April 20, 2017

One Room Challenge Guest | Week Three


Morning!  Welcome back to week 3 of my One Room Challenge update.  Lots of dirty work to report this week, except for the pretty new gold pulls we installed.  If you want to catch up on where this room started, you can find all the details in these post: Week One and Week Two.  So let's jump to it!

New Hardware

I knew when we moved into this house I wanted to paint the cabinets and bring in some gold.  After shopping around a bit, I finally found gold pulls that looked much like the pricier ones I had been wanting at a fraction of the cost.  They come in many different sizes and you can buy them in packs of 10.  Because we already had pulls on these cabinets, it was nice to find these that actually fit the holes that were already drilled into the cabinetry.  I really didn't want to make any new holes if we didn't have to. 


Demo Backsplash

To remove the backsplash and sheetrock we used this sledge hammer and it worked great.  Pretty easy to remove, just lots and lots of mess to clean up.


New Electrical Outlets

While the back wall was open my husband made a few adjustments with the electrical.  He made few functional changes like moving a box location, but mostly cosmetic replacing the old faded yellowed outlets with new bright white ones.


New Cabinet Hinges and Drawer Rollers 

Another change we made was to change out all the cabinet hinges and roller tracks on the drawers.  I know it doesn't sound too exciting, but the old ones were really gummy and gross.  Once the cabinets were painted and looked so nice, having these new parts really made a huge difference.



And just to review...here is my plan for this space and what we have completely thus far:
  • paint the cabinets - Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • paint the walls - PPG Palomino Gray
  • replace hardware with gold pulls
  • new cabinet hinges and new drawer rollers
  • new electric outlets
  • replace the backsplash
  • replace outlet covers
  • trim out the window
  • replace the blinds with a roman shade
  • under cabinet lighting
  • move light above the sink to the wall
  • new light above the sink
  • replace light in breakfast room
  • maybes - new faucet, new barstools and chairs for breakfast
Lots of big tasks done, but still lots to do...


April 18, 2017

Easter at the Beach


Hi there!  Taking a little break from our kitchen makeover and sharing a few pictures from our Easter weekend.  Mostly due to kid activities and buying a new house last year (with many projects to do,) we had very little time to spend at the Texas coast like we have in the past years.  My husband's family has a place down there, so we took advantage of the activity-free weekend and headed down for a few days. 


We had gorgeous weather!  The pictures tell most of what we did...fish, boogie board, tumble, shell hunt and relax in the sun.  I pretty much sat in my beach chair and snapped pictures.  And I didn't even bother to get in one all weekend, but I was there :)



April 13, 2017

One Room Challenge Guest | Week Two

Welcome back to One Room Challenge weekly update!  This week I'm sharing all about painting. 

We are DIYing everything for this project except the painting.  This one we decide it would best left to professionals.  After the painful task of removing everything from the cabinets, we then removed all the doors, hinges and drawers, so they were just left with open cabinets to paint.  To paint the doors and drawers, we set up an area in the garage and made a plastic tent where they could spray those parts (which I forgot to take a picture of.)


The paint process the painters used was a spray, so everything had to be covered and the kitchen draped off from the rest of the house.  The taping and prep work took way longer than the actual painting. 

They also did a light sand over the cabinets and then primed.


And below is a side by side to compare after painting.  The cabinet color is Simply White by Benjamin Moore and the walls are Palomino Gray by PPG. 

And I noticed that the granite looks a totally different color in the two pics??  We did not replace the granite.  The before pictures is from our realtor and not sure if it was edited or if the new paint color makes it look that different.  Anyways the granite color in the after is the closer to the actual color in person.


We used this same paint technique in our last kitchen and I love the finished product!

And just to review...here is my plan for this space and what we have completely thus far:
  • paint the cabinets - Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • paint the walls - PPG Palomino Gray
  • replace hardware with gold pulls
  • new cabinet hinges and new drawer rollers
  • replace the backsplash
  • replace outlet covers
  • trim out the window
  • replace the blinds with a roman shade
  • new faucet
  • under cabinet lighting
  • move light above the sink to the wall
  • new light above the sink
  • replace light in breakfast room
  • maybes - new barstools and chairs for breakfast
And a reminder of my design board:


Still lots to do, but things are moving along as planned so far.  With Easter falling this weekend, we probably won't get much done over the weekend, so we'll have to get things done in the evenings which will be interesting! 

Have a great day!