Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kitchen Facelift Part I

I did it. I finally got of off my butt & finished painting my kitchen cabinets. It only took me all summer! If I had stuck to my guns & not been so lazy or easily distracted I could have finished them months ago...but with the kids being out of school I just preferred playing at the pool :)
Since the kids have been back in school I've been busy with a new job but every time I looked at my kitchen I knew that I had to get it done. With that being said, they are finally all done!!! I used Annie Sloan chalk Paint in pure white for the cabinets & graphite for the island. I also used both the clear wax & the dark wax, while sanding them to give them an overall distressed look. Or as my husband calls it "dirty white". I have four kids so I've given up the whole idea of having anything pure white, that's just fighting a losing battle. Anyway.....here's my pictures of my progress so far:
the maple cabinets before I started,btw - that is a clean kitchen in my book :)

There's my stupid faucet that kept breaking, hmmm...no dishes in the sink- we must have eaten out....

it was like this for longer than I want to admit....the dogs liked it this way though

shot of the island

hint: make sure you number the doors so hanging them back on are easy

the finished island (no hardware yet)
hardware is finally on & the painting is all done

you can see my new faucet & the wood scrolly things that I added to the front of the sink

I used the same hardware on the cabinets as I did on the island

usually someone has their face in here looking for food.....

shot of the hardware & my favorite kitchen appliance...my iphone dock/radio :) Yes, I rock out while I cook.

another shot of my surprisingly clean kitchen...(it won't last)

I'm thinking about getting some new stools next....

this photo was from the listing when our house was on the market...the ivy & foo foo curtains were taken down immediately

can you figure out some of  what I'm doing next?......except I'm not doing it their exact way, going to change it up a bit :)

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Monday, August 27, 2012

A Little Sneak Peak

You can see how I am distressing the cabinets in this photo & my hardware is finally on!! :)
Even though I am still working on my never-ending kitchen I wanted to give you guys a little peak. The cabinets are almost completely done!!!!!!!!!! Talk about taking my time, but in my defense it has been an incredibly busy summer & I am working part time now too...... Anyway, here's a peak:

The doors on the left have been stained with both the dark stain & clear stain from Annie Sloan. The one on the right has not...see the difference? In case you guys can't remember, I used chalk paint for this whole project.

It's Been A While, But Here's Another Quickie....

 It's been a while since I've posted any craft projects & frankly it's because I've been so busy working on my kitchen, that I haven't done anything. So the other afternoon it was raining (which hasn't happened in like forever..) and we were all plopped on the couch being lazy & watching the movie Fifty First Dates (cute movie,btw) when I decided to get all crafty. Maybe it was because of the rainy weather & I felt unusually lazy or maybe it was because I had just consumed a huge plate of nachos, but I felt like I had to accomplish something. How else was I going to justify ignoring my four gigantic loads of laundry that I was ignoring? So I went into my office (nice word for the place I keep my hoarding piles) & rummaged through until I found some goodies. I had an old straw wreath and some upholstery tape, found some leftover red felt from a Christmas project and decided to make this. I think it's the first time that I ever actually made anything with red roses.....what do ya guys think? I call it a "quickie" cause it didn't take too long to make. I'm not sure how long, I started it during the movie & finished it way before the movie was over. Anyway.....I'm pretty happy with how it turned out :)
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close up of my roses..I added the little green leaves because I think it needed a little something-something......
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Playing With Instagram

So I'm the first to admit that I have been neglecting my blog, and for that I apologize. It just seems like this summer has been so busy...I have been working part time in a bakery & some of you may be aware of the fact that Illinois has had a very hot, dry summer. As a result of that & working next to a huge oven all day, I have become one lazy person! It seems like the only thing that I want to do lately is hang by a pool & try to get away from the heat (& I like heat).......I have managed to have some fun playing around with one of my favorite aps - Instagram. I'm sure you guys have heard of it, so I won't go into any details about it except to say that it's fun to play around with. Here are a few of my Instagram pics:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer So Far......

I figured that I would share with you guys some shots from my summer so far.........
My son with a hose & a motorcycle helmet.....need I say more?

hanging out down by the Fox River

Snow Patrol in concert...(excuse the bad cell phone picture)

this man can sing!

My daughter after her first dance recital

dancing her heart out to Lady Gaga (bad cell phone picture again)

the end of soccer season

at our neighborhood pool,going down the slide

my daughter, cooling off...

my son found the best spot on a hot afternoon :)

trip to Chicago...The Willis (Sears) Tower & the famous Drake Hotel

view of the beach in Chicago

The historic water tower

hanging with friends :)

yes, she is always that photogenic......

I hope your summer is as much fun as mine has been so far.......