Sunday, January 8, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
It wasn't too difficult to do and already looks better. Now the fabulous husband will never question what is what. I've had the Rubbermaid Containers for awhile and they work really well to keep things fresh. It is also handy to see exactly what is in them. But I wanted to experiment with the new Silhouette Cameo and the vinyl kit I had ordered, so inspiration hit and Poof! Well, not so much poof, but didn't take me too long and I think they turned out really well. As I get further into the pantry re-do I hope to add more for things like brown sugar, baking soda, pastry flour etc. Which means more vinyl!
1. Remove window and replace with a door.
2. Find someone who is redoing their kitchen and take some of the old cabinets and re purpose. Already have someone who may be a good hookup. Depending on size, condition etc I am thinking I may have to refinish them and add new hardware.
3. Replace the flooring. This will involve fixing some of the sub flooring as well and I will most likely just go with a good vinyl rolled flooring as this will most likely turn out to be the entrance we would use to the house.
4. Paint the walls a much better color - something more inviting, shows less dirt and will compliment the cabinets (see #2 - no idea what they will be like).
5. Create a space for all our needs and all my wants.
One of the most important things in planning this venture is to figure out exactly what we NEED, what I WANT and how to make it ALL work.
1. Food storage (obviously important that we are able to store all our pantry needs). Rather than the current haphazard set up of food wherever it fits, and stuff just stuck on shelves, I'd like to have a system in place... all baking items, staples, cans, etc where they are easy to see and easy to just grab.
2. Shoe storage. I envision a lower cabinet that we can open when we walk in and kick off our shoes into and also store them in there).
3. Pet Storage - A place for dog/cat food, treats, toys, bowls, and all the extras that come with them. They've got a lot of STUFF.
4. Cookbook/Recipe Storage: I have a lot of cookbooks and recipes. I need a place to store/display them all.
5. Cleaning Supplies/Paper Goods: MUST come up with something good for storing paper towels, cleaning products and supplies.
6. Pot/Pan/Small Appliance Storage: Need a place to store all the extra items like the blender, kitchen aide etc.
I've been scouring Pininterest for ideas, among other sites.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I picked up simple curtain rods from Wal-Mart, and hung sheer’s that my mom had given me. Using some satin silver ribbon I tied them back and Viola! It looks great.
Friday, March 18, 2011
The next step? Paint the trim and windows! All of same would be getting 2 coats of Behr Ultra Paint in Ultra Pure White with a semi-gloss finish.
Tapping off windows and trim is probably my least favorite thing. I would rather remove a full room of wallpaper. Seriously, I would. It’s so tedious and time consuming and really just kills my motivation to move on. But, I pushed through, tapped off the three windows and the large amount of trim and door.
I did all of this in more than just a day, but for blogging purposes I’ll lump it into one day. Overall the whole room from wallpaper removal to final paint layer took about 2 weeks, which is pretty good considering that I did it alone AND I work full time.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The next day I grabbed my 5 gallon bucket, rubber gloves, gallon of vinegar, plastic floor covering, and scrapper. Using a 50/50 mixture of warm water and vinegar I sponged the walls down with it, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and began removing the sheets of the paper backing. As luck would have it, they came off with ease and the job didn’t take nearly as long as I anticipated.
But I smelled like vinegar. Yum.
At this point in the renovation, I have removed enough wallpaper that I think I can call myself a pro. And oddly I find it almost cathartic. There is one full wall of wallpaper in the office left and then 2 bathrooms with some wallpaper. I’m almost sad that I will most likely have no wallpaper left to remove by the time we have been in the house a year.
I may have to offer my services to some friends down the road just to enjoy what has become a favorite past time of mine. NOT.