I’m Dreaming of a White Kitchen

While periwinkle blue is a pretty color on flowers, I couldn’t stand it in my kitchen any longer. My grammie’s color scheme was periwinkle blue and maroon paired with wallpaper of similar colors and a border of colonial style homes. It gave her kitchen the boost it needed 10 years ago.
Now it’s time for this old hole of a kitchen to get another boost to hold it me over  before total renovation; new upper/lower cabinets, floors, countertops, lighting, built-ins for new appliances… you get the point. I can’t wait to start demo’ing but in the mean time we took this:
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and turned it into this:
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I’m not going to share all the nitty gritty photo’s because, I’ll be honest, it’s no where near perfection… Like, I didn’t even paint the inside of the doors… shhh.
This project was a quick fix to keep my sanity – purpose served.
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Unwanted Half Hole

Remember back in February when JC patched up the hole in our living room wall? And how awesome it came out? (See this post to refresh your memory.)

While the living room side of the wall was looking smooth and blended, the bathroom side of the wall looked like this:
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The view from the pot wasn’t a pretty one. A bathroom should be a place of peace and serenity, not a construction zone.
I’ll admit though, I made the best of the situation. Sometimes I would hang my bathrobe or towels on the little nails that stuck out of the wall.

As resourceful as that may be, it was time for the nails and the hole to leave… or hide. Whatever. But since this project was all JC’s (my drywall skills end at tapping and puttying) we just let it sit until he felt the motivation to fix it – which was Monday night after work.

We’re one step closer to peace and serenity in the bathroom:
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Next steps are:
Repaint
Replace the dingy light switch and outlet’s with white ones
Replace the back splash
Swap out the sink
Remove the medicine cabinet and replace it with a mirror

Just A Trim, Please.

We’ve been living months with untrimmed doorways – oh gasp, the horror! This drove JC nuts. I, on the other hand, remained unphased and I owe it all to my upbringing. I grew up in a house where we were allowed to draw on the bare sheet rock walls because “it will get wallpapered over, someday“. That someday never actually came and it wasn’t until years later when my dad sold the house that the new owners covered up the Annis children’s graffiti. We weren’t unruly children, just imaginative and free spirited.

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Did my imagination carry over into the art of installing trim boards? No. You would think that since neither JC or I have any experience with trimming, we would have taken a whack at it ourselves, cause that’s just how we roll. But since my Pops is the carpenter guru and go-to, we decided to let the expert handle things and forgo buying more trim pieces to replace the ones that we would have undoubtably ruined.

(insert British accent here, it helps if you say it out loud)
Here we are – trimmy, trim, trim. IMG_1237
…now it just needs a spot of paint and it will be brilliant.

Does anyone else actually think in accents? Maybe I’m just a weirdy (:

Check out that last skrid of rose wallpaper up at the top ^ I feel better knowing that it’s hanging out under our door frame. If I ever miss it, I could always take down the trim board for a peek. Ok, so I probably won’t do that, but I could if I wanted to and that’s the point.

Orange-ya glad I said White Risers?

At first our plan was to stain the entire staircase. When we realized what a pain it was to sand all the nooks and crannies, we decided to look into an alternative. While searching google for staircase images, I came across this little beauty. We loved the looks of white risers and the idea that it would bring a lot more light to our staircase which is sort of dismal. Let’s face it, if there’s one thing we’re not going to turn down, it’s a chance for a brighter/lighter area. We’re surrounded by hulking whispering pines so even the natural sunlight is dim.

Back to the (stair)case at hand. Pretty much all the natural wood in the house was/is orange. unfortunately orange wood is the opposite of everything we have envisioned for our house so it all needs to be re-stained or painted. Our stairs were our biggest orange transformation project yet. I can’t even begin to explain the tediousness of this project. All I can say is that I’m so thankful that these are our only stairs that needed a transformation treatment.

Here they are before:
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JC sanded his way down the stairs (literally) one step at a time.
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Then he stained the treads and banister… Four coats of semi-gloss polyurethane later and they were looking slick as a whistle. Apparently I was MIA during this whole process because I don’t have any pictures of it. So, here’s a progress pic of some of the risers I primed when we first started – I stopped there because we decided to stain first.
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We couldn’t be happier with the results. The treads stained beautifully and I love how a little white paint can make things look crisp and new. Hard to believe they used to be orange:
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There you have it folks, in the words of my husband… Badabing-badaboom.

“you left a stain on every one of my good days”

In this case, the stain was left on one of our good days – in a very good way. If you didn’t get the Matchbox 20 reference, it’s ok. Moving on…

The best part if DIY’ing is that you can move at your own pace as your feel motivated or inspired. This past weekend, JC felt the motivation mojo for the office floor upstairs that has been neglected its whole life… the office floor was exposed hardwood that never had a finish put on it so it had been beaten down and become sort of grimy and dull with time.  For some reason I wasn’t feeling the mojo, maybe it was my upcoming Lasik eye surgery that was distracting me from enjoying the project. Whatever the case, this was JC’s baby.

All it took was a little sanding to rough it up and whip it into shape to be stained.

Here I am power sanding like an outlaw skier… in jammies:
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I like JC’s ninja style, it’s tough being married to someone who is so much cooler than me.
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Back to the point…
After we sanded and cleaned up the dust (BEFORE my surgery, mind you), we were he was ready to stain! This is where I stepped back and JC had to tackled staining the floor all by his lonesome. He was so spellbound by this project, he didn’t even mind doing it alone. I did managed to sneak up for a picture. Here’s my hunny making our house pretty:IMG_1085

Meanwhile, in the living room, I recuperated from my eye surgery with the cutest couch potato ever:
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2 (very chilly) days later, JC had applied a coat of mahogany stain and 4 coats of polyurethane onto our bare naked floors:IMG_1074

ta daaa!
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Pretty, pretty mahogany.
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We love, love, love it.

Now I just need to get back up there with my favorite short-handled angle paintbrush and finish the mopboards. Now that there’s some polyurethane on there, any accidental paint drippings will wipe right up instead of immediately soaking into the untreated wood like before.

I’m picturing a reading nook with a little white desk and a snuggly beanbag.

Kitchen Inspiration

I’ve been in a kitchen state of mind lately. I suppose you could say that I’m in the “heavily thinking” stage. I’m pretty much consumed with cabinets, counters, floating shelves, and shiny appliances. So, how am I are we going to turn this into our my dream kitchen?

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With lot’s of patience, research, good ideas, and good deals. It’s coming together very nicely in my head.

I’ve been telling JC for a while now that my plan is to ditch all the upper cabinets and put in some open shelves. The look on his face told me he was picturing fur and grease covered dishes and maybe this image jumped to his mind:
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Needless to say, he was completely against it. Lately he’s been warming up to the idea, especially since I started showing him pictures of what I was actually talking about:
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The open shelves on either side of the window are a big YES.

Love those chunky shelves:
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Mmm, yellow accents. I’m not a huge fan of counter to ceiling tile but we’ll definitely do some sort of back splash behind our cook top and the length of that counter.
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We went over to a friend’s house the other night to check out their recently renovated kitchen and their custom-made cabinets. They were fancy shmancy and gave us LOT’S of great ideas. I’m glad we’re taking our time with this, it’ll be worth the wait. I’m sure I will have thought/talked all the details to death by the time we actually start.

I’m just trying to hold myself back at this point. Everything within me wants to attack my cabinets with a paint brush but I know it will just be a waste of my time since they will be completely replaced in the semi near future. Gah, patience.

Office Transformation

This just may be my favorite room in the house. I love the fact that it has 2 windows even though it’s so tiny.
Here’s what it looked like in December back when it wasn’t my favorite room in the house:
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::gasp:: the clutter! the horror!

Well, that’s all taken care of now and let’s just say our spare bedroom which was recently cleaned out has been completely filled up again. Ah, c’est la vie.
Now, because the office has the same amount of light as the livingroom and the 2 rooms are connected by an open stairway, we decided to go with the Burnished Metal up there as well. In this room we carried the paint color onto the ceiling. The ceilings are undoubtably low, so instead of ultimately failing at trying to raise them by keeping them white, we thought it would be best to embrace the small space and cozy it up by making the whole room the same color.
Here’s the before & after’s:
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I don’t know how to describe it just feels almost whimsical. Mmm, I can’t wait to sit up there in my over stuffed chair and read a book.