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

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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!

 

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!

Transformation Tuesday: Breakfast Room Before

I know you were probably expecting to see my laundry room reveal but there a few finishing touches I must see to first. In the meantime, I thought I would share my February project, the Breakfast Room.

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The good: Paint color! This room along with the kitchen AND my sewing room are painted this lovely yellow, Jersey Cream, from Sherwin Williams. After a LOT of painting in the laundry room, I’m happy to note there won’t be much, if any, required for this room.

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The bad: My storage cabinets. The cabinets themselves are in great shape and include very deep shelves but the organization is seriously lacking. I never can find what I need without standing on a chair or pulling everything out.

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The ugly: My desk. When I gutted the kitchen and breakfast room five years ago, I thought it would be a great idea to include a desk in this area so I could do all my bill paying, recipe planning, and grocery list making in one spot. As you can see, this area is a catch all for stuff instead!

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The plan: Organize the storage cabinets, reduce the clutter and make the desk a usable space by upgrading the internet connection.

The budget: $100

The timetable: February 1-28

Transformation Tuesday: Laundry Room Progress

I won’t lie. This is a LOT of work.

What started out as, “Oh, I think I want to clean up the laundry room” ended up more like, “Let’s remodel Mt. Rushmore!”

The room is small and my initial plan was to simply pretty it up and reduce the clutter by organizing the space better. I do feel my plan was accomplished and now I don’t mind having the laundry room out in the open for all my guests to see.

As a reminder, here is how my laundry room looked before:

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Laundry Room Makeover in Progress:

The first order of business was removing the yucky popcorn ceiling and stripping the wallpaper. The popcorn ceiling removal was messy but not too hard to do. I poured some hot water into a paint tray and rolled a heavy layer onto the ceiling. After about 10 minutes, I simply took a putty knife and scraped the gunk off. The ceiling is not completely smooth but the texture is gone. I added a layer of Kilz white primer and called it a day.

The wallpaper, however, was another story. Even after scoring it and wiping the walls down with a TON of water and wallpaper stripper, the paper would not come off. I ended up having to peel the color layer off first and repeat the whole process for the backing layer. What should have been a 2 hour job ended up closer to 6! My sweet daddy ended up helping with the final layer as I was fed up with it.

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Once we finally removed all the wallpaper and wiped down the walls, it was time for patching. Remember the hole behind my washer from the plumbing repairs? Well that is gone along will all the myriad of holes from various hooks and dings. Instead of having a dated red check and cloud blue wallpaper, I brought in a fresh new color.

 

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I used Valspar paint from the Lowe’s clearance bin. It was originally a rose color that I thought would be close but after my dad did an entire day of painting, I realized it was just too pink so I fiddled with it by adding a bit of white and yellow I had leftover from other projects to make it more coral. The second coat ended up exactly what I wanted.

As is typical for me, I then decided the paint was just too much coral so I found some mdf bead board at Home Depot and ordered enough to wrap the bottom half of the walls. Eric cut it to length then we installed it using a nail gun. This type of bead board comes pre-primed so a single coat of white paint was all I needed.

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I’m hoping to finish up some shelving, the lighting, and decorating by next week so I can move on to my next project!

Transformation Tuesday: Laundry Room Before

The start of my 12 month home transformation begins today with the Laundry Room! To begin, let’s share the good, bad, and ugly.

The good: Cabinets! Since there are already two fairly large cabinets above the washer and dryer which are in pretty decent shape, I don’t have to invest in building or buying more.

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The bad: Too much stuff and no organization. The laundry room is right off the breakfast room and is a pass through to the den upstairs so no door to close or way to rearrange where the washer and dryer are located.

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The ugly: We had a water leak in the wall two years ago and the plumber had to cut the sheet rock to repair the pipes. Obviously nothing has been done to patch the wall and dust loves to congregate there!

 

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The plan: Turn this dungeon into a laundry oasis by removing all the unnecessary items, patching the sheet rock, stripping the wallpaper, painting or stenciling the walls, rearranging the cabinets and setting up useful storage

The budget: $150.00

The timetable: January 1-31

Wish me luck!