Wednesday, November 27, 2013
To really feel the full affects of this DIY renovation, check out where we started - dark wood paneled walls, closed off spaces and no real style to speak of. To say that I'm happy with the change is a definite understatement!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Be sure to check back next week to see the big ol' reveal post! I can't wait to share it with all of you.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
We're taking it easy over here for the holidays - something about a new baby and a busy three year old that leaves me little to no time or energy to really get down to crafting/decorating. I did manage to find a short little break to create this festive thanksgiving tablesetting for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store's Celebrate the Season campaign - a perfect setting for that turkey and all those delicious side dishes.
I kept it simple with a brown craft paper table "cloth" which is inexpensive, customizable and a breeze to clean up. That homemade cranberry sauce sure is tough to get out of those linen tablecloths. All I did was cut off two lengths from a roll of craft paper. To get it to lay down along the sides, just run your finger along the edge of the table creating a sharp crease. I also folded the corners so they'd drape nicely.
Take advantage of the blank canvas and decorate it by writing what you're thankful for or get out the paint brush like I did. I used a little Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint in Pale Bronze which I picked up at my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and a black sharpie and gave it a trendy update with a few arrows which are all the rage right now but are also very Thanksgiving.
The pumpkins also got a little update with the same Martha Stewart craft paint.
The centerpiece was a wonderful gift from the high school my husband works at. While it wasn't a DIY it so easily could have been. All you'd need is a small crate, which can be purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, some paint or stain and a few small potted houseplants. Add some metal trim and a couple dried corn cobs and you've got yourself a perfect fall centerpiece that can survive long after the holiday season.
On rustic woven chargers I placed my go-with-everything Crate and Barrel Maison white dinnerware. I created simple place cards and tied those with raffeta around my Crate and Barrel Buffet flatware (which is no longer carried but is similar to the Cirrus collection) and green linen napkins. You can download the place cards here.
The rest of the table decor was sourced from around the house. Simple amber glass votives, two pillar candles and candleholders, an off-white Ikea tablerunner and a gorgeous vintage Swedish placemat were the finishing touches to my turkey tablescape...now all it needs are the drumsticks.
So, how are you guys decorating for Thanksgiving? Have any #turkeytablescapes of your own to share? Let's see 'em in the comments section. Or do you need some inspiration? Check out Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store's website for ideas and craft supplies and be sure to use this 50% off coupon!
The following project is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® Celebrate the Season campaign. I received compensation for this project; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Only one more progress post left and then we'll finally be able to share the finished space. I can't wait!
Monday, November 11, 2013
If you're keeping up with our Renovation Diary feature on Apartment Therapy - you know the posts are pretty far behind our actual progress. Real far behind, actually, because we're completely finished (shh...don't tell those AT readers!) I mean...we're not crazy enough to start a remodel project when our baby is due....or are we?
While I can't show you photos of the new mudroom and kitchen nook space since we're just getting started on that project (wink, wink...nudge, nudge) I can show you photos of our kitchen which includes new flooring, crown molding and our new Moen Woodmere faucet. And if you remember WAY back in early 2012 we tackled the bulk of the work in this room which included:
- Removing the header, taking the walls down to the studs and installing new drywall
- Mudding & sanding drywall
- Painting the cabinets white
- Priming/Painting the drywall
- Installing/Raising the cabinets
- Painting wallpaper
- Adding open shelving
- Adding wall storage
- Updating the kitchen lighting
- Adding open shelving above the refrigerator
And without further ado...
Let's just take a quick look back at what the kitchen looked like when we moved in...wallpapered walls and soffit, oak cabinets, maple-ish laminated floors, white appliances, vinyl backsplash and boob lights galore. Not the worst kitchen I've ever seen but I knew it could be better. At the very least we could fill that huge gap where the bottom cabinets end on the far right.
The floors are Forna Flooring's Black Beach - a gorgeous espresso colored cork from iCorkFloor.
This gorgeous Moen Woodmere faucet was a breeze to install. Check out how I tackled that project here.
I can't wait to share the whole dang space because it's pretty freaking amazing (like the little glimpse above) but you'll just have to be patient...as in really patient. I think it'll be a few more weeks before our big ol' reveal post.
We're still planning to build a few custom storage pieces for the kitchen, like this piece from Ana-White, which will sit underneath the open-shelving. I pulled our Crate and Barrel Galerie console table out from storage after I sold the buffet that was there but it just doesn't work storage-wise. We've also been tossing around the idea of building an island with a butcher block countertop (like this but more open) which will give us a little more counter space and additional seating.
So what do you guys think? Quite a difference from the orangey-hued room when we first moved in, right?