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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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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Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Decorating 101- How to Create a Mood Board

Hello!  I hope you had a great week!  This week I’ve started putting together an inspiration board (or mood board) for my upcoming laundry room makeover. If you aren’t familiar with what a mood board is– it is basically pulling pictures, paint colors, flooring samples, tile samples, furniture pieces etc. together in one spot to see how they all look in unison and to gain a clear vision for where your space is going. You can do this with actual physical materials or you can use the computer to get a virtual representation. Here are some examples of both kinds of mood boards   Real Life via Studio Mcgee via Studio Mcgee   Virtual via Young House Love via Young House Love Mood boards are fairly simple to make. 3 Steps to Creating a Mood Board 1. Search for Inspiration.  Pinterest and Houzz are great free resources for decorating inspiration.  I have Pinterest boards for each type of room in the house and when I find a space I like I pin it to that…

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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 Look for Less- My 5 Most Recent Home Decor Deals!

The Look for Less- My 5 Most Recent Home Decor Deals!

For today’s post I’ve gathered up some of the recent deals I’ve found online for my home and wanted to share them with you! So without further ado! 1. Kitchen Faucet.  When we got our new countertops it came with an undermount sink.  I was planning on using the faucet we already had from the old sink but when we removed we found some crud and mold around the inside of it’s base. I had gotten the old cast iron sink and faucet from Craigslist and there was no telling how old they were.  After finding the crud we felt it was time for a new faucet especially since it would be sitting directly on the the marble countertops! I did tons of research for the new faucet.  I wanted the best faucet for the best price! I loved the goose neck feature of my previous faucet so I knew that was a must as well as a sprayer option and the convenience of one handle   Here was my inspiration faucet from Lowes for $469.…

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Why I Chose Marble Countertops & What I’ve Learned

Why I Chose Marble Countertops & What I’ve Learned

After four years of saving I recently got to purchase my dream countertops! But let’s first take a look back at where we started. A little over four years ago we moved into our home with a kitchen that was too dark and contemporary for my taste.   After several inexpensive DIY projects I was able to get our  kitchen to a point that felt light, bright, and airy (the way I like it).   One of the first projects in our home was replacing our dark laminate kitchen countertops with some light “faux stone” IKEA countertops.  They have held up pretty well with just a couple of small light stains.  They were super inexpensive so even though I have only had them for four years they were worth every penny!   But I’ve been in love with the beauty of marble and marble looking countertops for a long time!   And since I knew that the kitchen is a place in the home definitely worth investing in I began saving for them soon after we…

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38 Go-To Paint Colors for Your Home!

38 Go-To Paint Colors for Your Home!

The past several months I’ve been compiling a list of paint colors that I would call the best Go-To-Paint Colors around right now (and likely for very many years to come). I wanted to give you the cliffs notes version to paint colors!  Sometimes the number of paint color options can be enough to make your head spin (in rainbow colors)! It might sound easy enough to pick a paint color but then you have a billion different hues with a billion different undertones and intensities.  It makes me feel anxious just talking about it.:-) This post is meant to help save you time and headaches from paint color option paralysis by giving you 38 tried and true beautiful paint colors to begin with rather than millions! I hope it helps!!  Please feel free to ask questions and if you want to share your favorite go-to paint colors in the comment section I would love to hear them!   38 Beautiful Go-To Paint Colors WHITE 1 Behr Pure White–  This is what I use for all of my trim,…

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Beat up Table Turned Beautiful Farmhouse Table

Beat up Table Turned Beautiful Farmhouse Table

I recently helped my friend, Heather, transform her beat up kitchen table into a beautiful farmhouse table.  Her 13 year old daughter is obsessed with the Fixer Upper show and Joanna Gaine’s style.  She asked if I would help her daughter with a project she had found on Pinterest where Diana from Our Vintage Home Love had taken off the top of their existing table and replaced it with a farmhouse-styled top. \ via Our Vintage Home Love My friend, Heather, had a sturdy table with beautiful legs but the tabletop had taken a beating over the years with four young kids. With all of the screws under her table we thought for sure it meant we would be able to remove the tabletop however after taking a good looksy underneath we realized the top was going nowhere! As I was thinking about what to do the idea came to me…why don’t don’t we just install the wood planks right over the existing table top! So that’s exactly what we did! Before And the Afters…

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The Look for A Lot Less #2

The Look for A Lot Less #2

Hello!  How are you doing?  I hope well!!  I’ve been slowly moving along on several projects (living room, dining room, upstairs hallway, and my master bathroom).  To say I have project adhd is well, pretty much accurate!:-/ As I’ve been working on several room makeovers and updates I’ve come across some examples of getting “The Look” for less.  I wanted to pass them along to you today in case you could benefit from these deals as well as to demonstrate that a beautiful home doesn’t have to be expensive!   1.  First, last weekend we changed out our large hollywood light for two vanity lights (“how to” post to come) in our master bathroom.  Since I would be buying (2) vanity light fixtures I wanted to make sure I found a light for a good price.  After some hunting I found this Hampton Bay 3-light Fixture for only $29   The one shown above is brushed nickel but I got ours in chrome (a sneak peak below…sorry for the bad iPad picture).   It looks…

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