Friday, December 30, 2016

My (sort of) New House

A few weeks ago, I posted about moving into a small house. Mine is by no means the next cover of House Beautiful.  It's certainly not perfect, but it is mine and I love it.

I don't think I could go full out tiny house, I require a separate shower and non-composting toilet, but the downsize has been nice!

It was not love at first sight, really it wasn't even like at first sight

There were cat plates all over the wall and an old lady door. It's a lot blurry, but you get the picture...

A year has passed, and a lot has changed (although the old lady door has not). I love my little old house now.

While I know in blogger world you should never show before pictures and not the after but I promise they are coming.

So for right now, just feast your eyes on all the cat plate old lady glory.

This is the view when you walk in the door.

The kitchen and the laundry area.

And the bedroom.

I have to admit, I panicked when I saw it the first time, but I love a challenge! No where to go but up, right!?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Kitchen Obsession

I am currently jonesing for a project, so I was looking through my saved pictures for some inspiration. I came across these pictures I had saved, I am OBSESSED with this kitchen.  I'm pretty sure I found it in the Ice Age before pinterest so I'm not sure where they are from.  If anyone has a reference let me know.

I love the open shelves and aqua tile with the rustic wood ceiling. The aqua tile in this kitchen, gave me the courage to go with the colored subway tile in my kitchen. 

To me, it is the perfect mix of rustic and contemporary.  This kitchen feels so inviting and like a place you would hang out.

That granite *swoon*

So what do you think, is it love?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Faux Board and Batten

I have been planning on redoing our water closet for ages and finally got around to it right before I moved. Lots of things have changed since this project, but I never got around to sharing it and I love love love the way it turned out.

 If you spend any time on Pinterest, you have probably seen faux board and batten. I had been wanting to try this out in our bathroom for a while now.

The master bath has a separate vanity area and then a water closet (seriously who knew there was a name for the tiny shower room!?). I originally wanted to do the whole area in board and batten to define the bedroom and bathroom space, but it just wouldn't work with all the closet doors.  In the end, I did just the water closet in board and batten using this tutorial.

The requisite before picture.

No where to go but up right!?!

It's amazing what a little paint can do.  I was so relieved to get rid of the last vestiges of the yellow beige color the previous owners loved so much.  As in, the loved the icky color so much literally every. single. room. in our house AND the baseboards were all the same color!  Maybe it was on sale...

Anyway, a fresh coat of paint breathed new life into the room.

We only painted the top half because the bottom will eventually be white.

I then put up the horizontal top board on each wall.

I painted the bottom and top board white before hanging the vertical boards. 

 For the vertical boards, I used plain lattice cut to fit.  I measured and marked each spot and then glued them in place with wood glue. I held them in the correct spot with masking tape until the glue dried. 

Once the glue dried and I could remove the tape, I caulked each side of the vertical strips so there would not be a space on the sides. 

The last step was painting over the wood strips.

It is a teensy tine room so it's hard to get a good picture, but it is a hundred times better!

What do you think? Do you love the faux board and batten look as much as I do?
It gave the bathroom a much needed facelift. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Small House, Big Style

It seems like tiny houses are everywhere these days. HGTV has a show about them, friends are always posting images on Facebook. Sometime in the last few years there has been a major shift from McMansions to tiny houses. Something about a tiny house has always appealed to me. Our house was not huge by any means, but I frequently thought I would prefer less.
This GORGEOUS home designed by architect James Crisp is my dream.

Micro House in Connecticut Crisp Architects (1)

I love the style and huge front porch.

Micro House in Connecticut Crisp Architects (2)

The interior is so open and light. Perfection!

Crisp Architects design tiny farmhouse (5)

When Erin got married, I lucked up and found my very own tiny home.  Small spaces can be almost as intimidating to decorate as a mansion. There is so much to fit in a small space, but it definitely makes you live more efficiently. Mine has a little (or a lot) less charm than my dream home, I am still loving it.

These are some serious #tinyhousegoals.

This old house might be my favorite of all. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Kitchen Style

I have been dreaming of kitchen remodels since I moved into my new house. The kitchen situation in my little rental leaves a lot to be desired. I posted this kitchen below, years ago as my dream bakery. I would still LOVE this for my someday bakery, but for my home I would style it a little differently. I just love how the pastel pink fridge by Big Chill brings a ton of personality to this kitchen, so I created these style boards below using their retro stoves and the Pantone Colors of the year!

The stove is such a show stopper I kept the rest of the details neutral with a mix of finishes and textures.

I am obsessed with Carrera marble and these gorgeous marble floors. They pair perfectly with the gorgeous stove from Big Chill. Paired with these mercury glass schoolhouse lights it's perfection!

I couldn't resist making one more style board after looking around on the Big Chill website. This kitchen is a makes a major statement and definitely ups the glam factor. 

I will be saving for the day I am no longer renting again!

Monday, October 26, 2015

kitchen details

It is finally done!  Hard to believe this is the same kitchen.

This project was so stretched out that I lost track of the amount along the way, but I think we redid our entire kitchen for under $1,000. 

I ordered all the hardware from Ebay.  It took a little time wading through all the *unique* items, but was well worth it.  I got exactly what I wanted for about half the price.

We ordered our countertops through Mississippi Cabinet Company and we could not have been more pleased.  We looked several other places but they were way less and it was the exact same counter top at Lowe's.  I would have loved real granite, but it just wasn't in the budget right now.  Not to mention all the baking I do.  One food color spill and that beautiful granite would have been ruined.

Now for the backsplash, Dad picked up some fab subway tile for us at Dirt Cheap.  I love love loved it. I am all about a subway tile and the aqua color was perfect for our house!

Overall I am thrilled with the results!

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Kitchen...dun dun dun

Oh the kitchen and it's 90's fabulous golden oak cabinets. The beautiful border and cream hardware. One word: yuck! We kept waiting and delaying starting on it, we had finished all the major projects, except for the kitchen.

Yikes!!  It was soo bad!  I really wanted it done, but I was dreading painting the cabinets.  Replacing them was wayyy out of the budget.  I really wanted a grey green color on the cabinets

But Sissy wasn't diggin' it and to be honest it didn't really go with the rest of the house. We had settled on grey bottom cabinets and white on the top.  So we bought the paint and then proceeded to leave it in the closet for the next 6 months.  Sis went on a road trip to Idaho, so out of boredom I decided to just go for it.
 Since we have oak cabinets we needed to use something to help fill the grain. My Dad happened to have a bucket of Sherwin Williams Natural Filler, so we used that.  I just painted on a thin layer, let it dry, and then sanded like a mad woman. If you have an open grain wood this really is an important step. The grain was very visible without the filler.

 After the filler, comes the primer. I rolled on 2 coats on oil based Zinsers. Then you sand. We rolled on 3-4 coats of Snowbound. This process took FOR.E.VER. Paint the front let it dry, flip paint the back let it dry, and over and over and over again. Sounding like fun yet?
 I sanded them again really well and took them to my dad for the final coat. He sprayed on the final coat and then I covered them with a thin coat of polyacrylic. and tada we have white cabinets!
I did the uppers first to see what we thought and how the painting would work.  I decided the kitchen needed a little warmth so I decided to attempt restaining the wood on the bottom cabinets.

The restaining was definitely way easier than painting.  Apparently this whole process traumatized me so much that I didn't even take pictures.  But here's an in between shot to hold you over!

It's already so much better!