Monday, April 21, 2014

Chalkboard Wall Reveal + Goodbye // Summer 2014 Project List

I actually don't think I've ever shared our chalkboard wall with you guys.  We've had it for about a year and a half and during most of that time I haven't been a huge fan.  I wanted to love it but at the end of the day my feelings on it can best be described as meh...  You know that feeling right?

Sorry for the abundance of real life that we have going on in this picture (terrible quality/messy arse room).  Quite frankly I'm not even sure how much I care that you see everything like this (fingers crossed it just makes future after pictures look 10 times better!)  The only thing I actually like is the quote, which is a line from the song played during our first dance (DMB Steady as we go), but it's still all wrong.

That top right shelve is even bare from using its contents to style other areas.  I've been so passive about this wall and have taken that as the sign that its.gots.ta.GO!  Stat!  I say stat but in all reality it will probably take me a couple of weeks to do it.  I'm realizing that I basically suck at timelines I set for house projects.  However, I did decided to make this little list of summer projects for us.

I actually don't think this is that crazy.  Sure that will probably change but right now I feel good that we can get these things done this summer.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!  Hopefully I don't get too side tracked with other projects.  Oh, and I also have a book case that I want to refinish...bonus, it's also the first piece of furniture I painted nearly 15 years ago.  Crazy!  And my mom even worked on it years before that!  I'll save that for another day,  that beaut deserves it's own post, pastel glory and all!

Happy Monday Friends!  Did you have a good Weekend?  Do you have a summer project list?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kitchen Sources

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope ya'll  had a great week!  I'm just popping in to share my kitchen source list with you today.  This may not be that exciting of a post unless you saw something from the reveal that you would like to purchase for yourself.

Wall Paint Color:  Olympic's Quill in their Kitchen & Bath Formula
Upper Cabinetry Paint Color:  SW Alabaster
Base Cabinetry Paint Color: SW Hardware (Story behind color)
Back Splash Tile: Oxford White 2x6 from The Tile Shop (c/o)
Accent Wall Tile: Imperial Bianco Gloss 3x6 from The Tile Shop (c/o)
Floor Tile: Quartz Arena 12x24 from The Tile Shop (c/o)
Brass Wall Sconce:  Irvine Wall Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric
Milk Glass Light Shade:  via Schoolhouse Electric, looks like it has been discontinued
Butcherblock Countertops:  Originally from Ikea but I've heard rumors that they've discontinued our model.  Similar Here.  I'll be doing a post next week on how I stained & sealed these.
Sink: Domsjo via Ikea
Faucet:  Moen Wetherly via Lowe's
Appliances: Maytag purchased from Home Depot (I'll need to find some reciepts to get the exact models)
Kitchen Cart:  Bekvam from Ikea.  Painted w/SW Hardware & Stained
Cabinet Knobs:  Amerock Rochdale via
Drawer Pulls:  Amerock Rochdale via

Wire Storage Baskets: Spectrum via Amazon
Bottle Opener: Zin Star via Amazon
Stainless Trash Can:  simplehuman via Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Spice Rack:  Olde Thompson via Target
Toaster:  Oster via Target (this looks to be slight update in the model since we got ours)
Microwave:  Oster via Target (no longer available)

Marble Cutting Board: Fox Run Marble Board from Amazon
Stainless Storage Canisters:  Anchor Hocking Canister Set via Target
Fruit Bowl:  Goodwill
Glass Stopper Bottle: Korken via Ikea
Artificial Plant:  Fejka via Ikea
Storage Basket: Smith & Hawken via Target
Storage Basket Trays: Smith & Hawken via Target
Keurig:  K40 Elite via Target

White Plates:  CorningWare in French White via Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Wine Glasses:  Clearance find a few years ago via Pottery Barn
Glasses: Luigi Bormioli Crescendo Collection via Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Blue Glass Vase:  via Anthro, no longer available online
Small White Square Dish: Dish via Crate & Barrel
Brass Bird Statue:  via Target, no longer available
Gray Platter: via Crate & Barrel, no longer available
Wooden Pin: Vintage Juggling Pin via Pottery Barn
Wooden Cutting Boards:  handmade by my stepdad & a family friend

Salt Dish: Specialty Shop in WV, Similar via Crate & Barrel
Toothpick Holder:  Thrifted
Frosted Glass Vase:  HomeGoods 
Measuring Cups: Specialty Shop in WV, Similar via Williams Sonoma
Measuring Spoons:  Specialty Shop in WV, Similar via Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Magnetic Hooks:  via Ace Hardware - not listed on their website
Yellow Kitchen Timer: Magnetic Timer via Anthro

Phew...all done.  Let me know if you see something I missed and I'll be sure to add it to the list for you.  I tried to source everything from where we originally purchased them and quite a few things were wedding gifts!

Have a great Easter weekend Friends!  Anyone have fun plans?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kitchen Reveal!

In the two years that I've been blogging, this will definitely be the most exciting post I've shared with you!  When we set to renovate the kitchen, we wanted to update it enough to get us to a point where we could live with it for another 5-7, which is when we thought we would either want to do a big renovation (think adding on and taking out walls) or move.  I'm happy to say this renovation got us exactly what we wanted out of the space and more!

The only thing we kept from the original kitchen was the cabinetry.  Since we weren't changing the footprint, this made the most sense.  We refinished the cabinets and ended up having to buy new doors after we lost the originals to some water damage while they were being stored in our garage.   

Updating our countertops is actually one of my favorite projects I did to complete this update.  I still owe you guys a post on how we cut, stained, & sealed them!  The process took a couple of weeks to complete but it was super easy and only took about 20-30 minutes a night.

The wall sconce is definitely the most beautiful piece we added.  The lighting situation in the kitchen was a bit jinky before and this addition makes everything safer while keeping all of the old functionality we had before.

The new farmhouse basin sink and faucet have been amazing!  Our old sink and faucet were much smaller and the neck of the faucet was much lower which made it hard to get some larger pots & pans under it for cleaning.  We debated a larger option for the sink but in the end it would have made things a bit tighter on space.  

I had been planning on updating the old stone window sills during the renovation but as soon as we got the new tile up we suddenly loved them.  

Now lets talk about this gorgeous tile.  A huge part of this renovation wouldn't have been possible without the kind folks at The Tile Shop!  They graciously gifted us everything needed for the tiling portion of this project and it was love at first sight for me with this textured subway tile.  The tile is the game changer for this kitchen!  Prior to the renovation we had old laminate counters that had the 2 or 3 inch lip around the back without a backsplash.  Everything was original and nothing about the kitchen felt special or had any personality of its own.  Now this little kitchen of ours has as much special & personality as it can hold, all thanks to the beautiful tile!

New hardware always seems to be one of the tweaks that packs a lot of punch and these pulls are no different.  Our previous hardware dated the room (along with so many other things).  I purposely decided to do the whole mixed metal thing with the hardware, faucet, & wall sconce.  I was on the fence during the middle part of the renovation but everything came together so well and I couldn't be happier; I even think Chris was surprised by how much he liked it!

I definitely think marble cutting boards are the way to go when you have butcher block counters.  I've been collecting wood cutting boards and my step dad has made a few for me so we decided to display those in the open uppers to break up the sea of white.

This next view gives you an idea of the size of the space that we had to work with.  It's not very much but it's still the largest kitchen we've had so far!  You're also able to see the awesome floor tile as well!  This stuff has been a game changer for our dog (and us).  I know that seems crazy but Zeke likes to take a running start from the back of our yard when he comes in and he used to slide across the old floor like crazy.  This new tile gives his paws a bit more traction and keeps him from sliding into that back wall.  You think I'm joking but it happened once...running starts are his favorite!  (If you imagine you're taking this picture below, the back door is behind you and the entry to our dining room is on the right)

As you can see, Zeke approves!  Such a little helper he is, I love that face!

We also decided to add a tiled accent wall with traditional subway tile along the back side of the kitchen.  We debated a herringbone pattern or this basket weave pattern and I'm SOOOOO HAPPY that we went with basket weave.  While herringbone is beautiful, this pattern just works with our home a bit better.  It's not quite as fancy as herringbone but it fits into the utilitarian modern style that we have throughout the rest of the house. 

I thought about painting the microwave stand some fun pop of color but decided it would work best in the space if I replicated the base cabinetry.  While we were at it I figured it would probably be best if I added a bottle opener to the front of it ;)  

So there you have it!  Our kitchen is DONE!  What do y'all think?  Do you love it as much as I do?  I debated changing up the styling after I shared the sneak peek but in the end I wanted to share it when it's style for everyday use.  Sure I tried to style it as pretty as possible but this is how we live in the space and we've found it very functional for our needs!

I still owe you guys a few more posts on the kitchen so be looking for one on the counters.  I also want to do some before & after comparisons and maybe some small kitchen organization.  Later this week I'll be sharing the sources for everything so be ready for that!  However, if you want to know the exact names for all of the tile we used in this space you can check out this post.

Thank you all for your excitement and encouraging support during this project!  It took us over a year to complete this project ourselves and all of you have been amazing during that time!  It meant the world to me!

Updates:  Check out this post for the Kitchen Sources

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