DIY Kitchen Makeover (number one)

Morning y’all!

I’ve been sloooowly picking away at all the DIY projects I want to do in my house, there are still many more to do.  When you’re working full time AND doing reno projects at other homes it’s so hard to get your own stuff done!

When we bought our house the kitchen was ugly outdated.  I’m talkin’ wallpaper covering every inch of the walls (with cute little fruit baskets plastered all over it) and a lovely floral border on TOP of the wallpaper.  There was carpet (yup, you heard that right) in the ‘eat in’ part of the kitchen… it was just bad… but I knew it had potential.  We ripped all the wallpaper down and painted it a dark olive-y green, because I loved the natural wood and thought it would go best with it.
WELL, it stayed that way until about a year ago because I had no idea where to start.

So, one day I got up… looked at the cupboards and thought “No.  Just no.”… and I started taking the kitchen apart.  I remembered to NUMBER THE DOORS first however (never, ever start a big cabinet project without numbering your doors and hardware)!
If you’ve ever painted  your kitchen cabinets before, you’ll know how BAD a kitchen looks without any doors.

That my friends is called incentive.  You don’t want anyone stopping by your place and seeing what a terrifying sight was hidden behind those doors, do you?
After numbering the doors and hardware, I took them outside to our garage and cleaned them with TSP.  It is very important to have a clean surface before you paint. primer
Once I had clean doors I primed them with Zinsser Cover Stain, because I’m lazy and didn’t want to sand.  This primer works well on high-gloss surfaces, but sanding will definitely make the primer adhere better.

Once it was primed and dry, I painted my cabinet doors.  The color I chose was Benjamin Moore Snowfall White, it’s a beautiful creamy white color.
I used BEHR Paint & Primer In One, I LOVE this stuff it’s great for cabinets and trim.


Okay, now the fun part.  I knew I wanted to add dimension to our cabinets, they were flat and even though they looked better painted white they were now flat, white cabinets.  Boring.  Enter, Pinterest.

I found so many posts and pins showing how people added trim to their flat cabinets and it looked great (and easy!).  I decided this would be a great way to update the doors on a budget.  I went to Home Depot and found some trim that I thought would look really good, it was also really inexpensive ($4.00ish/8 foot length), SCORE!
After I got it home I started cutting right away because I was so excited.  Then I realized this isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  My cuts were off, I was cutting it backwards… I was ready to quit and burn the doors.
Remember that incentive I was telling you about?  That’s what pushed me through… my ugly soup cans made me keep going.  Thank you Campbell’s soup.


Okay, after I finally got my cuts right I used Liquid Nails on the back to attach them to the doors and then to secure them I used a brad nailer and put some small brad nails into the back of the door.  NOW I can start to see the light.
Once I had all my doors done, I rolled back over them with my BEHR paint.
I spray painted the hinges a brushed nickel color and added new handles.

In the meantime while I was working away at my cabinet doors, I also painted my kitchen walls and trim.  I used Benjamin Moore “Balboa Mist” on the walls and “Snowfall White” (aka left over paint from the cabinets) on the trim.

Once I hung my doors back up, we have an almost new kitchen.  Wow, what a difference.

Above our sink we used to have some decorative wood trim as well as a lovely fluorescent light.  I miss the buzzing and humming of that light…. said no one ever.
The decorative trim was ripped off faster than a speeding bullet taken down and a new ($10 clearance) pendant light was added.



We took down our old bamboo blinds and replaced them with white faux wooden blinds.
This was one of our biggest costs in the whole kitchen!

I was given an old broken pedestal table from my brother, so I made that over and painted/reupholstered our existing chairs.  I’ll tell you how I did that another day.



I added some ‘farmhouse chic’ decor pieces around the kitchen and that’s it!

This kitchen makeover was done for under $400.  Not bad huh?


I hope you found this helpful and it gives you motivation to tackle your kitchen… or any room!
If you have any questions about painting cabinets, feel free to ask!

Thanks for stopping by!


DIY Address Number

How is it Monday ALREADY?  It feels like it was 4:00pm Friday like… 26 seconds ago.

Anywho, this weekend I made an address number ‘plaque’ that I’m going to share with you!  It was super easy and looks great.  I’m all about adding curb appeal these days.
The idea came from Shanty-2-Chic, DIY Address Number Wall Planter, however I modified it a lot compared to their tutorial, but the idea started there… so they deserve some credit!  These girls are AWESOME!  They have a ton of free tutorials and so many ideas on their website, if you haven’t checked them out yet… you need to go now.
Or wait, go in about 2 minutes after you read this post.

If you have any scrap wood and stain hanging around this project will be almost free for you….#winning!!

Okay, so start by cutting your wood to the desired width of your address plaque.
I was lazy and didn’t cut mine… it was just made from scraps left over and they don’t perfectly match up but hey, that just makes it look more “rustic”.  I believe I used 1×3, so it’s light weight.  You can use whatever you have hanging around!

Next, I used Liquid Nails (a MUST have for any DIYer) between the slats of wood.  After they dried I added mending plates to the back of the wood (also, if you haven’t used these you must try them, so easy!).

Once you have your wood mended together you’re ready for stain!  I used a mix of Minwax ‘Jacobean’ and ‘Classic Grey’, I only let it sit for about a minute and wiped it right off.
Jacobean is pretty dark, and since I spray painted my existing house numbers black I knew I didn’t want the wood to be very dark.
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I thought it would be neat to add a solar light to my address plaque so it would be lit up at night (without using any energy!) and it gives a nice soft glow to our front door too.

Anyone else do any exterior projects this weekend?
I’d love to hear about them!


#tbt … to my first DIY project!

I love looking back at DIY projects I have done, it shows me how far I’ve come and motivates me to keep going!
This was my very first real DIY project that I had gathered up the courage to do.  This chair belonged to my husband’s grandmother and was passed down to him.  However, as you can see, it was not all that appealing.  It sat in the corner of a storage room of our house for over a year before I asked if I could give it a makeover, and since I promised that we would be able to use it after I was done he agreed.
Did I know how do to it?  No.  Not a clue.

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I took it out to our garage and started to deconstruct the chair.  I pulled each staple out of the fabric, being careful not to rip the fabric as I had planned on using it as a pattern.
Hey!  That was easier than I thought… but now I have a naked chair and no clue how to recover it.
I had already purchased the fabric I wanted to use and had my Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint ready to go.


After I put a few coats of milk paint on I let the chair dry and lightly distressed the paint to give it a rustic feel.  The natural wood comes through beautifully.





Now, for the scary fun part.
Again, let me remind you this is a chair that belonged to the family for years… and I have never reupholstered anything in my life.  Cool.  No sweat.  Yeah right!
So, since I took the fabric off carefully I did have a really good pattern to use.  I laid the old fabric on top of my new white and chevron fabric and traced it out.  Easy!
Then I laid the new fabric over the chair… now I’m starting to get excited.
I begin stapling the fabric to the chair, pulling it tight, and it looks like I know what I’m doing!  Woohoo!  Keep going!
THEN… I look at it… and the fabric is crooked.  Let me suggest to all of you if you are doing your first ever reupholstering job to not use a fabric that has a clean pattern.  Use a pattern that is forgiving if it’s not perfectly straight.
Okay, so I take the fabric off and start over.  Frustrated yet determined that I will not ruin this chair, after-all I promised it would be ‘so much better!’ once I was done.

After a lot of pulling and stapling… we have a new chair again.


Wow!  A brand new chair that I love and I did it all myself (go me!).

That, my friends, was the beginning of my DIY addiction.



DIY “Barnboard” Wall Feature

SO… when you buy a house that is approximately 60 years old you should expect that it’s going to have some quirks character.  Some things you’ll find will make you ask yourself…”Why?  Why would anyone put that wall there…or that light switch…or that window…or that pink carpet?”, well our house was no excepti2016-01-19 09.46.32_resizedon to this.

When we moved in the house was plastered in wallpaper with border (on top of the wallpaper), pink walls, pink carpet, etc..  I’ve been working away at it, and it’s finally beginning to feel like home.
In our kitchen there is was ‘built in shelving’.  It is shallow, high up off the floor, and just odd.  For the longest time (5 years) I had no idea how I could make this work into the decor of the house, I knew the glass shelves had to go as all they did was collect dust.

After the shelves came down I had a big, shallow square in the wall.  Now what?


See how high up that thing is?  What’s up with that?  You’ll also notice the walls have been painted… I’ll share that with you another time!

Okay, so I start staring…and looking at Pinterest every 4 minutes… and staring again… and Googling “how to decorate weird shallow built in shelving unit“…and nothing is coming up!
Then I ask to myself, ‘what are some of my favorite things to use while decorating the house?’.  Well, barn board, mason jars, grapevine wreathes, candles, flowers…I could go on… but actually I couldn’t because this thing isn’t that big, and it’s weird.
How the heck am I going to put all this in that weird square in the wall?  Vertically, of course!

Since I like saving money and real barn board is not cheap I went to our local building centre and picked up some knotty pine boards.  I cut them down to different lengths and made a square by attaching these metal mending plates to the back of the wood.I used different wood stains that I already had at home and started staining the wood.
I used Minwax ‘Jacobean’, ‘Ebony’, and ‘Classic Grey’.

Alright, now it’s starting to look like something.  I cut the wood so it would be snug in the weird square shelving unit and not fall out.  After I put it up, I started decorating it.

NOW we have something!!


This was my Fall decor, cute huh?
It’s such a cool focal point in the room and fun to change up each season

So, for the cost of about $20 I was able to create a new wall feature that used to be an eye sore!  Not bad, huh?

Do you have any weird spaces in your home you’re just not sure how to decorate?
I’d love to hear about them, feel free to share!



DIY Window Decor

Hey y’all!

I love sharing projects and ideas that will motivate people to look around their homes and see what changes can be made for little to no cost at all.

This project is one of my favorite DIY projects to date.  Not only was it free, it was an adventure getting this old window home.
In our area we have ‘Spring Clean up’ and ‘Fall Clean up’, or as I call it…”garbage pickin’ week”.  Each clean up lasts for one week and everyone puts what they’re tossing out of their houses to the curb.  Then people like me go driving around looking to see what goodies have been left to be rescued.
Here I am in my glory, crouched like a raccoon (even though I know they don’t crouch…), work socks and sandals (don’t judge), with my trusty headlamp (genius) ready to rescue some trash.

I told my husband that I had seen two old windows leaning up against a tree and I wanted his help to carry them home.  He declined my request, so I went at it alone.
I think it might have been the socks and sandals… whatever, it’s comfortable.

Here she is.
Sad, broken, and begging for a new life.

20140824_112104 Enter Miss Mustard Seed.


I can’t get enough of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  You can use it on anything, seriously.

I painted the window frame with “Ironstone” and then “Eulalie’s Sky”, gave it a light sanding to distress it, added a piece of scrap wood that I found in our garage as a shelf, and put a mason jar on the ‘shelf’ which I change up every season.

Next, I attached a couple of hooks on the back and hung it on the guest bedroom wall.
That’s it!


What do ya think?

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to find old items hanging around your house that can be given a new life for little to no cost at all!

Thanks for dropping by!


Kitchen Makeover (for under $300!)

Hey there!
Today I am going to share with you a recent kitchen makeover project that I completed.  This kitchen definitely wasn’t all bad, but with navy blue cabinets, white doors, straw yellow walls, painted-on checkered backsplash, and a DIY counter top… it was begging for my help.

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Okay, let’s begin!

I started by toning down the cabinets and painted them all white.  I’ll be honest, painting cabinets is a time consuming job that is not so much fun.  However, I will help you on this journey by giving you a tip that you CANNOT forget before you’re removing all of your doors… number your cabinets and hardware!
This doesn’t have to be complicated! Go around your kitchen with painters tape, put a piece on the inside of each door and using the same number put a piece on the inside of the cabinet.  This way, when you go to put your doors back on you’ll know exactly where they belong.  Now, you might be confused why I’m telling you to number your hardware as well… I learned this the hard way.  When I tried to put my cabinet doors back on, they weren’t fitting the way they should, because the hinges were on all wrong.
So, don’t do that.  Label your hinges (example: #1 door/TOP, #1 door/BOTTOM).  You’ll thank me, seriously.

Next up, the walls.
I used SICO ‘Muise’ paint, it was on sale for $30/gallon and is “Guaranteed Best Paint”…#winning!
The wall color I chose was Benjamin Moore “Paper White”, it turned out beautifully.

After the walls were painted, I moved on to the counter top.  After much consideration, I decided to go ahead with a DIY counter top kit, at a sale price of $150.00.
Beauti-Tone Countertop Refinishing Kit, Jet Black
What. A. Transformation.  It looks incredible.
I would highly recommend this kit to anyone looking to update their kitchen on a budget, it was easy to do, and it has held up perfectly (so far!).  Also, the counter top had a (very) narrow peninsula attached, which did not serve much of a purpose as it was too narrow and small to have more than one person try to eat there at a time.
So, buh-bye!
See ya never.
After it was removed the kitchen felt so open!


Next, we have window treatments!
The existing valances were an ‘awning’ style, they were outdated and looked a little circus-y to me.  I needed to add a pop of color in the kitchen so I made new valances.  I was able to simply alter the hardware, so no extra cost added there!  All that I had to purchase was fabric, so $20 later we have color in the kitchen!


The last thing to address was seating.  Since I eliminated the seating area/peninsula and the kitchen is completely open, I wanted to add somewhere to sit since the formal dining room is rarely used.
Enter, Kijiji. 
I found an antique table for $25, perfect.  All I had to do was add caster wheels, and (voila!) we have a kitchen island.


Alright, here’s the breakdown:
Cabinet Paint – $52.00
Beauti-tone Countertop Kit – $150.00 (on sale)
SICO Paint – $30.00
Fabric – $20.00
Kitchen Island – $25.00
Caster Wheels – $15.00
Tulips – $4.00

TOTAL – $296.00

There! My first post!
I hope this gives you motivation to get started in your home!

Hope to see you here again soon!