Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover

Well I am so excited to have completed a room update to share with you! Ok, so it probably won’t be that exciting to you, but for me it totally is…

The photo I have of the bathroom is one my Hubby took as we were considering buying the house, the house was “professionally staged” for sale. The bathroom was just an ok, builder basic bathroom and as this house is only 2 years old there was nothing technically “wrong” with it, but it just wasn’t our style. This is kind of a “mini” makeover, but that is all that this bathroom is going to get from us. Would I have loved to replace the fiberglass tub with a gorgeous tiled walk-in shower and the flooring for something with a little more personality, why yes, I would have, but this is the downstairs guest bathroom and not really where I want to allocate a lot of funds which is why just the mini-makeover (that and maybe because I’m so not in the mood to do any tiling, just sayin’).

BEFORE

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The first thing I did (other than paint it) was to remove the towel bar across from the toilet (not shown). As this bathroom really functions more like a powder room for us (and I hate towel bars) I decided to install a double towel hook instead.

Having never had these particular type of towel bars in my homes before I just assumed that the mounts were caulked or screwed onto the drywall… nope!

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Yup, they are installed into the wall, so now this project becomes slightly more complicated/longer.

I used a ½” piece of wood I had on hand, cut it bigger than the hole, applied Loctite to the edges to help me hold it in place and then angled the wood into the hole (I used a screw in the wood to pull it to the back of the drywall) and screwed through the top and bottom of the drywall into the wood to hold it into place.

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Then I cut a piece of drywall (you can buy 2×2 sq. ft. pieces from the Lowe’s or HD) and applied Loctite to the back of the drywall.

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I then pressed the drywall into place.

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I then applied several coats of drywall compound to the area and sanded it smooth.

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After they were painted they were undetectable!

As I metioned before our home has textured walls, except for in the bathrooms and kitchen, so I was glad I didn’t have to match that up. Quite honestly if the walls had been textured I would not have attempted the patch… just keeping it honest here folks!

So the rest of the mini-makeover consisted of:

Which now that I listed it all it seems a little less mini to me, but it is what it is…

Board and batten came first, we removed the toilet and sink since we were replacing them, during this step.

The first step was to measure the walls to determine the placement of the rails and stiles, that takes a little time, but you want to ensure you have equally spaced rails. After determining placement, I used a piece of the MDF board to act as a template to speed up the stile placement. We just cut the MDF to size, applied Loctite to the back of the boards ensured they were level and nailed them in place with our nail gun. The process went fast.

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The next step is the tedious one of filling nail holes and joints and caulking all the seams, when it gets to this step I always think why in the hell did I decide to do this… it’s pretty much a tedious pain in the arse!

The last step was to paint everything, I stuck with the same color and sheen as the rest of the woodwork in the home. My reasoning was I thought that it would create a more cohesive look and that there was NO WAY I’m painting all the rest of the trim in the house another shade of white, it’s just not going to happen… so SW Shell White for the board and batten and Benjamin Moore Penthouse (CSP-35) for the upper part of the walls. By the way if you’re looking for the perfect blue/grey/green this is your color! I painted the Family Room in it and plan on painting the master bedroom and bath the same color too, it’s pretty awesome, I’m a H-U-G-E fan!

Guest bathroom mini update, board and batten, brass and chrome fixtures

We chose the American Standard toilet, well, because it is awesome and we had previously installed it in our Master Bathroom renovation in our last home. It’s easy to install and it includes everything you need to install it.

Guest bathroom mini update, board and batten, brass and chrome fixtures

The vanity top I chose from a granite remnants that I locally sourced, it is called Fantasy Brown and it has a honed leather finish, it’s pretty darn fabulous I think… something much more user friendly than marble, but that still has a lot of movement in it. Plus the taupe colors pick up the color in the vanity very nicely.

Guest bathroom mini update, board and batten, brass and chrome fixtures

We love the way the sink sits on the granite and adds a little height to the vanity itself, which is more comfortable when washing your hands. I also replaced the traditional towel ring with a towel hook, it’s just a preference thing…

The faucet is also the same as what we installed in our previous Master bathroom renovation and I liked it so much I’m using it again, seriously things do not have to be complicated…

Guest bathroom mini update, board and batten, brass and chrome fixtures

By the way this is the second time I’ve mixed metals (brass and chrome) in the bathroom and I really do love the look. I find that if the mix is done at the same eye level the effect works very well. This is the most color accurate photo below, it was very hard to photograph this small space without the light on!

Board and batten DIY in guest bathroom, large round brass mirror and brass sconce

The art piece I made myself from a scan of an old black and white photo of my hot momma long before she had me, now that’s a great pose! When I showed that to her she said that she thought she was fat back then… crazy right! Well I think it works perfectly in our new home at the beach and I love seeing it every day!

Board and batten DIY in guest bathroom, large round brass mirror

My hubby and I like to work on projects together and this one was no exception. He’s the plumber and electrical guy and I’m pretty much everything else… we love our projects no matter how big or how small, but this small update really has made a big difference in making our new house feel like our home. I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

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PS… now that the bathroom is complete we are moving on to the kitchen, why is it always right before the holidays?! And no, we didn’t put those holes in the wall, they were behind the range hood..

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The Challenges of a Two Story Foyer

So sorry for the “radio” silence, but in all seriousness I was feeling very overwhelmed and quite honestly a little sad after our move from Louisville to Virginia Beach. When friends in Louisville asked us where we were moving to they felt not one iota of sorrow for us because of our proximity to the beach, I guess being land-locked will do that to a person after a while… Well anyway, I have my head firmly above the water now and I feel like I’m making progress after being here for three months. We’ve done a lot of little projects (like replacing lighting and painting), but have some big ones on the list that I’m just starting the planning process for (like flooring and kitchen updates).

This is our story about changing out our light fixture and painting the walls in our two story foyer. While this is our second two-story foyer home where we have changed out the foyer light, this was my Hubby’s first attempt at doing it himself. Having said that though he and I have changed out many (many, many) light fixtures over the years and most of the time it is a very straightforward process… turn off power, remove old fixture, install new fixture following original wiring plan (i.e. white wire to white wire, black wire to black wire, ground wire to ground wire) however being up two stories makes this a tad bit more complicated.

Here is a shot of the foyer light after I had already started the painting process, basically I finished all I could do up to this point.

Painting two story foyer

My hubby considered quite a few options (some of which I would say would have been not very safe), scaffolding was the front-runner until he spoke to one of the guys at or local United Rentals and explained to him what we were trying to accomplish… needless to say this was the tool of choice (Oscar didn’t care for it not.one.bit.).

Personal lift for two story foyer

It’s a personal lift (JLG FT140), I truly think he just wanted to try this bad boy out, it is pretty darn cool, it breaks down into 3 manageable pieces, it’s battery operated and comes with 2 batteries and a charger. He also used this rig to finish up the painting, as I had painted as high as I felt comfortable with an extension pole… overall the cost savings was pretty significant to DIY the lighting install and paint the foyer ourselves, saving money always makes me happy!

Changing light in two story foyer with personal lift

The lift worked perfectly though, it was a tad wobbly when it was fully extended, but it was very safe and worked like a charm!

Painting walls in two story foyer with personal lift

The foyer, downstairs & upstairs halls we painted a very neutral color, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (#OC-23 in Eggshell).

Coastal foyer light Shades of Light

The front door I painted in Behr Blackout #N510-7 (Satin finish) which adds some contrast and overall interest to that wall.

painted two story foyer Classic Gray

The walls and ceilings have a swirled (shell) plaster finish to them, which was both a pain and sort of a blessing when we painted these walls. We had to use a thicker nap roller which made the roller much heavier and I had to be sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies which used a lot of paint and took extra time, but I was able to start and stop without worrying about lap lines which helped when painting the 2 story area.

Two story foyer lighting, coastal, Shades of Light

We purchased  the chandelier from Shades of Light (we have one here locally in Virginia Beach), it looks like driftwood but is really metal painted to look like driftwood, we love the coastal vibe of this light!

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So this project was most challenging so far, but I’m excited it’s complete and we can move on to the next room!

As always thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!

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First Things First

Pretty much without fail when we move into a “new” home we generally start with replacing lighting. I know that may seem strange as it would make most sense to start with paint, but for me sourcing the right lighting is one of the more difficult tasks. It would seem like it would be fairly simple as my taste runs more toward the traditional side (in general) but finding the right light at the right price just tends elude me (especially vanity lighting)!

Even before I walked into our new home in Virginia Beach I had started the search for new lighting, specifically dining room, family room and eat in kitchen lighting. I found this light at World Market. Antique Whitewash Wood Bead Chandelier

It looks perfectly suited for a causal coastal vibe and at $200 it wasn’t going to break the bank. Plus I have plans to modify it by wrapping the metal rim in either sisal or leather lacing, basically making it look more upscale for very little money and effort! The other thing about this light I love is that it has 4 bulbs (40 watt each) which since I’m using LED lights I can use a higher wattage and add a dimmer to adjust brightness as necessary.

The other light I found that I’m totally excited about is for the family room. It’s from Ballard Designs and at $400 it’s not exactly cheap but I totally think that it is priced very nicely!

Bamboo 6-Light Chandelier

Unfortunately the light is backordered until July, but I plan on it setting the tone for the whole room. I’ve also decided that if for some strange reason we LOVE utilizing the fan/light combination that’s currently in the family room I can use this in the dining room, bedroom or the foyer I think it’s that versatile.

There were some other options I considered for the dining room, but I want to wait to get the bamboo light installed before I pull any triggers.

How cool is this one though? Very masculine I know, but I’m totally digging the feel of the leather and brass! It’s by Savoy House and it’ll cost about $600 depending on where you source it, but it’s pretty bad ass looking and my Hubby totally loved it of course!

    in Brown Leather Full Size

I also saw this bad boy at Lowe’s and while I like style a lot it wouldn’t jive with our dining room furniture and that furniture is not going anywhere…

Kichler Lighting Basford 21-in 6-Light Distressed Antique Gray Rustic Cage Chandelier

My hubby installed the beaded chandelier already and I’m thrilled with how it looks even if there’s no table there yet…

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We also installed these Lutron motion sensor lighting in the two master closets, it is just so convenient (or lazy) to be able to walk into the closet and not have to turn on the light. We set them to turn off after 1 minute of no movement or we can manually turn it off ourselves, which for some reason is no problem for me to turn them off but I do want them to come on automatically… go figure! Super easy to install by the way…

Another item we just “had to install” was this Lutron remote control dimmer for the master bedroom and media room. We love being able to remotely control the lights and we were used to it as we installed two of them in our KY home in the master and the media room as well. They are super easy to install as well, but if you have little kids (or maybe just irresponsible teens) you may want to find a place to store the remote so you always can find it, but I did find out that you can buy a new remote if the old one is “misplaced”…

So I have a crap ton of lights to replace, but it may be that I get to the painting before I buy more lights… we’ll have to see as I am still living in Louisville until June 1st (last day of school) and Hubby is already living in the new home like a nomad without any permanent furniture, so I don’t have a lot to do but pack and daydream about our new spaces!

While I was at the new house for Spring Break I needed a place to set my coffee etc. down while I was watching TV (this is how Hubby is living for 8 weeks!) so I found a cool antique store with lots of goodies and found this TINY table for $20! I just love it and I plan on using it in a bathroom after the “real” furniture arrives, but it is so dang cute I smile every time I see it! I mean it’s SUPER tiny!

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So I’m off to pack a few more boxes, I did a little calculation and determined that if I pack just 2 boxes a day I will be done by the time the movers come, I hope that is the case as I’m pretty much sticking to that number!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time…

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PS Have you ever tried this Grapefruit Vodka? If not you might want to it’s delicious, I enjoy it mixed with La Croix Grapefruit Sparkling Water… they have other flavors too if you’re just not into grapefruit…

 

 

 

It’s official, we’re moving!

 

So here we go again, moving, it’s such a pain in the rear and totally not something we were planning on doing anytime soon! If you’ve been following my blog anytime in the last 3 years you’ll know how much renovation we have completed in our current home and you may remember we just put the finishing touches on the master closet and the kitchen… both of which causes me pain to think about leaving! We have absolutely L-O-V-E-D living here in Louisville, KY, it was such a wonderful surprise for me to find out just how much we would love living here! There is so much to do, more festivals than I can ever get to in one season not to mention the Kentucky Derby, for which the celebrations go on for at least a week in advance of the actual race day. We will miss living here, but we are leaving a little something behind… our middle daughter Cassidy has transferred to the University of Louisville and will be finishing up her college education here, so we’ll be back to visit for sure!

So here are a few pictures the photographer took for the listing, most of these I haven’t shared before!

Sunroom (my favorite family space in the house)

Mudroom (super convenient with doors to both garage and front yard)

Dining Room

Master Bath

Upstairs Hall

Basement (a walk-out with 10 ft. ceilings!)

And the backyard, just part of the 1.12 acres

Our move is prompted by an unexpected job offer for my Hubby and a relocation back to the state of Virginia. We moved to Louisville almost 4 years ago from Richmond, VA, but we will be moving to the Virginia Beach area which I’m pretty excited about! So right now we’re in the process of finding just the right home, you know one that’s not too big… not too small…?! That always proves to be such a difficult task, but we are certainly trying! We’re torn between buying a new home or a fixer upper or something in between the two but I’m hoping something will come on the market soon that will make us want to put a contract down on it.

In the meantime our home was just listed on the market last Thursday and we were fortunate enough to get 3 very great offers the very next day! We accepted a contract which would allow us to rent back until the end of the school year, which will be very helpful to us. So now I am focusing on packing up rarely used items, listing stuff for sale on Craig’s List, gathering small items together for a yard sale and taking stuff to Goodwill. At least I don’t have any painting or renovating work left to do so while this work is time-consuming it’s not very difficult.

So wish us luck! I hope that this transition will go as smooth as possible…

Thanks as always for stopping by… until next time!

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Master Closet Turned Dressing Room Reveal

Renovating the master closet and converting it into a dressing room has been a true labor of love for us! This renovation was just part of the overall Master Bathroom renovation, but it had a few small items we still needed to complete in order to consider it 100% done! I’ll take you through a quick photo before and after but if you’re interested in seeing more of the renovation photos and details check out my links at the end of this post.

This was the view into the closet, there was a door off of the master bathroom which is why I consider it a closet before but a “dressing room” now. My side is the first left, hubby’s side is behind mine with the most natural light (he has a tad issue with determining whether clothing is black or blue Disappointed smile)

Original closet

This is the totally unusable dormer window area, with a separate light switch for what purpose I do not know.

Original closet

This is my hubby’s side of the closet, have I mentioned enough how I hate wire shelving!

Original closet

Another shot of my side of the closet with the door that lead into the unconditioned storage space.

Original closet

Original closet layout plan

Original closet layout

Renovated closet plans

Dressing room plans

So this is our new view through the master bathroom into the new dressing room. When I was originally designing this space I was concerned about not having a door on the closet (not sure why now), so I did design the walls on either side of this hallway to be able to accommodate a future door if that was what we wanted. I can tell you with absolute certainty though I would never put a door here! I love all of the natural light that pours into the bathroom from the dressing room windows and the overall open feel of the whole design. By the way we installed a high quality exhaust fan in the bathroom that has allayed any fears about moisture I may have had.

Renovated closet into dressing room off of new master bath

My closed wardrobe area that I have setup for my “delicates” and jewelry. Clearly I have a ton of unused space, but I don’t really have anything else to store. I love it though! The doors I painted to match the IKEA brown/black color of the cabinet.

IKEA Pax wardrobe in renovated closet turned dressing room

My hanging area for dresses, skirts and long items. I love the solution we designed in order to hang the closet rod on the inclined ceiling.

Slanted ceiling hanging space in renovated closet turned dressing room

Slanted ceiling hanging space in renovated closet turned dressing room

My custom pull outs for shoes and additional storage for purses etc.

Custom built-in shoe shelves in renovated closet turned dressing room

Custom built-in shoe shelves in renovated closet turned dressing room

We used heavy duty metal closet rods from Home Depot for all of our hanging. They are very pretty and extremely strong!

Slanted ceiling clothes hanging space in renovated closet turned dressing room

My hubby made this simple hanging cabinet for my boots, but I also keep a few sweater items on top.

Custom hanging boot cabinet in renovated closet turned dressing room

More hanging space here, with custom wood tops I stained and attached to the brackets.

Renovated closet turned dressing room

Now for my hubbies side of the closet. Again using the heavy duty metal rods and custom cut and stained wood tops.

Renovated closet turned dressing room

Renovated closet turned dressing room

My husband built this small cabinet I designed to fit in this otherwise unused space.

Custom cabinet for renovated closet turned dressing room

A nice space to charge phones and decorate!

DIY shelf space for renovated closet turned dressing room

Renovated closet turned dressing room

Oh how excited my husband was when he learned he had plenty of room leftover in this cabinet for new shoes!!

IKEA Pax shoe storage in renovated closet turned dressing room

Still lots of empty shelf space!

Renovated closet turned dressing room

We custom made these dividers for his sock drawer, love them!

Custom made drawer dividers for PAX wardrobe drawers

Renovated closet turned dressing room

An just because Chewy is so nosy and cute I thought I would share this photo with you too…

Renovated closet turned dressing room with cute Schnoodle

Cute Schnoodle - Chewy

Our dogs really crack me up!

Anyway I hope you enjoyed my little tour of our completed dressing room! We are loving every square inch of it and are thrilled at how well our design has worked so well for us!

Thanks as always for stopping by and I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a wonderful New Year!!!

Until next time…

K

PS as promised other closet renovation posts:

Closet part 5

Closet part 4

Closet part 1

DIY Custom Built Organizer for our Ikea Pax Wardrobe

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of the updates we have completed on the Master Closet / Dressing Room. I’m not ready to show the final reveal as I am currently in the process of spray painting the Ikea Pax Wardrobe doors, but I should be done soon!

So we decided to add three Ikea PAX brown-black wardrobes to our closet rather than building a custom setup. We already have plenty of hanging space, but my hubby needed some additional drawers and shelves for things like shoes, socks, underwear and I wanted they’re cool jewelry organizer.

Ikea Brown Black PAX Wardrobes in custom closet

We chose to buy one of the 14” deep cabinets for his shoes, but the 24” deep one for all of the organizers we wanted that aren’t available in the more shallow cabinet. I love the insert and drawer options that are available for these wardrobes, but they are missing some options I’d love to see them add at some point. I thought I could find a simple drawer organizer that would work for us, but no one seemed to have just what I was looking for so I designed a simple, no fasten system for the drawer and we built it and painted it to match the cabinet.

This really easy and simple project that consist of: 1/2 birch plywood, 5mm Poplar plywood, some white birch veneer tape.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

First we cut the 1/2” plywood to height and width and then I adhered (with an iron) the veneer tape to the top edge of the board. After the veneer had cooled we trimmed the veneer and sanded the edges. Then using our table saw we ran the boards through 3 times, moving the blade out a little each pass to cut about 1/4” notches on each board at the desired locations.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

We then placed the boards in the front and back of the drawer and measured for the length of the dividers. We then cut the 5mm plywood to length and width and sanded all of the pieces with 220 grit paper.

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

I spray painted all of the pieces with Benjamin Moore Advance Satin black brown paint that I had custom matched to the Ikea black-brown color perfectly! I took one of the shelves from the wardrobe to my local Benjamin Moore Store and had them color match to it, it was a little bit of a process to get it just right, but they did a fabulous job! I had looked and looked online for a formula or a color someone else had found already, but there was nothing that truly matched it that I could find. I am a HUGE fan of Benjamin Moore paints and their stores, they seem to employ very knowledgeable “paint people” and if need be I can call ahead and have my paint mixed and ready for pickup when I get there… just all around great customer service! I use Bluegrass Paint & Decorating here in Louisville, but when I lived in Richmond I used Virginia Paint Company.

Here is a picture of the Ikea Black-Brown paint formula (the formula is for a QUART) for those that may need it, created in Benjamin Moore Advance Satin paint Base 4.

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The front and back slotted 1/2” plywood pieces are only held in place by the tension of the divider pieces which allows this system to be easily removed or changed around if necessary. Love me some organized drawers even if they’re not “mine”!!!

Uniquely Yours or Mine!: Easy DIY custom Ikea Pax drawer insert

Hope you are all enjoying some nice Fall weather and as always thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

Our DIY Kitchen Remodel

I’m so excited to be able to not only finally share our kitchen remodel with you, but to also just be D-O-N-E!! I I think that the progression from concept to completion went very smoothly with only a few tweaks (tile and range hood) in the overall original design. I’m also very sure that I will want my cabinets in any future home setup like this, with open cabinetry below closed cabinetry, it just works so well for all of us and no extra dusting required!

So here is where we started (that’s the home inspector at the island), my hubby took photos of the house as he was inspecting it. What we have is a nice, open, good sized kitchen just not exactly what we wanted.

Kitchen Before renovations

The first stage for us was replacing the can lights for pendant lights, new fridge, microwave, sink, faucet, dishwasher and updating and painting the island.

First stage of DIY kitchen remodel

Stage two was the easiest and quickest, installing marble subway tile backsplash…

It remained like this for just over 2 years, but I always knew that painting the cabinets was next…

Second stage of DIY kitchen remodel

The third stage was to update and paint the butlers pantry, it was also my “test” for the kitchen cabinet paint color (Benjamin Moore White Dove).

Third stage of DIY kitchen remodel

Then FINALLY the last stage, raising the original cabinets to the ceiling, making new open cabinets to install below, adding decorative molding, installing more tile above stove and sink window, installing new range hood and adding a decorative cabinet above stove and fridge and painting all of the cabinets and installing new hardware… WHEW that was a mouthful and I’m pretty sure a run-on sentence!!

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

I hand painted (with a combination of foam roller and soft bristle brush) with Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint line all of the cabinet boxes and trim, but I spray painted the doors in the garage. I always follow the same routine, clean the cabinets with Formula 409, fill imperfections, lightly sand, wipe down with tack cloth, spray prime, sand, clean, spray paint color and repeat as many times as necessary. I sprayed 4 coats on each door side, letting them sit for 24 in between each coat and a week before I flipped them from the back to the front (always paint the back first). The final finish looks great!

 Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

The molding I added is the same we added to the island and helps disguise where the 2 cabinets are connected.

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

So much easier to access glassware and everyday dishes now!

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

We love our new hood, it works so much better than the microwave vent and because it is mounted much higher than the microwave was it helps open that space up.

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

My one small decorated area…

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

The wall color in the kitchen is Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey.

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Final stage of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Some before and after comparisons for you…

before and after of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

before and after of DIY kitchen remodel, raised kitchen cabinets, open cabinetry, painted cabinets

Well that’s it! No more phases left to do, whew!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this walk-thru of our kitchen renovation!

K

Other kitchen renovation posts:

Kitchen Island Progress

Kitchen Tile, Lights, Paint

Kitchen Butlers Pantry

Kitchen Butlers Pantry Complete

Kitchen Progress Part 1

Kitchen Progress Part 2

Kitchen Progress Part 3

Kitchen Progress Part 4

Kitchen Progress Part 5

My Newly Raised and Organized Kitchen Cabinets

So you may know we went through a kitchen cabinet overhaul where we raised the original cabinets to the ceiling and added an additional open cabinet to the bottom of the original cabinets…

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

This setup works extremely well for the way we want our kitchen to function! The everyday dishes and glasses are in the open shelving area where they are quickly and easily put away and retrieved. The original raised cabinets are now setup for basically anything that doesn’t fall into the everyday category. However my 5’5” frame can only reach the first shelf in the old cabinets now so this is the main issue that was taken into consideration when I was re-organizing the shelves.

This most likely might sound a tad anal retentive, but I started with a list (because who doesn’t love a good list) of the different categories of items I had to organize, for example…

  • wine glasses (why do I have so many… OMG I am such a lush Embarrassed smile )
  • Casserole dishes
  • Storage containers
  • Everyday dishes
  • “Fancy” china
  • “Fancy” water glasses
  • Misc. drinking cups

Anyway, you get the point… I think I had about 15 line items that I needed to deal with and rather than start to randomly put the items away and then decide I needed to move them or that I forgot something I created a very crude cabinet diagram and worked on placement of the items by numbering each line item and then placing that number on the cabinet they were to go in. It took a little more upfront time, but when I went to put everything away the job went very smoothly.

Just some of our many, many wineglasses… also all of our china fit on the top 2 corner cabinet shelves, you know the shelves you always loose stuff in anyway!!!

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

I mean the cabinets almost look bare, maybe I need more ice cream bowls…

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

This entire area (top and bottom cabinets) is dedicated to drinks, coffee, soda stream, tea etc.

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

Our one display area in the kitchen, which I love and hopefully I won’t have to clean too often…

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

And look we even have the new range hood installed!

DIY raised kitchen cabinets

I can’t even tell you how much I love my new ceramic knife holder from Williams & Sonoma… it is super cool with its Kapoosh insert and I think it looks way better than the traditional wood knife block!

Ceramic knife holder from Williams and Sonoma

By the way remember the time I totally broke the glass stove top to pieces…

Broken glass stovetop

Well come to find out you can just replace the glass, which my hubby and I did as it is totally a DIY job. Yes, I would have LOVED to have purchased a new top, but finding one that fit the exact dimensions of the granite opening proved to be impossible very difficult. The Jenn-Air glass replacement top I bought online and it cost just a tad over $300, about 1/4 of what I would have had to spend to replace it.

I organized the cabinets based more on how often I would need to use the item more so then where I would use it. So for example all of my china and extra wine glasses went way up on the uppermost shelves. Where it would make sense for most people to have their casserole dishes near the oven (where ours were originally) I put ours in one of the base cabinets near the island because we use them quite frequently. I still have quite a few empty shelves, but everything is put away and I have only had to get the step stool out once in 3 weeks so I think the setup is working great so far!

As far as finishing the kitchen I just started spray painting the cabinet doors so once done the kitchen will be finished… whew hew!!! I took a few weeks off, some due to weather, but quite a bit due to procrastination on my part… but I’m getting it done now and if I never have to paint another set of kitchen cabinets I will consider myself a lucky girl!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

K

Kitchen progress, looking good so far!

Even though I only have one coat of White Dove on the cabinets (but not all of the trim) it’s looking much closer to a finished project… however don’t even ask about the door fronts as they have technically been ready for painting for weeks I’ve just been neglectful and reluctant to paint in 90% humidity…

We also got the tile grouted this weekend as well. Have I ever told you that I have tiling anxiety? No, I’ve never been formally diagnosed, but I’m pretty sure it’s a real thing. You see tiling itself is not difficult at all, but you have to move pretty quick in order for the mastic and grout to not dry out and cause problems… SO I get anxious and pretty crazy about moving quick, quick, quick (like at a DEFCON 10) and my Super Awesome Hubby just wasn’t born equipped with anything over say DEFCON 7, so if you can imagine he’s moving at like a 4 and I’m at a full on 10! I’m so lucky he puts up with my crap sometimes I swear… but anyway on to the progress shots!

Kitchen cabinets painted and raised to ceiling

My favorite cabinet so far is the one over the refrigerator / oven area. At first I was not really thrilled about having to stage that area, but I have a plan and I’m super excited to get it finished!

Kitchen cabinets painted and raised to ceiling

And I don’t regret for one minute adding the tile over the window here, I think it really finishes off the area nicely.

Kitchen cabinets painted and raised to ceiling

I still have to caulk the crown molding and fix some areas that aren’t quite perfect before I can paint them. Also, the blue tape is marking areas I noticed after I painted that needed some additional repair so they have been fixed and re-primed and I will paint spot paint those areas when I paint the trim.

Also, a follow up on the cooktop I broke… we haven’t replaced it yet, but I did get “lucky” and was able to buy a replacement glass top for it instead of having to replace the whole cooktop. I would have much rather replaced it, but finding one that fit the exact cutout dimensions proved nearly impossible.

The rest of the to-do list consist of painting the ceiling, installing the range hood, reinstalling the under cabinet lighting, a few more coats of paint and painting the doors… so I think we’re on the downhill slope, right?!

Until next time…

K

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