The kitchen is almostthere. It feels so close that I could reach out my tongue and touch it…and let’s be honest, with my new backsplash, it’s very likely that I will be doing some secret licking in the future.
Just making sure you guys are still reading.
So in the beginning our brown-box of a kitchen was ok. We had brown cabinets in our first house and we were fine with them…but…I really really wanted a white kitchen. Jeremy and I are still both sold on the fact that this will probably be our long-term-we-raise-all-our-kids-here-and-pay-this-sucker-off home. One day when all our kiddos are long gone, we will probably downsize to a more manageable place but we see us doing the long haul here. And frankly, I wanna long haul in a white kitchen. White kitchens feel clean and bright and happy to me. What they don’t deliver on the ‘cozy and warm’ department, I think is made up for in the ‘photographs well’ department.
Anyhoo….here’s what it was before we moved in…
and heres what it looks like now…
It’s been seven months. And it’s not done yet.
Let me explain to those of you just joining in on our excruciatingly long kitchen fun fest. We moved in and made some cosmetic changes…added appliances, switched out lights, and installed hardware. But that was about it.
Then we were going to attempt to do phase two…which included installing a vent hood, painting the cabinets, and replacing the faucets. That was all fine and dandy, but then we decided to make the executive decision to not tape off the backsplash while we painted. And we figured that since we were taping off the room for painting the cabinets, that we might as well paint the tan trim and the ceiling too. It was the snowball effect on steriods and with Jolt Cola coursing through it’s veins.
So before we knew it, the phase two of our kitchen makeover blended with the phase three of the kitchen makeover. Phase three included replacing the backsplash, replacing the stovetop and reworking the island.
So far, we did everything on our list except the island. More on that later.
But for now, I am marveling in the beauty of a crisp white kitchen.
My favorite parts are the backsplash, the gas stovetop, and the white cabinets. I also am completely in love with the way the hardware pops off the white cabinetry and the new faucets.
And yes, pretty much anything next to the tile looks like a million bucks. Even my homemade art from ages ago and some discount accessories look expensive. I am OBSESSED with the white ceramic lidded container…anything that is white and has that filigree cut outs is my jam. It’s better than bacon. And that is saying something. (oh this one is from Michaels!)
The new faucet is marvelous. I love that it has the sprayer right in the head…it makes clean up easier.
Okay – so now for a few more before & after pics…
I got the rug at Ikea as a stand in. It was $20. I like it okay but I think I still prefer a runner near the sink.
The only thing that sticks out at me (besides the unfinished projects we still have to do in here) is the lack of color. I think I might bring in more color but in a seasonal way with accessories…like hydrangeas in the summer with fun blues & greens in dishtowels, accent dishes and frames…then in the winter, I can do reds and greens for Christmas or tans and warm yellows for fall. Thats how I decorate….creating a really neutral backdrop and then accessorize with pops of color. I’m a jeans and white tee shirt kinda girl that likes a colorful necklace…not a floral pants with a zebra top kinda girl. I’m just not cool enough for that.
This might sound crazy because we have done so much DIY projects in the past but I am really REALLY proud of this particular space…not just for how it turned out but because the conditions were crazy hard. It has taken us seven months because Jeremy was working across town, driving his two hour commute home, playing with Will and eating when he got here, then working on the kitchen till midnight. And I was helping where I could…like sanding the cabinets and climbing my full-term-pregnant butt up on the counter to install the backsplash. Oh and did I mention we lived without a kitchen for six weeks? with a toddler?
I’m not humble-bragging…I am straight out bragging. We did awesome. Sure there were hiccups along the way…sure there were many tears and complaints and drag out fights from stress between Jer and I…but we did it. WE DID IT. I am so freaking proud of us…because we are normal folks doing what I think looks extraordinary.
BUT there is a lot more still to do. We have the last thing on our PHASE list….the island. I mentioned before that we painted it a darker gray color…but it started chipping right away (the culprit? didn’t we determine that it probably was too long of a wait between the primer and the paint? lesson learned.). Now we are gonna move forward with a plan that we’ve been mulling over for a long time…it involves building a small set of shelves on the left end and adding cleaner lines in the trim and corbels.
We also need to do some touch up paint. Some of the cabinets never got fully done…it’s gonna be a easy job to paint. It’s not gonna be easy to keep Will away from them while they cure. But I guess that is what Grandmas are for…hint hint
And last but not least, we need to install some open shelving to the left of the window. We decided that we are gonna do two shallow shelves mostly for decorative purposes. We are also gonna use corbels that match the island ones (although in a smaller size).
So that’s where we are at…fun stuff…
How bout you guys? What are you up to? Any DIY projects? Any new obsessions like my white cut-outs? Not to be confused with white cut-offs…nobody wants to see that on me….my spanx would show
Boys can rock ombre too. Or a gradient. Or whatever you chicks wanna label it.
Boys don’t care what you call it…they just wanna have a cool onesie to show off to all their diapered girlfriends. And yes, babies have significant others…so don’t whatthewhat me. This is a serious post.
As a mother to two boys, I have found it irritating that the girls section in most children’s clothing stores is 99.99999% of the square footage and options. The remaining hanger found in the back corner underneath the packing supplies holds the one green boys onesie that is usually boasting a gigantic dog with fuzzy 3D ears wearing a baseball hat while licking a dinosaur riding a toy train while the rear end says roar. No wonder Weston prefers being naked. Tummy time fashion is important people.
Dang that smile kills me.
Anyhoo…in another life I would have designed clothing for boys. It’s a fact. Note that I didn’t say people would buy it.
So I decided to make my little guy a long sleeved onesie that would be simple and cool. A man’s onesie, if you will.
All you need to make this project is a onesie, a stiff bristel brush, some Frog Tape, a piece of cardboard and your three shades of Martha Stewarts craft paint (or any other brand of fabric paint).
I started out by putting the cardboard up into the onesie. The paint may run through the thin fabric and you don’t want it to bleed onto the back layer. Now you are gonna tape off your middle stripe. I used the little arm pits to mark what the top is…that way the stripe would look relatively even.
I used my bright middle color first to do the middle stripe. It’s important to do a stippling action with the brush. Basically you are loading up the brush and bouncing it onto the fabric….don’t wipe the paint on because then it could pull the fabric or Frog Tape causing an uncrisp line.
It’s important to do the coverage as well as you can. If something doesn’t look as dark in paint, then stipple stipple stipple. Don’t wipe. It’s detrimental to your health.
Have I stressed that enough?!
(sorry about the iphone photos…)
Now its time to make that gradient…simply add a couple more pieces of tape. One on top and one on the bootom. I liked to do this step right away because I have the perfect ‘spacers’.
Now I put one piece of Frog Tape over that middle blue and peeled away anything that wasn’t useful. Also, you can see that I just made the tape long enough to stick the ends right to the countertop. That helped the onesie stay put. Beyonce knows how important it is to have tape and tension to keep a onesie in place….I mean, did you see her Superbowl outfit?! Girl must be getting tips from Blue Ivy.
Did you see how I also taped off the arms? I felt like that way the stripe would be just across the chest of the outfit. Now you stipple your lighter color paint on the top stripe…
And the darker color paint on the bottom stripe.
And when you peel the painters tape off, it should be nice and crisp lines with a ombre look. Cuter than a sack full of old couples in matching clothing holding hands at Disney World, if you ask me.
Things to note, this is safe for baby to wear but I would suggest letting it full dry and then washing it first. The paint may fade a little from washing but in my house, fade is another word for ‘distressed’ and we pay extra for that…much to my Pappap’s dismay.
The end result is totally cute, right?! I think this would be such a darling craft to do at a baby shower or as a homemade gift for a friend or family member. It was fast and easy…and I must admit, I now have this rabid look in my eye to paint all Weston’s clothes. No plain onesies are safe in this house. Happy Painting!
p.s. This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape for Bower Power’s Frog Tape Fridays. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.