Upgrade that Builder Kitchen Island

You know when you are building a house and you have that thing called “a budget”? No matter how big or small it is, it never seems to cover everything you want. What I did before every appointment with our builder was think about the skills I do have and skills I don’t have. I went with…

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My Kitchen Crush

Photo by Don Ziebell Browsing around the internet for kitchen inspiration can be overwhelming. There are so many beautiful kitchens that I can see myself loving to make dinner in. Photo by Redbud Custom HomesWhite kitchens have been especially popular for several years and they look so super fresh and clean. I loved my nearly white…

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Oak to Bright Kitchen Update

Hello and Happy March! Finally the winter seems to be coming to an end and I am getting over a never ending sinus infection. It’s been a long month but I am super excited to share pictures of my sister’s newly updated kitchen. Here are some before and after pictures… It’s pretty amazing how much…

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The Kitchen at Our UT House

Here are a few pictures of our kitchen. The wood floors and cabinets are natural in color, which actually stays cleaner looking than darker wood even though I love a rich dark floor. This is a great entertaining house, which we need to do more of. Two french doors walk out to the deck looking…

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Square Island on Wheels

Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day. My boys were really good to me, as usual. When they asked me what I wanted for a gift I replied…pretty please don’t fight with each other all day long (oh, and some lemon meringue pie sounds yummy!). 🙂 It has been a super busy…

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This End Up Desk turned Rolling Island

This project was so fun to do. I refinish furniture pretty often so when I picked up this desk I had no idea what I was going to turn it into. I have finished a few pieces of furniture in this same brand called This End Up…it’s ironic because here is what I was inspired…

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Nosey Neighbor Kitchen Redo #2

Several months ago I posted about my neighbors kitchen redo (#1 HERE). I am sharing the finished kitchen with you…finally. Here are some before and afters….. This home was built in the early 2000’s. The high counter top was originally installed with the maple cabinets and formica counter tops. Since the flooring was going to…

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Nosey Neighbor Kitchen Redo #1

Our neighbors had a water leak that damaged their flooring on the main floor and in the basement. The insurance company claim was going to cover costs of the damage to the flooring for both areas. This particular home was built around 2003. The builder still put linoleum in the kitchens at that time (don’t…

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Re-purposed Cabinet to Mobile Kitchen Cart

We have a “U” shaped kitchen. Sometimes an island works well here but other times it doesn’t. By using a small cabinet from our old island, I made a mobile cart that can be used when it is most needed but put away when it’s not. When we purchased our Connecticut home in 2005 –…

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{ Eat Fresh } Kitchen Valance

Hello…I hope everybody had a great Christmas.  Now I am ready for a refresh of my home, starting in the kitchen. One thing I really want to do for my family (and myself) in this new year is to “eat fresh”.  I am not one that loves to grocery shop but eating fruits and vegetables…

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Adding Charm with a Light Fixture

If you have never switched out a light fixture…you have to try it! It is easy and it’s one thing that makes a huge a difference in any room. Just read the instructions and remember to 1) shut off the breaker and 2) white to white & black to black. Let me show you this…

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Customizing Our Rental Kitchen

After owning our own homes for over 17 years – it was hard to walk into a rental home that was nice but not our own taste. Renting has some limitations that ownership doesn’t – but some freedom, too. Here is how I made the kitchen more my style without making permanent changes… I shared…

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How to Frame in a Fridge

Most refrigerators aren’t all that beautiful to look at and can distract from the most beautiful features in the kitchen. Although I like an industrial look – I don’t want the first thing you notice in my kitchen to be our fridge. Here is how I concealed and customized ours…. You can do this too…..…

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