My Finished Kitchen Remodel! (Before & After)

kitchen after - wall of cabinets

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 had time yet to sit down with all of my receipts … [Read more...]

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

mom's artwork for my kitchen 5

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 piece of artwork for me.  It had been so long since … [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, she'll probably need to make repairs to her … [Read more...]

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

trellis stencil from Sarah M Dorsey Designs

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 not only is it really cheap, but the pros can get … [Read more...]

My Breakast Room Plan — A Completely Different Direction

Metrolume Chandelier in natural brass from Shades of Light

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 the final pieces of cabinet trim where the sides … [Read more...]

Finished Kitchen Peninsula Cabinets

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

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 tackle the breakfast room. But the kitchen side now … [Read more...]

Cabinet Door Progress, Repurposing Idea, and Breakfast Room Walls

peninsula cabinet doors gold leafed

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 comment (except for the newest ones on Facebook, which … [Read more...]