Kitchen Happenings

So, this is our kitchen. Galley style. Pretty plain and simple.

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And this is what it looked like on move in day. Check out that mustard yellow wall color. And the horrible faux wood/almond cabinets. If this doesn’t scream late 80′s/early 90′s I don’t really know what does.

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Anyway, let’s get back to the good stuff. The kitchen does look a lot brighter and open, don’t you think?

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We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the space to start transforming it, bit by bit. However, a complete gut and renovation are just not in the cards for us right now, so we decided to update the existing pieces with some paint. For the cabinets, we primed them with oil based primer and then added a couple of coats of Behr Ultra Pure White paint. We will probably get around to adding some poly to them soon for some extra protection, but for now, things seem to be holding up pretty well.

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The wall color is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. (Same as the Breakfast Nook.)

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And here are a couple of other areas of the kitchen we’ve already shared:

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Open Shelving

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In addition to painting, there’s still tons to do, like…

  • Update the hinges – These dark hinges stick out like a sore thumb. Or like a dark hinge on a white cabinet.
  • Replace all the lighting – There is an ugly boob light and a cheap over-the-sink-light that both need to get the boot.
  • Paint the almond colored appliances – I’m a little leery of the outcome. Cross your fingers that it works out for the best!
  • Install new flooring – Thinking about something warm to balance out the brightness.
  • Update the almond colored countertops – We are going to try DIYing them, but if it is a complete failure, we do have a back up plan to get something new.

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You can pretty much guarantee that we will be sharing all of these upcoming projects with you, even if they don’t turn out as planned. But, we’ve certainly come a long way already. Woohoo! So, have you had your own kitchen painting extravaganza? How did it turn out? Anything you would have done differently? Let us know. We would love to hear from you!

Your Designs This Time – No. 33

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Welcome, friends, to Your Designs This Time – No. 33! So glad you could join us, and we can’t wait to see all of your creative ideas. We are so thankful for every single one of you & the posts that you link up each week. They are all so inspiring!

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I love me a good Mid Century Modern Makeover and this dresser from Martha Leone Design is no exception!

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I love the gorgeous blue color on this Sewing Cabinet Makeover from The Vintage Peacock.

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This Be Thankful Wood Sign from I Heart Nap Time is the perfect way to welcome fall in your home!

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I’m in love with these DIY Reclaimed Wood Bathroom Shelves from Edea Smith.

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And last but not least, this is the perfect time of year for a good hearty stew, and Home Made Interest has rounded up 10 savory recipes to try!

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Entertainment Stand Dresser

I know, I know. Dressers weren’t made to for T.V.’s. But I love the idea of having an dresser as an entertainment stand because there is so much storage inside! It completely eliminates the need for a separate place to store DVDs and the like. When you are low on extra space like we are, being able to remove unnecessary furniture and storage equipment is a blessing.

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We’ve had this particular piece for about 6 years now. We purchased it on Craigslist for around $25, which was totally a steal. Originally, it had a warm light oak stain and finish on it, but we quickly decided that we wanted it painted white. It also came without any knobs, so we ordered these cool round drop pulls.

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Inside we store tons of stuff…

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GAMES, ETC. – This drawer holds all of our Wii and PlayStation games and accessories. (Both of those consoles are behind the T.V.)

BABY STUFF – I babysit for my cousin’s son a few days a week and we keep all of his extra diapers, wipes and clothing corralled in here.

CORDS – USB cords, extra electronic cords, random chargers, etc.

VHS TAPES – Yes, I still have a few hanging around, even though we do not have a player for them. Most of them are dance performances and family videos that I just can’t let go.

DVDs – The top row of drawers (and middle two on the left) hold all of our DVDs which are kind of alphabetized. That means they used to be, but my two kids and husband threw my Type A tendencies to the wind. Makes me want to re-organize just thinking about it.

I would love to be able to consolidate our DVDs, but that is a project for a later date!

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Obviously, this dresser is super useful to our family. It needs a little help in the decor area, but I’ve mocked up a little vision that I had for the space.

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The hubs seems to think we should forgo any decorating to keep the space simple, but I kind of like the idea of adding a little faux life in the form of topiaries and a rustic touch with an old shutter. What are your thoughts? Have you ever used a random piece of furniture as entertainment stand?

We Dig It – October 2014

We wanted to take the time to share with you some our favorite bloggers and their awesome projects. Each of these bloggers are wicked talented and it’s worth heading over to their sites and perusing. You will discover oodles of inspiration!

- – - – - – - – - – Restless Arrow – - – - – - – - – - -

With all of the dreamy white decor over at Restless Arrow, it’s hard not to fall in love. Amber recently shared how they remodeled their kitchen for only $5,000. She has incredible style, a positive attitude, and her budget friendly DIY projects are perfect for anyone to try.

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Looking for a great place to find creative and original ideas? Then you must check out Fynes Designs. Virginia has easy step by step tutorials for decor, crafts, and parties anyone can follow. Her DIY Rolling Pin Wall Art is absolutely stunning!


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The ladies from Cherished Bliss have an abundance of talent. Audra’s yummy recipes always have our mouths watering and Ashley has an exceptional skill when it comes to turning trash to treasure. Their attention to detail is impeccable. From the delicious looking Pesto Pasta Salad to the simple sharpie Tea Towels there is always something inspiring to see.

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Shonee at Hawthorn & Main throws herself into each and every project she takes on and it always pays off. Her DIY Styrofoam Ampersand is one of our favs.

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Jamie at So Much Better with Age has a passion for taking anything old and making it new again. And boy does it show! Her vintage, french style comes out beautifully in all of her projects. Her Grain Sack Table Cloth would make a fantastic addition to any farmhouse kitchen.

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Thanks for stopping by today! If you get a chance, check out these wonderful blogs!

Your Designs This Time – No. 32

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Welcome to Your Designs This Time – No. 32! So glad you could join us, and we can’t wait to see all of your creative ideas. We are so thankful for every single one of you & the posts that you link up each week. They are all so inspiring!

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Amanda’s string art is truly a masterpiece!

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Jamie’s beautiful touch to her dining room chairs is definitely on my to-do list!

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Holy cow. I seriously have no words to describe how incredible this. We almost need a moment of silence for the time involved in this project. Corey did an outstanding job with this IKEA Hack.

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Amy’s home tour is the perfect place to stop this week and just look around!

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And because I kept scrolling back up to check out this desk

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If you were featured, be sure to grab a button and thanks again for sharing your projects! It’s always so hard to choose because SO many projects are fabulous!


The Details

- Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all of our blogs. By submitting a link, you authorize Brepurposed, Elizabeth Joan Designs, Little House Of Four, and Restless Arrow to feature your project on our blogs and social media. (This includes a photo from your project’s post and a link back to your blog.)
- Link up only YOUR OWN new designs, projects, or ideas.
- No Etsy stores, giveaways, or link parties please.
- We love seeing your latest projects, and by linking up you are giving authorization to be sent a weekly invitation to Your Designs This Time.
- Please feel free to add our button to your blog or a visible link back to the this post, so others can join in.