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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

dining room picture ledges

Decorating is a lot of trial and error, and boy, have I done a lot of that in this house.  I was searching high and low for something to put on this wall in our dining room because this Ikea print was just not cutting it in the decor department.
After months and months, it dawned on me that I had these Ikea picture ledges in the basement, from our first apartment, that weren't being used.  This is the only picture I can find of them, back from 2009.
So Matt hung these up with some anchors and screws in just a few minutes and I arranged some of our favorite photos on them.  Most of the frames were $1 at the Restore, and I had everything on hand already for this project.
And that funny sign was a gift from Matt's Aunt and Uncle.  They crack us up, and we just love this.
These treasured photos add the interest we were looking for.
You may be wondering what the hallway looks like, where these photos used to live.  It's a blank slate for now, and we're just fine with that.  Plus, we find that we actually look at these photos so much more now, vs. just walking past them through a small hallway.
 The only other thing in this room that is on my radar to update is the light fixture. It's not my favorite and I would really like to center it over the table, vs centered in the room, like it is now.  I have no idea when we'll do this, but it's just something in the pipeline.


Monday, July 14, 2014

guest bathroom reveal

I'm back with another room reveal today, and it feels go-uh-ood.  Working our way through this house, and finishing up spaces is the best feeling.  And, the best part about finishing up the guest bathroom was that it was all set for our out-of-town guests to use this past weekend, and upcoming week.

This was the bathroom when we moved in.  Nothing terribly offensive, and I really like the shower.  The floor and vanity weren't my favorite.
And here is the space today. Completely transformed.
A few months ago, I updated the vanity and floors, with Java Gel Stain on the vanity and grouted vinyl tile. The paint color is Rainwater by Martha Stewart (Home Depot).  The color is actually discontinued, but I just asked the guy at the paint counter and they still had the color details in their system.
 We framed out the large mirror with 1x3s painted white, just like I did in the 1/2 bath downstairs.  And, if you read Young House Love, you may recognize the light fixture from the guest bathroom in their last house.  We just loved it so much, that we had to order it for ourselves. We found it on Amazon here.
The soap/lotion combo are from World Market; the photo is one Matthew took that last time we were in Austin; the frame and hand towel are from Target, and the towel holder is from Ikea.
 I picked up this little window mirror from our neighborhood garage sale, and just planted a little $3 succulent in a clear candle holder I already had (I think I got it from the Dollar Store).
 Did you know that they make baskets specifically to go on the back of your toilet tank? I didn't know until I was wandering around Target looking for a basket for the tank and happened upon this one.  It is perfect for a box of Kleenex and a few extra rolls of toilet paper.
The shower is in great shape, so we didn't have to do anything there.  We just added this white shower curtain from Home Goods, and hooks from Amazon (unfortunately, it looks like they are not currently available.)
 Another $10 hook board from Ikea (like this one here and here) for towels.  So much easier than towel bars.
 And to round out the room, I used leftover materials and made another wood valance like the one in the kitchen. I still just love the simplicity of this, and the warmth of the wood-tone against the cool blue color and white accessories.
 This room is exactly what I had imagined: a spa like retreat for our guests to use.  
In the future, we would love to update the counter top/sink/faucet and possibly backsplash, but for now this room is just perfect.  The entire makeover came in at less than $250, so I'm pretty stoked about that, considering the impact this transformation has had.

P.S. The room looks beautiful from the hallway...




Monday, July 7, 2014

plank backing for expedit

Happy Monday, Friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.  We had a great weekend full of amazing food, family, a few diy projects, and mostly just enjoying each other's company. 

Last week, I shared our Kitchen Reveal, and I appreciate everyone's wonderful comments here on the blog, on Facebook and over on Hometalk.  I can't tell you how much your kind words mean to me!  

In the post, I shared our updated island, that features wide-plank beadboard. 
We had some scrap pieces laying around after this project, and they were just enough to make some backing pieces for our Ikea Expedit that we use as our entertainment center.  If you remember before, we just had pieces of cardboard painted to match the wall behind the unit.  It was an okay solution for the time being, but we love the new look a whole lot better.
We also finished out the bottom row with two more baskets.
 Our living room has the most wonderful feeling, now...
The best part about makeovers like this, is that they cost very little.  We spent $26 on two more baskets, but that's it.  Love using scraps from around the house.

Sharing at Hymns & Verses

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

kitchen reveal

The day has come.  We finally finished all of the last touches in this room, and it is done!!!! I can't tell you how good it feels to have finished this project.  Going way back to last January when we stained the cabinets, it's been about 18 months in the making.

Let's go back to how the kitchen looked for the first year we lived here: 
 In January 2013, we gel stained the cabinets and added open shelving...
 In December 2013/January 2014, we updated to laminate flooring...
 In February 2014, we had solid surface countertops installed, and we installed the backsplash...
We also purchased Frigidaire Gallery Smudgeless Stainless appliances and finished this room off just last week.  Drum Roll, please....
Let's check out the before and after again...
I am seriously stunned at the transformation in this space, and I love my kitchen.  Ready for a million more photos?
The barstools are from Ikea.
We finished off the island with some gel stained, wide plank beadboard and quarter round.  I love the bit of detail this adds.
We added this simple wood valance to the window to tie in the wood feel of the barstools. 
The open shelving is still as functional as ever, and makes unloading the dishwasher a dream.
Here's a look at the other side of the kitchen, outside the office.
And the view to this room is awesome from the dining room.
This kitchen was a labor of love, but it all came together just the way we wanted.

From our checklist at the beginning of the year, we can check-off all the items in this room now:

  • Finish New Floors (Completed in January! Read here and here)
  • Update baseboards/add quarter round (Completed in January. See above links)
  • Beef Up Island (We didn't beef this up as much as planned, but went more simplistic.)
  • Remove fluorescent light and add pendants (The fluorescent light is gone, but we decided we didn't need pendants, and didn't want anything obstructing the view of the kitchen, anyway)
  • Find/Make a Shade for the window (Completed!)
  • Take down vertical blinds on glass sliding door, and replace with curtains (Completed)
  • Update Counters/Sink/Faucet (Completed in February here)
  • Add Beadboard backsplash (We decided against beadboard, and added a stone backsplash here)
  • Find new barstools that look better in the space (Completed!)


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