Monday, July 22, 2019

Chalkboard Walls And Coffee Stations

Five years ago when Mister and I tore out our old kitchen and rebuilt it (you can see it here) I knew I wanted some open shelving. My taste can be a bit eclectic but I opted for a more traditional style. I hung them next to window over the sink. As time went on I began to realize that the placement was probably not my best decision but I did not want to have to patch holes or admit to Mister that I had made a mistake. He wouldn't really give me a hard time, I just don't like being wrong.


Meanwhile we made a trip to Texas to see friends and family. We visited with old friends from high school in Austin then drove north toward family. Mister treated me to stop in Waco! That's right, baby! I got to go to the Magnolia Silos and yes, I got me some cupcakes first!

I purchased a few things that could fit in my luggage, one of them being a coffee sign in the very popular font you see on those cups and dishes. When I got home I put it up in the kitchen but didn't like the way it looked....

That's when I got over my whole not-wanting-to-tell-Mister thing and pitched my idea to him. I wanted to chalkboard paint the wall next to the fridge where my little magnetic chalkboard hangs. (See how I made it here) I still want two shelves but I wanted to do floating shelves in wood tone to match the exposed post next to the sink. We purchased the wood and paid way too much for it because I wanted it weathered and sort of rough. Homeward we went...

While Mister unloaded the wood I got my chalkboard paint out and got ready to paint; I had just started to tape stuff off... "Whoa", said Mister. He has no confidence in my painting abilities so he took over...(all part of the master plan). The wall took three coats.

The wood for the shelves ended up costing crazy money for two little shelves and I started second guessing myself so we took the wood back and I reused the white ones without the brackets.

In an attempt to make the coffee sign stand out a bit I chalked up the wall behind it but the family has vetoed that idea. As you can see by the decorations this was springtime! I'm way behind! 

Since my coffee sign doesn't show up well I may end up painting it at some point. I purchased the rod (here) with attached hooks (here) from IKEA. The hooks aren't quite big enough for the Rae Dunn cups but for now I am quite happy with how this little project turned out.

So what do you think? Are you over the chalkboard craze or are you still loving yours or wanting to do one of your own?
                          Come back soon to see what else I can find to do while i linger,

*I have no affiliation with any of the companies listed in this article. My opinions are my own and I purchased my pieces.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Traditional Home Makeover-Kitchen (Part 6)

My goodness! You must be thinking that this job is never getting done. In truth it is done. It is just taking me a lifetime to finish writing about it!  So I've already walked you through the front door (which has changed since starting this whole thing), into the office and powder room, and then on to the not-so-formal living room and dining room. Next up is the kitchen.

When we started this was the room that felt most dated and underwhelming to me. In spite of the natural light this room has it felt dark. The cabinets are a red birch and that next to the deep red/burgundy wall color made the room feel brooding and somber-not at all my homeowner's personality. The lighting was a scroll-y, heavy, wrought iron piece with amber shades that only emphasized the darkness. All this was complemented by heavy black and gold curtains over the slider to the deck.

My friend was as eager to get started as I was and when I came to meet the painters she had already taken down the lights and curtains so "before" pictures are actually "in-the-process" pictures.

The folded fabric was the old curtains.

Tiles on the backsplash were in desperate need of updating but we are keeping the black granite countertops.

This is the tile we settled on. I. Love. It.


The room will get a much lighter coat of paint, new curtains and new lighting over the table and island.

Here are some products we used in the room. You can click on the word "source" next to each picture to go to the website where we purchased the products:

Wood Framed Signboard - It Is Finished - Multiple Sizes              (Source)

Beautiful of-the-moment colors and bold pattern come together in our striking Torrance Collection. Power loomed in Egypt of microfiber polyester, each piece is exceptionally soft with deep color saturation.This rug is available at our San Antonio... (Source)
Sharman Counter Height 24" Bar Stool        (Source)

The first set of glass shades had a very coastal feel but the homeowners didn't like seeing the bulbs through the glass, feeling it was harsh.


Based on that "fail" we chose this light for the over the kitchen table table. There are white shade inserts that hide the bulb but keep the light from being yellowed.

Minka Lavery Parsons Studio 5-Light Smoked Iron Chandelier(Source)

We settled on these shades for the pendant lights over the island. They have a sense of movement to them that reminds me of water but they are a true white so we don't get an amber cast from the light.

Product Image 1(Source)

Can you see that it looks like water? 

The walls were painted in Sterling by Benjamin Moore and I feel like I can take a deep breath walking into the space, as if filling my lungs with salt air. Remember the idea in this whole project is to lighten and brighten and bring a touch of that coastal feel into the main floor.

                                          One of over 3,500 exclusive Benjamin Moore colors.

The tile for the backsplash was installed. *Just a brief note here. I hired a guy who ended up leaving us after taking the old tile off. Perhaps he was overwhelmed by the amount of cuts the new tile would need-not sure but it was disheartening. Integrity matters in every aspect of life. I contacted Home Advisor (a first for me) and was connected with a tile guy that not only could start the work that same day but he honored the price the previous guy gave us. If you're looking for a tile guy in Massachusetts, contact me and I will give you his info. You can also find it on my instagram account. Just look for picture of the tile.

This was his day 1: Gorgeous, right?!

We opted to install the tile giving us a horizontal pattern rather than vertical. I imagine on the diagonal would be beautiful, also.

And the finished product:

When ordering the the curtains for the slider to the deck we purchased an extra panel. My homeowner used that extra panel to make a faux roman shade for the window above the sink. I love this fabric! It is soft, almost like a velour but not. It has a beautiful weight to it. We used four panels for the slider, stitching two panels together, flanking either side of the slider.

See that runner! You will see that pattern again...

And, the kitchen table... with a slight peek into what is next...

Getting a full shot of this kitchen in perfectly clean order is nearly impossible in a home that consistently welcomes overnight guests, adding to the already busy home of a seven person family.

My homeowner loves color. The blues and grays give an airy feeling with a nice addition of color but she wanted just a smidge more. This is the artwork we used on the wall to the right when you enter the kitchen from the foyer:

I'm kinda obsessed with this piece! Having said that I didn't get even one picture of it up on the wall! It brings in a lot of different blues which is perfect for what we have been doing on the main floor of this traditional home.

And with the kitchen done it brings us to the final room in this project which is the family room. I will take you in there in the next installment of this traditional home makeover.

Thanks for spending time with me and following along.