Today I would like you to meet my sister in law, Melissa of DIY with some PSE. She and her husband, Ryan and their two awesome cool kids bought a house a couple of years ago that needed, shall we say, some very tough love. It had fantastic bones but it had been neglected by it’s previously 80′s obsessed owners (must see the before pictures of the kitchen and master bath, complete with RED tile and laminate cabinets…RAD, man). One of the many great features of their house is it’s sheer size, complete with a finished basement large enough to play basketball in which also included a built in bar area:
This doesn’t look bad, right? It wasn’t. It was just a bit strange that, as Melissa so clearly pointed out, the previous owners had installed a dishwasher for the bar but there was NO REFRIGERATOR. Whhaaaat? So Melissa and Ryan (super handy dude) decided to put their little spin on making this a more functional and beautiful space:
And here we go! Isn’t this awesome?
They blew out the wall into the unfinished part of the basement and created “The Wine Cellar”. They now have both a beer fridge as AND a wine fridge. How’s that for all inclusive? I think this has turned out incredibly well and I can’t wait to visit soon and test it out.
LOVE the stacked stone back splash! It feels so Napa-ish.
And the under cabinet lighting that shows off the vertically installed glass back splash. SO clever!!
I’ve always admired their sense of style, ability to do it themselves as well as their frugality and their commitment to recycling. In Melissa’s words exactly:
“We got new cabinetry from our cabinet guys along the back wall and in the “new” room. And they were able to reuse the bar portion (the part painted black). They unattached it from the wall and took it back to their shop to replace the doors and paint it. We got a new fridge, sink, faucet, stove and wine fridge, but kept the dishwasher. #1 it works. #2 it’s paid for and #3, what I am hoping is that we use it so much in the next year that it BREAKS, and then I can somehow justify replacing it with a stainless steel drawer dishwasher.”
How do you like them apples? I for one, am ready to visit soon!
I am SO thrilled to have been mentioned on one of my very favorite blogs today, House of Turquoise!!! Erin was sweet enough to drop in on my blog yesterday and comment on the kitchen remodel that I’ve been obsessing about forever and a day.
I sit down at my computer this morning and find an email from my sweet friend Emily over at Decor Chick with the title, “DID you SEE???” in the subject line…we were both featured today! Here’s the back story: A few months ago, Erin did a story on all colors turquoise and one of the colors mentioned was Sherwin Williams, Rain Washed.
(dining room: still searching for that perfect chandelier)
I mentioned before that I had chosen this color, which was a complete departure from my normal sage greens and rich reds of the past for two reasons. 1) I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and do something completely different. I’ve found in the past that when you start over somewhere new, what better time to make progressive changes in your life? 2) having just moved from California to Texas, I was desperately missing the beach and this was my way of bringing a little piece of home into my new house house, which felt so far away from everything I’ve ever known. What I found funny about this was the reactions I got from friends, family and neighbors when they’d see it. The first time my neighbor (who, by the way has turned out to be a bit of a nut job…see my other blog for that story) came in, she asked, “So, when are you going to paint?” I said, “we already did” “You chose THIS color?” trying to act like she liked it…obviously, she did not. “Yes, I wanted something beachy and didn’t want something just like every other house in the neighborhood” “Ooohh…I see” note the condescending tone in her voice.
Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of positive comments as well. Lots of oooh’s and aaahh’s. People either seemed to love it or hate it but you know what?
I . Don’t. Care.
I love it and I’ve noticed that the more my house comes together, the more compliments I get on it. I figure, as long as it takes new style trends to reach the middle America suburbs, by the time we move back to California, maybe it’ll have caught on. We’ll have to see. In the mean time, you can imagine my joy to find Erin’s House of Turquoise and to find some validation in my love of this color as well as find others who adore it as well. I had commented on the color, saying that I had used it in my downstairs and Emily emailed me asking if I loved it, which of course I did. She did her entire bedroom makeover using it and she did a spectacular job!
And that is the story of how ONE color has brought people together…Amazing, this little blog world, isn’t it? If only this commonality could work in the middle east…can you imagine?
Happy Nate Berkus Day! If you’ve been noticing an absurd amount of bloggers posting about Nate Berkus today, here’s why:
The hilarious Moggit Girls started a twitter campaign to fill Nate’s upcoming new show audience with design bloggers and guess what….apparently it worked! Therefore, they have dubbed to day National (quite possibly world wide) Nate Berkus day! Not sure what to do now, do we break out some instant box mix cupcakes or is this a day worthy of baking from scratch? It is Your call.
So, in honor of Mr. fabulously gorgeous hair and flawless taste Berkus, I give you these little nibbles of delicious eye candy, courtesy of, well, the internet in general:
Now that I’ve got my kitchen more or less in functioning order, I figured it was time to send a little loving attention towards my home office (which is really just a little loft area at the top of the stairs, but hey, it works).
I began by picking up some inexpensive book cases yesterday from Ikea, breaking out the baskets and folder holders…I’m in the process of putting it all together and have an idea of what I want but I still decided to take a moment to search out some fabulous office space inspiration and here’s what I found:
Here are the first photos of my (almost completely complete) eternal kitchen remodel.
Here’s my little kitchen before, not awful (ok, maybe a little awful, certainly boring) but tiny and not super functional.
Kitchen the day after Thanks Giving after removing all the flooring and staining the concrete/installing the granite (midway)
Here’s my kitchen TODAY!
After (still missing some kick boards under the base cabinets where the concrete stain hit, but we have to have something to look forward to THIS weekend, right?)
We built the island (two base cabinets from Lowes for $200 before the granite was installed, liquid nailed it to the concrete, studded it to the floor and it’s solid as a rock).
I desperately wanted to paint it turquoise, as I mentioned in a previous post but opted against it because we know we aren’t going to be in this house for more than a few years and I didn’t want to do anything too taste specific for resale purposes…I’ll have to save that one for my future long term home. It’s tucked away in my IDEA file for future use!
This is the former kitchen Island, which we moved to the corner where the bistro table used to be. There will eventually be an iron wine rack installed in that gap and the handles will be attached after another coat of paint is applied but for now, it’s a perfectly functional beverage center.
I’m LOVING the way the contemporary silver handles contrast on the dark finish of the island. It’s tempting to do the ALL the cabinets in this finish but I think for now, I’m just going to enjoy everything as is.
I inherited this hand painted plate from my grandmother last summer and I think it has found it’s perfect place to be showcased.
The open shelving was something we went back and forth over for months. I’m SO thrilled we went with our gut on this one because it’s not only gorgeous, in my opinion, but it is so incredibly functional. I found myself using my china for the first time yesterday for a casual brunch I hosted, just because they were visible and accessible and it was such a nice touch to the experience.
This is my solution for lack of space for all of my spices…just thought I’d share because they’re so conveniently close to my stove and I get more compliments on them! I found them at World Market, but I think Ikea carries them also.
Overall, I really wanted a contemporary farmhouse kitchen and I think we managed to accomplish that. I wanted a great juxtaposition between traditional and contemporary, something eclectic and out of the ordinary (like us). I wanted something that would appeal to younger buyers because we live in a bit of a starter neighborhood, without scaring off the older ones, should that be the future owner.
We came in under budget. We found the granite for $20.00 per sq ft. and found an incredible deal on the appliances, thanks to keeping an eye on the sales. The open shelves were from Home Depot, 12″ x 14′ plank and brackets for under $50.00.
We reused the existing cabinetry, including the original island, as I mentioned as well as the upper cabinets which used to hang above the sink.
Over all, we spend less than $5000 on the entire project and I think the finished product looks like we spent much more. Loving it!
All in all, I’m ecstatic with the results. It’s funky, it’s classic. It also FEELS bigger because we used the once divided space meant for a small table and kitchen area and combined the two with the creation of the island. It fits perfectly with who we are as a family and while I would love to eventually change a few things, such as the lighting, moldings on the upper cabinets, etc.,
Everything about this kitchen is functional and unpretentious…yes, that’s a paper pineapple my 4 year old made in preschool on top of the fridge…that’s my life and my kitchen expresses that.I think we can comfortably move on to the next project and enjoy the results of this one.
Hope you enjoyed it and just think, you no longer have to hear me whine about how long it’s taken!!! Now, on to the back yard…