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Wall Of Cabinets Finished For Now

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 … [Read More...]

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

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, … [Read More...]

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So Close, But Yet So Far Away

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 … [Read More...]

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

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 … [Read More...]

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Painting Success (Kind Of ) And Sconces Installed

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, … [Read More...]

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House Progress (And How Comparison Steals Contentment)

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 … [Read More...]

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Green, White, and….Black?

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 … [Read More...]

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Adding Shimmer & Shine To My Cabinet Doors With Gold Leaf

Do y'all see that smile on my face?  It's real. Nothing fake about it. But it's not because I figured out my paint problems. It's because for the entire day yesterday, I didn't even give paint a thought. I gave my brain (and my body) a rest, and I did something crafty and fun instead. I've wanted … [Read More...]

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Paint Rant, Round 2

I promise that the day will come when you will show up here and find the usual happy, positive Kristi rambling on about how much she loves DIY and loves her kitchen and loves the process, blah, blah, blah.  I'll do everything in my power to try to make that happen tomorrow.  In fact, even if … [Read More...]

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Progress & Paint Frustrations

I did have quite a bit of down time this weekend, but I also worked on my kitchen cabinets...of course.  I got quite a bit done on the upper section of the wall of cabinets, but I'm just about at the end of my rope with paint problems. When I left you on Friday, my cabinets looked like this.  The … [Read More...]

Green kitchen cabinets -- Derbyshire from Sherwin Williams

Prepping Kitchen Cabinets For Paint (a.k.a., Why I Don’t Prime Or Paint Before Installation)

After I installed the cabinets in my kitchen, I had many people ask me why I didn't paint, or at least prime, the cabinets before I installed them.  I tried to explain why I do things in the order I do them, but today I thought I'd just show you.  Of course, I'm not saying that this way is the … [Read More...]

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Problem Solving: The Breakfast Room Ceiling

I still have quite a bit of work to do in the kitchen before that room is finished, but I still feel like I'm on the home stretch.  I've only gotten some of the prep work done on the wall of cabinets, but barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will have some painted cabinets to show you tomorrow!! … [Read More...]

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I Have A Sink!

I have running water in my kitchen, y'all!  We've been just over three months without running water in our kitchen.  Three months!!!  But now, I have a real, actual kitchen sink with real, actual running water plus a garbage disposal and a dishwasher.  It's a glorious thing. And my cat Peeve … [Read More...]

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Seven Things…

1.  I finally have my new light installed! Yep, it's the light that Matt bought for me three months ago.  It's the light that started this whole kitchen remodel.  And finally...finally...it's installed in my kitchen. Matt bought mine from One King's Lane, but I don't think they have it … [Read More...]

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Are They Green Yet? Are They Green Yet?

That (and variations on that theme) has become the single most-asked question I get lately.  "When are you going to paint your cabinets?" "Are your cabinets next?" "How long until you paint your cabinets?" I swear, it's like I'm on a long road trip with small children.  "Are we there yet?"  "Are … [Read More...]

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Finished Concrete Countertops (Finishing Steps, Total Cost & Final Thoughts)

I sealed my new concrete countertops yesterday, and that means they are now completely finished!  And y'all, I absolutely love the way they turned out!  I honestly don't think I could have been any more pleased had I gone with my original idea of using marble. The subtle "movement" in the … [Read More...]

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I Fixed The Dent (And It Only Cost $500!)

Okay, let me put your mind at ease.  Fixing the dent in my concrete countertop didn't actually cost me $500.  But you'll understand soon why I made that joke.  :) I tried several things to fix the dent caused by my sander mishap. I tried using some of the concrete mixed to a thicker … [Read More...]

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Full View Of The Kitchen (Plus, Second-Guessing My Cabinet Color Choice & Other Randomness)

Quite a few of you have asked me to show a full view of the kitchen so that you could get your bearings and see how the three walls relate to each other in the space; soooo, here it is... And here's how the kitchen relates to the rest of the house, just in case you were feeling kind of … [Read More...]

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Creating The Kitchen Of “What If….?”

I'm about three months into my kitchen remodel. I'm very excited about how it's turning out, and very proud of the fact that most of it has been done by my own two hands on a relatively small budget. But every once in a while I think to myself, "What if...?" What if, instead of deciding to keep with … [Read More...]

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DIY Pour In Place Concrete Countertops – Part 2

Disclosure: Concrete Countertop Solutions provided me with the materials to make my own concrete countertops using their products free of charge, but they are not paying me to write this or any other post about their products. After researching the process and the products available for about two … [Read More...]

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