Kitchen inspiration – Phase 2

The other side of my kitchen needed some tender loving so onto the next side I went.


My kitchen looked a little dated especially in comparison with the rest of the house. Here are pictures of the opposite side of my kitchen.


Time to degrease and gut it out!

I wanted to remove that old hood range that was attached to the useless cabinets so out that went!

Just like the other side we needed to heighten the cabinets to the ceiling.


I also wanted the plate rack so thanks to Pinterest I found a DIY project on how to make your own plate rack. It was very easy it only took me about 3 days to complete.


The custom drawer inserts I made following this DIY article!

The pots and pan pull out drawers I bought from The Container Store.

the bamboo pull out drawer

the chrome pull out drawer

The entire kitchen project took about 3 months to complete. That is considering the fact that my husband and I work full time jobs. It was plenty of late nights and long weekends, but it was worth it! ☺️

Kitchen inspiration – Phase 1

How’s everyone been? It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog. I’ve been so busy with home projects and life! Well folks I am back! For this next blog I wanted to share with you another one of my DIY projects.

So the next area of my home that needed a little TLC uplifting was my kitchen. I became in love with the glass cabinet doors that displayed the white kitchenware and dishes. I needed more lighting and a custom feel to the kitchen. So to my Pinterest I went!

My inspiration

I did not want to spend a grand or more on demo and redoing my kitchen cabinets; plus my cabinets are the original wood and we all know how expensive real wood can be. Getting a professional cabinetry company to redo my kitchen would be out of range for what I would have like to spend so this project was a definite DIY.

Here is the transformation process:


  • The cabinets were an off white in color
  • The cabinet knobs were outdated
  • The solid cabinet doors closed off the kitchen
  • The darkness under the cabinets made the kitchen gloomy
  • The extra space above the cabinets left the kitchen feeling empty

First phase

Clearing out the cabinets

Phase two

Heightening the cabinets.

  • We added 2×2 blocks to the top of cabinets and evenly to the top of the ceiling.
  • We then screwed a 1″ plywood board to the 2×2 blocks.
  • We then added crown mounding at the ceiling and a trim between the ply board and the cabinets

Phase three

Painting the cabinets

  • I cleaned the cabinets real good with my favorite cleaning product I use for tough stains and gunk! Krudkutter

Krudkutter is amazing!

  • I then lightly sanded the cabinets
  • Painted the cabinets with Kiltz
  • I then painted with white gloss paint

Looking good!!!

I wanted my glass cabinets doors like my inspiration picture. After seeing that these doors came priced at $80 and up per door I decided to take matters into my own hands. Pinterest where are you?!!! Lol

Oh honey!!! I convinced my husband to cut out the insert of our cabinets so that I can add the glass. The step by step instructions I followed are in the “Pinterest” link above.

Phase four

  • Add glass to the existing doors
  • Add in cabinet and under cabinet lighting
  • Change knobs


Have any questions about my phase 1 kitchen RENO? Feel free to contact me.

A Beverage drawer

During my kitchen renovation (a post that’s coming soon) I envisioned my kitchen having a beverage station (how cool would that be?!)

I would have loved to have one of those fancy cabinet storage units like this:

However, I got creative and did something different. I designed a beverage drawer and section.

I measured the inside of the drawer and bought these Silver mesh drawer organizers from the container store to store tea packages, k-cups, and everything else associated with beverages! Lol.

I also made my own drawer organizer/dividers for my beverage and desert silverware. I absolutely love this drawer! It’s definitely a drawer that you don’t mind sending your guests to go and make their own beverage for coffee or tea time!

Here’s my work:

Have you ever tried Traditional Medicinals – Chamomile and Lavender tea? This is the best nighttime tea to help you relax and unwind for a good nights rest.

Pantry Reno

I love sightseeing model homes and getting ideas. During last year’s AIA home tour I toured an absolutely stunning home that had nearly every thing I loved and wanted – from the layout and floor plan to the colors and decor.

One of my favorite areas was their wine cellar! Oh my! I Loved it. It had all glass walls with Mexican pebbles bordering the floors and the lighting was incredible. I wish I had a wine cellar!

When/if I build my next house it definitely will have to have a wine cellar. In the meantime, I came back to my little abode and I began to brainstorm on which area of my house that I can transform into a room that gives this type of appeal.

Hmmm., how about my pantry room?

My pantry was a narrow closet with cream walls and cream shelves. It was plain and bland. It had a solid door and the lighting inside the pantry was grim and dim. The pantry sits in between my dining room and kitchen so you have to pass the pantry before you get either area.

I decided to get creative. How can I upgrade this room and make a pantry room pop?! Here’s my work…


I wanted to create a creative accent wall using wall trim. So I tore out those shelves! Thanks to Pinterest I came across this cool design that I replicated.

To utilize the space and make the room more of a walk in I installed new shelves.

Another element I switched up was the lighting. Lighting is everything! I brightened the area up with some shelf lighting.

I created a wine wall with these vintage wine racks and I installed a gold wine bottle holder to add a touch of decoration.

For this type of pantry room I felt it had to be seen; so I switched out the solid entry door and put a glass door instead.

Now that my pantry room is complete I’ve had so many of my house guests who are intrigued by what’s behind the glass door! I have honestly received lots of feedback that they thought this room was a wine cellar at first glance!

“Ha” I think, “Mission accomplished!”

Let’s talk wall decor

I love the look of plain neutral colored walls and wall decor (pictures, art, frame etc). Personally I am not a big fan of colorful walls (a colored accent wall yes!) but not wall to wall colorful.

You can always add color to your walls with decor pieces. In fact nearly all of my walls in my house is painted with the color Lacey Pearl by Benjamin Moore.

I had this blank wall in my living room that needed some accent pieces. I decided that a picture wall would be great! But then I came into this dilemma of how to place my pictures along this wall. I didn’t want an old fashioned appearance I wanted a gallery type appeal. To my Pinterest I went searching for ideas and came across this…

Oh did I like this creative idea of arranging my pictures in one of these arrangements. I wanted to keep it simple and not too crowded so I decided to do half of my blank wall with the pictures. In the end….I was pleased. I even added a gold picture frame light at the top. This section of my wall is definitely a focal area to my living room.

You should try it. Have a wall that need a little love? Try dressing it up with a picture gallery arrangement!

Russian Hill

Another stop of my baycation to California was experiencing the drive down Russian Hill in San Fransisco.

I had happen to find this cool spot through a Pinterest post. So my husband and I decided to check it out. I am so happy we did! The pink hydrangeas that landscape this stunning Hill are absolutely beautiful! The greenery was so bright and energizing. The Hill is a bit steep and windy (to my taste) but it was exciting! There are a lot of tourist that drive this hill so it can be a bit busy and with a lot of traffic.

If you’ve never been to San Francisco before and you’re planning a visit please be sure to check out the Russian Hill! It is a really cool scenic drive!

The Grand Canyon

Before our trip to California part of my baycation  was to include a stop in Arizona. This was my second time here but my husband’s first so I had to take him to see the Grand Canyon! Oh my, do I love the Grand Canyon.

This great wonder of the world is immensely massive and picturesque. The Canyon is silent yet it says so much about the earth, about nature, about God. I was quite surprised at how many Californians have never been there to say they live so close.

Let’s talk about the route to the Grand Canyon. You can access different points of the Canyon through different methods. We were staying in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Andaz Hotel and Spa (that place is so gorgeous that it deserves a post to itself) so being we were staying in Scottsdale we were nearest to the South Rim. You really can not go wrong with your desired method of transportation to the Grand Canyon – the drive there is stunning with rolling mountains and a scenic route (it took us 3.5 hours driving time… lots of bonding opportunity :-)). The first time I went with my family we took the train ride which was also beautiful! If you’re daring enough you can also get there via helicopter :-).

If you’re not too adventurous (like us :-/) you can actually visit the Grand Canyon in one day (like we did) and just sight-see and take lots of marvelous pictures (and also live bi-curiously through the other visitors who sit and take pics at the edge of the cliffs :-0) I felt the day trip was not too much or overwhelming. We were able to get back in Scottsdale before it became too dark around 7 pm. If you are adventurous then you might want to consider staying there a couple of days at one of the hotels outside of the park. There’s hiking, donkey rides, and water rafting – so there’s plenty to do.

Well enough said on the Grand Canyon. Words can only express so much. If you’ve never been it’s one of those places that you’ll  just have to see it to believe it.