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We’re pretty proud of this project being that it was all DIY (except the granite installation)!  Since we had already installed dark flooring throughout most of the house we decided to go with white for the kitchen cabinets and oil rubbed bronze for the knobs & pulls.  After living with only a fridge for a few months (we bought a foreclosure and the owner had taken out most of the cabinets and all the appliances except the broken stainless steel fridge – which we got fixed) we were so happy to have our brand new kitchen!

So without further ado, here are the before and after pics of our kitchen!







Here’s the breakdown:

Cabinets & Faucet – Home Depot
Paint – BM Nantucket Gray
Granite – local stone yard (Peacock Verde is the color)
Knobs/Pulls – Lowes
Backsplash – Lowes (white subway tile)
Appliances – Sears

Any specifics you want to know just ask!


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We did a lot of DIY projects in here and I plan to share all of them and post pics of the finished nursery this week (just put cute new knobs on her dresser last night) but here is a teaser for now.  The bedding we chose didn’t come with art for the walls so Len created these in photoshop and we painted the mats and framed them (details to come in a later post).  

And a pic of the munchkin in the glider in her room:

More details and pictures of her nursery to come soon…

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A while ago (in our Grout Dilemma post) we asked for your opinions on what color grout to go with the white subway tile that we picked out for our kitchen backsplash.  The majority of you went with white grout, which is what we ended up choosing!  Thank you for all your input. 

We went to several different tile/kitchen places for the subway tile and most places wanted between $2.50 and $3.50 per tile (for 3×6 white subway tiles).  We finally decided to go check out Home Depot to see if they had them and they didn’t, but someone there told us to go check out Lowes.  We are so glad we did because we got the tiles for $0.22 cents each!  This entire project with all the supplies cost us less than $85.oo! 

Here are a few before/prep shots:

P1010039 by you.

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We spent one entire day installing the backsplash (about 7 hours), which was a little longer than expected.  Putting up each tile with the spacers and making all the cuts for the edges was really time consuming.  It’s a very messy DIY project too!

P1010045 by you.

P1010055 by you.

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We waited a full 48 hours before grouting, but that was quick and painless and we are very happy we went with the white grout!

P1010069 by you.

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And finally everything is back in order and the only thing left to do now is the moulding on top of the cabinets.  Once that is done, a big kitchen reveal post will come!

Backsplash by you.

Subway Tile backsplash by you.

Backsplash by you.

Backsplash installed by you.

We’re extremely happy with how it came out!  What do you think?

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Choosing the granite was difficult because we were on a budget and knew we wanted a dark/black color.  Once we found the granite we loved we priced it out at three different places.  The last one we went to charged us over $600 less than the others AND included a stainless undermount sink.  Shopping around pays off again!

We ended up going with Verde Peacock, which is mostly black with green, silver, gold and gray bursts throughout the slab.  We are extremely happy with our decision:

Granite is in! by you.

Undermount sink by you.

We had a hard time deciding on an edge as well and at first we chose the bullnose edge, but after searching for pictures of edges online we found the bevel edge and quickly changed to that:

Granite - bevel edge by you.

Extended bar by you.

The only things left to do (before the big reveal) is install the subway tile backsplash and the crown moulding on top of the cabinets.  I’ll be updating again soon…

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This room (like almost every room in our home) was a blank slate with white walls, light carpet and big open space.  Here are the “before” pics:

Master Bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.

Master bedroom "before" by you.
Ever since coming across a room painted Adagio (by Benjamin Moore) on the internet last year, I knew I wanted one room in our home to be this color.  The blue gray color is so soothing and we decided it would be perfect for our master bedroom.

Master painted by you.

We also had crown moulding installed, moved our furniture in, picked up a new duvet, throw pillows and a new slipper chair.  Here is how it looks today:

Master bedroom "after" by you.

Master bedroom "after" by you.

TV hung on the wall by you.

Details of the duvet cover that we picked up from LNT on clearance (does the custom photo at the top of this site look familiar?):

Close up of duvet by you.

Close up of the new slipper chair from Target:

Slipper Chair by you.

We still want to replace the carpet, add wall decor and add some decor to the top of the dresser so I wil be updating with all of that soon.

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We’re hoping to finish this makeover in the next couple of days just in time for our guest who will be staying for the weekend.  We started on Saturday and have already finished painting the walls and putting up the wainscoting.  This is what the guest room looked like “before”:
 Guest Room "before" by you. 
 Guest Room "before" by you.

It looked like this for a long time and we actually were mainly using it for storage until we finished other projects and could get around to fixing this room up.  We painted the room BM Sweet Pear:
 Guest Room "during" by you.
 Painted BM Sweet Pear by you.
 All painted by you.

We got the wainscoting from Home Depot and since we wanted 4′ and not the standard 3′ that they sell already cut, we decided to get the 8′ planks and cut them in half:
 Wainscoting cut to 4' lengths and ready to be put up by you.

We started on the wainscoting over the weekend and finished up most of it tonight:
  Wainscoting by you.   
Chair rail installed by you.

We just have to finish installing the chair rail, caulking and painting the wainscoting and then we can move on to decorating the room.

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Recently you saw the “den” side of our office/den and here you’ll get to see the “office” side.  One of the first things we bought after we closed on our home was a new desk.
Office side of office/den by you.
Desk close up by you.    

Len does a lot of graphic design work at home so having a TV in this room was essential, only there really wasn’t anywhere to put it other than on the wall above the desk.  It actually turned out to be the perfect spot:
Office/den by you.
We also picked up this leather organizer and charging station from BB&B.  It’s perfect for our desk essentials (pens, scissors, disks, etc) and the charging station keeps all the wires from our gadgets hidden:
Organizer/charging station by you.

We find ourselves hanging out more in here than in the living room!

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