Archive for August, 2009
When Kathy sent us her kitchen makeover pictures we had to wipe the drool from our chins. Here’s her letter:
I just wanted to send you some before and after pictures of our recent kitchen redo. I love reading your blog and all of the updates keep me inspired. In fact, we were inspired by your “how to” section’s tutorial on painting cabinets. Instead of replacing our kitchen cabinets (we considered going the Ikea route), we decided to paint the pickled whitewashed facade a chic and solid gray tone (Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore- the wall color is Winter White also by BM). We then hired someone to do the following: raise the cabinets to the lowest part of the ceiling, install a new sink and faucet and exhaust fan, tile the backsplash in a white subway tile, tile the counters in a gray marble, and install a white shelf where the bottom of the original cabinets used to be. We saved gobs of money by using tile marble instead of a big slab. We also took the original brass hinges and spray painted them silver instead of spending $150+ on new hinges. The entire cost of the redo wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t budget breaking either–materials and labor ran us around $1600 (the sink, exhaust fan, backsplash tile, counter tile and white shelves were all from Lowe’s). You can check out some extra details on our blog. Thanks for looking! – Kathy
Here’s the kitchen before the makeover:
And here’s the same space after the cabinet painting/rehanging, the new sink, the new backsplash and tile counters and the shelf installation under the newly raised cabinets:
Isn’t the difference just miraculous. At first glance it seems similar in tone, but the feeling of the newly transformed space is so fresh and crisp and charming as opposed to the builder before. And the raised cabinets and new stone counters really make the entire space feel a lot more luxe and lovely. And last but not least, the price! New counters, backsplashes, fixtures, faucets and rehung cabinets can usually run in the $5000+ range, so Kathy’s budget-friendly makeover is that much more impressive. What do you guys think? Isn’t this kitch the bee’s knees?
Thanks to two pretty major road trips, August almost slipped away before I could share my monthly bouquet (a super sweet Christmas present from the hubs). Just like last month’s lush lilies, this month’s blossoms didn’t hail from the grocery store. Again we bucked the normal $3-5 bouquet and headed outside, this time to snip one pretty hot pink branch from the crape myrtle on the side of our house. Here’s my lovely free flowering branch living it up in a blue glass vase on the mantel in the living room:
For those of you who live too far north to enjoy Crape Myrtles (amazing trees that runneth over with pink or white blooms pretty much all summer long), might I recommend moving to the south to enjoy them? They’re planted along almost every road and around virtually every shopping center and they truly make a former northerner like myself feel like I’m in a Disney movie. I practically expected birds to land on my arms and fashion me a dress out of curtains when I moved here back in 2005.
The pop of hot pink really wakes up the entire living room, and the raspberry tone mixed with the soft blue vase is an unexpectedly awesome pairing- especially in our otherwise light and airy home. Gotta love how something so small can make such a big impression.
So what about you guys? Have you snagged any cheerful flowers courtesy of your backyard or your local grocery store? We’d love to know what blooms are tickling your fancy these days and what bouquets your backyard is bearing without breaking the bank.
Wanna see our first grocery store bouquet from January? Itching to check out February, March, April, May, June and July too? Just follow the links for some pretty sweet cheap-o (and even free) bouquets.
Thanks for all of your toastmaster stories and tips in the entries for our latest giveaway courtesy of Mikasa Crystal & Dinnerware. It made me want to elaborate on my cousin Corey’s awesome toast at Casey & Kevin’s wedding. See, Corey’s the sixteen year old brother of the bride. Not necessarily the perfect age to expect him to find the right words to talk about his relationship with his big sister on her wedding day. But ever since my uncle passed away back in 2005, my cousins continue to amaze me- especially with the strength, maturity and boundless positivity that they’ve shown since the loss of their father. So while I’d love to share Corey’s words, I just known I’ll ruin them without his well-timed delivery. But let’s just say his toast almost had Sherry and I crying from laughter and emotion all at the same time.
Ok, sorry for the detour. I’m sure you’re all just eager to hear the three names that were randomly selected for this week’s Mikasa Cheers Too glassware prize. So without further ado, they are… Laina, Nikki (who shared the story of her dad’s toast) and Dani (whose husband cracked up a room with his toast). Congrats! And tell us ladies, which set will you each be picking? Maybe we’ll all try to guess your drink of choice based on your selection…
And if you didn’t see your name above, we’ve got another prize lined up for Monday that I’m sure you’ll want to see your name on (yup, that’s a hint).