Sharpie Backsplash

Sharpie backsplash

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.

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Coffee Bar

coffee bar

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!

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DIY basket light

DIY basket light

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.

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4 tips for painting cabinets- a review

painting cabinets

In April 2014, when my daughter was just 2 months old and it was Easter weekend, I decided it was the perfect time to paint my builders grade oak kitchen cabinets.  Because why not?  Seemed like a good time to bite the bullet and do it.   Before I could change my mind, and before the hubs got wind of my plans, I quickly removed the cabinet doors and got sanding.  Like a ninja.  I used the steps nicely laid out by this blog post.  I thought I would share my 4 tips for painting cabinets and review how they have held up over time.

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Kitchen window ledge

kitchen window ledge

I am slowly removing the skinny oak trim in my house and replacing it with white painted 1X4s.  This includes replacing the trim around the windows.  I have been drooling over blogger homes with white trim for years however, I have been dragging my feet in changing out my trim.  My biggest hang up, besides the fact that I would have to do it all myself, was that we have wood frame windows and I didn’t want to have to paint the wood on the windows to match the trim (ain’t nobody got time for that).  In the end, I decided to just go for it and let the wood windows live right along side the white trim.   Wood windows should not keep me from my white trim, right??  When I switched out the trim on the kitchen window, I decided to add a kitchen window ledge.  

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