Happy Friday, everyone!
Just some random photos I’ve taken over the past few months around the house. Kelly found the George Nelson credenza last year for $40 (in the second photo), and it’s one of my favorite pieces. I’ll take more photos and share them later. It fits perfectly between our shelves, and it makes a nice wall unit. I also found a Beni Ourain rug for $30, which I LOVE, and Lucy loves it too. Another little find was my Kilim pillow. I’m not usually into patterns, but this one is great and I really love the colors.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy Friday!
I’ve been waiting to be able to post this for about 3 years. The time has finally come, and I’m beyond excited. It’s like a whole new world for us in our house. When we moved in almost four years ago, we knew that we would completely change the kitchen. We had to. See for yourself.
Our house was built in 1959, but it looks like they tried to do some “updating” sometime in the late 70s or early 80s. The stove was from the 80s, and the refrigerator was from the mid 90s. We immediately pushed the stove out to the trash, but we had to keep the refrigerator until, well, just about 2 weeks ago. So basically what we have here are some light wood grain laminate cabinets with butter yellow countertops AND backsplash. They actually continued the laminate up the wall..
Check out the lovely hardware. We decided quickly that we had to take action. We immediately started taking doors off.
Ok, so the doors came off, and the laminate peeled off easily. Here’s what we had to deal with on the inside; nightmarish yellow contact paper with what appeared to be molasses spilled on it. Yes, more yellow. This was extremely difficult to remove.
…And there’s more. I almost killed myself trying to take this stuff off.
Here are the upper cabinets once the contact paper was removed. Ok, we’re making progress now.
And then there was THIS! Yikes! It was bad. Sooo bad.
Ok, the contact paper is finally off here, and we were able to move on.
But first, a little overview of the chaos. So scary.
So here everything is cleaned and sanded. Time to remove the “backsplash”!
If I only knew what was lurking behind that yellow mess…
Don’t be jealous. Here we have some lovely petrified glue. Great. We also have screws sticking up from the countertop from where we removed the backsplash. Fun.
Absolutely gross. We had to sand and clean this immediately.
After we sanded the glue and prepared the backsplash, I painted the interiors with enamel paint. I wanted it to be super durable. It actually turned out great. Nice and clean.
Now we’re getting somewhere.
So back to THIS problem. We actually lived with these for about a year (or so). Then we stumbled upon some quartz, yes QUARTZ countertops for $100 on good ole Craigslist. Kelly had to pay to have it cut for our new sink, etc., but it was still a great deal, and they were exactly what we wanted. I was SO excited when it was time to get rid of these old countertops.
And the old sink/faucet are gone!!
Old countertops gone!
Kelly working his magic.
Here are the new countertops, but we had to continue to live, so here’s what our kitchen looked like for the last, ohhh, two years. Every time someone would come over, I would apologize for the kitchen situation and made sure to tell them that it wasn’t permanent.
So much stuff. Too much stuff. Finally, about a month ago, we were able to finish the kitchen. We hired a local cabinet maker and he resurfaced our existing cabinets and made new doors and drawers. But first, it was time for me to purge! Boy, did that feel great. I took everything out of the cabinets and deep cleaned the interiors. I got rid of so much stuff…
Now it’s time for a new makeover.
But first, we changed our view with a brand new window!
Whoa. Where am I? Here’s the new space after the cabinets were done. We chose a laminate due to durability and easy maintenance. The color we chose was Columbian Walnut. We also chose some nice modern stainless steel hardware. We were VERY happy with the results, but there’s more!
Now that the cabinets were done, it was time to install the backsplash and under cabinet lighting. Kelly was up for the challenge…
NOW we’re talkin’! What a transformation.
A new refrigerator! Now we’re living in the lap of luxury! Seriously, I’m so happy with this new situation.
There’s my beautiful new window and windowsill. We found that pendant lamp at a thrift store a couple years ago. This was the perfect spot for it.
So there you have it. Honestly, after living with no cabinet doors and no drawers for almost four years, we were glad to have ANYTHING. It’s funny how you take those small things of convenience for granted. Sometimes we just walk out to the kitchen, stand there, and stare. It’s completely life changing. We feel so fancy now.
Anyway, my apologies for the super long post. It’s probably the longest one EVER, but I needed to do it that way in order to show the entire process. It took a long time to finish this, but it was so worth the wait. We’re already planning another project, so I’ll be back to share that too. Have a great week, everyone!
Just a little post of some things around the house… This has been a great summer so far, and we’ve all been really busy. We’re super excited about some upcoming home improvements too, so I’ll be sure to share those as they happen.
I will definitely be going back to school at the end of August, too. Things will be a little more hectic, but I’m ready to move forward.
Kelly and I also went on a little weekend getaway last week, so I’ll be sharing those photos soon. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Here’s the latest up for auction at KL Vintage Modern! This is definitely one of my all-time favorite pieces. This is a teak planter designed by Arne Wahl Iversen for Vinde MobelFabrik of Denmark, circa 1961. It features three storage drawers on the left and a planter with removable metal table top on the right side. There is also a slatted shelf on the bottom to hold books, magazines, etc. It’s a beautiful and versatile piece, so be sure to check it out.
Whoa, it has been way too long since my last post! Once again, time just passes way too quickly. Since my last post, Kelly and I both had birthdays. We both had small gatherings at home and they were a lot of fun. Cadell is already done with his first grading period at school, and he received a fantastic report card yesterday. Kelly and I have both been busy treasure hunting and listing new items. I’ll be stocking up for the holidays soon, so my next post will be an update of my new shop items! For now, here are some scenes from around the house.
▶ Turntable + favorite plants/pottery ▶ Lucy sunbathing ▶ Afternoon light in the dining room ▶ New Atomic Ranch magazine ▶ Thrifted Arthur Umanoff chair ▶ The most beautiful birthday gift from Kelly’s mom- a sea urchin air plant hanger!
Summer is winding down and Cadell starts 2nd grade on Monday. We went to meet his new teacher at his school this morning and he saw some of his friends. We’re all looking forward to getting back into a routine with school, work, and I’ll be joining the gym again. We still have some fun things planned for the weekends after school starts, but for now it’s back to business. Since it has been raining almost every day, I’ve been organizing around the house and going through things. I’m also posting more on Instagram, which is a lot of fun for me. It motivates me to keep things fresh around here and it’s a great creative outlet.
The biggest news here is… we adopted a new kitten! We adopted her through the Humane Society and she’s the sweetest, best kitty. We’ve had her a week now, and we’re looking forward to many years with her.
I can’t believe we’ve reached the end of July! This summer is flying by.. We’ve had lots of rainy afternoons here in Florida during this month, so as soon as we had a sunny afternoon, I snapped some photos of the latest around the house. I picked up a few pottery pieces (keepers) at the flea market and thrift stores, and the teak cabinet was a birthday present from my sweetie (last October). I realized that I never posted it, most likely due to Cadell’s toys being scattered everywhere. I managed to steal my space back long enough to shoot some photos!
I hope everyone is having a great summer. We’re keeping busy with lots of yard work, and the guys have been skateboarding at least 3 times a week. Kelly and I will be taking a little day trip on Saturday to do some thrifting, so I’m always excited about that. I’m hoping to bring some goodies home for my shop.