Friday, 15. February 2013
In the beginning… Above is a picture of a picture (the flyer that I picked up when the house was for sale) of what the kitchen looked like when we moved in. This was before I started my blog so I don’t have a good “before” picture. Here are some of the changes we have made; new appliances, new countertops, new sink, new light over the sink, new window treatments, and I removed the wallpaper.
I have been busy the last couple of weeks working on my kitchen cabinets. To refresh everyone’s memory, this is how they looked the first time I redid them. My husband took down the cabinets over the peninsula. He added beaded board to the recessed (and damaged) doors. He also added beaded board to the sides of the uppers and all around the peninsula. I then painted them a creamy white and added a brown glaze. You may click here to see the original post.
It wasn’t too long before I got tired of constantly wiping down the bottom cabinets. The creamy cabinets were pretty and I loved them but they showed a lot of stuff; scuff marks from my kids shoes when they climb up to get something from the upper cabinets, food, dust, etc. I was also craving a little color. My initial plan was to paint the bottoms only. I thought I was done when I made the post above.
After awhile, I realized that the uppers needed a little something. I didn’t want to paint them the olive like the lower cabinets but I didn’t want to leave them creamy either. I decided to compromise and paint the frames olive and leave the recessed, beaded board doors creamy. I am really happy with the results. The upper cabinets don’t feel too dark or heavy as I feared they would if I painted them solid olive. The other reason I wanted to leave some of the creamy beaded board was so they would tie in with china hutch (which is just behind where I was standing when I took this picture).
I do have a few more things on my wish list for the kitchen. I want to add a backsplash, change out the flourescent overhead lights and change out the flooring.
But for now, I will call it a day in the kitchen. I am ready to move on to some other projects.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I really do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to visit me. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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Sunday, 10. February 2013
I meant to post this yesterday but it was one of those days that just kinda gets away from you. Anyway, here is a sneak peek of one of the projects that was left half done before I had surgery. I should have the reveal ready this week.
I just wanted to show the difference glaze can make in your projects. the cabinet door on the left is glazed with a brown glaze. The one on the right is just painted. Notice how dramatic the glaze is on the white. It is also on the green but the effects are less dramatic. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!
Thursday, 7. February 2013
This is a vase I made out of a piece of pipe and a flange. Here is what you will need if you would like to make one too.
All I had to do to make it water tight is cut a circle of sheet metal with some tin snips to fit the bottom of the flange.
I used a little epoxy putty to hold the sheet metal in place and form a water tight barrier.
After the epoxy was dry, I put a little Teflon tape around the threads on the bottom end of the pipe.
Then I just screwed the pipe into the flange.
I then spray painted the vase with a hammered finish spray paint.
Note: this post has been edited from the original post. When I did the original post, I lost all the step-by-step pictures I had taken. Today I found my long-lost pictures so I have included them and added a couple of steps. I hope this will help. Thanks for joining me for this That’s Crafty Thursday!
Sunday, 14. October 2012
In between projects, I was able to make a couple of minor changes to my guest bathroom. When I put the ribbon on the wall (in the before picture below) I knew it was only a matter of time before my boys had it well, off the wall.
I took the rest of the ribbon off, filled the holes and taped off the walls. I had a little grey paint (Anew Grey by Sherwin Williams) on hand and painted the smaller stripe with it. I mixed the grey paint with some of the white paint (Clear Moon by Behr) and that’s what I painted the bottom, wider stripe with it. Although I loved the ribbon, I also love the stripes. I love experimenting and trying new things and luckily, my boys give me plenty of opportunities to spruce thing up .
Friday, 14. September 2012
Remember this table? This is the lonely little table I found sitting on the side of the road a couple of months ago. To refresh your memory, I took the bottom shelf off and transformed this table into two tables. Please click here to see the after of the first table. And Ta Da, here is the second table.
My Handy Hubby helped me attach some legs to the new table top.
Then I had fun bringing two ideas to life. I have wanted to paint something emeral green forever. I have also been dying to paint a Greek key pattern. I think Greek key is so classic yet so modern and dare I say a little chic? I’ve had so much fun transforming this table, I can’t help but wonder if the people who put this table on the curb had any idea that sad little table could get a second chance as two happy tables?