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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:

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Backsplash installed by you.

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

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Besides all the DIY projects we still have left to do, here are some material things on our wish list this year:

capiz chandelier from westelm.com
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white tv stand from homedecoratorsoutlet.com
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This amazing coffee table that only ships in the UK… if anyone knows where I can order one similar in the US I’d appreciate it!e_kristinablanketcoffee[1] by you.

floor mirror from cb2.com
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gallery frames from potterybarn.com
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thoms paul pillows from designpublic.com
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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.

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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.

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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?):

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Close up of the new slipper chair from Target:

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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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I just started my subscription to House Beautiful and I am so inspired by it.  While browsing the website earlier I came across their image library where you can look through over 500 photos and refine your search based on color, style, room and pattern.

I found this photo when searching under foyers.  When we eventually get around to replacing the stairway in our foyer, we’d love to create this look with the fat white posts and dark stained banister.

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While searching under white I found this photo of a bedroom which is quite similar to ours in that we also have white bedding, white side lamps and dark cherry furniture.  We’d been trying to think of ideas for something to put at the end of our bed and love the look of this leather bench:

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Within the same search this beautiful kitchen photo showed up.  I just love white kitchens and we recently put up the same white subway tile backsplash (which I will be posting soon) in our kitchen:

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Renovating our kitchen hasn’t been easy (those who also took on a DIY kitchen renovation know that!) but the hardest part by far was installing the cabinets.  From the beginning we were toying with the idea of installing the cabinets ourselves and when Home Depot quoted us almost $2,000 for installation, that sealed the deal.  With the help of some family members, we got the cabinets installed over a few weekends.
 
Below is a reminder of what the kitchen looked like on the day we closed:
  
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And what it looked like after demolishing the old and prepping for the new:        
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After almost exactly three months without a kitchen we finally had cabinets!   
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We worked with Home Depot to make some last minute changes before the cabinet order was final based on some suggestions from friends and family (and the HD designer himself).  One change that we’re glad we made was adding a corner shelving piece to the end of the upper cabinets:
  
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We also added a few other things like a hidden garbage, a lazy susan, roll-out drawers in the pantry and the cushion close option on each drawer:
  
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And finally, the completed cabinet installation with the appliances in place and the hardware installed (all the holes measured and drilled by yours truly!).  We chose rubbed bronze knobs for the doors and matching pulls for the drawers:    
   
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We are extremely happy with our experience at Home Depot and with the American Woodmark cabinets we chose.  Kitchen Renovation Parts V and VI to come…

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Something’s Gotta Give
I love the beachy blue striped rug in this living room and that adorable nook over the doorway on the left side of the photo with books lined up inside.  While I’m not one for white walls, they totally work in this room:

My dream kitchen.  I just love the look of white cabinetes with exposed hinges: 

One Tree Hill
What I wouldn’t give to have a banister like this on our stairs!  
        
Enchanted
The subway tile in this bathroom is a great look and I absolutely love the pale green moulding around the window:
Enchanted

     
I never used to do this before I bought a house, but now I always find myself looking at every little detail in the set decor when watching a movie.

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