Transformation Tuesday: Kitchen Before

I know I know, you were expecting to see the much anticipated Breakfast Room reveal but the winter weather delayed a few final packages so you must wait until next week!

In the meantime, I’m going to show you my March home transformation project, the KITCHEN.

The good: Lots of cabinets! I did a full kitchen gut about 6 years ago and turned my galley kitchen into a u-shape that is much more functional. The cabinets are manufactured by Kraftmaid that I bought through Home Depot.

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The bad: Too much stuff on the counters and no organization under the sink. I insisted on a farmhouse sink (which I adore) but the deep sink and garbage disposal don’t leave much room.  I also definitely want something other than the standard builder overhead boob light I have now.

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The ugly: My appliances. I know stainless is all the rage but keeping it clean is impossible. While my budget doesn’t support ripping them out and replacing, I hope to find a workable solution for keeping them clean that doesn’t require me giving away the dog, teenager, or husband!

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The plan: Replace the light fixture, clean the appliances, create some sort of  under sink organization and reduce the clutter on the counters. Hopefully by month’s end everything will be exactly the way I like it.

The budget: $200.00

The timetable: March 1-31

Transformation Tuesday: Breakfast Room Progress

I got a lot accomplished last week in my ongoing home transformation. So far my husband has been a good sport so I hope that continues for the rest of the year as I tackle a new room each month!

I have a full time job so most of the activity is done after dinner each night. Last week’s evenings looked like this:

  • Monday: removed everything so we could paint
  • Tuesday: taped the trim
  • Wednesday: patched the holes and sanded
  • Thursday: painted the first coat of Jersey Cream
  • Friday: painted the second coat of Jersey Cream

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After the painting was complete, I measured all the windows and sewed the valances. Since the back of my valances can be seen from the deck, I had to line them to prevent fading and unsightly views. I used a wonderful tutorial from Kelly at View Along the Way.  The original tutorial is for drapes but the instructions and photos are super easy to follow and I simply adjusted the length to make a valance instead.

Once the valances were sewn, Eric hung “L” brackets and cut 1x4s to use as toppers.

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We used a staple gun to attach the valance to the 1×4 then simply slid on top of the bracket.

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The final result is awesome but I am saving photos for next week’s big reveal!

 

Thankful Thursday #7: How to Help a Knitter

What I did to help others this week:

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This week was both a “decrapifying” activity and a way to help a fellow Ravelry knitter. For those not familiar, Ravelry is a website for knitters that has patterns and forums for knitters to connect.

For Downton Abbey lovers, there is a group knitting activity that coincides with the latest season of Downton Abbey. The designer specifies the yarn and releases a pattern clue each week during the season. At the end of the Downton Abbey season, all the knitters then showcase the final product on Ravelry.

I finished my shawl with about 30 yards of yarn to spare and sent my extras to a knitter in Pittsburgh who had run short and didn’t want to spend another $40 to buy an entire new skein.

This week I am most thankful for:

My husband, Eric, who puts up with my crazy ideas and always does Valentine’s Day up right!

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Transformation Tuesday: Lent Edition!

Instead of giving up chocolate for Lent, I plan to give up stuff!

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Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters is hosting a 40 bags in 40 days challenge. The premise is simple…get rid of stuff that is cluttering your space by focusing on one area each day except Sundays during the Lenten season.

The details are available on her blog and there are even printables to get you going. I think  this is a great idea and marries perfectly with my year long home transformation plans.

Care to join me?

Thankful Thursday #6: Salvation Army Kettle Bags

What I did to help others this week:

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The Salvation Army works with communities around the world to provide disaster relief and aid. Each year, many retailers allow the Salvation Army to collect monetary donations in front of their businesses during the Christmas season by having a person with a red kettle ringing a bell. These workers need a place to stow their personal items and paperwork during their shifts so the Salvation Army sent a request on Volunteer Match for help sewing the bags.

The division I’m working with needs 18 bags so this week I’m working to get them stitched up and sent!

This week I am most thankful for:

My best friend, MJ, who turned 60 on Monday. We’ve been friends for twenty years and I’m looking forward to another twenty!

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Transformation Tuesday: Breakfast Room Planning

Not much to show in terms of progress, but lots to share about how the planning is coming along. Progress to date is only removing the wallpaper border and cleaning the ceiling fan.

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I originally did not plan to paint but as is typical for me, I decided to remove the border since it did not match well with my new laundry room’s color. This of course, now means I have to paint. I also need to sand where the border was because it pulled up some of the paint that was there before. On a positive note, I’m sticking to the same color, Jersey Cream, and did manage to get a gallon for nearly 50% off during a big sales event Sherwin Williams had the last weekend of January. I love Sherwin Williams paint but at 50+ dollars a gallon, I try to use it sparingly unless I catch a good sale!

This time, I actually bought two gallons so I could combine a $15 off $75 purchase with the 30% paint sale. Since I don’t know if I will need to use both gallons in the breakfast room, I only had one mixed as Jersey Cream and left the other as the base white. One of the perks at Sherwin Williams is you can bring back unopened gallons and have them mix the color when you are ready instead of committing to a particular color at the time of purchase.

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I have pale yellow walls, deep red accent pieces, and coral walls in the adjoining laundry room so I started my search for valances by trying to find material that would match. Imagine my surprise when I found the perfect material at Hobby Lobby for 30% off!

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I also found a great tutorial for using electrical conduit as curtain rods for bay windows at Domestic Imperfection. I picked up the needed supplies for less than $20 so with my valance material and trim, the total project should come in less than $100.

This week I hope to finish preparing the walls and get started sewing the valances. That should leave me with painting fun for Valentine’s day and tackling the desk for next week!

Thankful Thursday #5: Knit a Square

What I did to help others this week:

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I read about the Knit a square organization in the January issue of All You magazine and immediately thought this would be a perfect way to help others AND get rid of my bits of yarn. The Knit a square organization takes 8 inch knitted squares and sews them into blankets for orphans in South Africa.

I pretty much always have a couple of knitting projects in the works and as any knitter knows, there are always partial skeins leftover at the end of a project. Instead of these partial skeins languishing in my stash taking up space, I instead knit 6 squares. I still have about 10 partial skeins and will be using those to complete additional squares. I expect send at least 20 squares by the time my stash is depleted!

This week I am most thankful for:

My sweet daddy who is turning 70 on Monday!

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