A Quick Kitchen Refresh Project

Many of you know my love-hate relationship with my kitchen. I love to cook. I love to have my family and friends gathered together in the kitchen, cooking and laughing and enjoying each other’s company. But my kitchen. You guys. It drives me CRAZY.

Everything in it is custom fit/made, so you can’t just change one thing without necessitating a total overhaul. Our fridge is way too small for a family of five, but we are limited to the custom spot that the previous owners designated for the fridge. My tile floor is freezing cold and the cabinets, oh…the cabinets. I shudder at just the thought. They are SO UGLY. They have this horrible yellow-orange hue that makes me crazy, crazy I tell you!

Last week I had just put the two little kids down for a nap and I went to the kitchen to get something and I don’t know how to describe it other than to say something just, uhh, snapped. I had a mental and emotional break and suddenly, I HAD TO GET RID OF THOSE UGLY CUPBOARD DOORS.

I looked at them. I realized they were attached with just a few screws. I thought, “I can handle that.” So I went to the garage where Mike keeps his screwdrivers, found one I thought would work, and went after it.

I took down all the doors on one section of my cabinets where we store our dishes and a few pantry items. It instantly made the kitchen feel lighter, fresher, and more modern. I was happy to be able to display our pretty dishes, many of which are hand made by my super talented sister in law who is a potter. And I felt proud to yet again be making our living space more fun and functional – not by buying something – but by finding creative solutions to the things that bother me.  Continue reading “A Quick Kitchen Refresh Project”

Kitchen Face Lift Phase 2: A DIY Breakfast Nook Bench

We’ve been wanting to give our kitchen a face lift ever since we moved in three years ago, but due to time limits and budget constraints, we knew we’d have to do it in phases. Phase one was to paint the walls and add a family message and art center. We completed that about a month ago. Phase two was to create a breakfast nook.

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Things I Love Right Now: Preschool, Tantrums, & Husbands Who Paint

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Things I Love Right Now: Preschool, Tantrums, & Husbands Who Paint

I’ve really, really, really disliked my kitchen color ever since we moved in. But changing it never seemed to be very high on the priority list.

Lately, we’ve been racking our brains for what to do with baby girl when she comes (we will be a family of five in a two bedroom house) and the whole thing can kinda get me down from time to time. I guess it’s just one of those things where there really isn’t much you can do to change the situation and that powerlessness it what gets ya…you know? So anyways, I just felt like painting the kitchen – taking control of something that we could change – would really help my general outlook. And you know what? It did!

Hit the road, nasty mauve-beige paint, Modern Gray is here, and it totally kicks your butt! Continue reading “Things I Love Right Now: Preschool, Tantrums, & Husbands Who Paint”