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  • The cabinet knobs were outdated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.

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!

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.