Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

We have officially completed the biggest DIY project that we've done yet and  painted our kitchen cabinets! We also added beadboard to all of the side paneling which really adds character to the kitchen and completes the whole thing!

I may or may not have thrown a tantrum or two while doing this, and there was a point where I questioned why I thought I could do this, but let me tell you, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and you can do it too! 

First, let me show you some before pictures.

These pictures are from the listing when we bought the house. 

Now for the revealing...

I did a lot of research before I started and everything said that you MUST sand first. After actually completing the task myself, I will also say that you MUST sand your cabinets. There is a polyurethane film that covers them and will prevent the paint from sticking.

After sanding, be sure to clean them really well of dirt, dust, grime, and any other unwanted grossness that may have been sticking to your cabinets.

Finally, priming. We primed really heavily. 

After you prime, paint.

We used Valspar Ultra semi-gloss Bistro White.

I didn't take any during pictures because the whole process is just something that you can't really see the stages of through a lens. 

This was A LOT of work, but totally worth it! I love the difference! 
Let's look again! :)

What do you think?
Have you ever completed a DYI this big? 
I would love to hear from you!

We have several more things to update and renovate in the kitchen, and although it all won't happen over night, I will keep you updated throughout the fun process, so stay tuned! :)

Coming up:
Paint kitchen walls
Change lighting in kitchen and dining
Add pendant above sink
Add cabinet pulls and knobs
New sink
New countertops 
New backsplash
New fridge


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nursery Reveal

With Emma being 6 months old, and time passing by so fast, I feel like I should reveal her nursery to you before she grows up and moves out on us!

I finished it before she was born and have been meaning to share it with you, but just haven't taken the time to snap some photos.

Let me preface with the fact that I imagined a girly room that didn't have "baby" written all over it. I wanted something that she could grow up in {with soft colors and gold accents}. :)

We painted the walls a soft peach color, which I shared with you here.

A lot of her decor items were either vintage items from within the family, a DIY, or found at Target or TJMaxx. 
I will share a list down below.

My amazing friend created this amazing piece and
you can check out her Etsy shop here.

I used a jar for pacifier storage

You can see the rehab of this antique dresser here.

I removed closet doors for more space with the cupboard. 

I also labeled three baskets for storage
1. Too Small
2. Nursing Essentials
3. Hats

Gold "E": Hobby Lobby
"Quite Fawnd Of You My Deer" picture: DIY
Mint green & gold scripture painting: handmade gift
Dandelion Window: handmade gift
Curtains: Target
Glider: Target
Crib of blanket: TJMaxx
White frame: TJMaxx
Wire basket: TJMaxx
Peter Rabbit plates: family item

The blanket ladder was a DIY.
 The rocking horse and the vintage baby rocker was my husband's when he was little. 
The old window frame with the alphabet letters was a DIY.

The vintage scale is a family item that my father-in-law was actually weighed on as a baby and we used it as a prop during newborn and materinty photos.

 There you have it! 
What do you think? 

I am happy with the results! :)