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kitchen redo. makeover on a budget.

Where do I spend most of my time? The kitchen. Partly because I love to cook, but also because it seems to be the place where the kids always end up congregating {translation = where they bring down all of their toys and make a mess}.

Well, our house was in need of a serious kitchen makeover when we moved in. The crazy thing is we actually finished our kitchen not long after we moved in. Why? Um, it was seriously painful for me to look at. I know it sounds silly, but you saw it when you walked in the garage, when you were in the family room and even when you walked down the stairs each day. It pained me and I had nothing but time on my hands so the kitchen was given a little love and a whole lotta’ elbow grease.

The skinny? It had good bones, but was not our style and looked so sad. The granite countertops were not a good {actually, horrible} match with the existing maple cabinets and needed a little update. But, we were not willing to spend a ton of money ripping out counters and starting from scratch. Yes, there are still things on our list to finish {new floors are calling my name}, but it is pretty much complete. Trust me… some paint, new hardware, lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures make any kitchen look brand spanking new.

Hello, kitchen. Now I smile when I look at you.

kitchen with label

A huge improvement from what we moved into. No joke, there are seriously these maple cabinets everywhere. In the bathrooms. In the hallways. In the laundry room. Slowly but surely, I am making my way to each of them with my paintbrush and paint can. But, the kitchen? It was my first stop. Oh dear, here is what we started with.

kitchen before

I am not really sure why I didn’t take more pictures of it in the {before} state, but I didn’t. Sadly, you aren’t able to witness the dreary pendant that hung over the kitchen table or the used and abused maple top that sat on the small desk area. Oh boo. Well, at least you get the gist of it.

Here is our new and improved kitchen {on a budget, of course} and what we get to look at each day. Still smiling. It was worth it.

kitchen collage 1

Kitchen Picture Big 1

kitchen collage 2

Kitchen Picture Big 2

kitchen collage 3

Truth? It took forever. I didn’t realize how many cabinets there actually were until I started. The good news is that I didn’t have any friends or know anyone {family doesn’t count} so I had plenty of time on my hands. Yes, I cried. Quite possibly more than once. Seriously, so many cabinets. But, in the end? Beyond worth it. I now love being in the kitchen area and smile each time I walk in.

Before & After

Don’t go too far. Later this week I will share a source list if you {have to have} some of the goodies from our kitchen. Oh, and I will share a few projects that make your kitchen a little more unique than your next door neighbors. You can thank me later.

try. enjoy. share.

Letter J  XO

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design. inspiration. love. polyvore.

          Oh my goodness. I think I just found love. Well, right in line after my one-of-a-kind hubs {you are way better, babes}. I warn you. There is the possibility that you may get sucked into a deep, dark hole. But, I assure you that once you get yourself out you will be all smiles.
         I am sure you have heard or browsed some adorable outfit creations on Polyvore compliments of Pinterest. {And, yes. I may just start some outfit inspirations myself. That could be a little too much fun.} Well, Polyvore has just dived into the world of decorating. They are now creating a way for you (yes, you!} to create your own decorating sets.
         Call it inspiration. Call it shopping. Whatever you call it, it is one way to get a little focus for your decorating task and to do it with a smile. Me? Yes, in love. You? You can create some decorating sets yourself. Or, the other option? Well, you can be my follower and be in love too {without the work}. Visit my Polyvore site here. Who knows? You may just find a few things that are a ‘yes, please’, for your own house.
What’s not  to love?
  • You have  a simple way to hone on what you love and what you might call, “not my favorite”. {oh, I should probably mention that in our house we have a rule that you can’t say “i don’t like that.”. Instead, you are more than welcome to say, “It’s not my favorite.” I know. We just might have issues. But, it works and is music to my ears when I hear the kids say it, especially during dinner time.}
  • Each added piece gives you a price and shopping link. Kind of good. Kind of bad. {This just cemented that fact that I kind of have pricey taste. Oh boo.}
  • Ever since we moved into our house we have an overwhelming amount of unfinished, “not my favorite” rooms. Too many. Too much. But, this just might be my ticket to completion. My goal? I am going to create a set {board} for each of inspiration rooms. Yeah! Now, if only I had time.
  • Um, fun. No more to say. Right?
So, I now introduce you to a little lady that I call, {polyvore project decorate}. Hello, if I had no kids or messy handprints, room of my dreams. Well, for now anyways.


         Isn’t she a beauty? If only my kids didn’t have dirty hands and I had new hardwood floors. {Babes, did you catch that?} I only kid. This? This is a room that would make me smile each time I walked in. I like to think of it as a twist on a suburban girl’s loft. Are you with me? And, with Polyvore you even get a list of everything you included in your set in the event you want to purchase it. I am sold.

Wall light
$530 – alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Wood lamp

Woods lamp

H M cotton curtain
$21 – hm.com

Zentique nailhead sofa

Grey chair

         A blog I follow and love {I don’t want her to think I am a stalker, but I think we might be soul mates. Her house could be mine!} has a great small business shop with too, too cute prints and a blog that documents her new house. Meet Dear Lillie. She is cute and you just might love her too (but not more than me, right?}. A few weeks ago she posted about a contest she was hosting that gave a you a chance to create your own Polyvore board and I was hooked, line and sinker. {Is that right? I think so.} And so, I pass on the good news to you.
         May you create some boards of your own. Or, better yet, if you likey what you see  become my follower. Who knows, maybe I will have a board of the week. Now wouldn’t that be fun? Time to start shopping.

try. enjoy. share.

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