Wednesday, February 24

Spreading some joy

Leaving a "love that sticks" note on someone's car today was surprisingly exhilarating, lol. Part of the homework we gave our youth Bible study group this week... More posts on that soon! ;)

Hope you are all having a blessed week!

Friday, February 12

Kitchen remodel on the cheap!

I'm finally posting my kitchen reno!! It's been done for awhile, but we haven't gotten around to grouting our backsplash yet... Since that's not on the top of my "house to-do list" right now, I figured I'd go ahead and share the pictures with y'all. Enjoy!

Getting a farmhouse sink was a deal breaker for me... So Nick searched online  for quite awhile before he found this affordable one from Lowes. (Bonus: it has a double basin!!!!!) 



We needed to keep our costs low, but desperately needed new countertops... So we decided to do these DIY butcher block ones which I ABSOLUTELY love!!!

We basically bought the cheap wood from Home Depot (a 2x12, 2-2x6's and a 2x2) for the length of our countertops. After attaching new sub countertops, we screwed in our wood from underneath, filled the gaps with wood filler, sanded, stained, and applied 7 coats of poly.

These countertops cost less than $150!!

Some good news for those trying to design on a dime is: those cheap subway tiles are totally in!! I love the retro vibe. Bringing your backsplash all the way up to your cabinets makes a big difference in the look of your kitchen!

We kept the original custom cabinets, giving them a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. We spray painted the hinges oil rubbed bronze to match the new door handles and light fixtures.

Coffee bar!!! This was an old (and extremely ugly) desk that my grandmother didn't want. I painted it with some leftover cabinet paint and sanded it a bit for an antique look. I also removed the keyboard shelf and built a couple of storage shelves for that bottom left corner to make it look less like a desk. My grandma has a vast antique drip coffee pot collection. The top of my coffee bar was the perfect display spot!

This is probably my favorite project I did personally in the kitchen... The trash can drawer! There wasn't a good spot for a trash can and having it out and visible drove me nuts! I converted these regular drawers into a pull out trash bin by knocking out the bottom section of the top drawer and removing the tracks. I then connected the 2 drawers with scrap wood on the sides and back and... Voila! Besides buying the trash can to fit inside, this project was FREE! (My favorite kind!)

Other side of the kitchen.... This fridge was left here for us and is very old, but still works fine all except the ice dispenser. Eventually we are going to purchase a stainless counter depth model. (Check out my vintage glass door knob on my pantry!! :)

I just love sentimental details! This arrangement is from my bridesmaid bouquet at my sisters wedding... ❤️

I made these "little kid" benches for either side of the coffee bar with a basket under them for each kid. This is near our entry, so it's a great place for them to take off their shoes and stick them out of sight. :) (Baskets from Walmart, Wooden letters from Hobby Lobby)

Well, that's about it! Posting new rooms very soon... Hope you enjoyed!