This weekend’s block party calls for a great Sangria, don’t you think?
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Don’t you love it when you find a blog that just inspires you and makes you want to take risks? When we bought our house last year, I was determined to step out of my normal comfort zone and painted our downstairs in Sherwin Williams “Rain Washed”. This was such a huge departure from the usual mossy greens and taupe neutrals I’ve always used in the past. Upon doing this, I discovered that my love for all shades Turquoise has pushed me forward into areas that I wouldn’t have otherwise tried. I have been tremendously inspired by House of Turquoise and was pleasantly surprised to find that I am not alone in my obsession.
I have also been inspired and motivated by the talented and creative Jennifer at The Magic Brush, Inc. Reading her blog constantly reminds me that paint is your best friend because if you don’t get it right the first time, try it again until you get what you want (I mean, how many relationships can you say that about?)…she never takes herself too seriously and she’s a pleasure to read…I highly recommend taking a peak and I DARE you not to come away wanting to throw a drop cloth down and revamp something in your house!
This being said, I’ll update you on my kitchen. We’ve hit minor speed bumps in the form of 1)two back to back weekends of house guests. 2)We started grouting the back splash and discovered that the stainless steel 1×1′s need to be grouted with a silicone based grout otherwise they scratch BADLY, so that’s on the list for this weekend.
3)I began painting the kitchen island and in doing so came to the realization that, like any other muscle, if you don’t use it, you can in fact, lose it.
Some call it “dumpster diving”, I call it TREASURE HUNTING!
Last night my husband and I were down the street talking with the neighbors around the corner and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a little end table with the cutest lines to it buried under a mountain of trash (gasp!)
Naturally, I begged my husband to bring it home for me, which he did…
I can’t wait to break out my sander and spray paint on this little guy…I think it’s going to be really cute!
Coincidentally, I just read a really great post by “A LIFE’S DESIGN” about the beauty of recycling in design. She’s got a great giveaway going on, so check it out, get inspired and most importantly, pay attention to other people’s trash!
I’m into day 5 of the “let’s finish this stupid thing, already” kitchen project and I can’t help but recall very similar feelings bursting through my brain, causing me to snap at perfectly nice people for no reason at all the week before giving birth to my children way back when…I remember just crying myself to sleep back then thinking, “I’m going to be pregnant forever…this is never going to end”. But, of course, it did…
Someone tell me it’s going to end soon…my kitchen remodel….please?
My trip to Lowes this morning after my morning run (which has been more essential to my sanity than usual.) I’m starting on the kitchen cabinets and crossing my fingers that my faux painting skills haven’t been neglected for so long that I’ve forgotten everything I once knew.
We’re almost there….right? Right? RIGHT???
Ever have one of those projects around your house that starts off with a bang but loses momentum due to circumstances of life? That is exactly what has happened to my kitchen remodel…which, I’m sorry to say, began in NOVEMBER!
Good news is, it’s the ball has started rolling again and rolling FAST!
It isn’t finished yet, but I thought I’d share some pictures of the progression before the big reveal (which will be by the end of the week if all stays on schedule!).
In case you don’t remember or never saw the kitchen when we moved into the house…note the beautiful blue laminate counter tops, the tiny teeny work space and the light fixture that was never centered over the bistro table that was nothing more than a cereal magnet for my son’s morning breakfast. We actually painted the cabinets white (I wish I had photos of the uber country golden oak cabinets, but this will have to suffice).
Here’s our kitchen after we removed all the flooring and stained the concrete and had the granite installed the day before Thanks Giving….and that was all she wrote until NOW.
My husband removing the ridiculously dysfunctional cabinets above the sink…SO EXCITED to have won the battle on this part of the transformation….
This is a tiny little gimps of what we’ve done. I noted this as a special reminder to myself the next time we install a decorative tile that has individual pieces of plastic adhered to each and every piece to remove it BEFORE it goes on the wall…trust me on this one, people.
And that’s it for now…check back to see the finished product later this week. I can already tell you that my kitchen looks like an entirely new space and makes my home feel less like a cookie cutter tract home and more like somewhere I’d like to stay for a while. Amazing what a little imagination and do it yourself skills can do for a home.
To see the nearly finished results, click HERE!