April 27, 2017

One Room Challenge Guest | Week Four


Morning!  Welcome back to week 4 of my One Room Challenge update.  If you want to catch up on where this room started, you can find all the details in these post: Week One,  Week Two and Week Three.  Things are moving along, but definitely feeling the pressure a bit.  As you will see from some of the pictures, we are tackling some projects in the evenings after kids are asleep just to stay on track.  So let's jump to it!

Window Trim

This window is the focal point of the kitchen, so I wanted to beef it up a bit.  There's not a whole lot of room between the window and cabinets, but we were able to add a small piece of trim which really gave it a more of a finished look.  These trim boards were then caulked, wood filled, primed and painted.


New Sheetrock

When we demoed the backsplash the drywall came off with the tile, which is expected.  So new sheetrock went in.

New Backsplash

And finally the backsplash.  When we first started thinking about redoing this kitchen I originally wanted to do 2x8 white subway tile in a herringbone pattern.  But the more I looked at the amount of backsplash we were working with and all the outlets, etc. to work around, it became apparent that going with the classic 3x6 in a horizontal pattern was best.  I just felt like it wasn't enough space to really create a herringbone pattern.  And my installer (aka my husband) was trilled as well, since this pattern is much easier to install. 




The grout is still wet in these pictures, so it's darker then the finished color.  The true color is a very, very light gray, so the backsplash has a more all white look.

And just to review...here is my plan for this space and what we have completed thus far:
  • paint the cabinets - Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • paint the walls - PPG Palomino Gray
  • replace hardware with gold pulls
  • new cabinet hinges and new drawer rollers
  • new electric outlets
  • replace the backsplash
  • replace outlet covers
  • trim out the window
  • replace the blinds with a roman shade
  • under cabinet lighting
  • move light above the sink to the wall
  • new light above the sink
  • replace light in breakfast room
  • maybes - new faucet, new barstools and chairs for breakfast area
After all this dirty work, I was excited to see my roman shade arrive.  I had to change to a different style then I posted on my inspiration board due to my window size being unavailable, but love the new style too!  And I am the most excited that my counter stools are supposed to arrive today!  I have been wanting these forever and can't wait to see them in my kitchen!!  Lighting is still up in the air.  We have been back and forth on pendants over the island or just going with a light above the sink and then using the larger Darlana pendant over the breakfast table.  Lighting is probably stressing me the most at this point.

Thanks for following along.  We are getting so close!


April 25, 2017

Fashion Faves


sunglasses | clutch | dress | sandals | earrings

Hi there!  Lots of my attention has been focused on our kitchen and searching the web for home d├ęcor items, but there are so many cute fashion pieces that I am really loving.  From all the one-shoulder goodness, to the adorable espadrille sandals, to the cute fabrics like seersucker and eyelet.  I've been saving several of my favorites and sharing them today!


April 20, 2017

One Room Challenge Guest | Week Three


Morning!  Welcome back to week 3 of my One Room Challenge update.  Lots of dirty work to report this week, except for the pretty new gold pulls we installed.  If you want to catch up on where this room started, you can find all the details in these post: Week One and Week Two.  So let's jump to it!

New Hardware

I knew when we moved into this house I wanted to paint the cabinets and bring in some gold.  After shopping around a bit, I finally found gold pulls that looked much like the pricier ones I had been wanting at a fraction of the cost.  They come in many different sizes and you can buy them in packs of 10.  Because we already had pulls on these cabinets, it was nice to find these that actually fit the holes that were already drilled into the cabinetry.  I really didn't want to make any new holes if we didn't have to. 


Demo Backsplash

To remove the backsplash and sheetrock we used this sledge hammer and it worked great.  Pretty easy to remove, just lots and lots of mess to clean up.


New Electrical Outlets

While the back wall was open my husband made a few adjustments with the electrical.  He made few functional changes like moving a box location, but mostly cosmetic replacing the old faded yellowed outlets with new bright white ones.


New Cabinet Hinges and Drawer Rollers 

Another change we made was to change out all the cabinet hinges and roller tracks on the drawers.  I know it doesn't sound too exciting, but the old ones were really gummy and gross.  Once the cabinets were painted and looked so nice, having these new parts really made a huge difference.



And just to review...here is my plan for this space and what we have completed thus far:
  • paint the cabinets - Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • paint the walls - PPG Palomino Gray
  • replace hardware with gold pulls
  • new cabinet hinges and new drawer rollers
  • new electric outlets
  • replace the backsplash
  • replace outlet covers
  • trim out the window
  • replace the blinds with a roman shade
  • under cabinet lighting
  • move light above the sink to the wall
  • new light above the sink
  • replace light in breakfast room
  • maybes - new faucet, new barstools and chairs for breakfast
Lots of big tasks done, but still lots to do...