Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Kitchen Dinning Area

One project that I finally got around to working on was the dinning area.  I love the bay window in the dinning area which adds a few more feet to the kitchen and sure is nice to have that extra space to walk around the table. (picture from listing)

As you can see, the back wall is a dark chocolate color.  I liked it, but it was just a little too dark for the room, so I wanted to change it up a bit.  Also another thing that I didn't love were the aluminum mini blinds - the whole house has them, which will slowly get changed out.  So first came down the valances.

Then out came the blinds.

I removed the outlet covers, etc. and gave it two coats of paint - the same color as the rest of the kitchen.  I also added new caulk around the windows, which helped cover some of the remaining chocolate paint around the windows.

Just changing up the paint color brightened the room so much.  Then we added some white 2-inch blinds that I found on - Better Homes and Garden brand.  There were very inexpensive compared to the other home improvement stores and they are great quality.

Adding the new blinds and changing the paint color really brightens the dinning area now and I love it!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kids' Bathroom - Updated

Here are a couple pictures of the "Before" of the kids' bathroom.  These are from the listing.

 The vanity really needed some love. It looked pretty worn and the sink was so shallow.  So while the plumber was at our house replacing all the toilets, we had him remove the counter and sink.

 I decided to use my gel stain and give the vanity a fresh new look.

 Here you can see the before and after of the cupboard doors.

 Once the doors were done, I stained the base as well.

We had the granite installed a couple weeks later.

Had a new faucet installed.

The wall behind the door had some towel hooks on it, which I removed.

I painted the bottom portion white and added board and batten and some hooks for the towels.  I painted the top part a blue color as well as the rest of the bathroom.

I also had some towels made with the kids' names.

I hung the kids' bathtub photos about their towel hooks too.

I added hardware to the drawers and put up some new towel rods and toilet paper holder too.

I found this cute bath sign at Kohls.

I love how it turned out!  I would still really like to frame out the mirror, but because of the placement of the faucet, there may not be enough room, it's pretty tight to the mirror.  So glad to have it all done.


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Friday, December 8, 2017

Family Room - Done for Now

Well this room has only taken about a year to come together since moving in last fall.  It's been pretty gradual but I love it now.   We started off with a blank slate.  BEFORE:

 The couches, end tables, lamps and desk we brought with us, but shortly after moving in I found the entertainment center on a classified website and we also purchased our first big screen tv (my birthday present last year).  But I was also left with lots of blank walls to fill.  Fast forward a year and here it is.  AFTER:

One project that I hope to do - maybe next summer is dress up these windows a little more, maybe add some trim and switch out the mini blinds (that's what came with the house).  But we'll just add those projects to my huge "to do - wish list" but for now, it will have to do.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Buh, Bye Oak end tables

I've been wanting to do this project all summer and finally tackled it recently since our fall weather is sticking around a little longer than expected.

I bought these end tables years ago as one of my first furniture purchases.  They're really nice heavy duty oak tables.  Since we moved last year, I've added other pieces of furniture but they have had more of a walnut or espresso finish, so I decided these could use a little face lift too.  I used my handy dandy General Finishes Gel Stain -  Antique Walnut (purchased on Amazon).  I only did one coat and called it good.

It's just enough stain to give it a whole new look, but also not making them too dark.  I love how they turned out.

Now the room is finally coming together!