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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9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

Now that spring is here and we are finally getting some gorgeous weather, I knew it was time to direct my full attention towards the outdoor patio area.  It has been a disaster – and I mean that literally- thank you Hurricane Harvey!!  We are almost 2 years out from the flood, and still working on things.  The good news – is that we were able to save most of our outdoor furniture.  Bad news – let’s just say that everything else needed an update or floated away!!  So, since that’s what I have been working on for the last month, I thought it would be a perfect time to share those tips with you.  9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space.

***UPDATE *** I will do another post on the actual backyard makeover with before and after pictures of the flood.  Hopefully coming soon!!  Spring Home Tour 2019, 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top, and 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day ecorating Ideas are now ready!!

If you’re looking for more outdoor inspiration, try 33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations, 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options, Painting Garage Doors Tutorial, or you can follow me on pinterest:  outdoor patio love.

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Just wanted to say that taking pictures of our outdoor patio area was like taking my 2 girls to a photo shoot when they were 2 and 3 years old – cra-ZEE!!!  Some days it was too sunny, or too rainy, and then too cloudy, or a little too windy – LOL!!

And just when I thought I had the perfect picture, I’d get to my computer only to realize that the TRAMPOLINE was peeking out somewhere – ugh!! – even after I had already moved it out of the way!!  Just keeping it REAL ladies 😉

OK – let’s get to it!!


*** I have provided links to some of the items that I used in our patio makeover, but will continue to add more as I find them.  Some of our items were purchased from Home Goods and Tuesday Morning, and do not have direct links.  So, I chose items (links) that are similar, or would work with our colors.  Thnx 🙂 ***

*Pictures of items are included at the end of post if you need them.*


  1. Chaise Lounge Chair Cushions – Striped Chair Cushion, Option 2
  2.  Bar Stool Cushions  (18.5×15.5×3)- Striped Cushion, Option 2
  3.  Dining Chair Cushions (20x20x3) – similar 1similar 2, similar 3, similar 4
  4.  Throw Pillows – similar 1, similar 2, similar 3, similar 4, orange 1, orange 2, orange 3, orange 4
  5.  Plants/Planters – resin terra cotta 1, resin 2, resin 3, *LARGE terra cotta pot*, SMALL dark blue planter, LARGE blue pot
  6.  Accent Tables/Ottomans – Table – option 1, option 2, Ottoman – blue/orange
  7.  Rugs – Navy/Ivory, Blue/Gray
  8.  Add Lights
  9.  Umbrellas – w/lights, without lights, umbrella stand

*LARGE terra cot pot- is smaller size than the one I have – just wanted to give you a heads up *

***  Remember, you don’t have to get everything in one year.  Choose a couple of items to update for one summer, and then work on the other items the following year.  If you choose more classic styles for some of your larger items (like chair cushions), you will be able to use them for a longer period of time.  That way you can change out the smaller items (like throw pillows) more frequently. ***



Updating your pool lounge chair cushions is one of the easiest ways to give new life to your backyard patio, without breaking the bank.  Choose colors and patterns that are more classic in style, and keep them stored or covered to prolong their life.

***NOTE*** They are a little pricier than some of the other cushions (that you can change out annually), so pick a style that you can live with for 5 or so years.   I chose a two-toned blue, striped pattern for mine to keep it somewhat classic.





As you can tell from the pictures, I chose the same pattern/style for our bar stool cushions also.   We have several different outdoor living spaces in our backyard, and I wanted some of the cushions to match exactly.  Since our bar stools have smaller seats than our dining chairs, these cushions were also the perfect size.

SIDEBAR – We have had these metal swivel bar stools and matching chaise lounge chairs for about 8 years.  They DO need a little spray paint update (happening soon), and some WD-40 from time to time, but they still work great. Plus, we love that they swivel.   I know that outdoor styles have changed a lot since we bought them, but if it aint’ broke…… ;).





Changing out your dining chair cushions is another affordable way to update your outdoor space.  There are a ton of different options out there now, not only in color, but in size, shape, and seat height.  Of course, the nicer (or thicker) the cushion is, the more expensive it will be.  Also, the ones sold as a seat and back (all-in-one) style tend to get pricey as well!!

For mine, I chose a navy global print to coordinate with the other blue chaise lounge and bar stool cushions that I am using.  This helps the look from getting too matchy-matchy, and also helps add a little personality to the mix.    ***TIP*** I chose a 2″ thick (versus a 3″ or 4″ thick) cushion to keep the cost down.

***TIP *** Since these cushions were sold in a pack of 4, I can also use the 2 leftover cushions as seat “backs” in the 2 captain chairs!  I just tied them onto the top of the chair, and now I have 2 for the price of one – even better!!  See last 2 pictures.







Adding throw pillows is obviously the most affordable way to update your outdoor patio, and to add some color.  I know people are using indoor pillows now on their outdoor furniture, but just be careful with this.  I have done it also, but they CAN bleed onto your outdoor cushions (& may be difficult to get out).

***TIP*** If using indoor pillows, or even indoor/outdoor pillows – then try to use them under covered patio areas and keep them out of water/rain.  Also, try to store all pillows (even outdoor pillows) in outdoor storage containers to prolong life.








Adding plants to your outdoor living space is a must – in updating your patio.  Now, I know they can tend to get pricey, but just be smart with your planting…….plans – LOL!

***TIP***  To save money, buy smaller plants and plant them yourself (instead of buying bigger plants already potted).  Also, stick to 2 or 3 colors when picking flowers to make the biggest impact.   And place them in multiple groups (like 2 or more planters) to add more color depth.

I chose hot pink shades (Dipladenia) and also coral shades (New Guinea Impatiens) for mine this year.  Now, I’m not saying that I won’t throw a lavender or yellow into this mix.  But these 2 “pops” of color will set up my foundation (or grounding) for all of my cushion colors and other plants.

***NOTE*** Tutorial on painting tops of terra pots navy IS READY!  DIY PAINTED FLOWER POT TUTORIAL:  BLUE TOP.  See Picture Below.







Click DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top to learn how to paint planters blue.


Use smaller accent tables to breathe new life into your outdoor patio decor.  Sometimes just a “fresh” color, or freshly painted color helps to lighten darker patio seating areas.  Of course, you can always paint an older table yourself to give it a fresh update.

***TIP***  Use smaller ottomans or larger ottomans to double as extra end tables and coffee tables.  Our tan sectional came with a small dining table and included 2 ottomans.  We can use the 2 ottomans as foot rests, extra seating, and as end tables to the sectional if needed.

Our blue sectional came with a larger, round ottoman that also doubles as a coffee table.  We can use it too as a foot rest, extra seating, or as an accent table.






#7 – RUGS

OK – so outdoor rugs have DEFINITELY gotten expensive, but not the ones that I found.  They are the newer type of outdoor rugs that are made out of a woven material (polypropylene) from World Market.  I have to say I was leary at first to try this type of rug out (they look like a shinier plastic material) – but we love them!  And they are reversible – even better.

So, I have one of the rugs under the dining table with the navy showing, and the other one under the covered patio with the ivory color showing.    Then, I have the ivory (blue) side (different pattern) showing under our blue sectional area.  And the price – $39.99 for one 6′ x 9’……  uh – YES please!!  I’ll take 3 thank you!!





If you are looking to add a little ambiance to your backyard space, then hanging some string lights is the way to go!!  I don’t know exactly how to describe the mood they create, but maybe close to being at a rustic barn wedding type of atmosphere.   They just give off a relaxed, casual, take off your shoes and have some fun feeling!  Love it!!

I added these lights to our garage and outdoor kitchen area for my oldest daughter’s homecoming party.   I set up a long serving table under the lights, and then decorated the table and wall with their school colors.

They really loved the lights – and that says a lot – since teenagers really don’t like ANYTHING their parents do – LOL!!





Remember how I suggested doing a little improvement at a time…..well the umbrella “update” will have to wait until next year for me also.  At some point,  replacing our fallen fence – became a LITTLE more important than finishing all of my patio updates this year!  And I gotta leave some things out –  to do for next summer – right?

Plus, this umbrella works just fine, and the color still works with all of the other shades of blue.   ***TIP*** Don’t forget to store your umbrella indoors when you’re not using it!  They will fade (like mine), so try to make it last for several years by keeping it covered.




Hope you found some helpful tips and inspirations to get your outdoor patio makeover or backyard update underway!  Have a wonderful summer everyone!


If you’re looking for spring inspirations, try Spring Home Tour 2019, 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top, and 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas are now ready!!

If you’re looking for more outdoor inspiration, try 33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations, 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options All Under $500, Painting Garage Doors Tutorial, or you can follow me on pinterest:  outdoor patio love.




Wickenburg Indoor/Outdoor Chaise Lounge CushionPillow Perfect Outdoor/ Indoor In The Frame Chaise Lounge Cushion








* The 2 cushions below are rounded 18.5×15.5×3 *

Wickenburg Indoor/Outdoor Dining Chair Cushion

Pillow Perfect Outdoor/ Indoor In The Frame Rounded Corners Seat Cushion (Set of 2)








* The 4 cushions below are square – 20x20x3 *

Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor Aspidoras Cobalt Squared Corners Seat Cushion 20x20x3 (Set of 2)








Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor In The Frame Sapphire Squared Corners Seat Cushion 20x20x3 (Set of 2)









Pillow Perfect Outdoor/Indoor Aspidoras Throw Pillow (Set of 2), 18.5", Cobalt









Keeley Circles Outdoor Throw Pillow

Corbin Outdoor Lumbar Pillow










Joss & Main Essentials Outdoor Throw Pillow

Lutz Outdoor Throw Pillow









Beechwood Outdoor Throw Pillow

Brennan Cotton Lumbar Throw Pillow









Estelle Plastic/Resin Pot Planter

Bellmont Composite Pot Planter








21 in. Dia Smooth Handle Terra Cotta Clay Pot

Bellmont Composite Pot Planter








Belle 8 in. Dia. Peacock Blue Plastic Planter with Attached SaucerRavenna Pottery Smooth Handle 21 in. Dia Ocean Azure Clay Pot









Griffith Steel Side Table









Baffin Cube Ottoman

Baffin Cube Ottoman




























Mastin 9' Lighted Umbrella









New Haven Market Umbrella

April Metal Free Standing Umbrella Base











If you have any questions or need help finding something, let me know 🙂



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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***

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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!!




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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!!



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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)

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Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

Today, I am finally getting to share our master bedroom home tour – woohoo!  This room is still not completely finished, but it is getting closer day by day.  Of course when that happens, I will probably be ready to change it again – lol, but for now it is working for us.  If you love all things farmhouse, and your heart beats coastal cottage, then you are at the right place.  Here it is!  Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom.

If you are joining in from Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room or My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow – welcome!

***If you’re looking for more coastal farmhouse or painting tips & inspiration, follow me on pinterest. These boards are updated daily with pictures of your favorite styles.***


So far, I have done a couple of posts on our master bed frame makeover:  painted white and our diy nightstand makeover:  painted white with dark top, to show you one side of our room.  And now, I can finally show you the rest of our bedroom.

I know there are some things that need to be tweaked, but at least it’s starting to feel more like home again.   I will finish the bedroom tour with the painted dresser tutorial – coming soon!!  So, stay tuned!!

Accent wall Sherwin-Williams Naval – SW 6244 and the side walls are Silver Strand  – SW 7057.


So, what is coastal farmhouse style anyway?  Coastal farmhouse style is really a “feeling” rather than a “look.”  Huh?  What does that mean?  It is the feeling you get when you walk into a room versus what the room actually looks like.

So, your coastal farmhouse bedroom will look a little different than mine.  It might look similar, but feel different. What’s the secret then?  Use the 10 elements below to make it personal.


  • Relaxed, calming vibe
  • Antique, vintage furniture or accessories
  • Shades of blue, gray, or tan
  • White painted items, white-washed items
  • Lots of pillows, throws blankets, and fluffy bedding
  • Coastal Accessories: items with rope, coral or seashells, sea glass decor
  • Mementos:  items that evoke precious memories
  • Woven baskets
  • Tropical plants or natural greenery floral accents

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Before we begin the tour, I wanted to show you a couple of pictures of what our bedroom used to looked like before the flood (last day before we evacuated), during the cleanup process (2nd set of pics), and after (now).

GOOD  NEWS:  The furniture was solid wood and we were able to save it.

SAD NEWS:  The water covered and damaged the feet, so we had to paint it.

END RESULT:  It was a blessing in disguise – we should have painted that furniture a long time ago!!

You can see more of our house remodel by clicking Hurricane Harvey – The Destruction (part 1) and clicking Hurricane Harvey:  House Makeover (part 2).  












So, who’s ready to begin the tour?  Let’s first start off with the obvious – the painted furniture.

It always amazes me what a fresh coat of paint can do – right?  The painted bed and painted nightstands completely transform the dark furniture, and give the room an updated, fresh look.  Plus, the white really pops off of the navy accent wall.

But I do understand that not everyone enjoys painting nor wants to take on the challenge of painting furniture.  If this is you, scroll down to the end of the post for more information on bedroom furniture ideas.

If you want more info on the white-washed bed click here, or more info on the nightstands click here.

Picture Below.  This is my first time sharing our painted dresser (making it’s official DEBUT – lol) in the master bedroom, and I will post the white-wash tutorial on that soon.  Do you like it?

The white-washing technique gives it a beach-y, more casual feel and lightens up the darker furniture.  Plus, the original color of the dark furniture blended into the color of the hardwoods, giving it zero contrast -yikes!!

When we first moved into this house (14 years ago), we had carpet in here so the dark furniture looked great.  Yep, that’s right – we’ve had that furniture for 14 years now.  So, needless to say the darker dresser was waaaaay overdo for a LITTLE update anyway- lol!!


Do you think I maybe should have been using a drop cloth all of these years when painting furniture – hahaha!!!   But I have an idea for painting the floor in the garage soon – wink wink!!

In the picture below, this is the other side of our bedroom.  And I will admit, this is the stage it is in right now….. I have not finished decorating it yet.

The master bedroom is always the last one to get done – am I right??  It comes right after volleyball lessons, teenage girls’ beauty items (don’t even get me started with that – lol!!), and well…. life.  Just keeping it real ladies!!

Above:  I did paint that floor length mirror blue (~ 8 years ago), but do not have pictures of the process – sorry!!  It’s a water-color painting technique – that I love.  I will try to figure out a way to show you the technique because it really turned out so beautiful.

More pictures of the bed and bedding…..

All of my comforter selections tend to lean botanical, floral, or boho style.  This way, I can stay within my coastal style (botanical or boho) and farmhouse style (floral) no matter which one I choose.

This blue botanical  bedding is Ralph Lauren, and has reversible stripes on the back side (which I love).  This allows me to change things around when I get a little tired of it without having to buy something new.  Win-Win!!

And of course – I’m a color gal – so it’s gotta have some punch to it!!  Scroll to the end of the post to shop bedding – I could not find this exact bedding, but found some similar choices that are equal in style.


Closeup picture of the nightstand and farmhouse lamp.  It is no longer around either, but scroll down to the end of the post for similar options.


The little white basket on the floor was painted also….but again I do not have pictures. What??  Another one with no pictures.  I know. I know.  UGH!!   It is on my to-do list for the blog though.  It was so easy to paint, and gave it new life.  What do you think – is it a winner?


This bench is definitely a life-saver.  It hides the tv cable “junk” (my husband wants to mount the tv on that wall above the bench – ?? – maybe ?? – we’ll see), and those 2 baskets store my girls’ swimsuits and favorite beach towels.

They like to just come in and quickly grab what they need to head to the pool.  But I am thinking it’s about time they could store their own stuff!!  It’s the little things – right??


Here is another picture of the blue mirror and white basket.  For now the mirror is leaning against the wall because we don’t know if the tv wall mount is a sure thing yet – hahaha!!

The floor length mirror is a must for our bedroom though, so that we have somewhere to check ourselves out!!  Plus, I really love that it bounces so much light around the room.

See Picture Below.

This picture shows the left side of the room, leading to our master bath.  If you want to see the complete transformation of the master bathroom makeover click Master Bath Remodel:  Hardware Accessories.  It is by far one of the biggest changes made to our entire house – besides the kitchen.  Everyone who has seen it in person has given us a ton of compliments – so I’m kind of proud!!  Check it out if you have time.


See pictures below.

And my must-have barn door…..that almost didn’t happen!!  That’s another whole story – but at least we got it!!  If you want to see more barn door inspiration click 55 Incredible Ideas:  Not Just For Farmhouse Style.

Our other entry door to the bath was a double door system, and blocked off the left side of the wall where the dresser sits.  We always had to push the dresser down so that it barely even fit on the wall.  Then if you wanted to get something out of the drawer, it bumped into our other furniture.

Here is the picture before the dresser made its debut…..

We had the barn door installed to slide right because it was a space we never used (in that corner).

***TIP*** Just a little head up…..remember that it’s more difficult (not impossible though) to hang something on the wall where the door slides.  So, just make sure you hang your barn door to slide to an unused area of your room, or unused/less functional wall area.

And my favorite t-bar barn door handles….I kinda have a thang for these.  They are my go-to hardware all over the house.  But I especially liked this one because it is a heavier, sturdier handle.


Plus, I knew we needed an inside way to get out of the bath -ha!!  See below.

Inside the master bath – handle……


Better view where you can see the limited amount of wall space on the left side of the doorway.  It might also be that our dresser is bigger than it should be for the space…..but who wants to admit that?



This celadon glazed pitcher has been with us for AWHILE….to say the least.  I bought it at Home Goods ~8 years ago (or longer) and it just gets moved from room to room as I need it.

There is just something about the soft color, and that rusted handle that calms my nerves and reminds me of home.  And who doesn’t want their master bedroom to be a calming and serene retreat?


This “love pillow” is another favorite of mine that gets moved from room to room.  I also have a “home pillow” that is slightly more blue-gray than this blue-aqua color.

The shabby, ruffled edges and  roped letters add the perfect amount of texture to complete the coastal farmhouse style.


And who doesn’t love throw blankets??  Can a girl ever really have too many blankets or throw pillows?  No….I don’t think so!!

In here, I like that one throw is more sophisticated in color (bed- spa blue) and the other one is more fun (basket -mint colored).  These 2 colors together add a little dimension against the navy and cobalt blue bedding and pillows.

Which throw do you like more?  The one on the bed, or the one in the basket?  Let me know?



Thanks for stopping by our

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom!!

Hope you found a ton of inspiration to get your coastal farmhouse master bedroom makeover underway.  I’d love to see some pictures of what you do!!

*** Looking  to shop items from our bedroom?  Scroll down below.  If you have any questions, shoot me a comment. ***

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

Recommended Posts:

Master Bed Frame Makeover:  Painted White

DIY Nightstand Makeover:  Painted White with Dark Top

Master Bath Remodel:  Hardware Accessories

55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  Not Just for Farmhouse Style

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55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas: NOT Just For Farmhouse Style

If you are looking for sliding barn door ideas (interior and exterior), there is a design for you.  Since Joanna & Chip put barn doors on the map in farmhouse design, they continue to evolve with tons of new styles & uses.  Thanks to the Gaines’, we not only have stylish door options, but functional door options to problematic/awkward/tight spaces (and they are just plain fun!!)  So here are 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  NOT Just For Farmhouse Style.   

If you haven’t jumped on board yet to this barn door craze – beware – this post is filled with tons of inspirational eye candy & products galore.  

Looking to shop barn doors, try 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.

*Check out some of my new posts:  Top 10 Best Desks for Students,  Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids), and Fall Home Tour 2019:  Pink Pumpkin Patch.




So what makes sliding barn doors so special?  They can:

Chip and Joanna Gaines may be miracle workers but they simply can't do everything. So when they opened Magnolia House B&B they recruited semi-retirees Rob and Marianne Ward as potential managers. First, though, they'd have to convince the Wards to move into the adjacent carriage house. And before that could happen, they'd have to undertake a major renovation on the carriage house itself.
source: (fixer upper)
  1.   Be used in any decor style – (not just for  modern farmhouse style anymore)
  2.   Used in tight spaces- (they move side to side vs. in an arc motion with doors on hinges)
  3.   Add architectural design to a plain wall – (you choose the door style, ranging from simplistic to ornate)
  4.   Used to hide items you don’t want seen – (tv’s, bookshelf clutter, pantry items, laundry, etc.)
  5.   Be used as window treatments
  6.   Be used as a single door, double door, or even quadruple doors
  7.   Used with glass to let light in
  8.   Be used with mirrors to reflect light or use  for full-length viewing
  9.   Be used with chalkboards to add function and whimsy
  10.  Even be used outdoors – yep check out #9!!




I have 2 sliding barn doors in my own house: 1)  a pair that replaced french doors to our office/piano room  (see below), and 2) one in my bedroom to my master bath (see 2nd set below).  And I absolutely LOVE them and highly recommend them!

outside entry
inside room










Both of these rooms had awkward areas for opening up the doors into the room.  As a result, this awkward area became useless and really limited furniture placement.  By adding the sliding barn doors, we actually gained usable space, allowing for better flow/better function of both rooms. 

We installed the office doors on the outside wall (entry wall- above) to gain more space inside the room, and also to add detail to the tall foyer walls.  In the bedroom we added one large door (below), and had it slide to an area that we did not use. 

It was a no-brainer for us!  Click Master Bath Remodel:  Hardware Accessories and Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see more of our home.

outside bedroom
inside bathroom











***TIP***  As you scroll through the different sliding barn door ideas and styles, keep a piece of paper handy and write down the numbers to the ones that really grab your attention. 

This will help you decide on pattern/color/style, and help you “picture” where you might want to use them in your own house.

If you want to Follow my pinterest board –  click BARN door love for more inspiration and tips.






Painted doors with glass--3 panel or glass only at top if one over two


  • Office
  • Living Room – Covers TV, Bookshelves
  • Kitchen – Pantry, Coffee Bars
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry
  • Bedrooms – Closets
  • Dining Rooms
  • Outdoor Kitchens


Knotty Alder Barn Door Styles More
  • X-Shaped
  • Z-Shaped/Z-Shaped 2
  • Paneled
  • Half-Paneled
  • Herringbone/Chevron/Arrow
  • Geometric/Patterns
  • W/Chalkboard
  • W/Mirrors
  • W/Glass
  • Plank/Shutter/Shiplap
  • On Furniture/TV Covers/Window Treatments


So…..let’s get to the GOOD stuff – SLIDING BARN DOOR IDEAS!!




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This is a beautiful twist on the traditional barn door. That gold handle really sets this off👍🏼
#2 – source:  private


Aqua Blue Pantry Barn Door on Rails
#3 – source: (dina holland interiors)


Project Flower Streets Reveal
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Geoff Chick :: Architect | Sandhill | 33
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


I would love a sliding door somewhere in our house--preferably vintage/recycled...maybe for the office?
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And so it begins. By the time you read this, the scaffolding should be going up and work on converting the loft about to start. Which means that I need to stop dreaming about what it might look like (and, crucially, stop pinning wildly unrealistic and unaffordable images) and start researching for the things we…
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41 SHIPLAP Ideas: NOT Just For Walls (Part 2)
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Patio Ideas. Patio Design Ideas. #Patio #Deck #BBQArea
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Barn door Laundry. I wonder if this would be easier than doing a pocket door. (Love the door color too!)
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


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DIY Double barn doors - like the concept, the door handles & most of all the idea of the cover over the top rail
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Check out these amazing pantries and butler's pantries for tons of inspiration and great ideas!
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Double Shaker style barn doors painted navy blue.
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Sliding barn door vintage 5 panel door with home depot hardware kit
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


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We are thinking about doing a barn door like the one we built in the last house over the pantry in this house, it’s currently just a regular door, what do y’all think? That or a pantry door with the frosty window? I can’t decide! I will share an updated kitchen photo with y’all soon, aside from counters it’s just about finished 😍 #homerenovation #homereno #renovation #thisisus #kitchendecor #kitchendreams #kitchendesign #kitchenremodel #farmersmarket #freshmarket #barndoor #home
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14 Tips For Incorporating Shiplap Into your Home
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Barn door in master bathroom renovation
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


Spotlight: Paneled Doors | Centsational Girl | Bloglovin’
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Herringbone on the wall...where can we use that detail? maybe we use that in the Down Powder Bath for the wood accent wall instead of making the floor complicated. Rustic Barn Doors | Modern Barn Home Ideas
#22 – source:


DIY Barn Door Using an Interior Door
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Master bedroom barn sliding door.
#24 – source:


HIS & HER sliding barn doors - Barn Doors and Custom Furniture
#25 – source:

To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


Dove Studio | House of Turquoise | Bloglovin’
#26 – source:


Just installed favorite black barn door! Yes, again favorite color for all doors! #jamieherzlingerinteriors #jamieshop #barndoor #blackdoor…
#27 – source:


The barn door is a custom designed door from a local carpenter and painted by the designer in Annie Sloan - custom mix of Duck Egg Blue, Old White, French Linen, and Coco
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Lovely Modern Sliding Doors and Best 25 Modern Sliding Doors Ideas On Home Design Sliding Door
#29 – source:


Amazingly Crafty Uses For Your Old Junk...saw this door idea on it, might try to talk J into it instead of a pocket door for the new bathroom.
#30 –  source:

To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


DIY Barndoors with magnetic chalkboard inserts and galvanized pipe pantry shelves!
#31 – source:  private


Top Ceiling Mount Black Steel Rustic Modern Sliding Barn door Hardware Wood Closet Door Interior Doo
#32 – source:


Sliding pantry door with chalkboard face - slimmer door profile PLUS space to display and/or write stuff on the wall. So useful
#33 – source:


How to Measure for a Sliding Barn Door - Grain Designs
#34 – source:

***over chalkboard below – adorable!!***

Neutral tones & textures, sliding KITCHEN - barnyard door, straw high back stools, light fixtures that are modern yet country, grey wooden floors - all make for a delightful kitchen space
#35 – source:

To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


Wall mirror mounted on a Sliding barn track door
#36 – source:


Cerramientos, paredes y puertas industriales de metal con cuarterones de cristal
#37 – source:


Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home | House of Turquoise
#38 – source:


narrow double doors with mirrors give a sophisticated and more modern look
#39 – source:


Mirrored Barn Doors More
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


Serene and hardworking: Really, what more could you want in a family home? Lilli Lee's is a treasure chest of smart storage and soothing style. Take the tour and grab some tips for your own place.
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Iron, Hot Rolled Steel barn rolling doors {Straus Job, glass panel for light and privacy, Attic Bathroom}
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Serious question for professionals in residential construction: when laying a wood or laminate floor, is there a rule of thumb about which direction the planks go? In particular, what about laying them perpendicular to a hallway run at a room transition (as seen above). Is that unconventional?
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To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.


A stunning plank barn door on rails opens to reveal a small hall laundry room fitted with a stacked white front loading washer and dryer.
#46 – source:


41 SHIPLAP Ideas: NOT Just For Walls (Part 2)
#47 – source:


Project San Juan
#48 – source:


Marie Flanigan Interiors - Have you Seen us Lately - Architectural Digest Coastal Transformation - Coastal Sitting Room - Contemporary Trundle Bed
#49 – source:


Kitchen Makeover Ideas From Fixer Upper | HGTV's Fixer Upper With Chip and Joanna Gaines | HGTV
#50 – source: (fixer upper)

To shop barn doors, click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.



TV behind barn doors recessed over the it!
#51 – source:


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Learn how to build a DIY Sliding Barn Door Loft Bed. Easy-to-follow tutorial by Jen Woodhouse. This bed fits a Full Size mattress.
#53 – source:


***Barn door console
#54 – source: private (ana white)


Barn door window shades
#55 – source: private

I hope you found a couple of sliding barn door ideas to inspire you & help make your decision easier.  Or maybe you already have one in your house.  If so, shoot me a picture, I’d love to see it!!

*** If you’re ready to shop barn doors Click 28 Incredible Barn Doors:  Get The Look.***



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7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

HI everyone!!  I know that I haven’t been posting as much as I would like this 2019 (sorry) – so I thought I would share what I have been up to.  Painting, PAINTing, and yes – more PAINTING!!   So what could I possibly have to paint – I have a new downstairs – right??   But….what about the upstairs? Yep, look at the picture below right…..YIKES!!  And that’s how you get 7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY.  

There are three main reasons for this painting craziness:  1 – Since we flooded, we changed all of our old trim color downstairs, and 2-  Because we flooded, cash-ola for hiring painters is nada – and 3- Remember how I tend to have these genius new year resolutions of “getting organized??” LOL!!

If you put these 3 circumstances together  (and you are slightly insane) you decide to paint all of the upstairs trim, closets, ceilings, doors, and vanities yourself!!    So, here are my 7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY.

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  1.   Prep area
  2.   Paint All Baseboards & Door Frames – 1st coat
  3.   Paint entire CLOSET & ceiling – 1st coat (latex)
  4.   Paint CLOSET baseboards – 2nd coat (oil)
  5.   Paint bedroom BASEBOARDS – 2nd coat
  6.   Paint bedroom CEILING  (one coat only)
  7.   Paint All DOORS (2 coats)



***For this project I used:  Sherwin Williams  Snowbound  (SW 7004)***

  • OIL-BASED SEMI-GLOSS:  Bedroom – Baseboards, Door Frames, All Doors
  • LATEX SATIN:  Closet – (ceiling, walls, shelves, door frames)
  • LATEX FLAT:  Bedroom Ceiling

These are the paint quantities that I have used at my house (upstairs):

*** 1 gallon oil-based paint covers ~3-4 rooms and doors ***

*** 1 gallon latex satin covers ~ 4 closets ***

*** 1 gallon latex flat covers ~ 2 ceilings ***


Please do NOT skip this tip!!  Oil-based paint is very strong smelling and could make you sick.  Open a couple of windows while working and put a standing fan in the room with you.  The fan will help especially when painting the closet where the space is closed up.


  • Paint:  oil-based, latex satin, latex flat – 1 GALLON each
  • 2 – 2 1/2″ angled brushes (1-oil, 1- latex) – combo set
  • 3″ brush (oil)
  • large roller brush, handle, & tray, liners
  • large roller extender *optional* (for ceiling)
  • small roller brush, handle, & tray
  • refills (large & small roller brushes)
  • plastic (cover furniture)
  • canvas drop cloths for carpet
  • painter’s tape
  • paint brush cleaner  – OIL only
  • ladder/step stool
  • goggles (for ceilings)


  • Move all furniture to middle of room –  including closet
  • Cover all furniture with plastic
  • Vacuum – really good (especially where carpet meets baseboards)
  • Clean all baseboards and closet shelves – with a little soap and water on rag
  • Tape down carpet at baseboards – 2 layers
  • Put down canvas drop cloths

***NOTE*** We are getting new carpet, so I did not have to worry about saving the carpet with drop cloths.  The paint splatter from the ceiling and doors will be messy, so protect your flooring!!



TIME FRAME: 3-4 Hours

Paint all of the baseboards and door frames with the OIL-BASED paint.  I used the 2 1/2″ angles brush for the top part of the baseboards and sides of door frames (where frame meets wall) to get a straighter line.  You can used tape if you want – it’s just personal preference.

I used the 3″ brush for the bottom (wider) part of the baseboard to make it easier, and less brush strokes.  ***TIP***  Since you will be working with TWO paint brushes,  use the lid of the paint can to store the 2nd paint brush.  Ijust slid the paint can around the room with me so that I would have both brushes near me at all times.




TIME FRAME:  2 Hours

Paint the walls, closet ceiling, shelves, rod, and baseboards with LATEX SATIN paint.  I used another 2 1/2″ angled paint brush for all of the corners, shelves, rod, and baseboards.  Then I used a foam roller brush for the walls and ceiling.

***NOTE***  I used all of the same paint in the closet for the first coat to make it easier.  If you want to leave it with latex paint, skip STEP 4.  I painted the baseboards and rod with oil-based paint for a second coat (just because I thought they would get the most scratched).




TIME FRAME :  3 Hours

Paint all of the bedroom baseboards and door frames again (2nd coat) with the OIL-BASED paint AND paint the closet baseboards/closet rod.   The second coat goes on much faster than the first coat – yay!!  It will also look whiter and will cover the pre-existing scratches better

***TIP***Oil-based paint is more durable than latex paint so I decided that the closet baseboards and rod would get the most use.  I didn’t want wire coat hangers to scratch the paint off of the rod (painted with latex), or baseboards to get banged up either.  Once again, personal preference.




TIME FRAME:  3 Hours

Use LATEX FLAT paint for the ceilings.  Paint corners, tops and sides of door frames with 2 1/2″ angled brush to get into crevices.  The angled brush also helps to keep paint lines straighter – especially where the wall meets the ceiling.  Then roll with large roller brush.

***NOTE***  I only did one coat for the ceiling, but make sure you put a decent amount of paint on your roller brush to cover existing paint color.  Ceilings are very textured and will require more paint to cover the bumps.




TIME FRAME:  2 Hours (for 4 doors)

Paint the doors using the OIL-BASED paint, and do 2 coats.  My doors have an arch in them, so I painted the inset first with a brush.  Then I painted all of the flat surfaces with the smaller roller brush.

***The roller brush was the bomb – it was the perfect size for painting the door!!  Plus, no brush strokes!!***

You can tape off the door handle, take it off, or just paint around it (like me) using the angled paint brush.  I kept some paper towels and old rags around to wipe excess paint off of mine.

***TIP***Don’t forget to do the inside and outside parts of the door… well as the hinges.  I painted 2 coats on these also.

***LET DRY OVERNIGHT, and paint the 2nd coat the next day.***



















Now, you can move on to the next room or bathroom – right?  Just remember to take a break during all of the painting so you don’t get overwhelmed – trust me!!  I am on room 4 – so I’ll keep you updated!!





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Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Accessories

Now that we have settled into our home (a little more) after flooding, I can honestly say that it’s slowly beginning to feel like normal!!!  Hallejuhah!!!  Cue to the angels & the choir, because HOPE is in the air!!  It might also be due to the fact that I am taking a fabulous bible study class called “Anchored in Hope,” (taught by an incredibly blessed woman), but regardless, something beautiful inside the soul is taking place!!   And that hope has inspired me to finally get around to do a post on our Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Accessories.  

***Update***  Click HomeTour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom or Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room to see more of our house makeover.

I’ll be covering all things crystal, glass, and mirrors:

  1.   Chandelier
  2.   Crystal knobs
  3.   Glass pulls
  4.   Door knobs
  5.   Mirrors

Sink, shower, tub, and Barn door Hardware will come in next post – so stay tuned!!


I knew there was a ton to cover in this room, and that is probably why I have been procrastinating on getting this post done – LOL!!  Now, that I am looking through pictures, etc…., I know that I will have to split the master bath remodel into several posts.   So, just sit tight…. it’s coming!!

I will honestly admit that I had NO idea how much thought and planning went into a master bathroom remodel.  It’s very overwhelming (probably because I hadn’t planned on flooding – arrrrrgh!!) at first, but with the right planning it is achievable.  For this post, I will do some before, during, and after pictures on our master bath remodel…..and share my picks for master bathroom remodel: hardware accessories!!

Out of all of the changes that I made, the hardware accessories are what makes the bathroom mine!!  HUH????  The hardware and chandelier are the final accessories of the Master Bath;  they are the jewelry that adds the final touch.  And they reflect my (our – ha!) personality.  So, where did I get that bling…..?  Let’s find out 🙂

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***Skip to the end of post for the links to purchase hardware accessories.” ***








So, this is what it used to look like after the flood…… (sorry for the bad lighting)


This is during the sheetrock phase…..


And now…..






***  Some of the pictures don’t have all 3 phases…..just what I could find!! ***





Want more information on barn doors, click 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  Not Just For Farmhouse Style.















Shop Hardware Accessories

Chandelier – click HERE                              2.  Cabinet Knobs – click here large, click here small



3.  Cabinet Pulls                                                                                                      4.  Door Knobs –   tulip here

Click here 3″, here 3 3/4″,  here 5 1/16″                                                 round bubblefaceted 1, faceted 2

mine are 3 3/4″ (linen closet), 5 1/16″ (on vanities)                                        (passage= closet),  (privacy=bath LOCK)

Liberty 5-1/16 in. (128mm) Polished Nickel and Clear Acrylic Bar Drawer Pull

5.  Mirrors 20″x30″, 24″x36″, 30″x40″, 24″x54″

mine are (30″ x 40″)












If you have any questions, let me know!  Did you like the changes we made….and if so, which one was your favorite?  Shoot me a comment – I’d love to know what y’all think!!

Have a Fabulous Week!!!  

Love & Hugs 🙂


Want to see more before & after pictures of our remodel click:  Hurricane Harvey Flooded: House Makeover.  Want more painting advice…try Master Bed Makeover or Painting Kitchen Cabinets White.

Love modern farmhouse:  try 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools, Modern Farmhouse Staple:  the Antique Black Bed, or 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls.









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Opening up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room

I have always liked our kitchen, but the floorplan for the connecting dining room was awkward.  The wall between the two rooms had a dead space on the kitchen side that really couldn’t be used for anything, and the dining room side had two panel doors that were taking up space that the room really couldn’t afford to give up.  I knew if we could open the wall up between these two rooms, the dining room would feel bigger…… and the kitchen would get more natural light.  Plus, it would just give the area better flow between both rooms.   Let ‘s get to it!  Opening Up Kitchen Wall To Dining Room.

To see more of our updated kitchen click Hurricane Harvey Flooded (part 2) –  for our most current pictures.  To see our painted cabinets makeover (before we flooded) click Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White.

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BEFORE from dining room side:



The panel doors take up space on the adjoining wall and just don’t allow for enough room to move around the table.  When there is a Captain’s chair placed at the end of the table, the doors bump into it which is highly annoying.

I first thought about putting a single or double barn door here to save space, but quickly realized that decision would solve only one problem-  the “hinged door” problem.If I was going to change this area and spend the money, I knew opening up the wall would give me the best option for both rooms.








BEFORE from kitchen side:



Here is the dead space to the left side of the opening on the kitchen side.   I have tried everything in that space, and nothing seems to work properly.   I have used a rolling microwave cart, hooks for hanging functional items, decorative items, etc…. but there is just not enough room.

The rolling cart was functional so I could bump it up to the island to gain extra work space, but moving  it back and forth got old quick.  Anything that attached to the wall, only interfered with walking traffic.  Plus, when the pantry door opens (door to the left), it would bump into anything new I tried.  BRU-TAL!!





BEFORE from living room side:



The kitchen floorplan is designed at an angle (at the bar area shown here) so that the area of focus nauturally directs the eye to the pantry door & dead space.  Since the height of the panel doors was the same height as  the pantry door, I knew something was lacking here.

This little area is also my “mama” space where I have my morning coffee and check emails.   It was essential to my sanity that I had something more inspiring to look at than a blank wall.










Taking out the doors completely changes the look and function of both rooms, and adds extra space to the dining area around the table.  There are no longer doors bumping into chairs or guests.

BEFORE …..                                                        AFTER…..


The dead space is  completely gone, and is now replaced with a view of the outside.   The awkward wall area is removed creating  better traffic flow between rooms and more light.

BEFORE…..                                                      AFTER……



The opening to the dining room is higher than the pantry door which allows the focus to be  diverted into the dining room.  The pantry door is still in view, but the lamp and buffet draw your attention away from it.  The extra height also allows for more natural light to shine into the kitchen, and helps make the kitchen feel bigger.

BEFORE…..                                                        AFTER…..

***FYI- In this picture, the pantry door is still the old builder grade paint color, but has been changed.  I’ll show updated pictures later when I do the post on painting the cabinets white.  One project always leads to the next….am I right?  Click Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White to see that post.


So, how does something like this come together?  Let’s take a look at the process.  Clear your dining room and kitchen as much as you can, and cover everything.  It WILL get dusty.

First, the panel doors and frame come off.  You (or your contractor) decide where to cut the wall, and move any electrical switches, plugs, etc…  I wanted to keep the light switch, but removed the plug.

I also asked that they make the opening the same height as the arch on the other side of the dining room opening.  This will also help the room feel more balanced.


Then, they will cut out the frame and put in bracing boards on top and sides.  They will add sheet rock, and begin the tape and float process.


Closeup of tape and float and adding texture.


Next they will add the trim pieces to match existing trim, or you can buy new trim for all of it.

At this point, I chose to prime and paint the trim myself to save the $300 painting quote.  (no picture)