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fireplace color options for black walls - Kingsway Home, via Houzz

What Color Fireplace For My Black Breakfast Room?

Obviously I'm still in the planning stages for my breakfast room, but almost everything is starting to come together in my mind, and I'm so excited to see my vision become reality! I know for sure that my walls will be two sheens of black, painted in a subtle trellis design using this … [Read More...]

green and gold desk and bookcase desgined by Maison Jansen circa 1960, via Architectural Digest

Original Kitchen Inspiration…From 1960 Paris?

You know the saying 'There's nothing new under the sun'?  (It's actually a Bible verse from Ecclesiastes.)  The older I get, the more I realize just how true that is.  Y'all know that the inspiration for my kitchen cabinet colors, as well as the design for the top part of my upper cabinets, came … [Read More...]

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The Ugly Truth That Lurks Just Beyond

Remember on Monday when I posted that I'd be spending all day cleaning the kitchen and breakfast room just to get them presentable?  Well, the truth is that I worked all day, and even an hour the next morning, just on the kitchen.  Cleaning the kitchen (literally dusting/cleaning everything from the … [Read More...]

nine things - appliance specific outlets

My Kitchen – Nine Things I Would Do Differently

I love how my kitchen turned out (you can see the before and after here if you missed it), but you know what they say...hindsight is 20/20.  And there are certainly a few things I'd do differently if I were just starting today, but had the knowledge I had right now.  And since I know that many of … [Read More...]

kitchen after - wall of cabinets

My Finished Kitchen Remodel! (Before & After)

Well, did you hear me yelling and screaming with joy?  I finished my kitchen this morning (yes, this morning) at 8:05am.  It's done.  Finished.  I was beginning to think I'd never see the day, but here it is. I quickly took some pictures to show you the final before and after, but I haven't even … [Read More...]

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Artwork For My Kitchen — My Mom’s First Painting In Over Twenty Years

I have a new piece of artwork for my house -- specifically for my tiled wall in my kitchen.  My mom painted it for me, and it's the first new piece of artwork that she's painted in over 20 years. Shortly after we moved into our house last fall, I asked her if she would be willing to paint a new … [Read More...]

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Kitchen Progress — The Last Of The To Do List (The Final 13)

I've been saying for a few days now that I only have a few final touches left on my kitchen, and yet I could swear to you that these "few final touches" are multiplying like rabbits right before my eyes.  Every time I think I'm nearing the end of the list, I see more things that need touchups, or … [Read More...]

If You Give A DIYer A Light Fixture

(I've had several people tell me during my kitchen remodel that they felt like they were reading the DIYers version of the child's book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.  So I couldn't resist.) :) If you give a DIYer a light fixture... ...she'll want to hang it in her kitchen.  But first, … [Read More...]

trellis stencil from Sarah M Dorsey Designs

Drywall Frustration, My New Chandelier, and More Breakfast Room Talk

I got the estimate for the breakfast room back from the drywall guys yesterday.  Now, I've never hired out drywall before, so I honestly had no idea what to expect.  All I did know is that people have been telling me for years now that drywall is one of those things that you should hire out because … [Read More...]

Metrolume Chandelier in natural brass from Shades of Light

My Breakast Room Plan — A Completely Different Direction

I'm just so stinkin' excited today, and there are two reasons.  First, my kitchen is almost done.  I know I've been saying that for a while now, but it's really, actually almost finished.  I worked all weekend on all of the little finishing projects -- installing baseboards, installing and painting … [Read More...]

kitchen peninsula cabinets painted green with gold leaf accents and antique brass hardware, with white concrete countertop

Finished Kitchen Peninsula Cabinets

Well, y'all.  After over a month-and-a-half of looking at a peninsula that looked like this... It's finally finished.  And when I say finished, I mean the kitchen side of the peninsula only.  In my mind, the other side is officially part of the breakfast room, so I'll tackle that when I … [Read More...]

shake shingle siding used on interior walls

My Breakfast Room – Shake Siding or Shiplap Siding?

Note: Several people have emailed me lately saying that they've tried to comment and have received a screen with a big "X" saying that they've been blocked. This is a technical glitch with my content delivery network. Please understand that I have not blocked you from commenting. I've even been … [Read More...]

peninsula cabinet doors gold leafed

Cabinet Door Progress, Repurposing Idea, and Breakfast Room Walls

Scattered.  That's how my brain feels today.  And that's probably how this post is going to seem. First of all, y'all are awesome.  I often feel so blessed by the support and encouragement of the people who read my blog, and yesterday's post was certainly no exception.  I read every single … [Read More...]

On A VERY Personal (And Pretty Embarrassing) Note…

This post has nothing to do with decorating or DIY, and it's only peripherally related to my blog.  Just wanted you to know that up front, especially for those of you who click over from a reader like Bloglovin' or an email subscription, so that you won't feel tricked if you decide to click over … [Read More...]

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Kitchen Progress & Weekend Heartbreak

After a long, forced hiatus from the kitchen remodel, I'm finally back on track.  I actually received my replacement cabinet door and drawer fronts a week ago, but at that time I was right in the middle of the rolling French door project, and I didn't want to leave yet another project unfinished to … [Read More...]

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Sliding French Doors – The Missing DIY Details

Evidently I didn't to such a swift job at including all of the DIY details on this project, because y'all had lots of questions!  And it was mostly the same few questions over and over, so I clearly left out a few steps.  Let's see if I can clarify some things.  :) (If you missed the big before … [Read More...]

DIY French Doors with sliding barn door-style hardware

My Finished Sliding Barn Door-Style French Doors!

They're finally finished!  I got the doors all painted (Behr pure black in a satin finish), added Gila frosted privacy film to the glass, installed the glass in the doors, and got the trim around the doorway wood filled, caulked, and painted.  (I still don't have baseboards.)  I finally finished up … [Read More...]

French door painted black

My Decorating Temptation — Make Everything A Feature

I didn't quite get finished with my doors yesterday.  I had a choice between staying home and finishing them, or having dinner with my family last night.  I chose dinner with my family.  :) So today I'll get them finished, without a doubt.  I did share a sneak peek of one of the doors painted … [Read More...]

Rolling French doors with circle fretwork inspired by the doors of the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas

Rolling French Door Progress (Almost Finished!)

My rolling French door project is almost finished!  I spent many hours this weekend working on the doors, as well as reframing the doorway to fit the doors, in hopes that I might be able to finish by last night, but I just couldn't do it.  I'm almost sure I'll be able to finish everything today, … [Read More...]

flat panel door ideas - upholstered door with nail head trim, by Miles Redd, via House Beautiful

My Hallway – Paneled Interior Doors vs. Flat (Flush) Interior Doors

I'm still working on my rolling door project.  It rained yesterday, so I couldn't take my doors out and spray them.  So I worked on framing out the doorway, but ran into a problem with it also.  Since I'm making the doorway narrower and centering it on the wall, I have an area that's going to … [Read More...]

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