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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

An all white kitchen! FINALLY!!!

Welcome Back!

I've been MIA for a
long time apparently! 
Gosh....it says I haven't
blogged since SEPTEMBER!


What can I say we've been as
busy as a one armed clothes hanger!

Guess what....
we FINALLY tackled the kitchen!

I'm going to share all of it with you
the good, the bad and the 
close to calling a divorce attorney bad!

But hey....in the end it all got done...
We are all satisfied...
 and the marriage is
still happily intact!

This is a before picture of the kitchen!

 And here is the after!

I was aiming for a mix between the kitchens
from It's Complicated, Downton Abbey
and Practical Magic....
I think I hit closer to Practical Magic...
what do you think?

 So let me start by saying this....
kitchen redo's are not for the faint of heart!

Sweet husband and I have tackled our
fair share of projects in the past
but I have to say this one darn near
did us in!

Of course he would start by telling
you that MY first mistake was
trying to pack a 2 month or more
project into 1 week (yes 7 days!)
over the kids spring break..

 But in my defense who wants to pack
school lunches and make dinners in
a messy kitchen? I thought...we can
do this...one week...TOPS!


Granted it was back in tack by 7 days 
with the majority done...but it was no
where close to done! 

And after 7 days...we were both exhausted
and barely speaking...not sure if it was all the
work, the paint fumes or the countless 
decisions that had to be made...but it was rough!

 However, I did learn a few things 
about myself, my family and kitchen redo's...
I'm going to share them with you and then I promise
to get to the good stuff!


  I HATE painting kitchen cabinets! Matter
of fact...you will never catch me doing that again!
I will save up every penny I own and buy white
cabinets before I EVER do that again!

Just because you're husband is a General Contractor
and can make/do/fix just about anything.....
this does not and I repeat NOT mean he
is the right GC for you! 
Because believe you me....it makes for an 
uncomfortable family dinner time when 
you have just fired him off the job that morning!

My daughter will jump a sinking ship faster than a rat!
Day 3 she had called her Nana to come get her
and save her from the chaos!

My son is oblivious to anything as long as you
keep feeding him...

If you think it's going to take an hour/week/month
and it's going to cost $/$$/$$$
 well just go ahead and double everything...
you're better off that way!

And finally I always thought I was
pretty confident in my decorating 
decisions and most of the time 
pretty good at it....
this taught me I know nothing 
and it's a good thing to have 
friends who are design savvy
who can help you when you
are almost in tears in the middle
of the grout selection at the Depot!

 Now...on to the good stuff!

Much to sweet husband's dismay I decided
if I was going to paint cabinets then I was
going to use the GOOD STUFF!

Annie Sloan Chalk paint...here I come!

I ordered from a wonderful store...
seriously they were super nice and super quick
with both shipments of paint!
(remember...double everything...HA!
 I didn't buy enough first go around)

Upon researching the colors
on other blogs and websites 
 I found that Annie Sloan's
Pure White would be too white
and Old White would be too yellow.

But a 1 to 1 ratio of both would be perfect!
And it was! 
It took about 3 good coats..but we got there.

I then finished with a coat of 
Varathane water based
satin floor sealer from Lowe's

Sweet husband did a fabulous job 
building a faux range hood.  
I found the corbels at a thrift store
awhile back so we added them 
into the design and then painted
everything to match.

He also added trim to all the cabinets
and finished out the under side of the cabinets
so everything would look custom and complete.

Luck was on my side when I found this
deep white Kohler porcelain sink on Craigslist...
for only $20!
I really think it added so much 
to the style of the kitchen

One of my splurges before we even
started this project was buying
Bessie the cow!
I've wanted her for so long...but she 
needed the perfect spot....hence
the reason we built the hood!

Her name is now Daisy and we love her!
You can buy your own Bessie at
I think they are on back order right now...
but hopefully will be back in stock soon!
 We used classic white mini subway tile from
The Home Depot as well as the grout
 the color we chose was Bone

The flooring was also from the Depot and is
a really cool product. It is water resistant and can
even be used in basements. 
We installed it right over the
existing floor. 
It even stands up to commercial use!
Perfect for a rental home such as this!

For those of you who don't know or don't remember....
we only rent here! So everything we did had
to be in a classic design and be able to hold
up for many, many years! Plus, since we were 
doing everything ourselves cost also played a 
big part!

Because, lets be honest if it were my house
you can bet I would have been looking at
great big beautiful white marble slabs and
new stainless steel appliances!

But all that aside I think it turned out wonderful!
And not to be tacky and talk money here....
but....just so you have an idea...
everything from the 
hardware, paint, counter top, tile, wood, sink, & flooring...
we spent under $800.

Even though I realize I have a free General Contractor...
 I think anyone can do what we did.
And while the upfront money was hard to stomach..
that's honestly only 8 REALLY good dinners out!
At least that's what I keep telling myself!

Hardware is from The Home Depot
as is the counter overlay we used.

 I hope you like our "new" kitchen!

Check back soon and I will show you
how we transformed the glass house into
a different room also!

What can I say...we were really inspired by
the house in the movie
Practical Magic...
hint hint!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Barn Door

Who else besides me has fallen 
in love with all of the
sliding barn doors you've
been seeing in homes?

We have been looking for
a way to "dress" up a 
door way in our house...
it is the entrance to the
children's room and bathroom.

So I showed sweet husband
a few of the pictures I liked...
begged him to go on a 
pallet hunting run...
and here is what he created...

Let me show you how
he did it...

He dismantled two pallets
and laid out the 
frame of a door 
(customized to fit our space) 

Then he made two cross pieces
for the look and support

After that we discussed what type
of pattern we would like..
then he cut the pallet boards 
to fit the frame.

If you look closely you can
see the molding he used 
to attach the boards to...
and to keep them straight
because pallet boards
have a mind of their own

After hours and I do mean
HOURS...of sanding...
we stained the door.

 Now I wish I could be more helpful here...
but this is what I can tell you about the
 he went to his shop and created something...
 yep that's the best I can do for ya.

I know he took aluminum and created
brackets and a track.....
and then he attached rollers 
that came off an old glass sliding door...

I am so not kidding...
he is like MacGyver when he
rigs things...

We both love how it turned out...
even though he is threatening to
remove Pinterest from my computer

Now I just need to find the
right door pull for it...
good thing there is
an antique show this weekend!

We've also been very busy working
on fixing up the back porch...
here's a sneak peek! 

Thanks for stopping by to 
see our new "old" barn door...

To anonymous who left me a comment....
I don't know how to send you a reply so hopefully
you will see this...

You asked how sweet husband built the glass house....
specifically how he managed to attach all the windows together.

I will try and find out specifics for you...
but I can tell you that he built a
box like frame out of sturdy metal post...
If you would like to email me
I can have him give you more specific information!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Decked out for the 4th of July

I love holidays...
and while I would
 be hard pressed
to pick a favorite
there is just something
about the 4th of July
that gets me every time...
maybe cause it's summer
and it's just a relaxing kinda 

 The saying goes that
"Necessity is the mother of all invention"
well in my case
Necessity is the mother of all crafting!

I wanted to spend my money 
on a well made American Flag
and bunting....
so that left very little $$ for 
other things.

But I did have
2 buckets of baseballs.....
an old pallet....
and yards of burlap

A quick search on Pinterest...
and here is what I put together.

Chalkboard with the pledge of allegiance
written on it.

Two painted burlap flags tied onto
a Y shaped piece of driftwood 
Sweet Husband found....

tucked into a garden urn filled
with coral...
I think it turned out right cute! 

old baseballs painted 
red, white and blue

burlap pendant flags
I just painted the burlap
(inspired by Pottery Barn's)

And our favorite project....
A pallet flag!


Sweet husband likes it
so much he wants
it to stay up all year..
And I kinda do too!

Another view of the bunting..

 The mailbox had to have a little something

One more picture of the flag...

I hope everyone is enjoying
their summer...and gearing
up to celebrate the 4th! 

Joining up with....

By Stephanie Lynn

Friday, June 14, 2013

Southern Inspired Front Porch

This summer I plan to 

On the house that is....

First order of business was to
fix up the front porch!

I am a Georgia girl and the place I LOVE
most is Savannah, Georgia
So I wanted my front porch to
have a southern feel and maybe if
I closed my eyes for just a second 
I could pretend I was in Savannah!

We took the previous white and rusted 
cast iron urn along with the pedestals 
that were gray and painted everything
a semi-gloss black. Sat one on
top of the other to make it look 
like one tall piece.

I have been dying to paint the porch
ceiling in a haint blue color.
Now I will admit that when 
sweet husband painted the first
section I had a few moments (hour)
of oh no what have we done...
but I stuck with my gut and 
we went for it...and I LOVE IT.
Only after it was done did
sweet husband admit that
even he was doubting it 
till it was finished....
what a good guy....
painting and letting me
have my way without saying a word!

Sweet husband's job comes with a few perks
one of which is he occasionally comes
across architectural salvage!
He made a porch "railing" out
of window gates. 

You can see the garden statue 
through the gates as you come 
up the walk

A better view of the blue ceiling

For those of you who aren't familiar
with a Haint Blue ceiling... it is a common
practice in the south to paint your porch
ceiling a blue color.

Way back when they use to believe that
it would keep the evil spirts away 
and from entering your home.

Another theory is that it keeps the bugs
away because they will think it's the sky
and move along.

One of my favorite descriptions of a 
"haint" blue ceiling is because
it "haint" blue and it "haint" green!

Anyway you choose to view it 
I love it.....and strangely enough
since we did it we have had less
bugs at our front door!

 We finally painted the old white screen door 
to match the front door.
Now why in the world I haven't done
this sooner is beyond me...cause
it has made a HUGE difference!

View looking in

I found this awesome foam relief of 3 angels
at one of our local thrift stores....it is
perfect for outside 

The aluminum scrolls I had picked
up awhile ago at our Habitat for Humanity
thrift store....I only paid $3 or $4 dollars a piece
for them. They have been sitting in the garage for 
almost a year now because I had no idea
what to even due with them.
Then as sweet husband was painting the
ceiling I thought...well DUH I could
use them to hold the lanterns!
And that progressed into using
the remaining ones as corbels 
in the corners!

Much to my son's dismay I dug this bamboo
rug out of my neighbors trash...
what can I say I needed a rug...
it was the right price and I didn't
want to get cleaned up and dressed 
to run to the store!
Nothing a little Murphy's Oil Soap 
and a beeswax polish couldn't clean up!
Now it's perfect again...
and he will actually step on it 
now cause it's been cleaned! 

Now i'm on to the back porch...
wish me luck...it's a BIG job!

Curtains and Lanterns from


Green Pillow from


Front Door Paint

Dark as night

Ceiling Paint

Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Guest Wing

My Mother and Sister
were over this weekend
reading my magazines...
drinking wine
I mean "helping " out
with pre-Easter things

So Mom as she
was taking a well
deserved break from
all the hard work...
was flipping through
one of the magazines 
and she came across
this beautiful porch swing...

She mentioned that she would love 
something similar out back...
but maybe a bit bigger.

Well that got me to thinking...

I think we need a guest room
(don't ask me how I went from porch swing to guest wing)

But fast forward 24 hours and here is the
new and improved glass house...

I was able to decorate it with 
items from my stock room..
AKA...cluttered, out of control,
someone may just possible be 
a hoarder of a garage.  

It's been killing me to use these shutters
behind a bed somewhere...
but it would be way to much
color in my house.
However it's perfect in the garden!

A sweet little Audubon bird print!

I think the planter needs a few
comfy blankets....
or more books to read

 Botanical prints....perfect for a garden guest room

Now the question is...
who is brave enough 
to camp outside?

 I think I may give it a test try...
well that is if the oak trees 
would ever stop shedding...

In defense of Mom and Sis...
they really were here to just 
hang out!


The true worker of the day 
was my Dad.
He was here to help 
sweet husband
with a little project!
 So here is a little
pre-paint job...pre-new seat covers
look at my...
I mean our new toy!

Meet Betsy...our new to us...
Golf Cart!

She just needs a little love 
and she is gonna be a beauty!

Thanks Dad for helping 
to fix her up!
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