“Make me a list,” said my husband.
“A list?!” I asked. “Make a list for YOU?!”
“Yep,” he said. “Make me a list of the necessary things that you want done around this house before the babies get here. And we’ll knock it out. But that way, there are no surprises or last-minute panic situations.”
The above conversation ensued after a lengthy discussion about calling the painter and having him come paint the entire interior of the house…instead of just the baby’s room. That thought led to the ideas of several other projects, and I think I may have hit the “done” point with the hubby.
So, a list is in progress. And while there are several practical things that really do need to be taken care of before the arrival of the twins, there are also those fun little dreams that I’ll have to put off until later. Like my kitchen remodel.
I DO love dreaming about redoing our kitchen. I have no idea when that will ever actually happen, but it sure is fun to dream about it! So when Zoe Clark contacted me with a post highlighting things to consider in the midst of a kitchen redesign, well. How could I resist?!
The kitchen may not be a part of the home you and your loved ones spend most time in (unless someone in the house is a would-be sous chef), but its layout and functionality still count for increased property value and happy family life. As a general rule, the kitchen should be updated at least every 10 years, but securing the funds to cover project costs is only the first step toward remodel success. Before you launch the redesign, you need to take into account your kitchen’s potential and limitations, and have a clear idea as to the works duration and best direction to take in the process. Kitchen remodel funds are all up to you to provide, but the work gets a bit easier once you know which questions to ask yourself before you grab a power drill and sledgehammer and Hulk out on your outdated kitchen.
Welcome to May, folks! We are almost half-way through 2016 – can you believe it?! Hey, I’m still over here trying to remember to write 2016 instead of 2015! Who’s with me?!
Lots of stuff happened on the blog last month, but, as always, I wanted to give a quick highlight to the top 5 posts! Here we go…
Most of you have taken a peek into my kitchen before, right? Well, just in case you haven’t…
That’s pretty much it! The pantry is on the left around the corner and the stove is on the right just past the fridge. I love the open space in the center – if I’m working on a big project, I’ll bring a table in and have tons of extra space!
You can tell by this photo that I like blue. Right?!
So when Big Chill challenged me to be a part of their Color of the Month project, and I found out that one of the Pantone Colors of the Year was Beach Blue, well, count me in!
Now, if you haven’t visited Big Chill’s website, you simply HAVE to. They’re the ones that are responsible for those awesome retro appliances including stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, and many more, like the ones seen here:
Redoing our kitchen has long been on my “house” list…ever since we moved in, actually. There’s not much “wrong” with our kitchen, it could just really use some updating.
However, due to this summer’s arrival of the twins, the kitchen has been placed on the back burner for a few years – and rightly so! But I was thinking the other day, there have to be others out there who are getting tired of their same old boring kitchen, but don’t have the financial means to invest in a large-scale remodel. And when you get right down to it, there’s no need to invest a lot of money to transform your kitchen into something fresh and new; many projects can be accomplished with a minimal investment!
A little creativity, willingness, and elbow-grease is all it takes to take a drab and lifeless kitchen and turn it into something that makes it feel open and beautiful.
Give New Life to Tired Cabinets
New cabinets and even refacing cabinets will run you thousands of dollars. Instead, breathe modern and upscale life into your cabinets using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s better than latex and spray paint by far. The process involves painting on the color then following behind with a special wax you rub into seal the color. It doesn’t smear or chip and with a variety of chic colors you’ll be amazed at how quickly your kitchen looks brand new again. With another person’s help, you can finish your whole kitchen in a weekend.
I was standing in my kitchen the other day formulating an idea when my husband walked in.
Jerrod: Oh no. I know that face. What are you thinking about?
Me: This wall…
Jerrod: Oh dear Lord!
Me: What if we pushed this wall out to the edge of the porch? It would expand the kitchen and I could have a bay window and we could have a little breakfast nook!
Jerrod: I knew it was bad this time…
Me: Ooo! We might as well push out the dining room wall on the other side to match! Then THAT would be bigger, and I could have ANOTHER bay window, and then the front porch proportions would FINALLY match!!!
Jerrod: NO. No no no no no. Did I mention…NO!
Me: Well, I just figured, since we’re painting –
Jerrod: Since we’re PAINTING, you decided to do a MAJOR RENOVATION?! How do you move from painting to blowing out walls?!
Good question. I really have no idea how I do that…my brain just goes there!
Owning a home really is the American dream, and if you’re lucky to have a place to call your own, you’re probably pretty happy with it, like me. However, there are surely days when you wish your house had a little something extra. Right?! (Come on, help a girl out! My husband is READING this!)