Friday, March 9, 2018

Kitchen remodel: Planning with the IKEA Home planner tool

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     Planning our kitchen using the IKEA Home planner tool wasn't exactly the easiest thing I have ever done but definitely doable for most people. It is by no means a perfect plan either. I had trouble lining cabinets up once the side panels were put on but that seems to be a problem with the program, not me. I just left the cabinets askew because I needed to get a good estimate of the cost of our new kitchen. I was only under by less than $300 and that was for panels I had not accounted for and a very cool feature we bought for the trash cabinet that will open it with a bump of the hip or tap of the hand. It will be so useful when my hands are full! The shocking part of paying was seeing how much we were paying in tax. I hadn't even thought about that but if you are on a tight budget you definitely don't want to forget that! We paid over $600 in tax! 

This is the view from the top of our kitchen. 

Back wall
Front Wall 

    As you can see above we are putting 15 inch deep cabinets on the front wall. Originally this was just blank wall. We need the storage space and had the wall space so we added them to our plan. 

China cabinet in the breakfast nook along front wall. 

Coffee Bar in the kitchen along front wall. 

     We also went up with the cabinets. We have 9 foot ceilings and the original cabinets were 42 inch. IKEA doesn't do 42 inch and we wanted to go up anyway. Our upper cabinets are 30 inch plus 20 inch on top.

     The cabinets over the microwave and the refrigerator are 30 inch.

     We bought the sink cabinet for the Domsjo sink but we will not be using the Domsjo sink. They no longer make the single basin large sink so we ordered a stainless steel one from Wayfair. It had really good reviews and we are excited to get it installed! It is deeper than the Domsjo so we had to figure out how to adjust for that. What we did was change out the 20 inch tall doors to 15 inch tall doors and when we put the cabinet together we will adjust for the different sized sink. 

     This is the view of the island facing the back wall. I am going to love all those drawers!

     Each end of the island will have an 18 inch wide, 15 inch deep cabinet facing sideways to the larger drawer cabinets. We will use these for additional storage and the space in between will be used for the bar stools. 

     This view is from the back wall by the back door.  

     Here's a view from the sink area. 

     I know it looks like the island will be too close to the front wall and that's probably true on the program. I couldn't figure out how to measure the distance from the back wall to where I wanted it to go in the center. It works for planning purposes though. Now to get it done! 

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Easter Decor

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          In past years I have really enjoyed decorating for the holidays. When you have small children it seems like something you should do. As mine have gotten older I have done less and less. This year I decided that I am going to once again decorate for the holidays but not in the way I have done in the past. The goal now is to have a more mature, grown up decor. Of course I didn't have much in the way of decor for Easter anymore so I spent some time looking for stuff online. I prefer to touch and feel before I buy but that gave me an idea of where to go. 

          I went to numerous stores before I found what I was looking for. I wanted to keep with glossy white, shiny metal or something made with natural materials. I think I have a good start to my new Easter collection. I will add pieces as I find them each year. 

We found these two metal bunnies at TJ Maxx. They weren't cheap but I love that wood carrot! 

The egg and grassy bunny also came from TJ Maxx. 

This white ceramic bunny family was spotted at Kroger. The gold ears are a nice touch!

We purchased both of these chippy white bunnies from Pier 1 Imports. 

These two lovely bunnies dressed up with green ribbon were from Meijer. 

These bunnies and carrots were picked up at Michael's when I went in for photo mats. I can always find something I love at Michael's. 

Last but not least the egg vase filler was from JCPenney. 

          I was pretty disappointed that I couldn't find more items. Most of the stuff I found was wood or very brightly colored. I get that color is attractive and probably sells a lot but I really want to have more muted decor now. I'm sure in a few years I will acquire quite a bit if I keep at it. 

          Here is the mantel this year. the egg wreath was purchased at Pier 1 Imports years ago.  The blue, orange and white eggs I bought on clearance at Dollar Tree 3-5 years ago. I had planned to paint them and I think I still may. I think painting the larger ones gold and the smaller ones solid glossy white would look nice. 

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Updating the master bedroom

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In this post I shared with you my ideas for new bedding for the master bedroom. As soon as I could I headed to Target to pick up the duvet cover and I ordered the pillow covers and insert from H&M Home. 

This is my idea board from that post.

And here is the bed all made up! So pretty! Our sheets and blanket are gray and go well with the gray pillow cover.

I love this duvet cover! It is over sized which is great. It's always very disappointing to buy a duvet cover that your duvet gets all bunched up in and hardly covers the bed. This one has extra room on all sides. It did not have the center ties at the top and bottom but most duvet covers don't so I improvised using safety pins. I was in too big a hurry to change it out to sew any ties on the inside. I need top pick up some twill tape so I can do that to all of the duvet covers we currently have but I keep forgetting to do it. Maybe now I will remember. I should put on my list. Right now.

In the above picture you can also see the picture I talked about here. There's nothing wrong with it, I just think it's time for something new. Ed has plans to make a wood window frame for the space because I have yet to find one I like that is big enough and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Goals.

We also got new bedside lamps. Love them! I am thinking of maybe putting a faux succulent or plant under each one. They are hallow and bottomless. The possibilities! I like the lamp shades but I am considering something new. We'll see.

Duvet cover-Target
Pillow covers H&M Home  pink flowerpink color blockgray velvet.
Lamp shades I got at Walmart a few years ago.

The room is getting close to being done. Ed still wants to paint the ceiling, add can lighting and we have a few pieces I would like to move/get rid of but haven't had the time to work on that just yet. This is what happens when you are working on numerous projects/rooms at once!

Sorry about the lighting in the pictures. It has been very cloudy here for a while which makes for dark photos. I tried to brighten the room with the lights but it wasn't much use. Can't wait till the can lighting goes in!

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Jewelry dresser

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I have wanted a jewelry dresser for some time, Ed bought me a standing jewelry box a few years ago that I outgrew pretty fast. I love jewelry. Brighton is a place I can do some serious damage to our bank account! One evening Ed and I were in Hobby Lobby admiring all the awesome stuff they have when we came upon a wood piece with lots of shallow drawers. I immediately thought "Jewelry storage"! I ran it past him and he agreed it would make a great place for jewelry storage. It was on sale so off we went with our new treasure. 

Isn't it wonderful? The drawers had no liners and I knew I would have to do something to keep the jewelry from sliding all around. I researched trays I could put in the drawers but they were expensive and wouldn't fit all that great. Finally I decided to pick up some inexpensive velvet at Walmart and line them myself. 

Supplies I used:
Velvet like material, from Walmart
glue gun and glue
glue sticks
card board or foam board
foam hair rollers, got mine at Dollar Tree
Cutting mat
cutting tool
straight edge

I picked up some black velvet like material from Walmart and some foam hair rollers from Dollar Tree, I had everything else already on hand until I ran out of cardboard and bought some foam board. Each drawer has a bottom and four sides made of a piece of either cardboard or foam board with velvet wrapped around it. I measure the bottom and sides of each drawer as I went because no two were the same.

I used the glue sticks to glue the velvet to the card/foam board on the front and wrapped the edges around and used the hot glue gun to glue those down on the back. I then hot glued each piece to the drawer itself. 

For the dividers I did the same thing except I wrapped the velvet all around and glued at the bottom. Placing the dividers was tricky so they are not exactly straight. I used hot glut to glue them to the bottom of the drawer on top of the liner. After placing them I also glued the ends in place. 

The ring drawer was a bit trickier. I used foam hair rollers from Dollar Tree and I tried wrapping each one but that did not work out. I ended up gluing the rollers to the bottom of the drawer, getting them in there pretty tightly, and covering them with the velvet making sure to push it between each roller. It was a pain but it works great! 

This was time consuming, there are a lot of drawers but it was well worth it. I have plenty of space left that I am sure will take me years to fill. 

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Grandkids wall

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          I know it has been almost 2 months since Christmas but with the house remodel ongoing I have found it hard to find the time to hang much on the walls. I've also been trying to decide what artwork is going to stay and what is going to go. I have lots of stuff from our last two houses and most of it just won't fit here or is no longer something I care to keep. Plus I have acquired (of course!) some new stuff. One of those items our daughter Jessica gave to me for Christmas. 

          I really liked it but after hanging it up realized that it needed something to go with it. After a week or so I decided to add pictures of the grandkids on either side. 

          I absolutely love the way it turned out! It took me some searching to find exactly the frames I wanted for a price that wouldn't break the bank. I got the frames at Walmart, they are Mainstays. Unfortunately they didn't come with mats so I had to buy those separately. And of course Walmart only had white and I didn't want white. I checked Meijer and they didn't have what I wanted either so I headed off to Michael's because I knew they would have what I was looking for. 

          I really should be careful about going to Michael's. I came out with Easter decor and an awesome vintage looking scale for the kitchen as well as the 4 mats for the grandkids photo project. 

          Doesn't that look great? I will change out the photos yearly and keep them all in the frame so we an look back at them one day. Maybe when they get married I will gift the frame and pictures to them. That's a thought. 

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