I feel like I am just crawling through January. Not even walking. I am in a total funk and it has been tough for me to get inspired and motivated. Couple this with the below freezing temps and that it gets dark before I get out of work, and I got a full blown case of the blues. On top of that, we said goodbye to our cat of 19 years last Friday. In case you are counting, that is two pets in one year we said goodbye to! Super sad face emoji going on over here!
Oh you guys, we have been dealing with dishwasher woes since before Halloween. We bought our dishwasher in March 2016 so it was just over a year and a half old when the problems began. It started having a drain issue and could not complete a cycle. The drain pump and circuit board were replaced with no luck. And the hoses, traps and filters were tested, inspected and found to be free of clogs. Our sink was snaked and pipes cleaned and no problems there either. I somehow had the mind to buy a 5 year warranty when I bought the thing (probably because they told me I would get my money back if I didn’t use it). So we will be getting a new dishwasher installed 2 days before Christmas. And we still have not gotten our countertops and sink replaced and our backsplash installed. I have no clue when that will happen:( But that does not mean there could not be some Christmas in the kitchen!
We finally got our last appliance replaced! It all started with replacing our old yellowing refrigerator about 3 years ago with a sparkling new stainless steel refrigerator. After that, we decided to move our microwave off the counter to free up more counter space and we bought a stainless steel, over-the-stove microwave. Then we replaced our white dishwasher with a stainless steel version. When we revamped our kitchen island, we added a stainless steel wine fridge. And finally, last month we replaced our very old stove/range that did not have a functioning largest burner for the past few months. Throughout this process, I painted the cabinets white and planned to get a new countertop and install a backsplash. Unfortunately, the counter top and backsplash improvements keep getting put off for other, more necessary updates to our home. And it looks like they will continue to get put off until our deck is replaced. So I have to live with our current countertop and lack of backsplash for a bit longer. Our new stove/range does not have a back panel so there was an issue with the backsplash that I had to find a quick, cheap fix for. My solution? A sharpie backsplash.
I could (and have) spent hours on Pinterest searching example after example of coffee bars. Plain and simple, I love them. Therefore, I had to have one. And I had the perfect spot in the corner of my kitchen just waiting for me to make it pretty and more functional. I cannot wait to show you my new coffee bar!
This DIY goes right along with my love for basket walls and swag lights because it combines the two! I have made some changes in a corner of our kitchen recently (more to come on that soon) and I wanted a cute accent light to help make the area look complete. The plan is to have my dad install some recessed lights in our kitchen sometime this year so I did not need it to give off a ton of light but I needed more of a “night light” of sorts. I have been seeing lots of basket lights on Pinterest so I thought I would try my hand at my own version. Keep reading for the full DIY basket light tutorial.