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make me pretty – the big kitchen reveal

May 21, 2015

The kitchen is done! It has been done for a couple of weeks but I have been getting everything moved back in, putting on drawer pulls and assembling chairs and stools.

I still haven’t finished the island. It still needs some trim around the bottom and an antiquing glaze over the green paint – but we are almost there!

Just so you can recall how bad it was before:

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And now the beautiful afters!

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make me pretty – kitchen looking like a kitchen again

April 10, 2015

Our kitchen is starting to come together and I am so excited. This will be the last post before the big reveal but I wanted to show you that we now have walls and a ceiling:

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And a floor with radiant heat underneath:

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We Even have cabinets!

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We have gotten lots of things in giant boxes:

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And we have had the giant dumpsters of trash taken away:

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We have drank lots of the delicious beer our contractor brews:

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We got a sparkly countertop delivered:

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And sealed butcher block:

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It has been a bit of a marathon but we are almost done! Really, the dishwasher and cooktop are going in today! I still need to show you the custom island and my zinc covered countertop DIY but enough sneak peaks for today. We are all exhausted, especially our awesome contractor.

And this is what Ollie thinks about it all:

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the big reveal – bathroom makeover

June 7, 2012

Our bathroom is finally done! Let me just give you a little reminder of how hideous it was before:

So we gutted the whole room, pushed part of a wall back, took out a radiator, fixed pipes, put up drywall then tile. Then I painted and painted and painted. And here is how it all turned out:

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I had dreamed up this chevron pattern bathtub surround after seeing this awesome picture of a wood floor on Pinterest. My friend Steve, who helped us with the renovation, helped me put it all together. We used a piece of plywood and then attached “hobby wood” (thin wood strips they sell at Lowes) in the pattern I wanted. I went to two salvage yards looking for some reclaimed wood to use but I just couldn’t find anything that was affordable and right for the project. I almost bought an old door to use instead but I am glad I went with the chevron pattern. I love how it turned out.

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The hardest part of this whole project was picking out the tile. Our bathroom was so 70’s before I was terrified of picking something that would look totally dated in 5 years. I was also afraid of color after living with the avocado green and yellow for so long. So I decided to go with classic, neutral tile and add color on the walls and on the vanity – those things will be easy to re-paint when I get bored. I went to The Tile Shop to get my supplies and they were awesome. They really cater to the DIYer and even have free classes that teach you how to tile yourself. They helped me figure out how much to buy of everything and what kind of grout, etc.

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I am totally in love. It is such a clean, relaxing space. The only down side, the rest of my house looks like crap in comparison!