Kitchen inspiration – Phase 2

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

BEFORE

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.

IN PROGRESS

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.

FINISHING UP

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.

AFTER

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:

Before

  • 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  • The cabinet knobs were outdated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

After

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…

Before

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!”

Bathroom makeover

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know by know that I am a DYI girl! I love doing big projects mainly although at times I do get involved in the arts and crafts realm as well.

Well one of the areas of my house that was a little nerving was one of my bathrooms. I wanted to try something different to the boring walls and boring color. So my favorite spot to go with Pinterest as always and I got into Wainscoting walls. I love the look of that. My style is normally modern and chic but the traditional look of wainscoting caught my eye.

There also was a cabinet in there that had long tall doors attached. The cabinet doors were antique however I felt that this cabinet should be the focal point in the bathroom. So I removed the doors and opened up the appearance of the cabinet. I wanted to stay with soft color tones so I painted it a pretty gray.

To say the least I am happy with the results. Now if I can save up some more money I can hopefully get the deep soaker tub and backsplash I that I want.

I wanted a vintage wedding

Cake designed by Yours Truly 🙂


At the age of 12, I became inspired by my grandmother’s picture. She was gorgeous and she was 20. It was that old vintage feel and era of sophistication. I always wanted to recreate that time of my grandmother’s picture. And so I did with my wedding.

{My beautiful grandmother}

A few years ago I created a DIY themed wedding. Here are some ideas I used with my budget friendly vintage themed wedding. More pictures are available on my Pinterest!

Floral arrangements:

– I used preserved flowers

(They’re 1/2 the cost of fresh flowers and they look aged)

Bouquets:

– I had a Brooch bouquet

(It can always be used as a memoir, as opposed to fresh flowers)

– I made clutch purses for the bridesmaids

(It can be a keepsake as oppose to fresh flowers)

Menu cards

– I created the menu and printed them myself on kraft paper and added a stick on jewel at the top

Groomsmen boutonnière

– Handcrafted by yours truly. I used preserved mini roses and green leaf, bunny grass, and silk ribbon.

Don’t be afraid to get creative!

I want a designer closet

I want a designer closet


You’ve seen the nice closet online. You know the walk in closet that’s probably all white and has a chandelier or two in it. The clothes are all neatly organized and color coded. The hangers are all the same and there is probably some fresh flowers sitting somewhere on a closet shelf.

Well… after seeing so many designer closets like the one I described I wanted one of my own. But one problem., the cost was way beyond my budget! Oops..

Have you ever experienced that? Did you let it discourage you?

Let me tell you that although it takes time and work a DIY closet is far better than paying thousands to have one professionally built. After seeing how an IKEA pax closet system, when done right, can look like a designer closet I became convinced. You don’t have to buy from IKEA. You can buy what you need from any store that sells organizing items such as The Container Store, Home Depot, Walmart, Target and Lowes just to name a few.

It doesn’t matter how big or small your closet space is you can inexpensively create a nice, cozy area. Is your closet space small? Brighten it up with light colors. Do you have a lack of shelf space? Why not install floating shelves. Need some ideas of re creating your space? I would love to help…email me!

Length of my project: 3 months

(I demo’d the closet myself and my husband helped assemble the IKEA Pax system)

What else did I use?

– Amazon velvet hangers (TJ Maxx have them too!)

– Chandeliers from Home Depot

– Floor runner from Home Depot

– Gray bins from The Container Store

– 8 section drawer for Ties from The Container Store

Before

In process:

After: