Kitchen Makeover on a Budget Update

Kitchen Makeover on a Budget Update

A few months ago I shared the plans of my friend’s kitchen makeover on a budget.  I promised I would give you an update on their progress once they had painted the walls, kitchen cabinets, and added trim on the area above the cabinets (the soffit)! Well, they did it and I’m here today to share their progress so far! First here is a reminder of what their kitchen looked like before they got started on the makeover.   BEFORE   Here is the progress! PROGRESS   I had suggested a light gray color (specifically Benjamin Moore Classic Gray) for the walls, however, the hubby loves color so color they got! BEFORE   The black arrow in the picture below indicates that they will be replacing the countertops next (probably to a black countertop) and the gray arrow shows that a backsplash will be installed after that (probably a marble one). PROGRESS   My friend was nice enough to write out all of the steps she took to get from the Before to the Progress.…

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One Room Challenge Week 2 (includes painting laminate)

One Room Challenge Week 2 (includes painting laminate)

Hello!  I hope you all have had a great week! The weather has been beautiful here in Ohio this week which has been great for throwing open the windows and painting, painting, and painting some more! This is week 2 of the One Room Challenge!  And although it is the One Room Challenge I am attempting to do Two Rooms,  my master bedroom and my daughter’s bedroom (in case you missed it you can check out the plans for the bedroom makeovers in THIS POST), Out master bedroom has an attached “office” space.  Here is the BEFORE.   I got the desk years ago free from a friend who was moving and didn’t want to take it with her (it’s a biggie).  The hutch was a steal of a deal for only $22 from the Cincinnati Ballard Designs Outlet. For years the two toned nature of the pair hasn’t bothered me.  But I’ve now come to the point where I’m ready for the piece to have some continuity so painting the massive laminate desk was…

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DIY Floating Bench

DIY Floating Bench

Hello!  I hope you doing well!  Last week I got in the mood to clean out my kids’ closets (all four of them) . It’s not something I get in the mood to do very often so I took advantage of this rare feeling and spent quite some time going through all of their clothes– putting aside clothes that don’t fit, have stains, or aren’t ever worn and organizing like a mad woman. It feels so good to have their closets organized again (we’ll see how long it lasts)! A couple of months ago I shared a bedroom makeover I helped design for my friend’s daughter.   One of the most fun parts of the makeover was creating a reading nook by adding a custom “floating” bench.  My friend’s handy husband built the bench for around $100.  Here are the steps he took to build the bench!   How to DIY a “Floating” Bench  Determine where you want the bench to go.  This was the perfect empty space for a little reading nook.  They did not remove…

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A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

Hello!  Now that I’m done with most of the big projects and makeovers in my home (at least for now) I’ve been working on some of the smaller projects that I’ve been putting off. This week I was able to mark one of those projects off my “small project to-do list” (I had actually forgotten to put it on the list but you better believe I will put it on just so I can have the satisfaction of marking it off)! So what was the small project that I did?  I painted the tiny toilet room and the tiny toilet room’s cabinetry.  Do you guys  know what a tiny toilet room is (or maybe you call it by a different name like my friend who calls it “the pooper”)? I don’t know how common it is but in our master bathroom there is a sink, a tub, and shower and then a separate tiny room within the bathroom that holds the toilet (think airplane bathroom small). Although I’ve done a lot of work on my…

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Beginnings of a New Kitchen!

Beginnings of a New Kitchen!

Hello!  I’m excited to share a new project I’m going to be working on with a client friend.  She is interested in getting direction in updating her kitchen. As usual we will be working on a budget and I am confident we will be able to make this kitchen a beautiful, up-to-date space!   Here is our plan of attack:   1. Paint walls–Paint the walls Benjamin Moore Classic Gray     2. Paint cabinets –Paint the cabinets Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (a bright white) or Sherwin Williams Alabaster (more of a creamy white).  I think we will be using the same method I used for my kids bathroom vanity to paint the kitchen.   I’ve always wanted to try it out on kitchen cabinets because I’ve loved the result in the kids bathroom–it’s so durable and has a lovely smooth finish.  You can find the tutorial, Here   Sherwin Williams Alabaster   We plan to paint the soffit area above the cabinets the same color as the cabinets and add trim to it to create…

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Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Alas today I’m sharing my laundry room makeover reveal! I asked The Home Depot if they would be willing to partner with me on this makeover and I am thrilled  that they said yes!:-) I shop there all of the time but a few months back when my three year old needed to use the restroom (he’s at the age where he wants to check out the bathroom of every store we go into!) I noticed a bunch of beautiful unfinished cabinetry  against the back wall near the restrooms.   When I went to inspect them closer I was floored by how affordable and nice they were.  They are about half the price of the pre-finished ones and in the shaker style that is very classic and popular these days! I immediately thought of using them in my upcoming laundry room makeover. When we moved into our home 4.5 years ago  the laundry room was as basic as you can get with just a rack above the washer and dryer. I didn’t like all of…

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BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

BIA Parade of Homes Preview & What’s Trending Right Now

I look forward to our local Parade of Homes every year and this year is no exception (16 builders are participating this year so lots to see)!  You can imagine my excitement when I got invited to attend the media tour of the Parade a month before it is opened to the public (it opens to the public September 3rd- September 17th). I had so much fun touring the homes that I wanted to share the experience with you!  You will see in the pictures that the homes were in varying stages of readiness.  Some homes were fully decorated (most weren’t yet) while others were still drywalling and installing flooring. I think it was pretty neat to see it in progress because it made the bones and architectural details of the home stand out even more. I will be sure to point out some of the common trends I saw amongst the homes. Let’s begin with my two favorite exteriors!  The contrast between light and dark colors really makes them pop.   Two cool ceiling features!…

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The Importance of Architectural Details & DIY Media Wall Unit

The Importance of Architectural Details & DIY Media Wall Unit

Hello!  In the design course I’m taking right now I’ve learned that it is ideal (but of course not always possible) for each room you decorate to have an architectual feature.  Possible architectual features include fireplaces, woodwork, archways, beams on ceilings, crown molding, a bay window, built-in bookcases and the list goes on! Here are some examples! The ceiling woodwork, unique windows and window cabinets, and custom island. Photo by RLH Studio via Houzz   The built-in entry storage cabinetry and french doors. Photo by DLH Inc via Houzz   Woodwork above the mantel, fireplace, built-in bookcases, and the woodwork on celing. Photo by Alyssa Lee Photography via Houzz   The wood trim on the walls, crown molding, and coffered ceiling. Photo by Craftmaster Homes via Houzz   The alcove space, the wood trim on the walls and the trim around the front door. Photo by Tim Barber Ltd Architecture via Houzz   The upper arched window, the vertical planking on the wall, the wood trim above the stove and on the wall and refrigerator, the custom island, and trim…

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Your Guide to Using a Paint Sprayer & a GIVEAWAY!

Your Guide to Using a Paint Sprayer & a GIVEAWAY!

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a good week.  Today I have a new tool friend I want tell you all about and also give you the chance to win one!  For years I have heard of other DIY-ers using a paint sprayer and to be honest I thought it sounded intriguing but even more so intimidating. Unlike some DIY-ers I didn’t grow up around power tools nor do I have husband who uses power tools SO if I’m to try a new power tool I’m on my own.  For this reason I can sometimes be reluctant. But as often happens once I get the tool in hand it is so much easier than I had imagined it would be.  This is how it went with my new tool friend, the Homeright HVLP Finish Max Fine Finish Paint Sprayer (reminds me of the “official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle”).:-) Since I have had it (3 months now) I have had a chance to use it on several projects.  I first used it to paint…

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