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! ☺️
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!
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- The cabinet knobs were outdated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
Clearing out the cabinets
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
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
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.
- 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.
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.
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!
- Lilly flowers
- Peonies (gorgeous flower)
- Snapdragon (love these!!)
I l.o.v.e them all! My husband will surprise me every now and then with flowers because he knows I love them but sometimes I shower myself with fresh flowers.
I will admit that I have at times had floral arrangements all over my house in different areas with no special occasion planned. 😊
There is something about fresh flowers that makes me feel calm and fresh. The only drawback is that I want them to last a lifetime and they don’t! Lol. Fresh flowers can also be pretty expensive too. So I often opt for white Baby’s Breath. When they are full enough in a vase they add a very nice touch to any area.
Why wait for someone to buy you flowers? Treat yourself…you deserve it!
So my favorite shop for decor (and sometimes furniture) is ZGallerie!
I will say that your taste has to be of the glam nature to really have a liking for their items. Their prices are reasonable for what they sell although you can find some of the same items on Amazon or elsewhere for cheaper (which I have resorted to at times).
If you’ve never heard of them before they sell a wide range of glam pieces for the kitchen, living room, and bedroom. They sell the coolest lighting fixtures and area rugs and they are the best store to go for wall art. So if you are interested in creating a serious gallery wall in your home or shop please be sure to check them out!
Oh and I need to add that they are FORVER having sales!!
Another DIY Project
I’ll be posting a lot of pictures here so my post will be short.
Before I personally and physically demo’d our laundry room it was a pretty decent area. However, being the person that I am…I saw that there were areas that needed some TLC.
- The entry door forever swung into the washer machine (urgh!)
- The storage closet sliding doors was in the way of fully accessing my cleaning supplies
- The wall paint color made the room look smaller than it appeared
- There was a big empty space in the corner of the room that looked odd
- I wanted the laundry room to also be the mud room
And I think my original list went on. Well just like I demo’d and renovated our master closet this laundry room was next on my task! In about 2 months the laundry room was complete. I got the furniture, shelving, and decor from many different places so message me if you’re interested in knowing.
Now that our laundry room is up to part… I am honestly motivated to say “I’ll do Laundry!”
Enjoy the pictures! 🤗
It was a decent looking shelf and then I thought with all the light colored decor I have in my house (the grays, whites and creams) I decided my bookshelf needed a little pop! A little bedazzle. If you ever need to give a blank space in your house a little pop just add a background color.
Because I did not want to be too drastic I went with a dark navy blue. I like to think of it more like a Royalty Blue (not a royal blue). It makes Metal pieces stand out (I love the gold and silver hues).
Here’s another tip:
“Just because it’s a bookshelf doesn’t mean you load it with a bunch of books.”
The exception to that is if your bookshelf is in an actual home library. If that is the case I’d say ok that’s understandable. But if your bookshelf is in a centralized area of your home like a living room, then loading it with books is not so appealing to the eyes. But hey, that’s just my opinion, I mean who am I? 😊
Don’t be afraid to jazz up your shelves but keep it simple.
Try laying your magazines or books face down instead of standing them up. Or you can combine both looks.
I buy the majority of my home decor pieces from ZGallerie and HomeGoods
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Organizing is my thing. I organize everything: clothes, shoes, towels, kitchen drawers, pantry shelves, bathroom drawers you name it. Here are some of my organization tips.
Before I begin to organize an area I always start with removing items that are:
- Less frequently used/worn (if the item hasn’t been used/worn for at least six month to a year, or has dust on it, then it’s time to go
- I never trash items that someone else can use. I donate. My “trash” can be someone else’s treasure. (Besides it’s a nice tax write off)
- I organize items according to color, size, and sometimes alphabetically 😊
My advice is:
- Start with a smaller area first e.g. Under your bathroom sink
- Sort out the items you less frequently use.
- For the items you are keeping, group them together according to category e.g. Hair products, shaving products, lotions etc.
- Use containers, or lazy Susan’s, or Stackable drawers to hold your categorized items.
- Add Category labels to the front if you decided with drawers or containers.