Thursday, July 23, 2015

Finishing Touches: Adding Trim to Walls

So as you know, I have been on a mission to create the home I love.

When I first started this little Renovation project, I knew I wanted to accomplish one thing.... a lighter brighter airier feel to our home.

I also didn't want to spend a lot of money...

It all started with changing the island, which had a domino effect.. it turned out so good...that the cabinets needed to be done... I did the cabinets and they turned out so good... the walls needed to be done,then the windows and doors...and so on and so forth!




So when I painted the walls a lighter color, I left the ceiling the original darker taupe color. I liked the contrast, but I felt like it needed a transition piece. 

Something to define and separate....or "lift and separate" if you will!


So I went to Lowes and purchased some pvc type chair rail that was very thin and already white. I had the intentions of painting them, but when I put one up, it looked so good I decided to leave it as is... good thing too, cause I was so not in the mood to paint....again.

Note: they were also only $2.46 per 8ft piece...score!


It really is the smallest details they make the biggest difference. Sure it looked good/fine the way it was, but it looks so much more complete now... I absolutely love it.




I feel like it gives a crown molding effect but maintains the more modern minimalist look... I've been trying to create a more modern/french/transitional look.


I need to redo the entry way to our master...

 and then the master... 

I swear it never ever ends...


Here is a before and after, just a subtle but much needed difference and for only $40, 
I say it was well worth it. It was very simple too, I did it all by my lonesome. 

That's right, just me, my ladder, hammer and some nails = one evening!


Well that's it for now! We're movin' on...








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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A quick coat of paint: Painting the Living Room


Good Morning!

Did everyone have a fantastic weekend! I sure did, I got so..so much done!

This is actually my Monday cause I took two days off to complete some projects around the house... yay for short weeks!

Last post I showed you that I was redoing the Kitchen Cabinets, well they are done and I am working on an after photo to show you. But you know how it goes, once you make something look better,
 you need to redo the rest..

Plus I had already made my mind up that I wanted to redo the living room any ways so this was the perfect time to do so!

I chose the color Oatlands Subtle Taupe by Valspar. It's the perfect greige, although in some spots, it looks totally grey.. but I love it none the less. It was one shade lighter on the color chart from what I painted the kitchen cabinets, so I knew they would compliment each other well.


The original color was Sherwin Williams Studio Taupe. It was just way to dark for my taste.


In this pic below you can really see the difference.


And there is Nichole who sweetly volunteered her time to help her sis:)
I seriously have the best sister in law ever!


I love how much it brightened the room and made it seem larger, I feel like it also gave out 8ft ceilings a boost by defining and separating the two.

Stay tuned!








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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Faux Steele Windows: Paint them Black


In the midst of painting my kitchen cabinets,
 I had the grand idea to change the color of the interior windows.
 On the outside of my home they are black, (from the manufacturer) and they look fantastic, 

I love black windows. 

However, when they trimmed it out on the inside they did it in 
the trim color which is Sherwin Williams Dover White.

Here is the before pic of the windows in the dining room which is open to the kitchen.

This was an inspiration pic, I have many many more...

I really wanted the look of industrial meets.. chic meets.. farm house....etc... you get the point... I just wanted something else basically, then what I had... SIGH


So I decided to paint them and I love how they turned out, I used the frog tape to tape them off and it worked well on the glass panes, but on the actual wall, it bled through, so now I have to go back and touch them up...




I removed my curtains and rods and I really like the clean more modern feel it gives, plus they aren't collecting hair and dust anymore which is always a plus in my book.



I really feel like it pops more, and you notice the windows, I also  painted the door over to the right black, that leads out from the kitchen to the front porch.

I don't know what has gotten into me, but the last month, I have been so productive.. more productive then I have been in the last two years I feel like... 

IDK what it is, but i'm loving it... hoping it is here to stay!



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Monday, July 13, 2015

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover


Good Morning! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

My previous post, I showed you some pictures I had pinned for inspiration of how I wanted my Kitchen to look.

Like I had stated previously, when we first purchased the home I absolutely loved the color of the cabinets, they were so different, but, I am a very...very neutral loving person, and slowly these cabinets started to eat at me, I began to hate and loathe them... dramatic.. yes... but true...very!

So I snooped around the internet and found what I wanted my kitchen to look like. Then I set out, to my go to store.. Lowes.. naturally... to look for the perfect greige....but, before I did, I looked at all my collected paint card samples and realized I had the perfect color all along!

Here's a shot of our cabinets before in all their avocado green glory!



I decided to choose the color Smoked Oyster by Valspar... I honestly thought it would be a little darker, but I really love how it turned out in the end.


I mixed up my own batch of chalk paint using the plaster of paris method. I just used a paint brush and started on the bottoms first.

I immediately noticed what a cleaner and more modern look it gave my cabinetry.


The cabinets really are beautiful, but I never felt like the green really show cased them... plus I just hated that color, so I can't really think of anything good to say...

I also decided since I was going to paint the inside of my cabinets at the top, I would take the opportunity to clear them out and get pretty white dishes!

 I vowed to stop displaying our Crappy Tupperware!

The husband was not happy, he would have to find a new home for all his protein... 
the fact that I even let that happen is beyond me...shame...shame on me!





So what do you think so far? Would you paint your cabinets a greige? 

Or are you a fan of the green... it's ok.. each to their own:)


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Friday, July 10, 2015

Kitchen Cabinet Inspiration


Ok, so remember when I redid my Island here, and I said, that would not be the last of it... 
well it was not.

 In my free time, I scour the internet, magazines, and of course Pinterest, just browsing and looking at design and decor..even if I'm not looking to redo anything.. i'm just obsessed!

Anywho, I started really digging the taupe cabinets, 
like really digging them... like getting obsessed with them. 

I have always liked light cabinets, but with two dogs 
and actually living in our home, they just aren't practical for us.. 

I'm already wiping down my white island 
on a regular basis... gross, but true.


Here are a few of my inspirational pics, because my home was designed to be more country (not by me mind you) everything in it is warm shades.

 I am drawn to cooler shades with grey undertones and what not.

Finding the perfect Greige that went with our Venetian gold granite 
(yuck, I want Carrara Marble, who doesn't)  and brick back splash was going to be a challenge.

Because I'm a weirdo, I keep paint sample cards on hand, and the challenge turned out to not be a challenge at all. I had the perfect shade all along sitting in my desk! Who knew!


I love how light this space is, I also love the open shelves and that dreamy range hood! Don't you!!


This one is gorgeous as well, so different and timeless, I love the accents of black and those black windows are to die for, just gave me another idea! ;)

So what do you think, do you love the taupe trend?
 I think it would be super easy for our lifestyle at least to take care of!

Stay Tuned!



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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hawaii 5.0...the garden island

In June we got the opportunity to visit Kauai, HI for my husbands job, he is active duty Army within the National Guard and had a training exercise there. Needless to say we only had to pay for my flight so we jumped at the opportunity for a Hawaiian vacation! 

Thanks Uncle Sam for finally making all this BS worth while!

I just wanted to share some of the pics and say if you ever get the opportunity to go to Hawaii, go to the Kauai! It's the prettiest and most authentic island, it's where the other 
Hawaiian's go to vacation... if that tells you anything!

The Napoli Coast 
Queens Bath, it's amazing!
Real Hawaiian Shave Ice... not as good as I had hoped..
My sweet husband and I trying out the selfie stick!
                                  

Tunnels beach where we snorkled.


Kalapaki Bay/Beach... these trees were amazing!
and....sad to go home.....
                                                    








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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Happy Birthday America

I cannot believe that the 4th of July has come and gone.. where is the time going? 
I felt like I haven't even had a summer yet...

We spent the 4th at my inlaws, they own Mary's Swap Meet, if you don't know what that is, your missing out. It's an old time outdoor swapmeet where we people come, park and sell god only knows what for... usually pennies on the dollar! One time I got a giant gold round mirror for $2... seriously!

Any who, this is how we celebrated America's Birthday, Mary's opened there property up to the public to shoot off fireworks, there was live music, food, beer and of course fireworks...



My Sister in-law Nichole! Oh and I went back dark!
Singing Stage... no not me... my other sister in-law!
                    
I mean seriously... it's like an add for AE or something....stop it...
My sweet husband who got wrangled into doing "security" lol...
                    
More Sparkler Action...


and even more... we Oklahoma girls love our sparklers!


And that pretty much sums it up... thanks for stopping by, and hope you had a fab 4th yourself!





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Chalk painting my island

                                   
So... I know I said we are under contruction... and we are... but life still goes on right?? So this is what I have been up too in the mean time!

Since we moved into our home, I have been itching to paint our kitchen cabinets, it's hard to tell, but they are greenish olivey color..

I loved them at first cause they were so different, but in the end, we are who we are. I am someone who hates color, I love my home to be in shades of white, creams and greys.


So needless to say, I have been longing to paint these babies in a more neutral tone, however getting my husband on board was the key. He had been resisting for the past two years and any time I would bring it up he would say they looked fine the way they are. Yes, you are right husband they do look fine, but who wants fine when you can have fantastic??!!

I knew I had to start off small..."oh i'll just change the island then" I said, knowing good and well that it wouldn't end there!


So alas, here is my island, I made my own chalk paint and painted it in Valspar Woodrow Wilson Putty.


                      

So here is the "semi final" result... ignore the cord.. I'm not kidding.. somehow my vacuum always has a cameo in all my pics.. lol.

                      








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