3/24/15

YAY, My Kitchen Reveal

Hey everyone!  I've been absent from Blogland for awhile, but you will soon see what has been keeping The Man and I very busy.  I am so excited to share this DIY project, but if you are totally insane, you might want to go HERE to see what this kitchen looked like in the beginning and what we did early-on to give it it's first update.  If you do read that post, you will see where I made the statement that oak cabinetry was getting such a bad wrap and we liked the look.  Ha ha!  Well, that was a lie.....not intentionally a lie, but self-protection against all the comments about "orange, build-basic oak cabinets" being so hideous.  You see, I truly didn't think we had it in us to do that big of a DIY, but I. WAS. WRONG!  So without further ado, here is what we've been up to.
Everyone needs to see a little "before" before they see the "after," right?  There are a ton of tutorials about painting cabinets, & I did read several; but we didn't really follow any of them.  Except......for several that gave glowing reports about the Benjamin Moore Advance paint.  The Man started doing some reading about it and decided that was what we needed to use.  He really got on-board with this whole project when he realized it was a perfect excuse to get a new toy tool -- the Fuji Mini-Mite.  He is now completely sold on both the paint and the paint sprayer and is even dreaming up other projects to work on!

Okay, drumroll, please!
I cannot tell you how much I love this change!

In most of these pics, the cabinets look white, but they are actually Edgecomb Gray.  It is
a warm-tone gray.

The Man and I both really like how this color looks with the granite and backsplash.




We debated about painting the light rail and the trim at the base of the upper crown or keeping it the 
Espresso color that we had previously installed when we painted the desk-buffet & island.  We are so glad we kept it the Espresso.......adds such a custom element.


I really do love the lighting here in the kitchen, but it makes for some weird colors
in the photos.  I promise, the upper and lower cabinets are the same color!

Yep, same color!


This paint color did exactly what I was hoping it would do, and that is to make our double oven unit less conspicuous.  Considering that it would cost about two grand to replace it, we went with the 
theory of making it "disappearing"into the cabinet color rather than having that amount of money disappear from our wallet!


I pretty much don't care what's on tv in the family room, because I just keep looking 
in this direction.  Sigh......



So there you have it!  We are pretty tired and are giving ourselves a couple of days to rest up, but then we are moving on to using this same paint in both bathrooms & linen closets.  We've already painted the laundry room cabinets (we practiced on them before doing the kitchen), and they look amazing.  I'll share it another time.

I hope you enjoyed my kitchen reveal.  I've been a little absent in visiting and leaving comments, and I apologize for that.  I will definitely try to do some catching up.  I've missed my bloggy friends!  I hope all is well with each of you and that you have a great rest of your week!  
Thanks for stopping by!

I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Sunday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Snickerdoodle Sunday

Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Karen at Karen's Up on the Hill for Something to Talk About
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays



Tuesday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Thursday
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Friday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 

3/15/15

DIY Sneaky Peeks

Hey everyone!  I hope everyone has been having a great weekend.  We have been super-busy with a big DIY, and I just thought it would be fun to do a really short post and give you a few teaser pics.

Most of you have seen my kitchen many times, but this is the last time you will see it like this.

There has been a lot of this kind of thing going on......

Also a new toy tool for The Man........

Getting to try for the first time the best primer and.......

Paint we've ever used!

Good weather for doing most of the work outside.......

but making room in the garage for nighttime -- I mean, this is AZ and you never know what critters
might be prowling around!

Just a glimpse of one of the finished areas.  No more until it's all finished!

At the end of the day, we all feel like this!

I will probably be MIA for the next week as we complete this project and do the cleanup, but I'll return soon with the BIG REVEAL!  Yes, I'm giddy -- tired, but giddy!
Have a happy week!

3/8/15

Adding Splashes of Color

Hey everyone!  I'm taking orders now for plenty of sunshine and warm temps for any of you who are still snow-bound and/or trying to dig out!  We are having an abundance of REALLY gorgeous weather, so let me know......shipping is FREE!  

When I re-decorated after the Christmas decor came down, I really felt I was giving our home a lighter more Spring-like look.  But......after a short while, I kind of felt that everything was just too beige and needed more color (except for the kitchen which is already pretty colorful).  I immediately went into my "turquoise mode," because everything looks better with some turquoise, right?  That really did work, but not quite enough; so I decided to add some more color splashes which are making me truly happy.  Today I thought I would share how I've added some color to our foyer, dining room and sitting area.

Foyer

Aren't these little bunnies cute.....HobLob!

Love the simplicity of this, but thought it might need.......

A splash more color.  What do you think......with or without the yellow flowers?

Added some color with some new pillow covers from HL.  I have another pillow in the works for the center......I do know about the power of odd numbers!

The tin plate up top use to be brown and rust, but now it's a happy turquoise!

Haven't yet pulled the trigger on painting these wall sconces, but I did add some new 
vivid turquoise candles.

Painted the dough bowl and filled it with white faux flowers.

Adding some bright pops of yellow is cheering me on!

I also believe every room should have a bit of black or black and white in this pillow
cover from HL.

Changed up a few things here.



Brought in these lamps from another room, but kept my tray-filled center piece the same.

Nothing new here, just moving things around the house.  The coffee filter wreath was hanging in our bedroom, but decided to attach it to the lid of a box that I had painted.....you guessed it, turquoise!


I really do like turquoise & green together.

Added some cute bunnies to my china cabinet.


Nice and simple, but in the blink of an eye, it can go from this......

To this!

One little nest with some decoupaged book pages & twine eggs.


2nd little nest just filled with faux eggs.....

Sitting on some stacked teacups.  I'll tell ya', my mind is simply over-flowing 
with creative ideas......NOT!

Even Mr. Bunny knows the real truth.......PINTEREST!

I really had some fun shopping for pillow covers when HobLob had them for 50% off.....they were all just $3 or $4 each!  One side of the china cabinet and.......

The other side.  I think the black and white help breath new life into my olden chairs.

You may remember how I transformed some $Store pears with some Rub n' Buff & lined them up with some faux flowers on this candle stand.

Well, same candle stand, but I used Yellow Crochet Chalk Paint on some $Store red apples this time.  I think it looks pretty cute; but wait......

Something looks amiss!  Where are my pretty yellow apples?

However did they get on the floor?  Hmmm.......

Caught red-handed pawed!  I kept hearing plops of something hitting the floor, but when I walked into the room, she was already sitting here trying to look nonchalant.  Ha!  Abby looks awfully guilty, but is she ashamed of herself?  Not at all!  This is a new game for our after dinner, relaxing pleasure.
PLOP, PLOP, PLOP......"Abby, stay away from the apples!"

Sorry guys, once again I have created a very long post.  I should have reminded you at the beginning that you would probably need some caffeine & snacks!  Oh well, those who know me already know this is very normal.  Hope all of you will have a great week with some Spring-like weather!

Sunday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Snickerdoodle Sunday

Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Karen at Karen's Up on the Hill for Something to Talk About
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays



Tuesday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Thursday
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Friday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday


Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 

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