4 Simple Ways to Update a Hutch (or Bookcase)

4 Simple Ways to Update a Hutch (or Bookcase)

To begin, I want to thank all of you who took the time to fill out my blogging survey (if you haven’t had a chance yet you still can, it’s at the end of this post)! I feel so blessed to have such kind and encouraging readers! Thank you so much for your feedback, it means a lot!:-) Recently, I was asked about the hutch in my living room.  Particularly if I had painted it and if so what color and how.   I wanted to share the answers to this question with you as well as a few more pointers to updating a hutch.  But before I begin here are some inspiring photos of hutches working both functionally and aesthetically in a space. Threshold Goods & Design, LLC via Houzz   Buckingham Interiors + Design LLC via Houzz   Adrienne Chinn Design via Houzz   Catherine Nguyen Photography via Houzz   Janette Mallory Interior Design Inc. via Houzz    Lisa Stevens & Company, Inc. via Houzz   Traci Connell Interiors via Houzz    Kelly Deck Design via Houzz    via Ballard Designs I bought my hutch many, many years…

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Is Gray Here to Stay?

Is Gray Here to Stay?

Initially you may have thought the title would be referring to the gray skies of winter.  Believe sometimes living in Ohio I begin to wonder if gray is here to stay, like forever!  Thankfully it’s not (although I did look it up and 67% of winter days are cloudy in Ohio)! But instead I am referring to the gray color trend that has swept the nation and beyond in the use of home décor accents galore.   JB Architecture Group, Inc. via Houzz Recently my fellow DIY loving friend, Cindy, painted her kitchen cabinets gray. They look amazing, don’t they!? After showing them to me, Cindy, confided that she harbored concerns about her choice of color. What if the gray trend dies out soon and if I go to sell a few years down the road the cabinets cause problems for potential buyers? Her question got me thinking, is the gray surge just a trend or is it here to stay? The gray trend started about 5 years ago. Initially it began on walls, then in accents of rugs and pillows, then on furniture in upholstered chairs and couches, and in the past…

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Kids and Guest Bathroom Reveal

Kids and Guest Bathroom Reveal

Hey Guys!  The kids/guest bathroom is done and just in time as our house guests arrive tonight! As with all of the makeovers I do this one is no exception it includes lots of budget friendly ideas and DIYs that I  can’t wait to share! Let’s refresh our memory of what the bathroom looked like BEFORE.  Very builder basic! And here is the AFTER! So let’s talk about the room and what each element cost!  After studying the inspiration photos I had for the room  I knew I wanted to paint the vanity green.  You can view all 9 of my inspiration photos, Here. I ended up trying and loving Behr’s Alkyd Semi-gloss Enamel for painting the vanity.  I’m happy to report that unlike many special enamels this one only cost $32 for the gallon!  You can learn all about how to paint bathroom cabinetry like a professional, Here. The DIY board and batten wood trim treatment on the walls cost around $50 and creates a lovely backdrop that allows the colors in the room to really pop.  The upper section of the wall…

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How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity like a Professional

How to Paint a Bathroom Vanity like a Professional

Hello!  Today I’m here to teach you how to paint a bathroom cabinet/vanity like a pro! I just completed my kid’s bathroom vanity and I am so happy with how it turned out. This was my 5th bathroom vanity that I have painted and I have finally found a product and system that completely rocks! This was by far the best experience and since practice makes perfect better I want to save you the trouble of doing it the less effective ways and allow you opportunity to get the outcome you desire the first time you try! For years I have been trying to find a paint product that gives the look, feel, and durability of being professionally done. I’ve wanted a smooth, glossy, no brush mark look and a smooth, hard enameled feel. I have experimented with lots and lots of paints products and methods but I never felt any of them were “the one”. So, guys, I have found “the ONE” (and no this post is not sponsored in any shape or form)…

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3 Elements of a Stylish Kids Bathroom

3 Elements of a Stylish Kids Bathroom

Hello Friends! Right now I am gearing up to makeover my kids’ bathroom and have had a fun time searching for inspirational spaces.  I am looking to create a kids bathroom that is both stylish and fun.  Here are 9 Inspiring Kids’ Bathrooms that I found that fit that description! 1. via Pottery Barn Kids 2. via 2 Little Superheroes 3. via Pinterest 4. Tamara Mack Design via Houzz   5. vis BHG   6.  via Pinterest   7.  via Young House Love   8. All Design via Houzz   9. via Pinterest   In analyzing these photos I have pinpointed 3 elements that all of these spaces have in common and which I will make sure to employ in my kids bathroom makeover!   1.  First, is the use of a bold color.  If you scan through the pictures again you will observe that all of these bathrooms had 1 and sometimes 2 bold colors.  The pops of colors in these pictures included  deep blue, green, turquoise, aqua, yellow, and pink.  I am thinking about using green in…

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10 Steps to a High-end Kitchen on a Low-end Budget

When I moved into my home 2 years ago there was no room I despised more than our kitchen.  It was dark, outdated, and generic.  I wanted a kitchen that was light, welcoming, and sophisticated.  Not having much $ to work with made me have to stretch our dollars as well as my creative juices and DIY muscles.  It was not until I loved my kitchen that I loved my home. I created The Love Your Kitchen Series because I wanted others on a small budget to be able to achieve a kitchen and home that makes their heart happy too!  This post pulls together the 10 steps that enabled me to go from abhorring my kitchen to adoring my kitchen. The links below stating READ MORE will take you to posts I have written that go into that particular step in greater detail. I hope you will find this post as a great resource to achieving a kitchen you LOVE! 10 Steps to a High-end Kitchen on a Low-end Budget   1.  Painting cabinets can do amazing…

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Love Your Kitchen Series- Adding Wood Trim

If you are new to this Series,  we have been focusing on inexpensive ways to upgrade your kitchen from builder boring to high-end custom. When you read the words ‘adding woodwork’ I hope you didn’t turn and run the other way! If you are at all tempted to let me tell you something first!!! I grew up in a family that did not even own a drill. Even to this day I have never seen either of my parents hold any kind of home improvement tool (besides a screwdriver and a hammer).  My husband has ZERO experience or interest in anything DIY. Are you still there??? Good, don’t leave yet. Woodwork makes a HUGE difference in the visual appeal of a space and it is something you can easily learn if you don’t already have experience with it.  I never did until a few years ago! So who taught me to wainscot and crown mold?  My friend, google search did!:-)  I’ve learned how to do so many things by typing phrases like “how to install crown molding” into google search and then devouring…

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How to Put Glass in Cabinet Doors

How to Put Glass in Cabinet Doors

Happy Monday!  If you haven’t already read why I’m such a big fan of having at least one glass cabinet in your kitchen click here.  Today I will teach you how to put glass in your cabinet doors.     Before I start a DIY project of this nature I always ask myself, if worst case scenario happened during this project what would be the next step?  I don’t start the DIY project until I have a Plan B intact.  In this case, worst scenario is the door gets ruined and becomes unusable (well, of course you could saw your fingers off, drop a piece of glass on your barefoot, or while you are doing this project an asteroid could hit planet earth, but most likely the worse case scenario is a ruined door). 🙂 Never fear though, if worst case scenario happens and you ruin the door I have found a great online source that sells cabinet doors that are already pre-cut for the glass to be inserted and they are fairly inexpensive.  Your price depends on the specific options you choose for your door as can…

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Love Your Kitchen Series–Glass Cabinets

One of my favorite kitchen updates is adding glass to cabinet doors!  Why is it one of my favorites?  Because, boy, can it change a kitchen from Ehh to Wowza!  Oh, and because in most cases it’s super easy and inexpensive to do.   Glass in cabinets transforms a 2D kitchen into a 3D, forging a sense of spaciousness and interest.    Dewson Construction Company via Houzz   It also establishes an inviting ambience as glass naturally “invites” a person into what is inside of it.  Let’s do an experiment.  It will be fun, trust me.:-)  Hold your hand up to the glass cabinets below so that you can’t see them.  Look at the room without the glass cabinets and notice the vibe of the room.  Now take your hand away and see if the vibe changed for you.  It does for me.  When I took my hand away, the kitchen all of a sudden went from saying “hi there” to  ” Hello, come on in, and make yourself at home!”  You didn’t know kitchens could talk did you?  …

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