Kitchen Progress: Chalkboard Pantry Door

 Right now we are in the waiting phase of our kitchen redo.  We had to tear out part of the cabinets and put in the new appliances so that when they come to measure for the new counter tops, everything will match up.  But, the counter tops will take a few weeks to get here. So…we wait with a half unfinished kitchen, but can’t do a whole lot more until the new counters come.   I’m trying to tackle as much as I can in these few weeks so that when those glorious new counters are installed, we can get to work on re-painting the cabinets and putting up the subway tile. 

One project I’ve been wanting to do is to paint our pantry door with chalkboard paint. It was such an easy and simple fix that will make a big difference.  Unfortunately, my before pictures of the door were mysteriously deleted.  But, you can see a tiny sliver of it on the left hand side of this before picture:

It was basically dark brown with a brass doorknob.  After some light sanding, one coat of primer and four coats of chalkboard paint (the paint was quite a bit thinner than conventional paint), it was ready to go! I had read somewhere online to cover the chalkboard with a light coat of chalk before using it to “season” it. Not sure if this is really neccessary, but I did it just in case!

And here it is now! Yes, I need to touch up the trim. We were going to do that anyway, so I didn’t worry too much about the paint getting on it.

If you know what movie that grocery list is from, you win the coolest reader award! 

I also lightly sanded, deglossed, primed and spray painted the doorknob with oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  I followed YHL’s tutorial for this and it worked great! I plan to do it on all the doorknobs in the house eventually.

Do you have a chalkboard in your kitchen? I’m excited to use it and also have a spot to keep the girls busy while I’m cooking. Can’t wait for the other pieces of the new kitchen to come together!!

Kitchen Progress…FINALLY!

So, I’ve never shown a picture of my kitchen because it’s embarrassing. We’ve lived here for 3 years with the hideousness and have finally saved up enough to do something about it. Here is the kitchen when we moved in. Shocking, right? So ugly.

This was our quick fix to make it liveable.  We painted the walls and cabinets and replaced all the hardware and put in hardwood floors. It’s been liveable for the past 3 years.

But those ancient appliances…

And disgusting countertops HAVE to go!

So…here is what was happening over the weekend.

Goodbye ugly oven!

And hello new stainless steel oven and dishwasher! We also had to replace the bottom cabinet with a smaller one to make all the new stuff fit.

Our next project is to install the new stainless steel microwave above the oven.  Part of the cabinet will have to be taken out, so it will be quite the project!  We also had to take off the counter tops on the right side of the stove. We’ve been fearing the counter top removal process and were super excited when it just popped off in about 2 minutes!

On the opposite side of the kitchen, we used to have this little desk area that was never used. It was wasted space. (I forgot to snap a picture prior to the removal process)

But now we have taken it out and replaced it with more cabinets. We will extend the new counters, so we will have more space!   The ancient speaker system (yes, it still works, but why would you need one in a 1600 sq ft house??) will also be going away.

This is the plan for the new and improved kitchen:

We have already purchased a new brushed nickel pull down faucet and a large black granite kitchen sink.  The new counters will be granite in the color Kashmir White.  I’m hoping to do white subway tile all around with gray grout. And I tried to recreate our kitchen wall color above, but we will keep it for now and then may re-paint after everything is finished.

We scored our appliances super cheap and I got a discount on the granite through my job (it actually is cheaper for us to do granite than Corian, which was our first plan).  It took time researching appliances, but it was worth it. We saved about $1000 just by taking time to do our homework on deals and pricing (and LOTS of time looking on Craigslist).  I will do a budget breakdown when the kitchen is totally done!

It’s not fun having a half destroyed kitchen, but I can live with it for a month because I’m so excited for what’s to come! It’s definitely worth the wait!

Quick Art Spruce Up

When we had our garage sale last weekend, my parents brought some things over to sell.  I grabbed this framed vintage calendar print for myself.  I loved the colors and the medium wooden frame.  The teal is almost the same color as our dining room and the frame is the same tone as our mid century table.  However, the mat needed some serious help…and the print was falling out of the mat.

So, I carefully took out the print and mat.  Then, I grabbed some flat white spray paint that we had lying around and sprayed the mat.  After re-framing and centering it, it looked good as new!

I think it’s perfect against our teal walls!

Have you ever tried spray painting photo mats? I’ve done it a few times and I’m always pleased with the results. It’s such a quick and cheap fix!

Entryway Makeover Update: Wicker Bench

We had a garage sale this past weekend. It was a lot of work, but a huge success! We got rid of most items and made more money than expected.  It was kind of addicting and I’m hoping to have one each year from now on. (This was our first one ever).  We even made a profit on a few things and were able to sell them for more than what we paid.

Anyway, I pulled this little wicker bench out of storage to stick in the garage sale (I think it was my Grandmother’s), but decided it would be cute in the new entryway.

I whipped out some leftover emerald green paint from a different project and painted the top.

I still may paint the legs green or maybe white…or maybe leave them.  I stuck a pillow on it and called it good for now!

I love free projects!

I also love the bright pop of green, I don’t have much that color in the house and it adds some cheer against those neutral stripes!

DIY Easy Silhouette

Silhouettes are such a classic way to decorate a child’s room or nursery. Why pay for a one that’s custom made when you can just do it yourself? Make a classic black and white one or use fun colors and patterns for a more modern silhouette. The possibilities are endless! And for an even MORE updated silhouette project, check out my DIY silhouette art plates!


Make your own modern silhouette! Update it every year as your child's silhouette changes. Great for Mother's or Father's day!

Easy DIY Silhouette

Make your own modern silhouette! Update it every year as your child's silhouette changes. Great for Mother's or Father's day!

First, I took two profile pictures of the girls and tried to make them as contrasty as possible. Using a window as the background helps.


Then, I printed the pictures off in black and white.

Make your own modern silhouette! Update it every year as your child's silhouette changes. Great for Mother's or Father's day!

I found some aqua card stock that we had on hand and taped the picture to the paper.

Make your own modern silhouette! Update it every year as your child's silhouette changes. Great for Mother's or Father's day!

Using a cutting mat and an exacto knife, just simply cut around the profile.  I made the eyelashes a little more pronounced, but other than that, just cut exactly around the picture.

Make your own modern silhouette! Update it every year as your child's silhouette changes. Great for Mother's or Father's day!

Find a fun background and adhere the picture. I actually just used tape for now…it was hard to get them perfectly centered, so the tape helped me move it around until it was just right.  After trying out a few different patterned scrapbook papers, I actually landed on an old map as my favorite.

Make your own modern silhouette! Update it every year as your child's silhouette changes. Great for Mother's or Father's day!

This would also make a wonderful Mother’s or Father’s day gift!!

For more easy DIY artwork, check out these posts!

Ordinary Days 6.2.12

How’s life? Are you enjoying this glorious weather? I know I’ve said it before, but May and June are my favorite months. I wish I could live in these moments forever.

We  have 12 big peony bushes in our yard, and they were in full bloom early this year. I couldn’t pick them fast enough!

I love that smell. So does she.

Garage sales are abounding this time of year. We are gearing up for our first ever garage sale next weekend. I found these babies, brand new with the $69 price tag still on them a few weeks ago for $5. Love garage sales.

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about my mother’s day gift yet! Reid gave this to me (after a LOT of hinting on my part).  And it’s perfect. He did a wonderful job picking it out and I haven’t taken it off since. It’s precious. (is that paint in my hair? can you tell what I’ve been doing?)

Janie is embarking on a new phase…entering the land of “terrible two’s” Sometimes I hate that phrase, because I don’t want to call my daughter “terrible”. She really is the sweetest thing, but she is definitely more fiesty, daring and challenging than her sissy.  And why must she look so cute when she does naughty things? That doesn’t help one bit.

I scored the vintage playschool trike at a thrift store a few months ago for a few dollars in case you were wondering.

I hope you are enjoying the great outdoors as much as us and soaking up this beautiful time of year.

May you have a wonderful weekend.

God is good!

What I’ve Been Working On…

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen me mention a new and exciting magazine that is coming to Kansas City. It’s called VintageKC and my friend Erin is doing it all. She’s amazing.

June 1 (that’s today!) is the premiere issue and it’s going to be great! It’s a free magazine that will be at different antique and vintage stores around the city. I was so flattered when Erin asked me to contribute an article.  If you are in the KC area, I hope you will pick up a copy and see my article as well as all of the other amazing articles that so much work went into. I can’t wait to see the issue in real life myself!

There is also a VintageKC website that has additional fun info and articles. Head over there to see 2 little DIY projects that I’ve contributed. 

I made these cute little doily bowls:

And a tutorial on a felt garland:

Head on over there to learn more!

Thanks Erin for letting me be a part of the magazine!

The White Stripes

My entryway is dark. I’ve been trying to find ways to spruce it up and lighten the area. There is zero natural light coming in and it feels like a black hole. So, I did a fun little project with paint to liven things up a bit. Here it is before (see the paint swatch I tested by the door):

And here it is after:

I love it so much! The pictures don’t do it justice.  Like it said, there is NO natural light coming in, so it’s impossible to photograph.

First of all, I repainted all the walls and my hallway a lighter color. I’m hoping to paint our big living room the same color as well to make everything fresh and bright. I chose Carrington Beige by Benjamin Moore.

Next, I marked off the walls with white chalk. I have 11 stripes total, so I had to do some math and measurements. White chalk is great because it easily wipes off.

Then, I taped off the stripes, making sure to tape on the OUTSIDE of the areas I wanted to paint…if that makes sense.

I rubbed each tape line a few times to make sure there were no gaps or bubbles to create a clean line.  Then, I took some leftover Carrington Beige and mixed some white paint I had on hand to create a slightly lighter version.  I wanted subtle stripes, so that’s why I didn’t do plain bright white.  As soon as I was done painting (luckily, I just needed to do one coat), I took off the tape before I even moved on to the next wall. This helped create crisp lines.

I really love it. It just classes things up a bit and helps with the no natural light problem.

I also added a rug to cover the ugly marble.  Maybe someday we’ll retile. So many projects. I have a few other things to do to complete my entryway makeover.  I want to paint the inside of the front door. I’m thinking yellow…(again, poor lighting + quick photoshop = probably not as good as it would look in real life)

or maybe just white…

And we’ll tackle that closet door as well. Our plan is to get a sprayer and paint all of our doors at the same time. I’d love to spray paint the handles some oil rubbed bronze at the same time!