The Heart of the Home

Any time we have people over, they always congregate in the kitchen.  It seems appropriate that the kitchen is where we have spent the most money renovating as well.  Since we are having Thanksgiving at our house this year (for the first time!), I decided to make the kitchen my next room to declutter.

I am getting rid of quite a lot, but we love to entertain so there was a lot to begin with.  Here’s a run down of what I’m keeping:

12 place settings of everyday dishes
Silverware
Crockpot
Ninja Blender/Food Processor + accessories (LOVE this so much – I even used it today!)
Keurig
Toaster
KitchenAid stand mixer
Small hand mixer
Waffle iron (We use this every month to make a giant batch of waffles to freeze)
Large serving bowls
Large serving platters
Bread basket
Corningware Set
Pyrex Set
Baking pans (muffin pan, cake pan, etc.)
Silicone muffin liners
Silpat baking mat
Food scale
Rolling Pin
Misc utensils (can opener, spatula, pizza cutter, etc)
Chef knives
Coffee mugs (way too many, but my husband is attached to them)
Everyday drinking glasses
Bottle opener (CRUCIAL!)
Glasses for alcohol (red wine glasses, champagne glasses, beer glasses, etc)
Martini shaker
Fine china
2 travel mugs
Large beverage container
Salad bowl
Lidded cake caddy
Strainer
Mixing bowls
Cutting board
Glasslock containers (for weekly meal prep)

It still seems like a LOT, but this is just the first pass.  I’m selling a few items (I’m looking at you, fondue set) on craigslist in hopes that I can make a little bit of money before the holidays.  I could probably let go of lots of our glasses and such, but I feel so fancy drinking from a wine glass instead of just any old glass 🙂 Perhaps I’ll do another decluttering session before we move, but this is a good start for now.

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Presenting our Biggest Project Yet….the Kitchen!

We have been working hard to finish the heart of our home: the kitchen 🙂 When we bought our home almost two years ago, we had dated cherry cabinets with gold hardware, a breakfast bar we never used, and appliances that were almost 20 years old.  When our refrigerator went out over Thanksgiving (that was NOT fun) we decided to go ahead and just replace all of the appliances in the kitchen since Lowe’s was having their annual Black Friday sale.  The new appliances really motivated us to get everything else finished, and I am so pleased with the outcome!

Here is a run down of the changes we made:
Paint walls
Paint trim
Paint pantry door
Paint cabinets
Extend cabinets to ceiling
Replace hinges
Replace door knob
Replace cabinet hardware
New light fixtures
New outlets
New switches
New blinds
New appliances
Replace garbage disposal
New countertops
Remove breakfast bar

New faucet
New sink
Add tile backsplash

Add under cabinet lighting

Here are the before pictures of our kitchen when we first moved in:

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And here is our kitchen now:



Seeing the before pictures really gives me a sense of satisfaction.  It doesn’t even look like the same kitchen to me.  Everything was painted with Behr paint, which is our favorite paint.  We used a shade called Perfect Taupe for the walls, and the cabinets were painted with a shade called Burnished Clay.  The only thing we haven’t changed are the floors, which will come later 🙂  I can’t wait to have family dinners here and really enjoy our new space.

Be Our Guest (Part 1)

I’ve been working on redecorating our guest room this week.  My wonderful husband has already replaced the light fixture, light switch, and outlets 🙂

Last week I started my nightstand project for the guest room. I re-stained the top, painted the bottom Behr Burnished Clay, and replaced the drawer pull.  I just put a coat of poly on it this afternoon after work.  I’m really happy with it!

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Finished!! (Excuse my mess)
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BEFORE: Our (boring) guest room

I painted most of the trim today, with the exception of around the doors and behind my desk.  I’m really dreading moving it, but it has to be done.  Tomorrow I will finish the remaining trim and paint the doors.  Hopefully I can get everything done by this time next week, with the exception of replacing the carpet.  The after pictures are in my second post, Be Our Guest (Part 2) 🙂

Guest Room To Do List:
Paint walls
Paint trim
Paint doors
Replace carpet
Replace blinds
Replace light fixture
Add doorstopper
Paint nightstand
Replace door hinges
Replace doorknob
Replace smoke detector
Replace closet knobs
Replace outlets
Replace switch

Once the guest room is finished I can start working on the big project I’ve been putting off: our kitchen cabinets.  We are replacing our countertops and backsplash sometime in August or September, so I really want to have the cabinets painted before the countertops are installed.  I already have all of the hardware, so its just a matter of putting in the time and hard work to get it all finished on time.  I know my husband will be so relieved when we are FINISHED with all of these updates.  Did I mention how amazing he is??? 🙂 ❤