Hi all! Yes, we are still alive. Yes, I am a total slacker. We surprised the kiddos with a trip to Disneyland a few weeks ago and I swear we are still playing catch-up! We had a fabulous time and it was an amazing trip and the kids did excellent. It was such a right-of-passage seeing your kiddos at Disneyland.
After returning, I started to think long and hard about where I want our home to be in a year and I realized that I am starting to realize that less is more. I got rid of things that weren't making me happy any more and let go of items that we didn't love. We did a few bigger projects (but easy DIY's) and it's making a big impact around here. Here are some looks I am in love with right now and I find that I am gravitating towards these days. (Deep sigh).
2015 has been a year full of adventures for us and it was awesome! Here are a few of my favorite moments of the year:
- Going to the U.S. Open in New York
- Whale-watching and see an orca for the very first time
- Taking Maddux to his first Seattle Mariners baseball game
- Going to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night football game (even though we lost)
- Our kitchen re-do (both a high and a low)
- Visiting Alaska and seeing the glaciers
- Visiting Nebraska and catching up with family and friends (and seeing the Huskers play volleyball)
- Seeing Paetyn take on the drums (not traditional for a girl to play in elementary and she is rocking it)
- Seeing 'American in Paris' on Broadway
- Seeing Jeremiah's beard grow in. I LOVE it!!!!!
Here is to 2016 and hoping it is as great as 2015! Happy new year!
As my typewriter, brass animals, and dominoes collection grows, I need more space so I am on the hunt for a nice display piece of furniture to hold all my goodies. Here are some inspiration pieces to guide me in that crazy world of Craigslist so that I don't go down the rabbit hole.
Cross your fingers for me :)
Sorry for the delay on this post! Thanks for the patience while I was getting this post together :) We are fully in the throws of enjoying our kitchen makeover and love it still everyday! We were so lucky to have good bones in this space and a lot of potential to work with.
As we have mentioned before, our kitchen space is fairly small but nothing we couldn't work with. We like the lay-out downstairs with the living room and dining room combined, with the kitchen and family room connected on the other side of the house. But, since its a smaller home, the kitchen and dining room or still right next to each other (just not open to each other). I wanted to be completely transparent and tell you how we spend each dime in our little re-do. So here is the breakdown:
1. Gallon of a paint for all the cabinets-39.95 from Orchard Hardware. We had a custom-color made and we only needed a gallon for all the cabinets (with built-in primer).
2. Counter tops-$1199 from Home Depot which included the under-mount stainless steel sink. We used a 20% coupon and also saved an additional 10% by using our Home Depot credit card. We LOVE the counter-tops and plan to use them for all our bathrooms in the near future.
3. Kitchen Island-$200 from Craigslist. We needed an island but something small. We found this bad-boy on Craigslist and it originally had a blonde butcher block top that we stained dark (we already had this in our garage so stain was $0.). PS-I love staining now :)
4. Faucet was $119 by Moen from Orchard Hardware. It was $149 but we had a coupon for $30 off a purchase of $100 or more. Jeremiah installed it himself and we used our old disposal so that was great. I love the faucet!!!
5. Pendant light from West Elm was $99. We debated if it was a bit too big, but once Jeremiah installed it we thought it was perfect. Another point for the husband on installing this too :)
6. Appliances were $1998 from Home Depot. I will say the experience on having these delivered was not favorable and installation was kinda hard for the oven, but we still love them. The fridge is stainless steel but doesn't show fingerprints (yay!) and the oven had to be a drop-in which typically cost a little bit more. We shopped over a holiday weekend so that helped with the pricing.
7. Cabinet re-facing was a total of $145 in materials. We got a quote to re-do all the cabinets for well over $2k and our cabinets were in good shape, so no need for that. I disliked the rounded-corners of a 1980's home so we wanted to cover those and modernize the doors themselves. The supplies for $145 include:
- sand paper ($10)
- wood filler ($60)
- 5mm 2x4 underlayment ($60)
- staples ($15)
- Table saw with a finish blade
- Chop saw with a finish blade
- Air compressor
- Staple gun with 1/2 inch staples
- Putty knife
8. Hardware-we used the existing swing hardware from before and just spray-painted them in a nickel finish ($7.99). We bought the stream-lined hardware from Orchard Hardware for $4.99 each for a total of $159.68 (we needed 32 handles). We decided to have them installed horizontally instead of the standard vertical to give the space another "twist." I think we made a good call!
9. Back splash-I love a good ship-lap look so I asked Home Depot to cut some underlayment in 7 inch strips and then Ben used a staple gun to attach them to the wall. The underlayment cost $25 for the entire back splash and then we also used the leftover for a small spot under the oven that was open after the installed the oven. The strips are thin and just give the illusion of ship-lap when they are spaced apart. I bought a gallon of paint from Home Depot in a nice white that we used in the space above the cabinets when we first painted the house a few years ago.
10. Whoopsies-Okay, for full disclosure there were a few whoopsies that I would like to include in the cost. When we did the back splash wood, I was convinced that the back splash would look great in a gray. I. was. wrong. So, that was $22 in paint that didn't work out. Meh.
Here are some more progress pictures so show the "journey" we went through all because I messed up majorly on a counter top DIY:
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