FAQ: “How Does Matt Handle Your DIY Projects?”

I'm working on the fridge/range wall in the kitchen, and the progress has been kind of slow and boring (definitely not picture and blog post worthy, especially since it's basically a repeat of everything I did on the wall of cabinets). I'll show you the finished product, of course. But in the meantime, I thought I'd spend a post answering one of the most frequently asked questions I get from … [Continue reading...]

My Cabinet Drawer And Gold Leafing Design Decision

kitchen design by CVL Designs, via Houzz

Thank you so much for all of your input on my cabinet drawer and gold leafing question!  I read every single one of your 225+ comments and suggestions (on yesterday's post and on Facebook), and really gave them some thought.  And then my mom and brother came over just to look at it in person with me and consider some of your suggestions that really stood out to me and see if we could narrow those … [Continue reading...]

Three Options For Adding Gold Leaf To The Kitchen Drawers

adding trim to kitchen drawers 1

Now that I'm pretty much finished with the wall of cabinets, the other two sections should go faster.  However, there's one thing about the wall of cabinets that made things easy on me -- everything was symmetrical and all of the cabinets had doors.  Having all doors and everything symmetrical really made the gold leaf accents work out just perfectly.  But on the other two sections, I have drawers … [Continue reading...]

Wall Of Cabinets Finished For Now

wall of cabinets finished 2

I didn't quite get everything done, but the wall of cabinets is done enough for now. I ended up having plain glass installed in the four upper cabinet doors.  The plain glass adds some shimmer while not adding yet another pattern/texture to the mix. I also got the base cabinets and doors topcoated with the polyurethane, and got them all installed.  And then I was able to do the one … [Continue reading...]

Painted But Not Topcoated (Because Of My Celebrity Status, Of Course)

bottom cabinets painted 4

I got the lower cabinets painted, but I didn't get them polyurethaned.  Why?  Well, because I went to Lowe's yesterday to get more matte finish polyurethane, and they were out.  I've never been more convinced of my celebrity status than I am now.  I'll explain, and I'm sure you'll agree, but first, here are my painted lower cabinets. I can't wait to get this finished!!!  Those … [Continue reading...]

So Close, But Yet So Far Away

bottom cabinets 3

I was certain I'd have the bottom cabinets on the wall of cabinets finished by now.  And I probably would if it weren't for the weather not cooperating!!  It rained early Tuesday morning, and when the rain stopped, it was unbelievably hot and humid outside.  It wasn't one of those rains that clears the air and everything feels so fresh afterwards.  Nope.  It was one of those rains where the thick … [Continue reading...]

Upper Cabinets Finished (And I Finally Achieved The Perfect Sheen!!)

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Show of hands...who among you actually thought that I was going to be satisfied with the finish I showed you yesterday on the cabinets?  And who among you actually thought that I was going to leave it alone?  And who among you actually believed that I really and truly thought that "good enough is good enough"? *Raising hand.* I honest to goodness believed that I was done with those … [Continue reading...]

Painting Success (Kind Of ) And Sconces Installed

painted upper cabinets on wall of cabinets 4 - antique brass wall sconces on cabinets

Well, y'all, I finally had some level of painting success.  I sprayed the cabinets, and the finish came out much better.  It's still not perfect, but better. And once again, it's that long flat piece at the top that's giving me trouble.  No matter what method of painting I use (roller, brush, sprayer), I can still only paint 1/3 of it at a time before I have to get off the ladder, move the … [Continue reading...]

House Progress (And How Comparison Steals Contentment)

house progress 7-14 - living room

I love looking at bloggers' house tours online.  I can get so much inspiration from them, and I often find it more inspiring than looking through the pages of Elle Decor.  The homes of bloggers seem more real to me -- real people decorating real rooms in real homes on real budgets (for the most part).  I can relate to those more than I can relate to world-renowned designers designing multi-million … [Continue reading...]

Green, White, and….Black?

green white and black room, Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica, designed by Kelly Wearstler - 2

After I put forth the question about my breakfast room ceiling the other day, Matt and I had a discussion about vaulting the ceiling.  We both love that idea, and I think that will certainly be the long term plan.  But I think we both agreed that for now, it would probably have to wait.  If the contractor was correct, and his framer would do it for about $1500, that seems like quite a bargain.  … [Continue reading...]