HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED HOUSE MAKEOVER (Part 2)

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

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

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

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


REBUILDING AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY: 

FLOODED HOUSE MAKEOVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 


HOME. SWEET. HOME

 

 

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

Love & Hugs 🙂

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

 

 

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12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools

I just have to say that I have been wanting to do a post on modern farmhouse bar stools for.EV.ER!!! and I am soooo excited to finally get the chance.  There is just something about the modern farmhouse style that draws you in with it’s clean lines and no-fuss approach to decorating, and the bar stools follow these same guidelines.  12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools.

Once the bones of the kitchen are set up in the modern farmhouse style, the bar stools actually accent and personalize the space.  And this is what makes each person’s kitchen sooooo unique- love this!!!  

***Follow my pinterest board for more inspiration.  Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools Love. I am constantly updating this board with new pictures. 

Click here for coastal farmhouse dining tables, here for coastal farmhouse master bedroom inspiration, or here for Find Your Style:  Four Farmhouse Mood Boards.


12 BEST MODERN FARMHOUSE BAR STOOLS

 

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When scrolling through pinterest for kitchen inspirations, 3 things immediately catch my eye:  bar stools, light pendants, and the color of the  kitchen cabinets.   These are the 3 elements that seem to move the eye around, and give the most interest to a plain kitchen canvas. 

Since most of my kitchen inspirations have a little farmhouse style in them, I knew finding the 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Stools wouldn’t be a problem.   It’s just that I didn’t know if I could edit all of  these bad boys into a cliff notes version post (yep- I said cliff notes…remember those)? 

So, I will try to do my best and scale it down the best I can…which means….grab a drink & some snacks.  You’ll be here for awhile!!

***NOTE***This post contains affiliate links which means I will receive a small compensation if you purchase from these links.  This helps me to be able to write free content, and to support my blog.  I only choose items that support the content of my blog topic, which is intended to help you, the reader.  Thank you for your support! 🙂

 

***UPDATED:  MAY 21, 2019***

Updated links are now available with pictures. So scroll down to the END of the post to shop bar stools with pictures of all of the items..

 


12 MODERN FARMHOUSE BAR STOOLS

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FIRST THINGS FIRST:

Here are some guidelines to help you with measurements and spacing when purchasing bar stools.  The main thing to look at is your counter height:

counter height (35″ – 37″) = counter stool

bar height (41″-43″) = bar stool

extra tall bar height (44″-47″) = extra tall bar stool

So, don’t forget to measure!  Let’s get to the good stuff – the styles!!!

 

 

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12 STYLES

  1. Round
  2. Modern Round
  3. Modern Industrial Chic
  4. Square
  5. Metal With Back
  6. X-Back Wood
  7. Modern Industrial
  8. Upholstered Backless
  9. Bistro
  10. Upholstered With Back
  11. Modern Miscellaneous
  12. Modern Saddle Back

1.  ROUND BAR STOOLS

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Shop this Look:  Round Bar Stools

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5

 


2.  MODERN ROUND BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Modern Round Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6

 


3.  MODERN INDUSTRIAL CHIC BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Modern Industrial Chic Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4,

Option 5, Option 6, Option 7, Option 8, Option 9   

 


4.  SQUARE BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Square Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4Option 5, Option 6

 


5.  METAL BAR STOOLS WITH BACK

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Shop the Look:  Metal w/Back Bar Stool

Option 1 (more colors), Option 2 (more colors), Option 3, Option 4, Option 5                                                               


6.  X-BACK WOOD BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  X-Back Wood Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4Option 5, Option 6                                                     

Option 7 (more colors), Option 8 (unfinished), Option 9 (swivel)

 


7.  MODERN INDUSTRIAL BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Modern Industrial Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7, Option 8, Option 9                                                           

 


8.  UPHOLSTERED BACKLESS BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Upholstered Backless Bar Stool

Option 1Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5,

Option 6, Option 7Option 8, Option 9, Option 10, Option 11                                                                   

 


9.  BISTRO BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Blue/Black French Cafe Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7 

 

 


10.  UPHOLSTERED BAR STOOLS WITH BACK

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Shop the Look:  Upholstered Bar Stool with Back

Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7,  Option 8  

Option 10, Option 11, Option 12, Option 13, Option 14, Option 15, Option 16                                                           

 


11.  MODERN MISCELLANEOUS BAR STOOLS 

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Shop the Look:  Modern Miscellaneous Bar Stool

Option 1, Option 2Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7,  Option 8Option 9                                                                          

 


12.  WOODEN SADDLE BACK BAR STOOLS

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Shop the Look:  Saddle Back Bar Stool

Option 1Option 2Option 3, Option 4, Option 5, Option 6, Option 7,

Option 8Option 9, Option 10, Option 11, Option 12Option 13 

P.S…… The Last bar stools (OPTION 13) – white w/gray top are mine!!  LOVE them!!  Scroll To the End of Post to see them. 🙂


So many to choose from- right??  It’s amazing how one bar stool style can look so different depending on how it is made:  color, fabric, wood/metal, and shape.  The style not only changes the look of the kitchen….it also changes the feel of the kitchen.  Love that!!

***Now, that you’ve scrolled all the way through….. which one works best for your style?   Let me know which one you try.***

Need more kitchen inspiration?  Check out 15 Easy Solutions – Kitchen Organizations 2018, 12 Kitchen Upgrades You Can’t Live Without, and 5 Tips- Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made)

Love all things farmhouse:  Try:  55 Incredible Barn Doors, 28 Incredible Barn Doors, The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls (Part 1)  41Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls (Part 2), Modern Farmhouse Staple:  Antique Black Bed, and Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

Find Your Style:  Four Farmhouse Mood Boards

Have a Great Weekend!! Love & Hugs – Jael 🙂 


***SHOP BAR STOOLS*** 

(CLICK ON PICTURE FOR LINK TO WEBSITE)

1. ROUND

 

Orvelle Reclaimed Pine Adjustable Barstool by Kosas Home

Denise Austin Home Brixton Adjustable Swivel Bar Stool, Brown Leather

 

Kendall Counter Stool, 24"Modern Industrial Design Adjustable Seat Height Bar/Counter Stool


2. MODERN ROUND

Mayworth Chrome 19-inch Barstool (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home

 

 

Aimes Wood and Metal Adjustable StoolDonington 27" Swivel Bar Stool

 

 

Donington 27" Swivel Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


3. MODERN INDUSTRIAL CHIC

Charlie 24" Bar StoolShea wood and iron rustic Swivel Bar Stool , Set of 2

 

Shop for Albia 32-inch Swivel Barstool (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home. Get free shipping at Overstock - Your Online Furniture Outlet Store! Get 5% in rewards with Club O! - 12091240Carbon Loft Ewart Scooped Seat Stool (Set of 2)

 

 

 

Shop for Moka Solid Wood and Metal Counter Stool (Set of 2). Get free shipping at Overstock - Your Online Furniture Outlet Store! Get 5% in rewards with Club O! - 16341602Coan 30" Bar Stool (Set of 2)

 

Industrial Driftwood StoolShop for Burgos 31-inch Rustic Barstool by Christopher Knight Home. Get free shipping at Overstock - Your Online Furniture Outlet Store! Get 5% in rewards with Club O! - 11643279

 

 

Gonesse 30.75" Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. SQUARE

Fortuna 24" Bar Stool

24" Antique-Style Clear Brush Distressed Counter Stools Wood Seat, Set of 4

 

24" Vintage-Style Antique-Style Distressed Metal Brush Bar Stools, Set of 4

Lompoc 24" Bar Stool

 

 

Spur Metal and Wood Bar Stools, Set of 4, 30"Hartwell Metal Bar Stools, Set of 4, 30"

 


5. METAL WITH BACK

 

Cercis 30" Bar Stool

 

Ellery 26" Bar Stool

Bowery Hill 30" Metal Bar Stool, Distressed Copper

 

Fortuna 23.5" Bar Stool

 

Fortuna 30" Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


6. X-BACK WITH WOOD

Roxy Gray Wash Stool, Counter Height

Safavieh Eleanor Counterstool, Weathered Oak

 

Myrtle Counter Stool, Wire-Brushed FinishSafavieh Franklin Oak Wood Barstool, Hickory

 

 

Non Swivel Stool With Criss-Cross Backrest, Counter SeatBistro Barstool

 

 

 

Fortunata 24" Bar StoolFinley Home Marlo 31 in. Bar Stool

 


7. MODERN INDUSTRIAL

Rustic Metal Swivel StoolEdison Adjustable Height Stool

 

 

Ashland Low-Back Adjustable Height Bar Stool

Molinaro Adjustable Height Bar Stool

 

 

Kosas Pennie 30" Counter Stool

Gracie 27" Bar Stool

 

 

Essonnes Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool

Abbyson Lamar Industrial Iron Bar Stool

 

Henson 25.5" Swivel Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8. UPHOLSTERED BACKLESS

Harper Counter Stool, Stone WashLyda 26" Bar Stool

 

 

Ashford Sean Counter Stool, Dark Moon Canvas

Varville Backless Barstool, French Beige by Kosas Home

 

 

 

 

Cortesi Home Sadie Backless Swivel Counter Stool, Solid Wood and Beige FabricStolz 26" Swivel Bar Stool

 

 

Cirque 26" Stool, Set Of 2, Gray

 


9. BISTRO

Rattan Bistro Bar Chair, White and Blue

 

Counter Stool FURNITURE CLASSICS PEARL

 

Tobias Black & White Rattan Bar Stool - Black

 

Adeline Backless Bistro Bar Stool, Black and White

 

Safavieh Kipnuk Blue/ White Indoor Outdoor Stool - 20.5" x 20.5" x 30"Safavieh Kipnuk Grey/ White Indoor Outdoor Stool - 20.5" x 20.5" x 30"

 


10. UPHOLSTERED WITH BACK

Abbyson Living Hudson 43" Fabric Nailhead Bar Stool, WhiteBaltimore 30" Bar Stool

 

 

Castana Beige Fabric Backed Bar Stools, Set of 2Cleveland 30.5" Bar Stool

 

 

Remy 25" Bar StoolSixtine Bar & Counter Stool

 

 

Westland Bar & Counter Stool

Cayman 26" Bar Stool

 

Stones & Stripes Park Avenue Beige Linen Counter StoolShop for Memphis 30-inch Brown Birch and Fabric Bar Stool by Greyson Living. Get free shipping at Overstock - Your Online Furniture Outlet Store! Get 5% in rewards with Club O! - 12799953

 

Cormiers 26" Bar Stool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melrose Swivel Stool, Driftwood, Bar Height

Epernay 26" Bar Stool

 

Taube 26" Bar Stool

Celeste 26" Bar Stool

 


11. MODERN MISCELLANEOUS

 

Vero Barstool 24"

Natural Wicker Loren Counter Stool

 

 

Rattan and Metal Hairpin Flynn Barstools Set of 2

Mid Century Y Wood Counter Stool, Natural Beech Frame/Natural Seat

 

Bentley Bar Stools, Set of 2, BrownLafayette 30.5" Bar Stool

 


12. WOODEN SADDLEBACK

 

 

Whitworth 24" Bar Stool

 

 

 

Harper Square Stool, Bar StoolHayden 25" Bar Stool

 

 

 

Gaucho 24" Counter Height Stool, White, Set of 2

24" Counter Height Solid Wooden Saddle Seat Stools, Set of 2, Walnut

 

Sharman Counter Height 24" Bar Stool

 

 

 

Bryd 28.9" Bar Stool

 

 

Faux Leather Saddle Seat Stools, Set of 2, White

And here they are in my house – what do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Easy Solutions- Kitchen Organization 2018

We have all heard the phrase that the kitchen is the hub of the home.   It not only holds cooking utensils and essentials, it is a memo station for important activities, a linen closet for table settings and entertaining, and a utility closet for cleaning supplies and tools all rolled up into one area. 

So it’s no surprise that having an organized kitchen will help you  have an organized lifestyle (or at least get you one step closer).   If you’re looking to start fresh in 2018 to get more organized, start here….yep….in the kitchen! 

Here are 15 EASY solutions for kitchen organization you can try without spending a ton of money, or hiring a carpenter to do.   *** Stay tuned for Kitchen Upgrades & Remodeling Ideas – Post coming soon!!! ***

***UPDATE*** If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look is now ready!


15 Easy Solutions – Kitchen Organization 2018

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1-  MEMO STATION

Add an area with cork board or dry erase board to the inside of cabinet doors or wall.  Add hooks to hold keys or pet leashes, and containers to hold pens/markers/pencils. 

Create an area to hold mail or other important documents, and a notepad when you need to write a quick note to take with you on the run.  Don’t forget a NEW calendar for 2018!! 

Go with a small station, medium station, or large station depending on your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2-  SPICE DRAWER

Choose one drawer or cabinet to hold all of your spices.  Place a foam spice liner, wooden spice rack, or plastic spice rack in it to keep them from rolling around. 

These organizers will help cut down on time searching for the spice you need while cooking, and alert you when the spice is running low. 

Plus you will be able to see the front of each label. Sometimes oregano looks like basil, or maybe it’s rosemary….LOL!!!  You get the idea.

If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look

 

 

 


 

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3-  TUPPERWARE

Put tupperware in storage bins or baskets to keep lids and containers together.  The bins will keep the lids from sliding down and help match container to it’s lid. 

They will also help save room in your cabinet or drawer by stacking them vertically rather than horizontally.  Go with small/medium/large bins, or multiple sizes to work with all drawer and cabinet dimensions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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4-  PAPER/WRAPS

Attach a paper/wrap organizer to the inside of a cabinet door to hold saran wrap, foil, wax paper, etc….  It saves space and is easy to grab quickly when needed. 

You can also do the same thing with ziploc bags.  The boxes stay upright when grouped together, and can be seen through the mesh screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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5-  TRASH PULL OUT

Keep trash out of sight (and smell) by storing it under the counter.  Use one can pull out or two cans pull out, depending on your needs, and keep extra trash bags in the same area. 

Plus you can roll out the drawer and wipe food items from the counter directly into the cans.  Gotta love that!!

 

 

 

 

 


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6- BAKING SHEETS

Gain more space in cabinets by arranging baking sheets vertically versus horizontally.  Use a wire organizer so the pans have something sturdy to lean against, and room for stacking multiple pans in small sections. 

This also would work for muffin pans and broiler pans.

 

If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look

 

 

 


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7-  DISHES

With the growing trend of open shelving being used  more and more in the kitchen, there is a greater need for under counter storage.  Use large drawers for dishes and and glasses with wooden partitions. 

These partitions will help dishes from sliding around, and the wood helps the dishes from breaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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8-  SPONGES

Instead of having wasted space at the sink, use  hinged doors with plastic containers to store cleaning sponges and brushes.  These containers hold water that may leak from sponges and help to keep wooden cabinets dry. 

They also also allow porous sponges to dry (lying vertically) instead of lying flat (lying horizontally) on top or inside the sink bowl.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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9-  UTILITY CLOSET

Attach doors to side of unused cabinet walls for laundry and cleaning supplies.  Make a long section for taller items like brooms and mops, and a shorter section for cleaning products. 

Add storage hooks to hang items on the wall in the longer section to free up space, and add shelves to the shorter section to hold multiple products and refills.

 

If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look

 

 

 

 


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10- WATER BOTTLES

Use a wine rack- type of organizer to store water bottles, thermoses, etc… that can’t be stacked one on top of each other. 

Laying them horizontally helps them from rolling around or falling over like dominoes, and you can see the exact bottle you want to use.  You can also stack more bottles because you are utilizing the entire cabinet height.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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11- CUTTING BOARDS

Attach a wire rack to the inside of a cabinet door to keep cutting boards all in one place.  The rack keeps them from sliding (if stored upright), and allows you to see the one you want to use (because it is facing you). 

If you store them shortest to tallest (like the picture) you won’t have to dig around looking for the one you want to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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12- COOKING UTENSILS

Use a ceramic crock (new or old) to hold cooking utensils and store on top of your counter.  The crock holds the utensils upright to so they are easier to see and grab. 

You won’t have to dig through a drawer to find the one need, and you can put your favorite utensils in it .  Plus, it’s super cute!!  Try stainless or ceramic.

 

If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look

 

 

 


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13- POT, PANS, & LIDS

Attach top and bottom wire wracks to inside of cabinets or drawers to store pots, pans, and lids.  Use narrow dividers to hold lids, and wide dividers to hold pots and pans. 

These racks help utilize the height of cabinets and drawers to gain the most out of these spaces. Use a pot & pan organizer and a lid organizer also.

 

 

 

 

 


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14- UNDER SINK 

This area seems to get the most congested since it is a “catch all” for a variety of cleaners and supplies.  Add racks with shelves to sides of cabinet doors for frequently used items, and a lazy susan (that is sturdy) for less frequently used items. 

Use a plastic bucket to fill with products you can take with you for cleaning areas of your home.  All of your products will be ready to go (for a quick grab), and any drips from cleaners or sponges will drop into the bucket.

 

 

 


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15- FLATWARE

Store utensils in organizer that fits the entire drawer.   You won’t waste unused space in the drawer, and you can add more utensils or serveware.   

Try out this DIY project or use this flatware organizer – it expands to fit any size drawer.  Since utensils are used every day, keeping them organized causes less wine drinking when cooking -LOL!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know which one (or two) you try- I’d love to hear your feedback!!  If you are looking to shop kitchen organization, try Best 15 Kitchen Solutions:  Get the Look.

Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!  Love & 2018 HUGS!!! 🙂

 

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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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OPENING UP KITCHEN WALL TO DINING ROOM

BEFORE from dining room side:

 

PROBLEM #1

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:

 

PROBLEM #2

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:

 

PROBLEM #3

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS

PROBLEM #1 SOLVED:

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.

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PROBLEM #2 – SOLVED: 

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……

 


PROBLEM #3 SOLVED:

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.


THE PROCESS

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)

I also had them change out my chandelier in the dining room and the foyer, because there’s ALWAYS something new to add to every project.

The dining room light pendant is by Regina Andrews from Horchow.

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And the light pendant in the foyer is E.F. Chapman Darlana 6-Light Pendant, polished nickel.

 

E. F. Chapman Darlana Large Lantern, Polished Nickel

 


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NOW….

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Have a Great Day!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

Want to see more of our Dining Room try:

My Easter Tablescape

Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room

Fall Home Tour (Dining Room)

Christmas Dining Room

 

 

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