Friday, July 30, 2010

Awesome DIY Kitchen Makeover

I received this note from Kinga and Joseph from BlueLoom about their awesome DIY kitchen makeover.  Sometimes budgets are small but results are HUGE!  Take a look!

When we bought our house, we knew we had to do something about the ugly kitchen from the 70s.
We didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on a complete renovation, so we decided to do it ourselves.

Total kitchen reno took us more than 2 years but we saved a lot of money. The biggest project was to restore the existing kitchen cabinets which were solid maple, so we were able to send them and apply white paint. See our original blog post here:

Money saved on cabinets allowed us to hire contractors to install spanish tile floor and new windows.

We did the rest:
  • restored kitchen cabinets and replaced hardware
  • installed the backsplash
  • installed new counter top
  • replaced all light fixtures and added two new ones above the sink
  • removed one kitchen cabinet and installed a dishwasher (originally there was no dishwasher in our kitchen). We also built the new cabinet for the dishwasher.
  • replaced the old trim
  • replaced electrical switches
  • removed wallpaper and painted the kitchen
The sink and faucet were pretty much the only things we kept. 

Here is the kitchen before:

First, we removed all cupboards and hardware.  We used electric sender to send cabinets to bare wood. It was a very time consuming process but eventually saved us a lot of money, and we were pleased with the result.
This is how the cabinets look like after sending. They were ready to be painted.
We applied one coat of primer and two coats of paint and installed new hardware. We also installed backsplash a replaced countertop ourselves (more on that in the near future).
 New tile

Here is our new kitchen:
Once our window was replaces, we installed two identical light fixtures above the sink. We paid lesss than $100 for both lamps at Home Depot.
New light fixtures
Old cabinets, new look
New table

If you purchased your first home and like us inherited an old kitchen, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars by putting a brand you kitchen in. We saved a lot of money by painting old cabinets. The only expenses were primer, paint and new hardware.
WOW!  All of their hard work paid off because it's a beautiful transformation, isn't it?  Gives me hope for my own old kitchen.  Thanks for sharing Kinga & Joseph!  You guys rock!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pretty Bedroom Makeover full of DIY details

Maria at 

sent over her pretty bedroom makeover.  Painting the furniture made a huge impact and I love her silhouette art and beautiful pillows.  Check it out:

DIY Bedroom Makeover

Welcome to our bedroom! Just about everything was a DIY project.My husband's biggest request is we had to keep the brown comforter. I wanted to get a new bedroom set but we couldn't afford to replace any of the furniture. So, after I got help choosing a color palette, this is what I came up with.BEFOREAFTER
The biggest project was painting all furniture and replacing the hardware. Here is a better picture of the night-stand. I took step-by-step photos of painting one of the drawers. Would that be helpful or is it pretty self-explanatory?BEFORE
Here is how I did the candle wraps. I really love how it turned out. I wish my photos were better. It is such a nice, relaxing place now.BEFORE
Follow these links for the large silhouette artwork, the smaller framed art, and the pillows. I used the same pillow covers for the large pillows but I adjusted the size.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful makeover, Maria!  I love how the furniture now pops against your mocha colored walls and the blue and brown accent everything perfectly!  Great job!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

RH Inspired Zinc Dresser at Freckled Laundry (and Niski update)

I fell in love with a nightstand.  And a blog.  I want this...

in my house, beside my bed stacked with my decor magazines and scented candle.  (Since I'm dreaming, we'll nix the alarm clock.)  I NEED it there.  Did I ever mention I'm using a cardboard box as a night stand?  Can you understand my longing for this?
Jami from 
freckled laundry
linked up to the DIY Project Parade last week with this beauty:

 If I can't have it, can I be inspired by it?  Can I copy it? 

Yes. And Yes!
What about that GORGEOUS paint treatment?
I'd love to copy/paste her tutorial but instead, I'll send you over to check it out.  Click HERE to see her faux zinc painting tutorial. Thanks for sharing your creativity, Jami!
Thanks for your sweet comments about Niski.  She is slowly improving.  She's not walking or standing longer than a few seconds.
She is still on crate rest and meds but...she wanted to take a minute from her crate in order to show you how she is doing.   
Please forgive my poor DIY video skills with bad lighting and sample audio clip.  
I'm just a beginner with no technical skills whatsoever and still learning!   Only the 2nd video in my entire life.
I spent more time than I would like to admit to even show you this much and when the screen goes black, that's the end, despite the fact that it plays a lot longer - oops.
For right now - I don't let her walk.  It's too soon but I wanted to give you an update.  When crate rest is over, we will use a scarf under her tummy to help her walk when permitted.  :)

And if you can't see it ...I apologize.  I don't know what I'm doing!

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