Progress We’ve Made: Kitchen

After painting and furnishing the living room (more on that here and here), painting the kitchen was next on our agenda. Here is what we started with:

(The blue is around the trim is painter’s tape.)

I have always loved yellow in a kitchen, and after looking through Sherwin Williams’ paint swatches, really loved the color Buttercup. It is a bright, happy yellow. Here is what it looks like now, after painting and accessorizing:

Here are a few detailed pictures of the room. The garden window, Trixie loves laying in this window:

My turtle measuring cup, a gift from my sister, Andrea. I love turtles and he is so cute and useful:

And our canister set, pie plate, and scale:

Unfortunately painting those two walls and adding the accessories is as far as we have gotten in this room. So this post is more about what our plans are for the future of this room rather than a before and after. Here’s what we’re thinking:

-Prep and paint paneling (which will involve sanding, puttying holes, deglossing, priming, and painting).

-Repaint cabinets. (We’re going to leave them white. We just want to freshen them up.)

-Replace hardware. (Maybe these cabinet pulls from Lowes and hinges similar to these.)

-Add crown molding around the entire room.

-Remove scallop trim over sink.

-Replace light above the sink.

-Possibly replace ceiling fan or add recessed lighting. (We’re still not sure exactly what we want to do.)

-Replace trim around the window. (It doesn’t match the rest of the trim in the house.)

-Caulk various areas of kitchen.

-Add this shelf from Ikea (possibly with these doors) to the pantry wall for more storage.

-Add shelves (possibly these) above the storage shelving we just mentioned.

-Add a command center on the pantry wall (between the shelves) or next to refrigerator. I have found lots of ideas on Pinterest (I love pinterest!), a few of my favorites can be found here, here and here.

-Refinish counter tops with Rustoleum Countertop Transformations (just not sure which color).

-Build shelves at the end of the peninsula for more storage.

-Modify the pantry (It’s CRAZY deep and very hard to reach items all the way in the back. We need some type of storage redesign here.)

-Replace old appliances with new, stainless steel appliances.

-Replace the floor.

-Maybe even change out the cabinets and counter tops completely?

All of that will certainly take lots of time to complete and some of the ideas may change over time, but that’s part of the fun doing things yourself! How about you? Do you have lots of plans for a certain room in your home? Have you lived with something for a while to figure out what you would love and work best? We would love to hear from you. Leave a comment.
—Amy

Progress We’ve Made: Living Room (Part 2)

After painting the living room (see more on that here), we began the search for furniture by checking stores in the area and Craigslist. After a few weeks of looking, we lucked out and found a listing on Craigslist for an entire living room set (a couch, chase, coffee table, two end tables, and two lamps). The furniture was still relatively unused. The owners were getting rid of it because they downsized their home and no longer had room for it. Plus they were only asking $650 for everything! Awesome! We emailed the seller and drove about 30 minutes to take a look and loved it. Since we have two cars and didn’t have access to a large enough vehicle for all of the furniture, we rented a U-Haul van for around $70. So for around $720 dollars we were able to fully furnish our living room. YAY!


We already had the purple pillows. The maroon and brown pillows on the chase came with the furniture, but we plan on replacing them down the road, as well as the maroon and cream lampshades.

We were thankful to have these curtains when we moved in, but they were not our style. They were also hard to open and close on the standard curtain rod, especially since you had to reach across the the couch to get to them.

We decided to get a double traverse curtain rod (this one from Lowe’s) so the curtains would be easier to open and close. We found these curtains and these sheers from Target (along with two blue pillow for the couch) that matched our style much better.

As far as accessories and wall art go, we have not added very much yet. We are trying to use what we have and gradually add items that we will love, such as the “Home” sign on the mantel, which I got from Ross a few months ago. The shelves to the left of the fireplace are from Kohl’s. We used them in our first place, but finally hung them last month. We love how they balance the curio cabinet on the other side.

The built-in shelves in the living room add so much to the room. The accessories are mostly things we had on hand, some of which may change down the road, but for now we’re using what we had. The 6, 7, & 8 (from Michael’s) are in honor of our wedding date (we got married on June 7, 2008), so I plan on keeping them there, for now.

We feel like we have made a lot of progress on this room since moving here 15 months ago and we love the way this room is beginning to feel more like our home. We still have lots of plan for this room though. Here are some of our ideas:

-Add a mirror to the inset area above the fireplace (to make the room feel larger and bounce more light around).

-Add crown molding.

-Paint the back of the built-ins the same as the accent color on the fireplace wall (to bring the that color to the other side of the room).

-Repaint the gold accents on the fireplace doors and ceiling fan (or replace the ceiling fan depending on how the repainting goes).

-Replace the light in the hall.

-Add a gallery wall down the hall (we have been already been collecting pictures frames).

-Add more art and accessories on the wall.

-Add accessories to coffee tables, end tables, mantel, and built-ins.

That’s where we are in the living room. We will keep you updated on any and all changes. So what do you think?  Personally I have loved looking back on how far we have come. What about you? Have you been making any gradual changes.  Still trying to figure what you love, like us. Any quick and easy upgrades or accessorizing that you have made in your home? We would love to hear about it.

—Amy