

So one thing leaded to another and before I knew it, we had pretty much redone the whole kitchen!

But you know what they say….

If you give a moose a muffin!

Here is what we started out with.

Not a bad kitchen at all, just not my style.

(previous owners)

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I painted it to lighten it up a bit, but never did decorate because I did not want anything on the top.

 Too much dusting for me 🙂

That molding on top of the cabinet is my practice piece for what I eventually wanted up there.

I’ll do a post on how we built those soon!

BEFORE:

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So we added Our tongue and groove ceiling , added the boxes and molding to the top of the cabinets (post coming soon),

had the orginal cabinet boxes and new molding all painted BM’s Simply White by a professional,

and had NEW cabinet door’s and drawer fronts made and painted the same color.

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I was in looooove with the farm house sink, but as you can see with the stacked

island I never had much usable space to do anything on the island.

It was also super high for the kids.

They NEVER sat at the island, which made me sad.

 I wanted them there sitting and talking to me while I was in there.

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I reconfigured this whole area the night before the painter was supposed to come!

I always wanted a hood above the stove.

Once we took out the fridge and the microwave I knew I had to do it or I would regret it!

After a few phone calls to my cabinet guy to see if he could do what I wanted him to do with how I wanted to change it

and a little convo with the hubs we went for it!

We cut the cabinet next the microwave even with the one above the microwave.

Then I had my cabinet guy make on large door to go over the whole thing.

It has big hinges on it and lifts up toward the ceiling.

Then we moved the stove to the middle and built 2 smaller cabinets (one to go on each side).

The one on the left holds cookie sheets and the one on the right has the slide out for spices.

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Some of my favorite things that we added to the kitchen:

Paper towel drawer:

I something similar to this on Pinterest and my cabinet guy is awesome and re-created it for me!

I hate clutter on the counters and this works perfect!

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Double slide out garbage cans

I had a slide out can here before, but it only fit one can and it had a lot of wasted space above it

and that is where we put the paper towel drawer.

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This is an extra 4 drawers on the end.

Before I had an overhang where those drawers are at now.

We never had a bar stool there anyway.

 I hate wasted space!

So we extended the island out and added these drawers for all my dish towels.

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All my spices before, were in the cabinet, next to the microwave, above the stove.

Which really worked fine, but since I changed the area around the stove I

wanted them down lower where I could reach better.

I love having them down lower next to the oven.

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One the end of the lower bank of cabinets there use to be a desk area.

We never used that either and I love all the storage space I can get,

so we added another bank of drawers there.

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It was a hard labor intensive project that took about a year.

But I am so happy with the results and still love it all!

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SOURCES:
Cabinet color: BM Simply white
Wall color: SW Repose Gray
Pantry door color: BM Chelsea Gray
Countertop’s: Pental Quartz in Carrera
Bar stools: Overstock
Wicker chairs: Ikea
Slip covered chairs: Ikea
Sign above table:  Made by me (Decal is by Urban walls)
Sign above stove:  Made by me
Hand towel:  World Market
Clock above pantry: Ikea
Boxwood’s on table: At Home Store
Table: Downeast Home Furnishing’s (Discontinued)
Table Runner: Homegood’s

Feel free to Pin pictures or ask any questions that I did not answer!

Today is a good day for a good day!

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Hat hanger

I was really excited for this hat hanger to get my sons hats off the floor.

He loves hats and strategically placed them nice at the end of his bed,

but I thought we could do something better with them.

So I just purchased a 1x12x4(its actually just over 11″wide), stained it, and screwed some hooks on it

and voila!

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Sand edges

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Pick out your stain

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Stain and let dry a couple of hours.

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Find the center of the board which was 5 1/2″

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Decide how much room you need in between hooks.

I did this by placing a hat down.

I decided I needed 13″ between hooks.

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I used my sheet rock “T” to mark every 13″ all the way down the board.

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Then I used my “T” again to keep my hooks stright as I screwed them in.

The second on I just “eyed” and obviously I was off 🙁

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To hang it on the wall I like these picture hooks.  They have these nifty teeth on the back so you can just nail them in.

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I put one on each side.

Measure and put them even.  I put mine 1/4″ down on each side.

And 1″ over to the center of the teeth.

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I also used anchors because there wasn’t a stud where I wanted to hang it.

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Hats up and off the ground!

To Pin just hoover mouse over the image and Pin away!

Have a great day friends!


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