Thursday, October 12, 2017

One Room Challenge- Guest Bedroom Makeover: Week 2

I can't believe it's the second week of the One Room Challenge!  To catch up, you can view last week's post here.

As I mentioned before, I'm taking on our guest room.  This is my first time participating in the challenge.  I'm equally nervous and excited for what's ahead.

The new wall color makes the room feel much bigger and brighter.  It's a small bedroom, so I prefer keep the space uncluttered with lots of natural materials mixed in.

The new dresser arrived and I couldn't be happier.  It gives the room a whole new look.  I ordered the dresser online.  Purchasing furniture sight unseen makes me a bit scared, but I'm very pleased.

 Image courtesy of Amber Interiors

I don't want to give too much away before the reveal, but here's my makeover inspiration.  I absolutely love this room.  I can't wait to add texture with pillows and a new rug.

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Next week I'll be back to share more.  If you like, you can keep up with my progress on Instagram.  I’ll also post a few updates on my stories.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

One Room Challenge- Guest Bedroom Makeover: Week 1


I’m excited to share that I’ll be participating in my first One Room Challenge, as a guest participant!  The One Room Challenge is a biannual event hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, where bloggers are challenged to make over a room in six weeks and post their progress weekly.  I'm joining the fun to complete our guest bedroom, just in time to host our family for the holiday season.  Our guest room used to be our master bedroom, until we had our garage converted into a living space.  It's since become a neglected catchall filled with clutter.  I hope to create a welcoming space for friends and family to stay when they visit.

BEFORE IMAGES 





I set a realistic budget and plan to update this space and make it beautiful.  My ultimate goal is to make the room feel lighter and fresh.

Here's a peek at my progress.  Stay tuned each Thursday for weekly updates.

Next week I'll be painting the closet doors and finalizing my plans for the room.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more progress before I post here on the blog!  Also don’t forget to stop by Calling It Home to check out all of the other featured designers and guest participants.



Monday, October 2, 2017

Budget Friendly Before-and-After Kitchen Makeover

Good morning, friends!  Happy October to you!  Recently, I've been doing some work in my kitchen.
  
It felt outdated and dark.  (You can view more before pictures by clicking here.) The improvements I made, created a bright-clean look.  I'm so excited to reveal my kitchen makeover.  It was a lot of work, but my efforts were worth it in the end.

I would like to sincerely thank Glidden and Instant Granite for sponsoring this project.  Their support made this makeover possible.

I began by painting the walls.  Above the chair rail is painted Glidden Stone White and below the chair rail is painted Glidden Smooth Stone.  I didn't want the walls to appear shiny, so I chose an eggshell finish.

What a difference a fresh coat of paint made on the cabinets.

They were previously painted white, but inside the bottom cabinets contained a lot of ridges and drips of dried paint.  I removed the cabinet doors, stripped the layers of paint off and sanded everything smooth before repainting.  It was a lot of tedious prep work.

But when I look back I'm glad I took the time to properly prepare the surface for paint.

I totally transformed my kitchen backsplash with paint.  

Previously it was brown.  It looks so different painted white.

 I love how fresh it now feels.

Cabinets and backsplash are both painted Glidden White on White in a satin finish.

Previously, our kitchen counters looked bad and were worn.

I discovered Instant Granite through Rachel Elizabeth Creates and loved her beautiful results.

Instant Granite can be applied directly over old counter tops.  It's a temporary solution, but it really looks fabulous.

We had an old fluorescent light box in our kitchen.  We replaced it with a more attractive looking flush mount.

We added a second light to create a more symmetrical appearance.

We wanted more prep space in our kitchen.

We eat our meals together in the dining room.  So we donated our kitchen table and chairs and replaced it with an island.
  
We love having the additional work space.

I love that the "X" design on the island is similar to the design on the cabinets.

    Our budget didn't allow us to go all out with a full renovation, but the simple-practical changes we made have a big impact.  Most importantly WE love it!
  
It feels more welcoming and I enjoy cooking in here for my family again. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!  If you have any questions, I'll leave a response in the comment section.


*This post was made possible through a partnership with Glidden and Instant Granite.  All opinions expressed are my own words.

**I am linking this post to: Tip Me Tuesday

Monday, July 10, 2017

Peach Lemonade Popsicles

 My son has been interested in helping me in the kitchen since he was little.  We turn on some music and have fun cooking together.
   
It's been so hot lately that we decided to make a frozen treat.  Popsicles on a really hot day are so refreshing.

This recipe is so basic.  Deciding what flavors to experiment with is the hardest part.

Ingredients
3 large peaches; slice and remove pit
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup of ice
2 cups of water
1/4 cup sugar (more or less depending on the sweetness of your peaches)

Directions
In a blender, combine sliced peaches, water and lemon juice.  Add sugar and ice.  Blend until smooth.  *If the mixture is too watery, add more ice and blend again to get the texture of a slushie. 

Pour mixture into molds and freeze overnight.  To easily release popsicle from mold, run under warm water.  Enjoy! 


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Home Love

 Good morning, friends!  I'm excited to welcome you to my blog and share some easy ways to decorate your home for summer.

 In the spring I participated in a fun home tour with a diverse bunch of talented bloggers.  Today we're back!  I'm sharing how I gave a few areas in my house a lighter look for the warmer months.

 If you're visiting from Creekwood Hill, hello!  I'm so happy you stopped by.

 I've added a few seasonal touches to the kitchen.  I love cooking with fresh herbs.  I like to keep a planter with oregano on my counter to clip and add to whatever I'm cooking.  The greenery livens up this area and keeps my kitchen smelling fresh.
        
 During the summer months we usually start our day with fruit and yogurt.

Nothing fancy!  This is easy when you don't want to cook.

 The shelf in my kitchen is used to display a few of my favorite pitchers.
  
I love to collect them and group a few together.

They can also be filled with fresh flowers.
  
I added hot pink and white peonies for a summery touch.
  
I keep the basket filled with fruit to encourage healthy snacking!
 




 
Heading through the doors is our garage turned bedroom.

  Our bedroom is filled with plants and flowers.  Plants are an inexpressive way to decorate your home for summer.
  

 
Pink peonies smell so fragrant.

 I like to switch out the candles for a favorite summer scent.

This fragrance smells sweet and pleasant long after the candle is put out.



 I added a few more patterned pillows to my couch.

Pillows are an effortless way to update your space for summer.  The floral pillow is a nice accent.

I clipped a few flowers from the yard and stuck them in a vase on my desk.  If your yard is full of greenery, take advantage and create a free arrangement.
  

Thank you so much for following along.  Next up on the tour is Farmhouse For Five.

Below is the entire list of participating bloggers.  Be sure to head over to see some amazing inspiration.