How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel: Tips & Ideas

It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were just beginning to move back into our house.  And that it has been almost 2 years since we flooded.  But…. we made it!!  WOOHOO!!  So in honor of our one year anniversary of moving back in, and our two-year celebration of surviving Hurricane Harvey, I thought it was time to conquer the beast:  How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel:  Tips & Ideas 

There is sooooo much to cover on our kitchen remodel, that I will have to divide it up into several posts.  Today, I’ll go over all of the changes that we made to our existing kitchen and give you a resource guide with links to the products we used.   More posts to come later!!

*** Scroll to the END of the post for the RESOURCE GUIDE ***  

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I just wanted to take a little stroll down memory lane before we begin.  Since we have been in our current house now for 14 years, the kitchen has definitely had the most updates.  

To see more of our kitchen changes throughout the years, click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room, 5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made), and Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.











So….. I will first say that planning our kitchen remodel – was literally a nightmare.  It would have been a  large project even if we were doing a planned (or scheduled) kitchen renovation. But because of the flood, it was a horrible situation.  

And….. I will also be the first to admit, that there are some circumstances that absolutely cannot be controlled when $135,000 homes flood during a catastrophic hurricane disaster.  Items were  – like quadrupled back-ordered – if that’s even a real word!!


BUT….. there is a REAL problem when your contractor tells you that he will only contract with 10-15 homes (max), and you find out that he’s actually taken on 30 homes.   Yep – you read that correctly – 30 homes!!!

We were home #8.  He quit after 8 months, lied, and took our money.  Can you imagine if you were home #30?  

*** I will be writing a post soon on how to choose a contractor, so that you don’t get taken advantage of like we did.  For now though, just check out the section below to give you a guide to a couple of important items to consider. ***




Here are some helpful tips and advice that I highly recommend when hiring out a contractor, or subcontractors to do your kitchen renovations.


  1.  Use Pinterest and save inspiration photos for your dream kitchen remodel.  
  2.  Set up a must-have list, and realize you will have to compromise on certain things.
  3.  Know that you WILL be inconvenienced for the entire length of the project.
  4.  Set up a realistic budget for your kitchen project.
  5.  Know what you want to do:  cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, appliances?
  6.  Talk with close friends who have had a kitchen remodel, and get honest feedback.


  1.  Get pictures of other projects they have done, and check references.
  2.  Go over the time frame that the project will take (6-8 weeks?, etc)
  3.  Set up a penalty charge for each day project goes over completion date.
  4.  How many projects (or homes) will they be working on while doing your job?
  5.  Will the contractor check on the work daily, or send a foreman?
  6.  Go over the budget & change orders slips process.
  7.  Tell your contractor what your “remodeling personality” is upfront.
  8.  Do not let your contractor tell you what YOU will like or want.
  9.  Ask to see fabricator’s seam lines:  especially if using white quartz.
  10.  How will they protect your new countertops & flooring?
  11.  Will he use subcontractors or his own crew?
  12.  If using multiple subcontractors – ask to see each one’s work.
  13.  Ask where they will be doing their work:  driveway, front or back yard, etc?
  14.  Ask where they will keep their trash and debris?
  15.  How often will they pick up their trash and debris?  daily or weekly?


  1.  Measure your existing kitchen dimensions.
  2.  Take a lot of pictures of your existing kitchen.
  3.  Pack up everything: you won’t use, you might use, and will definitely use – separately.
  4.  Set up a “mini” kitchen somewhere in your house to see what you’ll need.
  5.  Print and HANG your inspiration photos on the wall for the workers.




Here are some helpful average kitchen remodel cost averages to give you an idea of what you might be spending.   Of course – these are just meant to provide you with a GUIDE.  Check out these websites – they have a ton of helpful information!!


According to Home Advisor and Home Guide, the average cost of a kitchen remodel in 2019 is roughly $12,500 – $35,000.

To make it easier, this cost can be broken down by the total square feet of your kitchen.  Basically, you will (most likely) spend anywhere from $75-$250/square feet for your kitchen renovation.  On average, you will spend ($16,6000 – $23,784) or $150/sq. ft per Home Advisor and Home Guide.


Home Advisor also states that the industry suggests that a good number to spend on your kitchen remodel is 5% – 15% of your home’s value.  So, if your home is worth $300,000, you could spend on average $30,000 to update your kitchen.

I’ll touch more on this in a separate post.  I just wanted to give you an idea of cost, and provide you with some very helpful websites.


Here just a little guide to show you what kitchen items cost by percentage.




Here are all of the changes that we made to our existing kitchen 

resource guide with links to the products we used.  *** Scroll to the END of the post for the RESOURCE GUIDE ***

These are the STEPS in order of how our kitchen remodel (should have been) was done.  


  1.  Walls Removed to Living Room
  2.  Custom Lower Cabinets, New Door Fronts Upper Cabinets
  3.  Added Top Cabinets with Glass Inserts & Dummies
  4.  Closed up 2 Windows in Backsplash Side Wall
  5.  Lowered Dishwasher
  6.  Created L-Shaped Island
  7.  New Doors:  Pantry, Storm Door, & Screen Door
  8.  Trim Added to Kitchen Banquette
  9.  New Trim & New Baseboards 
  10.  Paint Colors – Cabinets, Trim, Walls
  11.  Added Quartz Countertops
  12.  New Backsplash
  13.  Hardwood Flooring
  14.  Lighting:  Island, Breakfast Nook, Under Cabinet, Extended Cabinets, Can Lighting
  15.  Hardware to Cabinets
  16.  New Appliances

Ok, let’s get to it!!




Once it was determined that we needed to get rid of the lower cabinets (recommended by the mold inspector for precaution), those cabinets were removed.  The contractor should have also demo’ed the tile floor and the backsplash at this stage, since we were changing both of these items. 

And why didn’t he……remember the 30 homes (he contracted with) mentioned above?  This is what happens when your contractor gets greedy, and fails to supervise his jobs and workers.  


As a result of him not doing his job, this oversight created a HUGE ordeal for our family!!  We were not living here at the time (living with my mother-in-law), so it would have been perfect to demo while we were out of the house.   

He waited until the FIRST weekend we moved back into the upstairs to demo – creating EXTREME NOISE AND DUST for about 6 hours!!!  Oh…..and then they had to come back and demo all the rest of the tile:  the powder bath, laundry room, and master bath – ANOTHER WHOLE DAY AGAIN!!!


Notice anything about the picture below?  Yep – they didn’t even bother to COVER our ovens, buffet, refrigerator or even our glass chandelier (both not pictured).

And since we knew the lower cabinets were not staying, we went ahead and created the open concept living room – kitchen combination.  Click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room for more on that post.







On the sink wall, we removed the entire “arch section” and built in spice rack (can’t see it here), and added the top portion of cabinets.   We also lowered our dishwasher so we would have a flat countertop.

Then we had glass inserts added to the cabinets on both sides of the sink, and a solid front for the middle section (where the can light is hidden).


The lower cabinets and island were all custom built, as well as all of the shaker style doors.  We were able to keep our upper cabinets, so they just made doors to match.


And now, with all of the changes made.  What do you think?  


Here (below) we added “dummy” upper cabinets to the left side (above fridge) and actual cabinets on the right side.  




Above:  Just another contractor flub – no carpenter (subcontractors) supervision.  This lower cabinet was NOT even supposed to look like this – shouldn’t have had any open shelves!  

Literally, I had a photo taped to the wall of what I wanted, and they built this while I was out of the house one day.  So, I just left it because I was SO TIRED of them building what THEY WANTED, and asking them to REDO THINGS!!


Once we knew that the all of the lower cabinets were going to be removed, it was time to figure out a new kitchen design layout.  I also knew that we would have to keep a support beam (column) in a certain spot, so I needed to design an island with a column included.


Basically, how did we want the kitchen to function for our family?

Here are the three options that I drew out to give me a visual idea of my potential new space.

Option 1:

This option would give us the “open concept” feeling with having a direct entrance from the living room to the refrigerator, sink, or pantry…….but now it was closing off our breakfast nook (left of picture).

Option 2:  

This option would also give us direct entrance to the same areas (like option 1), plus it would not block off the breakfast nook area.  The only issue is that the island would be irregularly shaped, and it wasn’t the look I was going for.

Option 3:  

The L-shaped island was the winner!! and honestly the best option for our kitchen layout.  Since we were not planning on moving any major appliances, gas or plumbing lines (to save money), this option was going to give us everything we needed.

We would still be able to have the direct entrance into the kitchen from the living room, without blocking off the breakfast nook, and it gave me the clean lines look I wanted.  


And why am showing this other angle?  Do you notice anything maybe a little off?


Shocker – another contractor flub!!  His carpenters built the island 4″ closer in to the sink wall, making the LIGHTS no longer CENTERED with the base of the island!!

Remember how I strongly encouraged you to take measurements of your existing kitchen before demo and work begins? Well, I did – and they STILL didn’t look at it!!!!!

Once again, we came home from our girls’ volleyball tournament, and they had the frame already built.  My measurements were right there in the kitchen for them to look at (in case I wasn’t there FOR THEM TO ASK ME)!!  

So, I extended the countertops out 6″ (farther than originally planned) on the fridge and oven side to balance out the flub.  I just needed to check that the oven doors could still open without hitting the countertops.  AND make sure the dishwasher would open without hitting the island base on the sink side – UGH!!!


  1.  Pantry Door – JELD-WEN 24×80 2-Panel Roman Interior Door (24×80)
  2.  Pantry Door Knob – Bubble Door Knob polished nickel mine (satin nickel, chrome, bronze)
  3.  Screen Door – Steves & Sons Primed White Premium Fiberglass Door (32×80) 
  4.  Nickel Handle – Delaney Satin Nickel Privacy Handle
  5.  Keyless Entry  – Kwikset Powerbolt Satin Nickel
  6.  Screen Door – Anderson 3000 Series Fullview Black Storm Door (32×80) nickel hardware

Sometimes, it’s just all in the details.  The pantry door with the curved arch was a must-have to match the arched window above the sink.  All of our doors have this top arch, and it brings in some farmhouse style to our house.

And the knobs!!!  They go with my glass knobs for the top cabinets with the rope lighting.  I love the fun bubbles, just to keep things from getting to serious in here! haha!!



So, I wanted to show you a wide view of the kitchen area because the trim was one of the biggest projects or our entire remodel.  This was a must-have on my list.

We had trim added to all windows, kitchen banquette area, cabinets, doorways, room openings, column and beams, island base & feet, and baseboards.




Click here for more information on coastal farmhouse dining tables and navy blue and white rugs.



Here was my inspiration for our Craftsman trim (below).  This company is incredible – check it out if you have some time by clicking on the source link below.  

We chose something close to #4 on their guide.


Here it is on OUR door casings and openings.


And on the top kitchen cabinets – from the side view.


Our baseboards are 3 pieces put together.  5 1/4″ board (similar here), and 1 3/8″ top piece (and then shoe moulding where it meets the hardwood).  Or use something similar to this.

Finished height is 6 1/2″H.

Here is a picture of the top casing and board (not pictured is the shoe moulding base).

 A closeup pic.

We did not want the shoe moulding (quarter round) bottom piece – but you can tell – that we ended up with that anyway,  The carpenters had to add this piece because the baseboards should have gone on  after the floor installer was finished (to achieve the “clean lines” style).

Another time where the contractor was NOT supervising his subs.


Again – love all of the info and detailed work of Windsor One.  We chose to something similar to the 2nd pic – last row  – below.   




We chose Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand (satin) – walls

Snowbound (oil-based semi-gloss)- trim and cabinets, (flat)- ceilings, and (satin)- pantry walls.   

To see our house paint colors click here.

Below pic:  I just wanted to show you our previous paint colors and floors (ON RIGHT SIDE)  and our new paint colors and floors (ON LEFT SIDE).

We used to have alabaster – which I loved – but it had just a little hint of yellow in it for our house.  So, this time around, I went over one notch over to snowbound which works out great for my other colors. 


We used to have more “red” tones or warm tones, and now we have more “cool” tones.  




We used Arizona Tile “Tipperary” 3cm 2 slabs, but unfortunately it is discontinued.  “Vittoria” is very similar – See RESOURCE GUIDE at very end of post.  

Now, this is was our second choice – but it is beautiful!!  We originally chose calacatta gold quartz (read below), which has more prominent grayish-brown veining.  But this one has just enough gray specks and smaller veins to achieve a similar look.

We found our beautiful calacatta gold quartz -3cm – 2 slabs (126×64) at EXPO (Stones), Houston, TX.  

So, this was by far the biggest contractor and fabricator flub – that ultimately ended our working relationship with our contractor.  Well, basically he stopped showing up, and then he just quit.   

*I will do another post on countertops also.  It is another topic that has a lot of info to cover.*


Long Story Short:  Our contractor’s fabricators were not experienced in cutting quartz (or quartzite), and ruined both of these countertops in our kitchen (and bathrooms).

Here is what it looked like by the first contractor and his fabricators, 2nd actual attempt.  This is the calacatta gold quartz- which is now on our master bathroom and powder bathroom vanities.




This is done correctly by our 2nd contractor and their fabricator – FIRST ATTEMPT.



Since they ruined our ORIGINAL kitchen quartz and our bathrooms quartzite, we ended having to use the damaged quartz in the bathrooms.  UGH!!! 

We had them cut the long slabs into master and powder bath vanities.  And we had to throw the quartzite away – cry-cry!!


And this is what NO ONE told me, not the first contractor, and not even the girl who worked at the countertop place he sent us to:  if choosing more than 1 slab of quartz (or any other countertop material that needs to match), they NEED TO BE FROM MATCHING LOTS. 


We chose Tile Bar, Eden Rimmed Modern Gray Penny Round.  Click here for tile that is similar.




We used Earthwerks “Smoke” – TIM375 from EZ Floors, in multi-planks style.  This hand-scraped  engineered hardwood comes in 3″ and 7″ Wide planks, and multiple lengths to create a more authentic look. 

I absolutely love our floors!  BUT….. they were not protected correctly, and they were not installed by a PROFESSIONAL hardwood installer.    So, they actually RUINED THEM. 

Here is a picture of what the original dark smokey-brown color to them.


Here is what unprotected hardwood floors look like.

In fact, the contractor accidentally told us that our job was the FIRST TIME his sub contractor guy had ever done hardwoods- he usually does tile floors.


***TIP***   If doing hardwoods for your flooring, purchase the wood and installation service provided by the hardwood company.   We actually bought our own hardwood (out of pocket) and were in the process of getting EZ Floors to install it, when our contractor tried to change pricing on other items.


Basically, all of the dust settled into the hand-scraped pieces, that you CAN NOT get out!!  More info on blue and white rugs, click here.



Lighting is definitely one of the most important components of a kitchen remodel – so don’t over look it!  We already had can lights – but the contractor did move most of them. 

And them we added 3 island pendant lights, a breakfast nook pendant, top cabinet rope lighting, and under cabinet lighting (light pucks).

Breakfast banquette area with pendant.

Top cabinet lighting (rope lighting).

Under cabinet lighting (puck lighting).



We used stainless steel ladder pulls in 4 different lengths to accommodate all of the different drawer sizes, and taller cabinet doors.  And then we used clear glass knobs for the top cabinets and lower cabinets (shorter) with doors.

  1. Cabinet Hardware Template Tool – Align Cabinet Hardware Install Template
  2.  *Cabinet Pulls (26) – Liberty Stainless Pulls  – 3 3/4″ (13), 6 1/4 (3), 7 9/16 (6), 11 5/16″ (4)
  3.  Cabinet Knobs Glass (22) – Home Goods Tahari – 8 pack (3), similar here


***TIP*** Basically, I sketched out our kitchen cabinets, and added different options until I found a look I was happy with.  Then I divided the sketches into sections and hung them up so the workers knew where I wanted them to go. 

They would just check them off as they completed them, and it really came in handy!!  I highly recommend this!  Here is the coffee bar sketch that I saved so you can see how it looked.


And here it is finished.  This also helped me to know how many knobs to order, because it does get VERY confusing.



  1. Kitchen Sink – Kohler Undermount Kitchen Sink
  2.  Faucet – Moen Glenshire P/Down Faucet
  3.  Bosch Dishwasher – Bosch 800 Series 24″ Dishwasher or here
  4.  5-Burner Stove – Kitchen Aid Stainless 36″ Gas Cooktop with Downdraft or here
  5.  Microwave Drawer – Bosch 800 Series 30″ Built-in Microwave or here
  6.  Double Ovens – GE Profile 30″ Double Wall Ovens
  7.  Refrigerator – Samsung 27.8 cu. ft. Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator

So, my 2 favorite new appliances are our 5-burner gas stove and drawer microwave.   We had 4 burners before, and I will admit that the extra burner does come in handy!! 

And then the microwave  drawer rocks!!  Who knew such a small change could make such a big difference.  I highly recommend this if you can add it to your kitchen!!


We also added an undermount sink (since we lowered the dishwasher), and changed out the faucet and water softener spicket.   And I LOVE our new dishwasher.  It is so quiet now!!

The fridge and double ovens we were able to keep – yay!!  And I still love my double ovens – so glad we changed these when we first bought our house.



Our Kitchen Dimensions:  Roughly 16’L x 13’W= 208 square feet.  Breakfast Nook:  10’L x 6.5’W.  Ceilings = 9’H.  

  1.  Cabinets – Lower Custom, Upper – New Doors Only, Upper Extended – Custom
  2.  Pantry Door – JELD-WEN 24×80 2-Panel Roman Interior Door (24×80)
  3.  Pantry Door Knob – Bubble Door Knob polished nickel mine (satin nickel, chrome, bronze)
  4.  Screen Door – Steves & Sons Primed White Premium Fiberglass Door (32×80) 
  5.  Nickel Handle – Delaney Satin Nickel Privacy Handle
  6.  Keyless Entry  – Kwikset Powerbolt Satin Nickel
  7.  Screen Door – Anderson 3000 Series Fullview Black Storm Door (32×80) nickel hardware
  8.  Paint Color Walls – Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  9.  Paint Color Cabinets – Sherwin-Williams Snowbound (SW 7004)
  10.  *Quartz Countertops 2 Slabs – 3cm (126 X 63) – Arizona Tile, Houston – Tipperary*
  11.  Backsplash – Tilebar Eden Rimmed Modern Gray Penny Round, similar here
  12.  1/2″ thick Engineered Hardwood Floors – EZ Floors, Houston – Earthwerks – Smoke TIM375
  13.  Island Light Pendants – Polished Nickel Dome Pendants (3)
  14.  Breakfast Nook Pendant – Parisian 3-Light 14″ Clear Glass Pendant Polished Nickel 
  15.  Cabinet Hardware Template Tool – Align Cabinet Hardware Install Template
  16.  *Cabinet Pulls (26) – Liberty Stainless Pulls  – 3 3/4″ (13), 6 1/4 (3), 7 9/16 (6), 11 5/16″ (4)
  17.  Cabinet Knobs Glass (22) – Home Goods Tahari – 8 pack (3), similar here
  18.  Kitchen Sink – Kohler Undermount Kitchen Sink
  19.  Faucet – Moen Glenshire P/Down Faucet
  20.  Bosch Dishwasher – Bosch 800 Series 24″ Dishwasher or here
  21.  5-Burner Stove – Kitchen Aid Stainless 36″ Gas Cooktop with Downdraft or here
  22.  Microwave Drawer – Bosch 800 Series 30″ Built-in Microwave or here
  23.  Double Ovens – GE Profile 30″ Double Wall Ovens
  24.  Refrigerator – Samsung 27.8 cu. ft. Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator
  25.  Bar Stools/Counter Stools – Gray and White Counter Stools
  • (#1) Quartz – Tipperary IS discontinued.  This one is similar Vittoria – a little busier than Tipperary, but close.
  • (#11) These cabinet pulls are cheaper in 3 3/4 pulls 10-pack or 25-pack (if you are needing a large amount)* I used this size for quite a few cabinets around our entire house, so it was more cost effective for me to buy the packs.


Have a Great Back to School Year Everyone!!


To see more of our kitchen changes throughout the years, click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room, 5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made), and Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.

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Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

With all of the renovations that we have done to our house, the shiplap accent wall in the living room is definitely one of my top 3 favorites!!   Besides our master bath remodel, kitchen remodel, and opening up our kitchen walls, the design of this shiplap feature wall has significantly transformed the room.  And today, I am excited to finally be sharing our shiplap living room accent wall with you!  Adding A Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room.

***This post is a little long – sorry!!  But it covers the shiplap accent wall, painted white brick fireplace, and the shiplap bookshelf built-in.  So grab a drink and a snack….. and let’s get to it!!***

If you want to learn more about what shiplap is, or want more shiplap inspiration pictures and ideas,  try The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls and 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls.

***NOTE*** This post contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please see my privacy and disclosure policies below.  Thanks for your support 🙂

***Have a question for me?  Shoot me a comment.  I tried to cover everything we did in the room, but I might have forgotten something – LOL!!  I’d love to help out any way I can!


So, here is what the room used to look like.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks before we flooded during Hurricane Harvey for our home fall tour 2017 post (this was my 2nd post ever– so it’s – well – looks like a new blogger did it – LOL)!!  Hopefully, I’ve gotten a little better!  



AFTER:   Complete transformation of the room – right?  To see more of this spring and summer living room post click Spring Home Tour 2019.


THE STARTING PLACE:  Why did we decide to add the entire feature wall in shiplap?

When we flooded from the hurricane, we had to demo the sheetrock up to 4 ft. high on the entire 1st floor of our house.   So, we knew there were going to be some changes to that fireplace wall and niche anyway.  

Here are some pictures of what it looked like, to give you an idea of what we were working with.


In the picture below, you can tell that our living wall is in line with the foyer wall – one continuous flat wall.  But….not for long.

And then we were told by the mold inspector that everything below 4 ft high should be removed also for safety reasons.  So this meant all kitchen, laundry, & bathrooms cabinets AND the fireplace mantel would need to be removed.   UGH!! -( but we kind of knew this was going to happen).

Since we were already planning to replace the armoire niche with a shiplap bookshelf built-in, (see inspiration pic #1 below), we knew we needed a new design plan for the entire wall. 

INSPIRATION PICTURES:  What did we want the shiplap feature wall design to look like?

Inspiration picture #1:  This was my favorite picture for the shiplap built-in bookshelf – love it Forever Cottage!


And since we could not add another matching bookshelf to the left side of our fireplace (our laundry room is behind that wall), our *contractor* (*see NOTE below pictures*) suggested adding the shiplap to the entire wall – yes please!! – and so the decision was made right then and there.    

So, I went back to my pinterest boards, and picked out a couple more shiplap fireplace wall inspiration pics.  And I fell in LOVE!!

Inspiration pictures below:  Don’t you just love both of these designs by Studio-McGee and Max Crosby Construction, respectively?   They are both so dreamy – right?

Inspiration picture #2:  Incredible!!  Studio-McGee does amazing work.


Inspiration picture #3:  I love everything about this feature wall design by Max Crosby Construction!!  

source: (max crosby construtction)

Now, that I had our feature wall ideas ready, we could begin planning out the actual layout of the fireplace and bookshelf.

I knew that I would take the white brick fireplace and mantel from Studio-McGee’s picture and the fireplace brick surround design from Max Crosby’s picture, and merge them together.  Voila- it’s go time!!


*** NOTE ***  That same contractor (who abandoned our job) tried to act like I added this shiplap wall to our contract without him knowing anything about it…..when he was the one who suggested it. 

So, Please be careful when hiring out – and get everything – in writing!   Whether you’re adding OR removing items on your contract, get WRITTEN and SIGNED (by both parties) change order slips. 

OK – Let’s Get To The Good Stuff!!


I am going to break this post into 4 Categories & give you a project list to make scrolling easier.  Some of the projects were going on at the same time, so I’ll be showing the overall progress with some overlapping pictures.


  1.  Shiplap Bookshelf  Built-In Remodel
  2.  Fireplace Remodel 
  3.  Shiplap Accent Wall Design
  4.  Brick Fireplace Surround 


  1.   Square off Rounded Niche
  2.   Add Lower Cabinet for Built-In
  3.   Bump out Fireplace Wall
  4.   Add New Mantel, Fireplace Gas Door
  5.   Add Shiplap to Bookshelf, Fireplace and Wall
  6.   Add Brick Surround
  7.   Add Trim and Corner Pieces
  8.   Add Built-in Upper Shelves, Lower Cabinet Shelf
  9.   Prime & Paint
  10.   Add Hardware to Bookshelf 
  11.   Add New Ceiling Fan


The first thing the workers started on was squaring off the existing arches of the niche, and then building the lower cabinet of the bookshelf. 

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

Here it is in stages….

#1 Before


#2 Squared off Corners


#3 Adding Shiplap


#4 Adding Trim and Corner Pieces


#5 Adding Doors – Now ready for puttying holes, priming and painting.

Picture below.  And with the lower shelf under the cabinet – for electronics, basket for organizing movies, and space for extra throw blankets & toss pillows.

***NOTE*** I had the carpenter build a shelf like this in my kitchen cabinets also.  They are a must-have in large, tall cabinets so you don’t waste any space.  Plus, the shelves make it so much easier to stack smaller household items on top, and to tuck larger items underneath.



I was so excited to remodel our fireplace, but had NO idea how many parts really made up the entire fireplace unit.   Basically, you are designing the whole thing, piece by piece!!

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

So, to make this a little easier for you to visualize, I added this picture below with fireplace terminology.

Source: (via google)


Remember that “starting out” picture with the LONG, flat wall from the foyer to the living room?  Well, it was time to address that problem, and find a  solution for it.

So, the first thing I wanted to change, was to bump out the overmantel 6″ from the wall.  Since that existing flat wall has bothered me for like 14 years – LOL , I couldn’t wait to add some detail to it!!

The bump out creates architectural interest to a flat, builder-grade wall, and gives the room a much needed natural focal point.   Now, the fireplace is a defined element instead of a combined element of the wall.

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

Here is the front view….

I’m going to combine the shiplap feature wall and fireplace wall, since my pictures were overlapping each other.


The shiplap accent wall went up a lot of faster than anticipated, once they did their test run on how to install it.  Since this was the first time the workers had installed shiplap, I had to do a little digging to know what to tell them – that’s how the Shiplap guide:  shiplap, tongue & groove, and plank walls post came to be!!

Now, that I knew using actual shiplap boards (not the other 2 methods) was the look I was going for, the project could begin.

And even though our contractor and subs told us they “could not find any shiplap boards anywhere because of the hurricane wood shortage”…… (again – whole other story-ugh!!) I found some anyway – haha!!  Thank you Home Depot – love the shiplap.

Sometimes, you just have to take matters in your own hands – am I right?  Where there is a will ladies – there IS A WAY!!

Pictured below is a closeup of the shiplap boards, and the “gap” between them.  The workers used a scrap piece of plywood (for the spacing between boards) each time, and the measurement is just a little less than 1/4″ gap.

We tried a couple of different gap sizes to see which one I liked the most, and the bigger gap appealed to me more.  It is really personal preference – but I wanted to see the lines for added texture.

***NOTE***  Make sure the line from your bookshelf (right side) is even with your fireplace overmantel (middle) and with your shiplap feature wall (left side).  You can tell that they are using that bottom piece on the mantel shelf to keep everything in line.



Once the shiplap is started, the line is just followed all of the way down the wall.  Even if they had to cut smaller pieces around the fireplace overmantel bump out, they would continue matching up the lines.

And pictured below…. that overmantel is only 6″ deep, but it now defines the actual fireplace – right?  As a result of the bump out, the eye has a natural “stopping point” which creates a natural focal point!!


My idea for the fireplace design was to use the inspiration pictures (above)….and combine them a little bit.  I wanted to have a “simple and clean lines” look like the Studio-McGee picture, and then use the brick fireplace surround design like the Max Crosby picture – only painted white.  

Since we knew the bricks were going to be painted, the contractor just used plain bricks.

If your are looking for more brick fireplace inspiration, try 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas and 35 Natural Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas.   

Can you tell I am a visual person…… or noticed my “inspiration pics” taped on the wall throughout the living room – haha!!  There’s one in the bookshelf portion also!

You can tell from the picture above and below, that we were trying out different brick designs to see which direction we wanted the bricks to go (vertical vs. horizontal).

And I have to admit that I never knew sooooo much detail would go into the brick fireplace surround…..and the different brick placement DID create different looks – what??!!  Cra-zee!!


We were planning to add trim (plinth), kind of like feet to the legs of the fireplace also, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. 

We were so rushed at this point because of the contractor problem, that we basically just gave up 🙁  The plinth (feet) would have had a little detail trim of some sort, but oh well – life’s moving on!! 


One thing that I did pick out, and still love is this clean, simple trim piece (white piece below).  We also used it on the wrapped beams when we opened the kitchen walls, and it just adds a crisp clean line.




We used Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW 7004), oil-based paint for everything (shiplap feature wall, brick fireplace, & shiplap boookshelf).  The painters primed it all first, and then sprayed it twice with the snowbound.

But….. the paint job was not good the first time around……so the contractor brought in a second painter to RE-PAINT everything again!! Nightmare!!  

So it does have about 3-4 coats of paint on it.  

***NOTE***  The puttying or covering of all the nails holes and trim pieces was very time consuming – just a FYI. 

Can you tell this was not the most pleasant process?? haha!!










Of course, I couldn’t resist adding my “love & hugs” accent pieces in here – front and center – LOL!!  It’s like a ray of sunshine for me 🙂 


It’s the little things….  I love the way that they installed the shiplap lining the ceiling and all of the side walls.  Since the niche was deep (from the armoire), the bookshelf shelves wouldn’t have looked right.

So, they made the lower cabinet large (to fill the space), and then filledin the “extra space” with the shiplap.  It’s my favorite part of the entire bookshelf!

Who knew such a small detail would add the biggest impact?




Well, what do you think?  Do you think it transforms the room?  Let me know – I’d love to hear some feedback!

Will you try to add a shiplap or other feature wall design to your home, and if so where would you install it?

Have a Great Week!! 

Love & Hugs 🙂

Want more brick fireplace inspiration?  Try 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas and 35 Natural Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas. 

If you want to learn more about what shiplap is, or want more shiplap inspiration pictures and ideas,  try The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls and 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls.

Want to see more of our home remodeling makeovers try Master Bath Remodel, How to Plan your Kitchen Remodel and Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom.

Ready for Back to School Planning?  Try Top 10 Best Desks for Students or Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids).


  1.   Shiplap – Home Depot – (9/16 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 8 ft)
  2.   Corner Trim – Fireplace 
  3.   Trim – bookshelf & wall –  1″ x 3″ x 8 ft., 1″ x 2″ x 8 ft.
  4.   Hardware pulls
  5.   Ceiling Fan
  6.   Paint – Sherwin Williams -OIL BASED – Snowbound SW 7004
  7.   Fireplace Dimensions (see below)
  8.   Bookshelf Dimensions (see below)
  9.   Living Room Accent Wall Dimensions (see below)


#1 – Shiplap – 6 pieces/box                                                                        #2 –  Corner Fireplace Molding

ARAUCO 9/16 in. x 5-1/4 in. x 8 ft. Primed Pine Nickel Gap Ship Lap Board (6-Pieces Per Box)Hampton Bay 1 in. x 91.5 in. Outside Corner Molding in Warm White







#3 – Trim – (1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft), (1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft)                                      #4 – Bookshelf Cabinet Pulls                                                                

1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft. Furring Strip Board

Liberty 3-3/4 in. (96 mm) Center-to-Center Stainless Steel Bar Drawer Pull (4-Pack)







#5 – Ceiling Fan

Home Decorators Collection Hanlon 52 in. Integrated LED Indoor/Outdoor Stainless Steel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit and Wall Control


























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Spring Home Tour 2019

Since I’m running a little behind on getting my spring home tour post out this year, I guess it can now double as our summer home tour also – LOL!!  It seems like I have these great plans of ALL the things I’m going to accomplish each week (or month)…..and then….well….laundry, cooking, cleaning, girls’ activities (you get the picture) get bumped into 1st place. 

So naturally, MY plans get pushed back to the back burner.  Plus… Mother’s Day is quickly approaching.  And I gotta make sure my last, final push for getting gifts from the fam is STRONG. 

Oh, that and my hopes of getting mother of the year – AGAIN this year- haha!!  Anyhoo…..who’s ready to see our Spring Home Tour 2019?

If you want to read the full posts to some of the pictures I am using, click  10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry, My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow, Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room, 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top, and Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room.

***NOTE***  This post contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please see my privacy and disclosure policies below for more information.  Thanks for your support. 🙂

14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas is now ready!!


You’ll notice quickly that my house kind of has a blue & yellow, and pineapple theme for the entry, dining room, and powder bath this year.  I do love yellow, ( because it just makes me happy) and I think our family needed a little extra “sunshine” this year.  

If you had to choose just one….. what would be your favorite spring color this year?  I’d love to know which color is the most popular choice for everyone – shoot me a comment.





You can also tell that I have a THANG for stripes – totally obsessed with them also!!  Want more info on the yellow striped throw blanket, click here.  I got the navy and white striped throw pillow and rug ( both) from Home Goods.

Want more info on the blue circle pillow, click here or the Aloha pillow, click here.  



To see more of our Spring Entry and learn how to incorporate color into your home,  click here.




I love how the different hues of aqua, turquoise, seafoam, and spa blue – all create interest and depth against the navy.  These blue-green colors also soften the stark contrast of navy and white when used as accents colors. 

What do you think? 



The yellows I used are all different shades also.  The yellow pitcher and daisy plates are more of a gold-yellow tone, the wreath is more of a green-yellow tone, and the place mats and farmhouse truck pillow (below) are more of a wheat-yellow tone.

These different yellow tones help keep the eye moving from place to place, and add visual weight to certain accent pieces.  

To see more of our Spring Dining Room Easter Tablescape, click here.


Sorry that the pictures from our powder bath – are just not the greatest!!  I guess since this room does not receive any natural light, the pictures turn out a little bit stark. 

And it’s probably CAMERA-USER ERROR – lol!!  Just wanted to get that out there.  Hopefully, you can still find some inspiration  🙂

*** I will be doing a post of our powder bathroom remodel – coming soon ***


So, you can tell I am crushin’ on pineapples -still! 

Picture above: is an adorable hand towel that just makes me smile every time I go into our powder bath.  It comes as a set with an aqua towel.

Picture below:  Here is the 2nd towel (the top aqua towel in the wagon).  They are such fun patterns, and add the perfect pop of color to our bath.



I am loving my new blue and yellow bath rug by Opalhouse!  What do you think?  It’s a fun twist on boho style – right? 

I like that it incorporates the bright yellow and blue (more whimsical) colors versus the darker neutral (more muted) colors.  And that fun aqua fringe – yep – makes the whole rug!

The powder bath is the perfect room in your home to have some fun decorating with!!  It’s a small room that can add TONS of personality.  So, welcome your guests with a smile 🙂  


I am using my emerald green and kelly green decor accents in my living room this spring.  They normally have a home in the dining room, but were moved due to the Easter Tablescape decor this year. 

But now….. I am kind of liking the green in here since it seems to connect the green from the outdoors as well.  I’ll keep ya updated if I decide to change it!! LOL!!



Yes – my “love & hugs” will always find a home somewhere in our house.  They just add a little daily encouragement, and can be seen from anywhere in the kitchen/living room area. 

And since these are the most used areas in our home – they do their job done all. day. long!!  It’s the little things!

If you want more information on the shiplap accent wall, white brick fireplace, or shiplap bookshelf click Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room.


I do love how the aqua color(s) also mix with the greens and the navy blues in here as well.  It is just a subtle shift in the color wheel, but it creates such a soothing environment.   


To see more of this post, click Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.


Our outdoor patio area definitely received the most attention and updates for spring this year.  After we flooded, all of our attention (and money) went into remodeling the inside of our home.  So, the backyard was looking very sad!! 

We have replaced the fence (on one side for now), and have added some new cushions, plants, and rugs to freshen it up. 

Even though we have a long way to go (the flooring around the patio (cool deck) has started peeling away, and will also need replacing- ugh)……  I can see the LIGHT!!  God is so good!!

To see more of this post, click 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space or DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top to learn how to paint planters blue.

If you are looking for more outdoor entertaining tips, summer decorating inspiration, or want to shop outdoor patio furniture try 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, 33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations, and 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500.


If you would like more info on the ivory paisley mat, click here.

***  Want to learn how to paint the tops of your flower pots blue, try DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top. ***






If you would like more info on the navy mat, click here or the blue medallion mat, click here.

Hope you found some spring decorating inspiration and tips to bring fresh, colorful updates to your spring home.  Thanks for stopping by!

If you want to read the full posts to some of the pictures I am using, click  10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry, My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow, Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top, and Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room.

Have a  Wonderful Spring and Summer!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas

10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials

9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

33 Outdoor Patio Seating Inspirations

33 Outdoor Patio Seating Ideas:  All Under $500

DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top

Master Bathroom Remodel:  Hardware Accessories














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Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room

Out of all the changes that we have made to our home, opening up the kitchen wall to the living room was the best decision for us.  Now, it wasn’t our first choice (thank you Hurricane Harvey flood), but it definitely was the right choice!!  We had already opened up the kitchen wall to the dining room about 5 years ago, and then shortly after we had our kitchen cabinets painted whiteAND then we flooded – UGH!!  So…..needless to say, this was the perfect time to Open Up the Kitchen Wall To the Living Room.


So, where did it all begin?  From dark cabinets with 2 arches, to white cabinets, to flooded home, to open concept living area.  What a journey -right???










And Now…..


AND YES!!  I know my green lamp shades and pillows are supposed to be in the summer dining room – but we have our Easter Tablescape set up right now.  So, the green decor got a new home for a couple of months.  What do you think – do you like it?

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So, just like our kitchen wall to the dining room, we had similar problems with the kitchen walls to the living room.

  • PROBLEM #1:  Walls Blocked Natural Light
  • PROBLEM #2:  Limited Traffic Flow Into Kitchen
  • PROBLEM #3:  Limited Number of Guests for Entertaining
  • PROBLEM #4:  Angled Room

PROBLEM #1: Walls Blocked Natural Light

You can see from the pictures below, that both of the arched walls block off the natural light coming in from the kitchen.  And since both of these walls provided some sort of function, we had to figure out  what we could live without more.

The raised bar top provided extra counter top space, extra cabinet storage, and extra seating for guests.  The built-in bookshelf provided a mini “mudroom” space to store backpacks, shoes, and dog accessories.  In the end, you just have to decide what is more important for you and your family.

We chose more light – lol!!

***These are the last pictures taken from our home before we flooded.  The sheetrock is cut up to 4 feet, in case you are wondering why it looks like that.***


























PROBLEM #2: Limited Traffic Flow Into Kitchen

This problem ties in a little with problem #1.  The only way we could enter the kitchen (from the living room) is through the larger arched opening .

In fact, we always had to push the living room furniture (sectional) into the corner so that it wouldn’t block that entrance.   You can see that it is still kind of hanging out into that opening.

On a personal note… does bring tears to my eyes to see our “former” living room.  Home is home – ya know – no matter what it looks like?  OK…..let ‘s get back to it 😉









PROBLEM #3:  Limited Number Of Guests for Entertaining

The layout of our former kitchen was great for setting up a buffet-style type of party, but limited the amount of guests we could have in one area.  We could put roaster ovens on the counter tops and keep hamburgers, or brisket, etc…. warm, and let our family and friends just move down the line.  But the angled cabinet/counter top design caused a traffic jam because you could only serve from ONE side, and you would bump into the island.









Now don’t get me wrong, this kitchen layout definitely served it’s purpose over the years.  But once open concept living started to take off in popularity, we (well – I) began to dream of a new kitchen design.

PROBLEM #4:  Angled Room

In the pictures below,  you can see that our kitchen/living room space is designed with this unusual angled  layout.  The home builder must have “bumped” this part out to enlarge the kitchen dimensions, but in doing so shrunk the living room dimensions.

This angled cabinet/counter top/ceiling structure created challenges for the living room furniture placement because the bar stools crept into the living room area.










We couldn’t put the two club chairs closer to the hall entrance (by the clock) because we had to keep the walkway to the kitchen open (back to problem #2).











As soon as the workers cleared out all of the lower cabinets (due to the flood), we could finally begin visualizing the space.  I sketched drawings of the existing cabinets, and replaced them with 3 new cabinet layout options (so that I knew where that column would join the new island).

***NOTE***  I’ll do a separate post on kitchen cabinets – coming soon.









It is amazing to see our kitchen like this because it looks so much bigger with the cabinets out – right?  Plus you can tell exactly where the cabinet bases sat, so it helped with the existing spacing needed.

We were not planning to move our plumbing or gas lines (to save money), and had to work around them when planning out the new design.









We decided to keep the (one) column, and do the (two) beams installation due to money – period.  We were quoted ~ $5,000 for this option, but to remove both beams and support column (FULL open concept) we were  quoted~$20,000 – $25,0000.  HUGE difference in money!!    So, yeppers – the decision was pretty easy for us!!

I also knew that I could work around the beams and column, and try to make them “disappear” as much as I could.  And I haven’t regretted keeping them not once!!

***NOTE***  These prices were just what we were quoted, so it may be different in your area.


Now that the cabinets were out, it was time for the installation of the beams.  They used these framing boards to actually hold the second floor from falling down – really!!  Amaizng!  In fact, the workers asked that we did not stand under the framing or too close – in case something happened.  Safety first!!

Just a little FYI.  The left side of the wall was not load bearing, but the right side was.  So, we chose to do the left beam just like the right beam, so that they would look exactly the same.

Do you like the toilet (picture to the right)- haha!!
















Picture below right – the area to the left side (the half wall) was originally going to be a pony wall that had a small bookshelf in it.  Since we already had that small “mudroom” cabinet there before, I felt like we still needed something for backpacks, shoes, etc.

But once they cleared out the original framing, all I could picture was ONE large area.  Plus, the pony wall columns were done incorrectly anyway (and they would have had to be redone)!!  ARGHHH – the contractor STORY is a whole other post!!  Trust me!!








There was never a question in my mind that the beams and column would be wrapped with wood.  The contractor wanted to cover the 2 support beams with sheetrock and then paint them…..and I knew that was not going to look good.  So happy I stuck to my guns – right??




















***Our trim, cabinets, and ceilings paint color is SW Snowbound 7004 – just a FYI***

***Shop: Bar Stools, Island Light Pendants, Breakfast Light Pendant***

SOLUTION #1:  Let in More Natural Light

By removing both of the walls to the living room, we now get a ton of light into this entire space.  We get all of the light from the kitchen breakfast area, as well from the kitchen island side.

Since our house faces west, we receive the best light in the evening through our dining room.  That is why we decided to open up that wall several years ago.




SOLUTION #2:  Better Traffic Flow Into Kitchen

Opening up both walls into the kitchen really helped with traffic flow from the former bar side of the kitchen.  We love this entrance!!  It is so much easier to go grab a snack from the pantry or grab a drink from the fridge because of this opening.  Plus, now we can use all four bar stools (instead of just 2) because the tv is viewable from all angles.  And if you have kiddos, you know how important this is!!




***Shop: Bar Stools, Island Light Pendants, Breakfast Light Pendant***

SOLUTION #3:  Increased Number of Guests In Kitchen for Entertaining

Now, guests can move around to the dining room, to the kitchen breakfast nook, to the outdoor patio, and to the living room……while still feeling like they are all together.  We can now serve from both sides of the L-shaped island, and also have guests sit at the island for extra seating as well.  Win-Win!!



***Shop: Bar Stools, Island Light Pendants, Breakfast Light Pendant***

SOLUTION #4:  Able to Move Furniture into Middle of Room

Now that we don’t have to worry about the angled living room, our furniture can be moved away from that corner.  We still have to keep the walkway open from the foyer to the kitchen, but at least the couch is in a better central position.


If you want more information on the shiplap accent wall, white brick fireplace, or shiplap built-in  click Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room.




So, what do ya think?  Was it the right decison?  Let me know!!


If you have any questions about anything, shoot me a comment.  I’d love to help with anything I can!

Have an Awesome Weekend!! 

Love & Hugs 🙂


Want more inspiration try:

Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools

55 Incredible Barn Doors

41 Shiplap Ideas

35 Brick Fireplace Ideas (part 1), (part 2)

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom











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Home Tour: Summer Dining Room

Hi and welcome to our Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room.  I am excited to share our updated look for the summer this year with navy + green.  (Well, really it’s spring – but you know what I meant) – ha!  And nothing says “hello spring/summer” more than signs of beautiful green grass and Easter celebrations.  Click 26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes To Try or My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow to see more spring table inspiration.

So, how you decide which color to use each year? Well, it depends on what colors draw you in and just make you smile.  Especially…..if you can use it with some of your existing decorations, then you have a winner.  Are you picturing it yet?  You know the one…..Yep – that’s your color then!  Is it green like mine?


It’s funny how some colors come and go in trends, but green is always in.  And why is that you ask?  Because green is the color of all things nature-related.   Whether you use it as an accent (decor) item, as greenery (plant), or even as food (apples) … just shouts fresh, crisp, and clean!!  Use lighter shades of green for spring, and darker shades of green for summer….  but. just. use. green. please!!  OK-   Let’s get to it then!!

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***Shop Our Dining Room:  Pictures of the linked items are shown below (scroll to end) for your benefit ***


***PAINT COLORS:  Navy Accent Wall – SW Naval, Side Walls – SW Silver Strand***

You can shop more of our home on the home page now at Shop Our Home.  Please let me know if there is anything you have questions about or if one of the links is not working properly.   I try to update this page frequently, but sometimes my “mom” duties interfere – lol!!


I have to admit that our dining room is my favorite room to decorate, because #1:  it is the easiest to change out and #2:  it is the easiest to clean.    Plus, it does not get as cluttered as the living room and kitchen with all of our “daily junk,” and that means less work!!   Who else is with me here – LOL??!!  I just have to move the backpacks, shoes, and loose homework paper to another room and voila – it’s clean!!

So, what makes it so easy to change out?  The reason for this is that I have my core items in place, and then I can sprinkle in my accessories as needed.  Here is a list of the 2 groups to help me explain it better.


  • Rug
  • Lamp Base
  • Mirrors – Gray and White
  • White Slipcovered Chairs
  • Chandelier
  • Buffet
  • Table
  • Candle Sconces
  • Candle Sticks


  • Lamp SHADES
  • Table Runner
  • Floral Arrangement
  • Throw Pillows
  • Wreath (if I want color on the mirror)
  • Table/Place Settings
  • Candles
  • Ceramic Orb Balls (in candle sticks)


By keeping the core (foundation) items of the room relatively the same, I can just simply “pop” in some accessories (accent items/colors) and get a whole new look.  This keeps my decorating costs down big time….and it allows me to “feel” like I am getting a New ROOM!!

Plus, this helps me with seasonal changes as well.  I can easily “add in” the accent color of the season or holiday and not have to change the entire decor.  I can use yellow or pink accents for Easter, orange and gold accents for Fall/Autumn, and red accents for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Christmas.  Love this!!

Here are some pictures so you can see what I am talking about.  I am a visual person, so attaching a picture along with the core items and accessories will help join the 2 elements together.


Mirror + Lamps + Candle Sticks


Round Mirror

Click here for tutorial on White Round Distressed Mirror or Click here 15 Best Round Mirrors.


Buffet + Rug


Candle Sconces


Candle Sticks




Slipcovered Chairs+ Table



Table Centerpiece:  Cobalt Vase + White Flower Stems


Green Striped Lampshades


Green and White Pillow


Solid Green Pillow + Green Buffalo Check Summer House Pillow

Click here for 10 Ways To Add Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank).


Blue Ikat Table Runner


Closeup of Blue vase + White Flowers


Closeup View of it together

So…… will you now want to try decorating or adding some green decor this spring/summer?  And where will you use it?  Can’t wait to see some pictures!!

If you have any questions, please shoot me a comment!  I’d love to hear from you!!

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Summer Hugs 🙂

Want to see more pictures of our dining room click:

Want to shop our home:  Click Here


  1.   chandelier – with glass hereno glass here, no glass – 2 sizes available here
  2.   rug –  here, here, here
  3.   table – here, here, and here   
  4.   chair + cover (dark legs) – here, brown/white legs option also
  5.   chair frame  (white legs) – here, brown/dark brown legs option also
  6.   chair cover only – here
  7.   buffet – here, here
  8.   large rectangular mirror – smoky blue mirror here, beaded mirror here, arched mirror here
  9.   white round mirrorhere
  10.   lamp pair  – white pair here, green pair here,  navy lamp pair here
  11.   green striped lamp shades – white cotton lampshade here, white linen lampshadegreen 2″ ribbon here
  12.   white candle sticks trio – here, here, and here
  13.   navy and white orb balls – here, here
  14.   blue and white table runner – buffalo check runner here, blue stripe runner  here,  green table runner here
  15.   cobalt vase  – single vase here, trio set here
  16.   white flowers – magnolia stem here, cherry blossom stem here, dogwood stem here, hydrangea stem here
  17.   green pillows – kate spade dot pillow, green striped pillow, solid green pillow,
  18.   summer house SIGN  – here
  19.   gold sconces –  round here, round with mirror here



(Click on the picture to get to the webpage for more information)


Carmen 6-Light Foyer Pendant


Isoline 4-Light Geometric Chandelier

Plumville Blue Area Rug


Grieve Cream/Navy Area Rug

Naples Park Hand-Tufted Ivory/Navy Area Rug


Tiphaine Extendable Dining Table

Bleau Extendable Dining TableArtur Extending Dining TableHENRIKSDAL Chair with long cover IKEA You sit comfortably thanks to the high back and seat with polyester wadding.


HENRIKSDAL Chair frame IKEA You sit comfortably thanks to the high back and seat with polyester wadding.HENRIKSDAL Chair cover, long IKEA The washable cover to HENRIKSDAL chair frame is easy to put on and take off.

Colborne SideboardSaguenay Sideboard

Misty Blue Wash 32x48 Mirror

Beaded Wall Mirror, 12"x48"

Ashley Oengus Accent Mirror, Bronze Finish


White Distressed Round Wood Wall Mirror


Moira 32.5" Standard LampBilski Table Lamp Set

Parker 31.5" Table Lamp



Green Matte Grosgrain Ribbon - 2"



Deco 79 Distressed White Wood Candle Holders with Spiked Candle Plates, Traditional Style Table Decor, White Candlesticks Accent Decor | Set of 3: 4”, 6”, 8”





Brookville Runner

Wilber Stripe Runner


Dulin 5 Piece Sculpture Set

Skeens Floral Design Decorative Balls


Barski Glass - Handmade - 8" H - (8 inches High) - Barrel Vase - Cobalt Blue - Made in europeBlooms Table VaseFaux Magnolia White Branch

Faux Cherry Blossom White Branch




Faux Cream Hydrangea Stem



kate spade new york Random Dot Square Throw PillowLydia Jane Pillow, Emerald and Kelly Green and Ivory, Polyester Filler, 22"


Anley Pintucked Pillow Cover

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Get House Organized: Top Ten List

Happy New Year Everyone!!  I am wishing all of you a year filled with love, good health, and tons of laughter.  At our home, I get excited for all of the new and wonderful things that will happen for our family, and I also reflect and thank God for all of the past blessings from the previous year.  And then …..  I get into “CLEAN UP” mode around our house – LOL!!  I start going through cabinets, closets,  and drawers like a crazy madwoman.  I begin making mental notes of what needs to go, what needs to stay, and then what needs to get organized.  Nothing is safe – really – not even my husband or girls – JK!!   So, who is ready to…. Get House Organized:  Top Ten List.

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  1.   Shelf Paper

  2.   White Containers  (small) – Makeup

  3.   White Containers (medium/large) – Kitchen

  4.   White Divided Container – Kitchen/Office

  5.   Metal/Woven Baskets – Pantry

  6.   Silver Metal Rack – Pantry

  7.   White Expandable Shelf – Pantry

  8.   White Lazy Susan (Turntable) – Kitchen

  9.   Clear Shoe Box w/Lid – Crafts

  10.   White Shoe Rack (hack) – Laundry, Kitchen

These 10 items are a must-have at my house, and therefore my Top Ten Picks for house organization.  The only one that I do not own yet is the lazy susan #8, but it is on my list to purchase asap!!

***TIP***Even though you think an item is for a kitchen, a closet, etc….. don’t let that distract you.  Just because it says “shoe rack “or “shoe bin”, doesn’t mean you have to use it in your closet.  (see my #9 and #10).

Let’s get to it!!


I use shelf paper in ALL of my cabinets and drawers -period.  It is first on my list because it is a life-saver for the bottoms of all drawers and cabinets.   Over time, cabinets and drawers get scratched with pans, utensils, laundry detergent, etc…. so why not protect it before it happens.  Here is a picture of it – yep- even my spice rack get its!

Now YES it IS a little time consuming to install and does cost a little money.  But definitely less expensive than having to repaint all of the cabinets in your house just because they look dinged up and dirty.  Plus, shelf paper helps with spills or drips from household cleaners, wet sponges, makeup, etc…. so that it doesn’t destroy your wood.  Use different patterns in different rooms for fun, or keep the pattern universal for your entire house.





Click Adhesive (pictured) or Non-Adhesive.



I use small containers to group things together so that they don’t roll around or damage the shelf liner.  I love these little white containers (they come in different sizes) to keep all of my makeup, toothbrush/toothpaste, jewelry, glasses, etc…. organized.  They also connect to each other which helps them from sliding around your drawer – love this!  If you prefer acrylic containers over white, I have linked those as well below.

I also use these containers in my kitchen to organize extra batteries, tools, nails, etc….. for the same purpose.  They help keep batteries from rolling around, and help me keep all of my tools (screwdrivers, wire cutters, etc…) all in one spot.



Click here white pack of 8 – (pictured below), acrylic:  long, skinny, medium, square


These containers are sooooo versatile!!  They come in different sizes, shapes, and also different depths to hold a large variety of household items.  I use the more shallow containers for extra kitchen utensils like spatulas, potato peelers, wine openers, etc…. and the deeper containers for bulkier items like notepads, extra packing tape refills, furniture pads, rope, etc.   They are perfect for under-the-sink item like cleaners, extra sponges, rubber gloves, etc.

You could use these in the laundry room for clothespins or stain removal brushes or use in a playroom for kids art supplies or toys.   Use them in the bathroom  for extra toiletries or in the pantry for chips, paper towels.  The possibilities are endless.  I am constantly finding new ways to use these containers – now my girls are even using them!!


They come in 5 stylish colors and an adorably cute weave pattern:  white, black, gray, jade green, and beige.

Click here 5-piece containers large (pictured below), 3-piece containers medium, 3-piece small, and individual sizes small, medium,  and large cube.



If you are looking for something to organize your “work area” in you kitchen or office, a divided container works best.  This container has a place for scissors, tape, paper clips, stapler/staples, rubber bands, small notepads, whole punch, etc…. to keep everything in it’s place.  I keep mine on the top drawer for easy access, and make sure all of the items stay in their individual compartments.

The same concept is essential for keeping silverware organized.  I have been using a metal one (personal preference) for awhile now, but I linked some that are plastic, metal,  bamboo, and also expandable.  I could not live without one of these divided containers for our utensil drawer.


Click here for white divided container (pictured below)

Click here for silverware plastic expandable container, metal container, bamboo container, bamboo expandable



I use metal baskets in my pantry to store items into groups, to eliminate extra clutter, and to help save money when shopping.  For some reason, I have a hard time with plastic packages (like pasta bags, chip bags, rice bags,) or anything that is “loose” in structure!!  YEP – someone call in an OCD therapist for me – lol!  For real!! ha!

It is so much easier to put several packages into a basket or tub so that they stand upright (for easier viewing) and also to gain more space in the pantry.  I personally like the metal baskets (vs. woven baskets) just because I want to be able to see all of the contents.  But the woven baskets tend to hold more items – just a FYI.  Either way, using baskets will give the pantry a cleaner look and a more organized feeling.  My silver metal baskets have been discontinued (I’ve had them over 10 years, cry-cry – sniff-sniff), but I found something similar below.


Click here – white metal basket, white open front metal basket, woven basket set, bronze or silver metal

VonHaus Set of 4 Seagrass Storage Baskets with Insert Handles Ideal for Home and Bathroom Organization - 12(L) x 9(W) x 6(H) inches


I love these racks for can goods, snack boxes, and extra storage for dishes.  They come in a variety of depths so that the more shallow depths fit better in the pantry, and the deeper ones fit better in kitchen cabinets.

I personally used the silver expandable ones in my pantry so that I can double up on height.  These allow me to keep all of the can goods in the same area, but I can store a ton on top and underneath this rack.  The white ones I use in my kitchen cabinets to store corning ware, mixing bowls, pans, etc…. for the same reason.  I can fit more items into a drawer or cabinet by using the space underneath the rack.




Click here silver (expandable) rack,  white metal rack,


These shelves are perfect for smaller items.  Some people use these racks for can goods also (which is great), I use them to store peanut butter, pam, olive oil, vinegar, food coloring, and our “extra” take out food sauces that are leftover – LOL!!  Basically, anything small that gets lost in the pantry.  ***Mine is 2-tiered, but I would love to have one extra shelf***

You could also use these in your kitchen cabinets to store medications, bandaids, thermometers, etc…. so that you can see all of the smaller items.  Or use them for spices, coffee mugs, or even keurig coffee pods.  Again, these shelves are so versatile.


Click here white expandable shelf, white non-skid shelfbamboo rack, bamboo expandable rack, silver metal rack



There is always that ONE spot (or more) in your pantry or cabinets that just isn’t functional – right?  No matter what you do, it’s a blind spot, or corner, or just plain tricky!!  And it’s a complete waste of usable storage space- enter in the lazy susan.

This little device is a genius, and really can be used almost anywhere in the house (fingernail polish- hint, hint).  Use it for spices, cleaning supplies, arts/crafts – you name it.  It will make your life soooo much easier….well your organizational life that is!!  Leave it out on top of your counter also….you don’t have to “hide” it.  This is definitely on my list to buy asap!


Click here white turntable, white set of 2white stand, bamboo turntable, acacia turntable


I have been using these boxes for years, and years, and years -they are not just good for shoes!!  They come in so handy for just about everything small.  Use them to store craft supplies or kids’ art supplies (like acrylic paints, markers/map pencils, crayons) or use them in your sewing room for thread, scissors, and extra needles.

You can also use them for extra toiletries like deodorant, lotions, hairspray, etc…. to keep items from falling over.  Or use them for fingernail polish, polish remover, extra nail file, cotton balls, etc….  Once you have them, you’ll find hundreds of ways to start organizing items in your house.  Plus, you can stack them – win-win!!


Click here clear shoe box with lid,  set of 6



I LOVE this little guy here!!  He is not just for shoes and the closet!!  If you have any cabinets if your house that have no shelving, or need shelving….this rack comes in soooo handy!!

I use these racks in my laundry closet to store extras rags, sheets, and towels.  I can roll up the linens so that they work perfect in the 2 smaller shelves, and then I can stack the other linens on the very top shelf.  It’s like I have custom built-in shelving….and I don’t!!  I also store my decorative vases, smaller knick-knacks, and books on these as well.

In my kitchen, I put 2 of these racks back-to-back to make ONE large shelf over my ovens.   This allows me to store all of my china and Christmas china in one cabinet.  The smaller racks work perfectly for coffee/tea cups and also for stacked plates.  Then I use the top portion for glasses and serving bowls.

Pictured below is just ONE rack put into the  cabinet.  I can store so much more in here with the shelves, plus I can see everything when I need to rotate out my decorating accessories.


Pictured below are the TWO racks put back to back over my ovens.  These over-the-oven cabinets are built deep to allow for the depth of the oven space, so they are perfect for these shelves.  Now, I can stack all of my China and stemware here.


Click here white shoe rack, espresso shoe rack




Want an organized kitchen?  Click 15 Easy Solutions:  Kitchen Organization

Need some kitchen inspiration?  Click 12 Kitchen Upgrades (You Can’t Live Without) or 5 TIPS:  Painting your Kitchen Cabinets White.


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My House Paint Colors: House of Blues

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends!!  Christmas is always such a magical season each year and I hang on to all of the memories as long as I can….and then it’s back to work – LOL!!  So, here we go!!  My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues.

To continue along with this magical theme, I decided it was time to do a post about entire house paint colors.  I have been wanting to do a post on the colors we used downstairs in our rebuild (FOR.EV.ER), but time has just breezed by this fall.  There is something truly magical about the way paint color transforms a room, and I wanted to share the names and paint colors we chose for each room.  I hope you find tons of inspiration to begin your 2019 off with a bang!!

***I’ll do a post on How to Choose Paint Colors in the next post.  This post will just contain pictures and names of our house paint colors.***


  My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues

***ALL SHERWIN WILLIAMS –  Latex, Eggshell ***

  • FOYER –  Tinsmith (SW 7657)
  • DINING – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent  Wall – Naval (SW 6244)
  • KITCHEN – Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  • LIVING ROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  • OFFICE – Aqua-Sphere (SW 7613)
  • POWDER BATH – Lakeshore (SW 6494)
  • HALL – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent Wall – Tempe Star (SW 6229)
  • LAUNDRY – Aqua-Sphere (SW 7613)
  • MASTER BEDROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent Wall – Naval (SW 6244)
  • MASTER BATHROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057)

***All Trim/Cabinets/Vanities – OIL BASED Semigloss***

  • KITCHEN CABINETS/TRIM – Snowbound (SW 7004)
  • MASTER BATH VANITIES – Naval (SW 6244)

My House Paint Colors

So you can tell from the colorsnap tool, that our house paint colors have a  blue/gray base to them, with hints of a green undertone.  I personally tend to lean green (because I am a nature lover) – so my paint colors reflect that in their base color.  I also choose paint colors with a blue-base rather than a yellow-base.  Those are the colors I wear in clothing, and therefore the ones I like to work with.

If I had to pick a decor “style” for our house from my color palette, I would describe it as coastal farmhouse chic…..kinda – LOL!!  What do you think?  What is your style?  Let’s get to some colors!!




***Want to see more foyer pictures, click Fall Home TourFall to Christmas Decorating, or Smoky Blue Console Table.***


***Want to see more dining room pictures, click Christmas Dining Room or Setting a Fall Table.***



***Want to see more kitchen and living room pictures, click Five Secrets for Fall Decorating or Hurricane Harvey Flooded House Makeover (part 2).***











***Want to see more master bedroom pictures, click Master Bed Frame Makeover or Nightstands Makeover.***



Want to see more master bath pictures, click Master Bath Remodel .***




So, which color is your favorite?  And will you use one of the colors in your house?  Let me know what you decide!!




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Christmas Dining Room: Navy + Red

Well, it looks like Christmas decorating is starting a little earlier than usual these days….. for everyone!!  With Thanksgiving falling earlier in November this year, and all of the dept. stores pulling out Christmas decor in like JULY, more and more of us are moving to that same trend.  And I gotta admit- I ain’t hating it!!  LOL!!  Not to dismiss Thanksgiving or anything fall related, Christmas is a magical season that brings people together!  And where does that take place (- in the bellies )….- well really in the dining room- where we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!!  AMEN!!  So, here is my Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red.


So, I set up my Christmas dining room with a couple of quick swaps from my Fall Dining Room.  Click here to see Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps.  It is a very informative post that helps you get ready for hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and gives you the tools to transition from one holiday to the next with little effort.  WOOHOO!!  And that means more time to spend with your family and do some Christmas shopping.  Click here to see my dining room before we flooded Blue Christmas Dining Room.

I love how easy it is to change out a couple of decorating items, and basically you have a new “season.”  Stay tuned for my next post Going from Fall to Christmas: Dining Room – coming soon!!  Click 33 Ideas Decorating Stairs for Christmas or 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths for more holiday decorating inspiration.

***TIP***  Make a wreath to form an “O” from a pom pom pick or floral (greenery) pick by bending the wire.  You could always use a candle ring too….like the red ones on my 3 candle sticks. 😉

Remember to use what you have on hand to help save extra money.  I found my red napkin rings in one of my buffet drawers – that I had from 10 yrs ago.  Just never know when you may need something small to add a big punch of color.  It’s your Christmas Dining Room, so use YOUR goodies!!

Adding Christmas words like joy, merry, hope, peace, and noel help add a touch of whimsy to a formal decor palette.  Use them on walls, pillows, signs, or even on dishes.

Want more buffalo check ideas….click Buffalo Check Snowman Using Embroidery Hoops or Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament Balls.

Don’t forget to add a couple of sparkly ornaments to your chandelier.  Use different sizes and shapes to add interest, and also hang them at different lengths.  Just remember to use light-weight and shatter proof ornaments.  I think I dropped all but one when trying to figure out where to hang mine – HA!!

Add some colored glasses to bring in a little holiday cheer.  I used my red glasses that my dear friend gave me over 5 years ago.  Not only to they add some fun to the table, I think of her every time I glance over at my table – LOVE THIS!!

Make sure to add a couple of candles in your Christmas Dining Room for a little ambience.  Use white, red, gold,  or silver – for some lower lighting.

And don’t forget to light them – LOL!!

Now, sit back and relax……well for about 30 minutes until one of your kiddos or husband needs something!!  And then- use one of those “red martini – or wine glasses” – AND FILL IT!!

Hope you love my Christmas Dining Room & your’s too!!



Want more Christmas Party inspiration or DIY craft ideas – try  Let it Snow Donut Christmas Party, Donut Ornaments Using Pool Noodles, Christmas Snowman Cotton Ball Wreath.

Need a gorgeous bow for your tree – try How to make the perfect Bow



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All I can say is…!  Our flooded house makeover after Hurricane Harvey has been LONG, extremely draining, emotional and painful.  I am not going to sugar coat this horrible situation at all – just gonna keep it real!! Some days I didn’t know if I could even get out of bed and go through our “normal” routine; it was really that bad.  Even now as I go back through the pictures, my tears flow uncontrollably.  It will be an experience that we will never forget, and will change the way we view our lives forever.

It has been over 11 months, and we are still unpacking boxes and getting settled in.  BUT…. through the grace of God, and His Spirit moving in and taking over – our family has survived!!    We are beginning to see a glimpse of hope and wonder of what God has in store for our family.  And this house – well, it is now turning back into our HOME again!! AMEN!!   If you want to view part 1 click HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED – THE DESTRUCTION (Part 1).

So, today I am posting before and after pictures of our house.  Some are before the flood, after the flood, the rebuilding, and the areas that I am working on.   I will show more “staged” or decorated pictures as I get rooms completely done, but wanted to show pictures of the progress while unpacking.  NOTE:  things are not clean, nor are these the best quality of pictures.  Hopefully soon I can do some updates.  As for now – here they are!!  woohoo!!

Leave me some feedback- I’d love to hear what you think.  And please continue to pray for those who are still without their homes.  It means the world to them 🙂











I am loving my custom x-shaped double barn doors for the office/piano room.  I know they were a lot of work for the guys to install since they they were so heavy….but they do dress up the entrance to this room don’t ya think??   My husband has been able to work from this room now, and can close the doors easily for a little quiet time.








Opening up the walls from the kitchen to the living room has made a huge difference in the flow of these 3 areas.  I always felt like we had a living room section, a breakfast table section, and then the kitchen.  Even though they were only separated with the double arches and bar top, they still felt closed off.  Now we have a ton of natural light and can access both sides of the island.






Yep….my Boomer always likes to pose for the pictures!!  He is such a glory hound – no pun intended!! l can’t wait to set up the bookshelves with some family photos and personalize this shiplap wall.  It is still one of my favorite things that we decided to add to the remodel.




I am soooo happy I decided to paint the bed, nightstands, and dresser (not pictured -yet).  You can actually see the bed now, and it looks so dreamy!!  Here is the tutorial for the nightstands here, and I’ll get the bed and dresser tutorials up soon.  I painted them with a different technique (dry brushed ) than the nightstands (glazed/antiqued), so the tutorials are not the same.  Just a FYI 😉








I will post more pictures soon, and provide some closeups pictures also.  This is just a little sneak peek at all of the changes we made.





SO….. Whatcha think??  I am loving how it is all coming together, and can’t wait to get everything unpacked.  I know I am feeling more like myself already because I am already thinking of decorating for fall – LOL!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

If you want to see my fall decorations from last year – right before we flooded – click Blue and White Fall Dining Room, Blue and Orange Fall Living Room, Halloween-Fall Foyer, and Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.



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5 TIPS: Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made)

White kitchen cabinets have been trending for several years now, and don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.  It does seem like there has been a slight shift toward other colors such as gray and navy, but white still remains to be the most popular choice. 

If you have been wanting to paint your dark kitchen cabinets white but still can’t seem to commit,  you are not alone.  It took me 5 years (yikes!!) to decide to have our cabinets painted white, and immediately I wished I would have done it so much sooner!!  Let’s Get to It:  5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made).


(And The Mistakes I Made)

***Just wanted to give you a FYI for this post- these are NOT my best pictures. *** But I am kind of happy about it because there is absolutely no staging here- just real life.  I took these pictures before and after we had our cabinets painted, and then we flooded during Hurricane Harvey. 

So, I never had the chance to go back and “stage the kitchen.”  In fact, some of the pictures are actually after we flooded….I just cropped the pictures to take out the missing sheetrock/walls.  I am thinking I might show that part too.  Anyhoo…..just trying to keep it real.

Here are some before and after pictures to help you visualize.  BEFORE…… 

and AFTER…..


(And The Mistakes I Made)


MY PAINT COLOR:   Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)

How do you decide on color?  Look through pinterest & and make inspiration boards……. or ask friends what color they used.  It will give you a starting point so you can narrow the paint color choices down to 3 colors.  Then get samples of the 3 choices and paint them on your existing cabinets (or paint poster board, etc… and hang them up on your cabinets).   

If you are still having problems deciding…..go back and look at your inspiration boards.  What accent colors are in the pictures you saved?  Do the accent colors lean more towards warm tones (yellow- based like oranges, cinnamon reds,  & golds) or cool tones (blue- based like pinks, purples, & silvers)?

Look at the flooring color also.  Hardwoods and tiles with reddish or gold tones will pull out more yellow (warm) tones, and white tiles will bring out blue (cooler) tones.   You saved all those inspiration pictures for a reason….it’s YOUR likes.  Trust yourself- you got this!!


and AFTER…..



I know there are people who have used latex paint, and I have seen some people even using chalk paint, but I (personally) prefer oil-based paint for the cabinets.  The look of the cabinet is clean and smooth, plus you can wipe grime right off.   Latex paint seems to “hold” onto smudges more than oil based, and is less durable with scratches, etc. 

I think chalk painted cabinets are fine to do if you are not looking for long term results.  Since we have 2 kiddos AND 2 dogs, choosing oil-based paint was an easy decision for that reason alone.  Now with that said…..the SMELL is horrible!!  And I mean for about 2- 3 days horrible- really!! 

And the cleanup is much more difficult with oil based paint (turpentine clean up) vs. latex paint (soap & water clean up). Then in about 2 weeks, you have forgotten that it was done and all is good again.


and AFTER….. (area under the oven is part of where it shows the flood damage).


WE CHOSE:  Sprayed Technique

I chose to have our cabinets sprayed (by a painter who used a high grade paint sprayer), not hand painted.  I have seen cabinets painted with both techniques, and I personally prefer the sprayed look better (***for me***).  I do not want to offend anyone here. 

The hand painted cabinets are gorgeous, especially if they are aged or antiqued with dark glaze.  The hand painted technique gives the cabinets a more authentic look and seem to fit more in a traditional style home.  I feel the the sprayed technique gives a smoother, cleaner look and seems to fit more in a transitional or modern home. 

The sprayed technique doesn’t look “painted,”  looks like they were manufactured that way.   Really it’s just a personal preference – they are both great techniques.  Either way you will finally have your white cabinets 😉




WE DIDN’T:  Mistake

Move or cover all of your kitchen contents.  If not, you may get over spray (with sprayed technique) or paint splatter (hand-painted technique).  Bottom line:  if you even THINK that something will get damaged or don’t want to clean the inside of your cabinets afterwards, make the necessary preparations.

Move your contents out or have your painter put something to block your contents….AND double check their technique.  I asked our painter, and he said that I did not need to move everything out of our cabinets and I ended up with this (see below)!!! 

This is NOT DUST, IT IS PAINT.  It took me 2 weeks to clean EVERY. SINGLE. THING……and I mean EVERYTHING!!  I had to soak it all for about 30 minutes to an hour, then scrub gently with the scouring part of the sponge- BRU-TAL!!! 

When I asked our painter about it, he said that for some reason, our cabinets were made differently than other cabinets (he had done) and the paint got through.  He should have checked…..AND I should have checked also. 

So, now I am strongly encouraging you to check.  It will be worth your time in the end.

Those rings (below) are PAINT rings….not dust rings.  Just thought it was important to show you so this does not happen to you too 🙂




OUR TIME:  One week

This is an important consideration when planning your kitchen cabinet paint job.  You will be completely out of your kitchen if you get your cabinets sprayed, but will still have partial use of your kitchen if you have your cabinets hand painted. 

When they spray the cabinets, they will have to put plastic/tarps up to protect appliances and between the connecting rooms…. so you will have little to no access.   If you choose to get your cabinets hand painted, parts of the kitchen will still be covered to protect things, but you will have access into the kitchen.  You don’t have to worry about over spray with hand painting either.

***FYI*** If you are going with the sprayed technique….have your painter put plastic or covering up on BOTH SIDES of your connecting rooms/openings.  Our painter covered/taped up from the inside of the kitchen opening, and it STILL went through. Have them put plastic on the connecting room side also (like living room or dining room sides). 

That way if the over spray passes through the kitchen side, the connecting room side will block it.   It’s just an extra precaution, and so worth it.  Otherwise you may end up like me. 

The picture below is a PAINT LINE, not dust- again!!  The problem with this, is that I couldn’t even tell until I moved our couch and rug back.  Just trying to save you any headaches before they happen by sharing some of my nightmares!!  The PRICE we pay for gorgeous cabinets- right??!!




(I don’t have the exact picture – sorry)!

I love the pictures showing the opening to the dining room side.  We decided to open that wall up (had a small doorway), and it opened up the kitchen and let so much more light in. 

It’s amazing what paint and a little remodeling can do to make a space feel bigger and brighter.  Want more info on the this, Click Opening up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room.  Want to see what it looks like now click:  Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.



Would I do it all over again….YES,  even with all  of the mess.  I LOVED how much brighter our kitchen looked.  There is just something special about a white kitchen. 

UPDATE:  We are making all kinds of changes to our kitchen right now, and I can’t wait to show yall!!  Stay tuned for more details and pictures coming soon!!

***POSTS ARE READY***  Click Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room, Hurricane Harvey Flooded:  The Makeover (part 2), DIY Bar Stool Metal Foot Rest Tutorial. 

So, what is your preferred choice?  What was your experience like- good or bad?  Shoot me a comment- learning is living.

Have a Great Week!! Love & Hugs 🙂

Need more kitchen organization info or tips click:

12 Kitchen Updgrades (You Can’t Live Without)

15 Easy Solutions-Kitchen Organization 2018.


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