Presenting our Biggest Project Yet….the Kitchen!

We have been working hard to finish the heart of our home: the kitchen ūüôā 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:


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 ūüôā ¬†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 ūüôā

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)
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)¬†ūüôā

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??? ūüôā ‚̧