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the kitchen reveal

16 Aug

Hello World!

I’m finally sitting down to blog! Oh my, stop the press!

For good reason too, I wanted to finally share with you our updated kitchen.

First a trip down memory lane…

Really old kitchen

2007 – what our kitchen looked like when we first moved in…ummm yeah and this is even after we painted the cabinets. It worked though, we were young and had a lot of parties here.

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2009 remodel – we pushed out the house to enlarge the kitchen and add a breakfast nook. Loved my kitchen but definitely had some regrets later on about the granite and not going with white cabinets.

2013 – the husband gave the go ahead to paint the cabinets. Yippee!

And here’s the final result!!

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We decided to take off four of the cabinet doors hoping it would open the space up more, I really love how it turned out!

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Also switched out all the hardware, this process drove me nuts I probably ordered about 20 different pulls because I so wanted cup pulls but in the end our cabinets have so much detail that a simple sleek pull complimented them so much better. The knobs were easy, I knew I wanted crystal and found some great ones at House of Antique Hardware. The pulls are from School House Electric

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The cabinet color is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and the wall color is Revere Pewter 50% formula, one of my all time fave colors!

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I can never pass up a good throw pillow, love that I now have some in my kitchen!

pillow sources are: spotted black & white, pink geometric clearance bin at West Elm, Ikea stockholm pillow, gold polka dot, pink Ikat

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The ever so popular hicks pendant, I’m sorry I will never grow tired of this light. Its just gorgeous. That is all.

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I’m loving our bench, not only does it free up so much space in our tiny nook but meals have become so much more intimate and cozy.  My favorite is breakfast with my Zo and the morning sun beaming through.

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Just picked up this little cart for our smoothie station.

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We gave Zoe her own little drawer and she just loves sitting in it. Ha! I hope it doesn’t break.

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Very VERY special thanks to my amazing husband for all his hard work on this project and for putting up with all my indecisiveness.

I love you.

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seeing white

10 Jun

It’s timmmmme!!

We are finally painting the kitchen and I couldn’t be more excited.

Yesterday we got started on removing all the cabinets and hardware.

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Zoe has been teething big time so naps have been pretty non existent, luckily the husband took care of this task. Having done this a lot he was very thorough and organized. He labeled each cabinet and each hinge so we knew exactly where everything belongs.

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As the doors came down I started scrubbing them to remove any grease or dirt so we wouldn’t have any problems with the paint adhering.

(I recommend doing this outside as Simple Green is some strong stuff!)

Wow! That was a lot of doors and drawers! 36 to be exact and I have to admit I cleaned about 6 and the husband did the rest. Man is he a work horse.

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Here they are all loaded up and ready to be dropped off  to the shop to be sprayed.

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At the end of the day this is what the kitchen looked like.

I was so eager to organize everything, now that it was all out in the open for everyone to see. Yikes!

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Now if I could only decide on a paint color. Argh! Picking the perfect white is hard.

Originally I decided on Simply White by Benjamin Moore but now I’m second guessing it because I’m worried it might be too bright of white.

Don’t get me wrong I love a bright white but since we aren’t replacing our granite I wouldn’t want the bright white to accentuate the not so pretty granite.
So my other choice was White Dove, but in our kitchen under our lighting it seems a little yellow, almost a little dull. Eww not a fan.

Here is a sample of Simply White next to our granite and new wall color, which is actually just our living room color Revere Pewter 50% (I’m obsessed)

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What do you think? You likey?

Any of you have a fabulous go to white? I’d love to hear them!

PS sorry for all iPhones photos, its just easier when toting around the babe.

the nook

8 Mar

So now that I’ve finished the living room (for now at least) I wanted to start tackling our breakfast nook. It had been previously taken over by the dogs but now that Zoe is eating solids we have really started to use the area again.

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You can’t really tell from the photo but the table was way to big for the space, and now with the addition of a highchair it felt very crowded.

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So on to craigslist the table went and in came the new!

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I had been wanting a vintage Saarinen table for a long time now, but damn are they expensive! So I decided to just bite the bullet (after much convincing to the husband) and buy the knock off version from Ikea.

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I absolutely love it! You really can’t beat the price and it’s the perfect size for the space. Yay!

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We also plan to install a built in corner bench, which will free up a lot more space.

So much pretty inspiration on pinterest.

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Anyway I’m excited to see it all come together and this time I’ll try and keep you all in the loop!

Have a great weekend!

we’re over at…

4 Jan

6th Street Design School today!!

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newbies

26 Oct

Happy Friday!

Here are some new lovelies I picked up this week.

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I love this $15 rug I found at Home Goods. I’ve been loving navy and white lately.

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Also found this chevron rug for the bathroom for $12! The colors go perfectly in here.

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We finally got a West Elm near us and they were having a 15% off sale, so Monday I popped in and picked up some things for the guest bath, like this monogram hand towel.

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and these diamond towels as well as the shower curtain, on sale of course!

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I love to find deals and use coupons any chance I get (my poor husband)

Have you scored any great deals lately?

Will you shop at a specific store just because you have a coupon? I do!

the kitchen backsplash

19 Jan

Wow! Sorry for the very long Holiday break. We’ve been so busy over here with getting Christmas done, finishing up the backsplash, and taking a long over due vacation.

We spent 10 amazing days in Kauai with the whole fam and loved every minute of it.

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I also finally took some photos of the completed backsplash. Which I’m still drooling over…

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At the last minute I decided to go with the Antique White grout and I’m so glad I did. I really like how it pulls out the lighter color in the granite.

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Don’t you just love how the light reflects off the tile.

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Woo! So now that that’s done we move onto the next big project….

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the guest bathroom!

I’m so excited to get started, I can’t even contain myself. Unfortunately with the play offs in my way, I might just have to wait until after the Super Bowl.

or butter up the husband with some extra foot massages.

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Have a great rest of the week!

tile sneak peek

21 Dec

Hi All!

I’m still exhausted from Monday’s tile install.

I spent most of the day working from home and having nervous anxiety over the grout color.

I thought I was so set on white but then at the last minute changed it to antique white. I’m so glad I did too. I love how it turned out.

I have yet to put the kitchen back together to take better pictures but here’s a little sneak peek for you

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The husband loved it so much, he even said “You’re right, white cabinets would look really good in here”

Yeep!! I couldn’t even contain my excitement!

It’s official we will be painting the cabinets white…when will that happen, I’m not sure. Most likely after the guest bathroom remodel.

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