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A few weeks ago I finished a kitchen redesign for a good friend of mine…it was so fun and it turned out beautifully!  My friend, Lori, has a great eye for design and so we put our heads together and this is what we came up with:

Here are a couple of before pictures:

The floor is partly pulled up in this picture, but this shows the original builder island.  It had a high bar and was angled to close off the kitchen from the eating area.   Below is the kitchen with island torn out before construction of the new one.

The cabinets were a beautiful dark wood–but they wouldn’t fit the new light, white look of the kitchen Lori wanted.  Painting them was on the remodel checklist!

We hired a contractor to do the project.  New floors, a couple of walls removed, the existing island demo’d and rebuilt square with the kitchen, painted cabinets, new lighting and backsplash, countertops and a stone fireplace.  It is breathtaking and I give so much credit to Lori who had the vision for what she wanted her kitchen to be.

I painted the cabinets with a Benjamin Moore Advance paint called Milk Paint.

The countertops are a marble looking quartz.

Lori wanted a backsplash that was unique and so when she brought home  samples from Floor and Decor (my favorite backsplash go-to warehouse) I jumped on this one.  In order to tone it down a bit, Lori went with a white grout.  It is definitely a statement piece!

I painted the island black…well not a true black.  It’s called Black Tar by Benjamin Moore. I liked the toned down color of this black–a little bit of dark grey in it.

When the contractors framed the island it had these two levels on the side. We capped it in wide bead board and framed it out with some trim for a furniture-like look.

Lori chose pulls for her island that were different than her cabinets in order to make it look like a piece of furniture. You can see the stacked stone and wood mantle on the fireplace in the background.

 

One more big picture look!

Some folks have asked me to teach them how to paint their own cabinets.  I am happy to explain!  Below is my 6 step process.  There are A LOT of tricks and details (like which brushes and rollers I use, and how to mix the paint for a perfect finish) that I have learned and would love to share but it is too much for this post.  I am going to create a small mini-course on this blog with all the tips!  So stay tuned for that, but here are the basics:

  1.  Remove doors and hardware
  2.  Sand all cabinet doors and frames (enough to take off gloss)
  3.  Prime all doors and frames
  4. Caulk where needed–usually where the raised frame of the cabinet door meets the panel.
  5.  Paint doors and frames with 3-4 coats of paint, until a the paint is even and smooth.
  6.  Re-attach all cabinet doors and touch up any paint areas needed

I have about 3 more kitchen remodels to show you that I have completed over the last year, so keep an eye out on this blog.  If you want to see all my design posts, you can enter your email below and you’ll get my Top 7 Design Tips for your house!

Have a great 4th of July celebrating our freedom!

~Amy

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I thought this week might be a good week to share something totally surface but hopefully entertaining– a tour of our new home.  We have lived here 4 1/2 months now, so not brand new, but we are still getting settled (my last project is to paint our son’s room over Thanksgiving break).

We have done quite a bit of remodeling since we moved in, tearing out walls and building a kitchen island from scratch.  I painted our kitchen cabinets and installed a stacked stone back splash.  I’ve painted almost every room a cream color, wanting a peaceful neutral background accented by blue and grey accessories. We also added new laminate flooring–which has stumped everyone who has come over–“Really?  It’s laminate??”  Yep.

So, here’s a quick tour!

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Welcome!

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To the left of the entryway is a sitting area.  This is more commonly used as a dining room in this model, but as part of our simplifying venture, we decided to have one dining area, and then a separate sitting area for family members to have their own space if needed.  This has become one of my favorite spaces when I get up before everyone else to sit and read and pray in the morning.

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As you leave the front room you enter the kitchen/family room.  The post you see to the right used to be one end of a wall which enclosed much of the kitchen.  There was originally no island.  We took down the wall and built an island to open the space up.

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The pendants along with the chandelier over the dining table are new–along with most other lighting on the main floor (all from Lowes!).

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The cabinets used to be an oak color, so I painted those and added hardware.  I also added this stone back splash which seemed to pull it all together.

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This is a view into our family room.  In the background is the hallway to a nice storage closet, a bathroom, and to the left an office that Jon and I share.

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This is my space in the office (I’m just really borrowing a little area in my husband’s man-cave), but it’s all I need to stay orgainized.  In the summer, hydrangeas, my favorite flower, bloom outside the window to the left of my desk.

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We try to gather as a family at this table for dinner as much as possible.

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This is a gallery wall that I recently completed in our family room. Gallery walls are great ways to add personality, meaning and warmth to a large wall.

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Heading back toward the front door.  I wanted to show you this picture for a couple of reasons.  First, where the light is hanging down between the two doors, there used to be wall.  You basically couldn’t see these doors.  We removed the wall and then added bead board to the whole area, making it a bit of its own little entry-room from the garage, while adding character (as did the hanging light).

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This is heading upstairs.  We love our upstairs and these pictures probably won’t do it justice.  There are four rooms plus a laundry room circling a large landing area.  In this picture you can see our daughter’s room (who is at college) which doubles as a guest room.

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Here is her room.  All the furniture is from IKEA and we painted it a warm brown called Tavern Taupe–one of my favorites!

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To the left of her room are our other two children’s rooms.  There is a bathroom in the middle.  When we moved in we painted the bathroom the same color as the rest of our house ( Maison Blanche), and added these wood shelves for storage for our kids–like toothpaste, brushes, gel, etc.

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Back out in the hallway you can see our master bedroom and the laundry room on the right.  I LOVE having a laundry room upstairs.

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This is our bedroom.  It isn’t quite what I would like it to be yet–we’ve had this red chair forever, and it’s not in the budget to replace, so I worked with it to decorate this room.  I added new curtains, painted (this color is called Safari Chic), and then a pillow to pull in the red from the chair and the gold pillows and throw we already owned.  It took me a long time to find the right pillow, but I’m now quite attached to the fox.

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House Tour

Here we are back downstairs, heading out the front door.  We have been incredibly blessed in our journey to downsize as we love this home in many ways even more than the larger home we moved from.  We have learned so many lessons about simplifying and contentedness and trusting God in his plan and not ours through this move.

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Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Xoxo,

Amy

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