Kitchen Source List

In case you missed it, our kitchen is officially transformed from this:

Small kitchen design

To this!

White_Kitchen_Marble_Backsplash

I’ve had a few emails asking for all the details and sources, so here you go!

Kitchen Source List

Hood | Pendant Light | Paint | Backsplash | Hardware | Counter Top | Cabinets | Oven | Faucet 

And a few thoughts on the whole sha bang…. First, if you’re local – our counter tops were a great deal, from Stone City – great guys in downtown Raleigh. Super fast and their pricing was just over $50 per square ft installed including a sink. At the big box you’re looking at over $70…

Cabinets warrant an entire additional post :) Overall though, we really like our cabinets! We DIYed the install this time which was much more affordable. We used Cliq Studios (an online retailer).

My all time favorite GE appliances are still cafe, but we saved a bunch doing profile this time. All the functionalities and features are the same – just don’t get the industrial style handles.

Our paint color is Benjamin Moore Pale Oak – we have that throughout most of the downstairs.

I love our little octagon hardware too – such a cute detail!

Faux_Marble_Counter_Tops

Price breakdown:

  • Appliances: $3,890
  • Counter: $1,590
  • Backsplash: $220
  • Faucet: $70
  • Hardware: $125
  • Vent Hood: $189
  • Cabinets: $6,143

If you’d like to work with me to design a kitchen for your home, contact me! :) For $75 I’ll source the whole sha-bang and pick out every last detail so y’all can just get to cooking :) Or get to eating, I prefer the eating part myself 😉

LGI Logo

Dining Room Built-Ins

I love my husband for 1001 reasons – he is literally the best human and I’m forever indebted to him for all he’s done (and continues to do, you better bet that honey do list aint complete) for our family.

So these built-ins y’all. These built-ins are pushing him to the 101/100 level cause they are sweet as sugar and I’m totally obsessed.

Built_In_Bookcase_Dining_Room

We’ve had some practice in this arena with the other houses (like this, and this, and this), but we’ve definitely had learning experiences as we’ve gone along and I do feel like these turned out much better than some of our other attempts. Practices makes perfect, I guess! 😉

If I could hand a few silver nuggets on how to make builts ins look sublime this would be it:

  • Sand the hello dolly out of them (in between every paint coat – sand, too)
  • Add extra pieces of trim to the shelves to beef up the front and make it look chunkier (big difference between our first built-ins here, 4 years ago, and these ones!)
  • Always add crown – gives it the zinggggg :)

Builtin_Bookcase_Styling

We had a counter and cabinets in here before, so we knew we needed to order some to match when we renovated our kitchen a few months back. Although it definitely added to the cost to have a professional style base cabinet (vs the pre-fab options we’ve used in the past from Home Depot stock cabinets) but I think it provides continuity and a uniform look. Since these two rooms (our dining and kitchen) are connected to each other and in the same visual plain, it seemed important to have a streamlined look between the two spaces.

I had lots of fun styling the bookcases – and finally using some of the decorations and picture frames that we’ve had stored in closets for a year +

Bookcase_Styling_Inexpensive

Jay insisted on adding a beer opener, and fridge, hehe. We had a wine fridge here in the old design, which apparently, does not get cold enough for beer 😉

Bottle_Opener_Wall_Mounted

Another favorite new addition is this dining light. which I got on sale for $270 (which is still steeeeepp, but I do love it!). I wanted something classic and understated in this room, and this light fits the bill. We started out with a chandelier I found on craigslist (which you can see here) and it was too low (and people kept hitting their heads on it), so after a year I updated to this light and I love it.

Drum_Chandelier_Dining_Room

Another view. Smitten!

I love the brass detail on it and I think it adds some warmth to the space as well.

Oblong_Drum_Chandelier_Dining_Room

We also added in a kitchen for Mr. H in our dining room. Keeps him busy “cooking” for us while we make dinner each night! This was a $25 craigslist find that we painted navy for him and gift to him this Christmas. So far the paint is holding up fine (we just spray painted it…)

Pottery_Barn_Kitchen_DIY

Right now the bookcase looks a smidge bare, but I figure in a few months we will add to it with thrift store knick knacks and family photos.

DIY_Built_In_Bookcase

This is the before of the dining room – I love the white – it makes the space feel so much more open and bright!

Dining Room with Built in

And the full shot view once more, for comparison:

Built_In_Bookcase_Dining_Room

Gutting Kitchens Is My Jam

I know, I know…. I owed y’all an update 😉 For anyone that’s been following along since house 1.0 on the blog (2.0 in real life) you know that we, well, we like renovating kitchens 😀 This house is not different – it had some things I wanted to change from day one. I’ve been waiting almost 8-months – in Mary time, this is eternity.

And this is what we’ve landed up with.

White_Kitchen_Marble_Backsplash

Yep, another white on white kitchen, ha! We DID put in some slightly different details in this reno and for the first time, we did everything ourselves vs ordering from Lowes or Home Depot.

First change, we opted to install a marble herringbone backsplash (we used this one). Although I like the texture it adds to the space, it was rather beastly to install. We even went out and bought a new tile saw mid way through since our current version was virtually impossible to use with tiles arranged in a sheet. We had to go through and basically cut tiles individually for the corners and edges. Funnnn.

Marble_Herringbone_Backsplash

This style landed up requiring that we did a lot of individual cuts which was the biggest pain in the patootie. I’m glad we did this style vs subway tile (although more expensive, too), but yo, be prepared to give it a solid weekend of slaving.

We also added in a fancy pants hood above the oven this round. We cook a lot at home and I wanted a fan to help vent out some of the skillet smoke we get going up in here from time to time. So far, it’s work great – although it’s not silent (are any vent hoods, we’ve never had one before?) We didn’t pay much for this, it was around $200, so I’m sure more expensive models are quieter, but I’m usually trying to drown out a child screaming for apple juice come about 5 o’clock soooo, I find it rather soothing.

Marble_Mosaic_Kitchen_Backsplash

Some of my other favorite finds in the space are these cheap as dirt light pendants from amazon. I love the look of the really meaty substantial industrial style ones too (like this), but the thing I love about this model is the clear glass doesn’t block the view from the living room / eat-in area to the kitchen, so it’s nice to have that clear view through.

Industrial_Pendant_Lights

I spotted these barstools on craigslist and jumped into the car stat to get them since they were like 60% off retail and virtually new. I think we paid $100 for both! Woo hoo!

Faux_Marble_Counter_Tops

Here is a photo of what this angle looked like before. The higher counter really cut off the room and chopped up the visual IMO. I much prefer the larger counter across – it’s great for prepping and cooking with H – he comes right up to the barstools to help.

Kitchen layout for small kitchen

We still need to add crown at some point but I’m not hustling too hard on that front these days. Perhaps in a few months! I’ll have a cost break down up in the books for y’all soon. For now, I’ve got some posts coming in the next few weeks to do a holistic update of where our house updates are right now! :)

 

Master Bath 2.0

Isn’t it refreshing what a difference some paint can make. For thirty bucks, you really can’t beat the transformation it helps to bring to a space, y’all. Case and point. Our Master Bathroom.

Double Vanity in Bathroom

Our dark green, dated and well – ugly Master Bathroom. This was actually one of (the?) last room we painted in our house because truth be told, I think we were both just so stinking happy to have a loo that had 2-sinks and a walk-in shower that we really didn’t care that much about the paint color. But if you know me, you know 4-months is actually an awfully long time to sit on my laurels on NOT paint something, so we got to gettin’ and painted that joint!

Updating Exhisting Bath

It came out a bit greener than I thought the color would look (after slapping some samples on the wall), but overall, I’m pleased with pudding with how it looks.

Here is a view of the color up against the floor, which is NOT going to change for at least another year. Hold me to that internet world. See, Jay and I had a bit of a preview on how well this tile was laid when we went to remove the laundry room tile. Yeah. Not a huge desire to do that for the entire room.

Upgrading Bathroom Tile

Not planned at all, but the color actually is sorta matchy matchy with the little accent color we have going on around the shower interior, so there’s that.

Updating Master Bathroom

One nice thing about this bathroom is that it has a little corner dedicated to extra storage for towels and such. I’ve got plans to try and rehab this little looker to make it look a bit more in sync with the updates I plan to make down the line (think crisp and white and bright).

Built-in Bathroom Storage

I don’t want to spend much on the reno, so it’s going to be a work with what we’ve got rendition 😉

Speaking of working with what we have, we’ve been making some subtle upgrades to the space to help the room feel more put together. Like scoring these sconces for 70% off on craigslist.

Bathroom Hardware Update

I didn’t even take pictures of the old lights. Trust me – they were ugly 😉

This is a vantage looking in from the door to our bedroom. The shower needs to go eventually, along with the vanity, but for now the color is so much better.

Master Bathroom Renovation

I’ve also got to get rid of these two-toned faucets. Not working man.

Updating Bathroom Hardware

Overall – things feel much better and it feels really good to finally have all the really dark and outdated colors in the house switched out for colors that feel more like us!

For anyone looking to recreate the look – the color was Benjamin Moore color matched at Lowes.

 

Gourd Lamp Lookers

I have wanted gourd lamps in my house since 1953. Yes. That long. And lucky me, I finally found a set gracing the aisle of HomeGoods. Now normally at HG I can find one… but a set – this is rare indeed.

Gourd Lamp Light Blue

Oh, are y’all asking me to rewind. Saying things like – wait – they painted their bedroom, I thought it looked like this. Well it did look like that my friends – it did. I just doesn’t anymore.

Master Bedroom with ensuite

This actually falls into the category of happy accidents. See I bought (2) cans of Benjamin Moore Pale Oak, thinking I’d need all of it for the downstairs, since it’s a pretty big space. The paint spirits must have intervened because we had a full gallon left over. So although I wasn’t initially planning to paint our room Pale Oak, didn’t want to waste it, and it’s neutral enough that it’s a good “for now” color for the room.

Here is a shot of it further back, with those lovely gourd lamps flanking either side of the bed.

King Bedroom Furniture

Yes, true. It’s a very white bed. BUT – I was thinking economy style here folks. See this quilt. Got it for $3 at the goodwill.

So although I’d really like to get some more color in this room, for $3, this is a good place holder. Kinda like the “free” paint.  King Quilt Deal

Another fun find is this vintage bamboo dresser that I got off craigslist for $60. I had to drop want I was doing and sprint to the car, since like 270 people email this chick about it in the first hour of it being posted. I’ve always said – if you price something right on the list you know – cause it will fly.

Vintage Bamboo Dresser

I’m pretty happy with the new addition! I’m thinking of painting it Kendall Charcoal one of these weekends to really make the gold hardware pop a bit more. On the list of things to do.

Kendall Charcoal Painted Furniture

Here is a close up of our bed, which (you guessed it) we also got off craigslist. It was $40. And that, my friends, is why I pretty much only buy furniture used. Deal-o.

King Headboard

Although the room is leaning a bit traditional right now, I am liking the general direction. I think we can liven (a la the gourd lamps) it up a bit with a nice (colorful) duvet and some curtains.

Master Bedroom Mood Board

Our Master Bedroom was not my favorite room when we moved in. There are things I LOVE about the space (walk in closet, en suite bath), but the color (matching the laundry room and the nursery and office), was not my fav… See what I mean? It looks like a creepy motel room to me.

Master Bedroom Before and After

Which is why I had to get a Master Bedroom mood board going on – just to give me hope that this room could have a new beginning. Light – simple – open – airy.

 

Master Bedroom Mood Board

I want this room to have some fun pops of color, too, which is where the navy comes in. Although I’m a sucker for a neutral undertone in a room, I do love some good accents to give it a bit of spice.

This wall, for instance, against the closets is in need of attention. A dresser, mirror and lamps is what I have planned for some additional storage options.

Master Bedroom Before

Right now I’m kind of in inspiration land with the space and slowly but surely, I know we’ll get there. Here are some of my favorite master bedrooms that inspired my mood board.

Like this beauty. I just love this room – totally on point and exactly the look I was trying to create in my master bedroom mood board. Now where to find that quilt for the end of the bed …

Blue_Coverlet_King_Bed

Love the pop of coral on this one – need to find a room I can get some coral in – it’s such a pretty color!

Coral_Accent_Color

Those throw pillows – that lamp. Yep.

Ikat_Pillows_For_Bed

Talk about oversized mirror, but y’all, I kinda like it!

Sunburst_Mirror_Above_Bed

All the sources for can be found on my pinterest page, here!

Industrial Laundry Room Inspiration

So each house, it seems, we move up one peg on the laundry room scene. First house – gloomy basement, second – still in basement, slightly less gloomy, still damp, third house – we added our closet laundry, but it was a tight fit, this house – a closet that’s actually planned to have a laundry in it. Maybe by our last house, we’ll actually have a room. he he. #LifeGoals

Ta da!! Behind door #1 and #2, is our laundry room!

Laundry Room Closet

Here is our laundry room as is below, pretty much how it looks on a daily basis. Can you see why I’m looking for some laundry room inspiration to spruce this joint up a bit? I love the industrial laundry room vibe – kinda the farmhouse look that’s going on right now.

Renovating Small Laundry Room

So things that left room to be desired in the laundry room inspiration category. Let’s start with the paint. I mean, need I say more.

There are things I really like about the room – like the hanging bar across the top. Tres functional.

Renovating Laundry Room

And there are things I don’t like as much – like our dryer (pan right…). It’s old and it sounds like an army of burly men are hiking through our upstairs every time we dry our clothes. Not good for evening loads when the babe is sleeping (or for that matter when we’re trying to sleep…)

Washer and Dryer Replacement

Before, the room had some beigey tile on the ground – the same stuff that’s plastered all over our bathrooms up here. Very builder grade, and not so much my jam. And definitely doesn’t fit the industrial laundry room vibe I’m going for.

Laundry Room Before and After

Once we had everything removed from the space, we had a very open, very green, room – ready for some over hauling.

Laundry Room Closet Renovation

As a sneak peak of what we’ve been up to in this space (more on that next week), here is my general mood board for our industrial laundry room inspiration and how I’d like this room to look. I think we’re going to get there in a few different phases, but I’m very excited with the progress so far! I want some raw wood elements, coupled with metal for that industrial laundry room vibe.

Laundry Room Mood Board

 

 

 

Navy Blue I Love You

Poor Henry. Poor us, lol. That kid shared a room with his parents for his first year of life and man am I ready for him to have his own pad here in the new house. See when we sold the house last fall, the babe was still sleeping in a pack and play – thinking we would only be in our new apartment a few months, we opted for a great location and a SMALL space. 1-bedroom. So, the baby slept with us.

Which was fine – until it wasn’t. The last month or two living in the apartment we slept on the living room floor so he would sleep through the night and not wake when we’d come in each night. Ahhh, the things you do for love – and a full night sleep.

So this is a long story – which has a happy ending. Mr H has his own room now and after a painting blitz a few weekends back with Behr Night Club, it’s now lovely and dark and dreamy and perfect for my little one. Literally, I think this may be the perfect navy blue paint for a room. Love. It.

Dark Blue Baby Room

It’s definitely not finished but it is DEFINITELY better than our starting point.

In all honesty, since the baby is a crazy monkey that pulls things out of their places and just want to run around generally anyway, we probably won’t add a ton more to the space. Right now it has a reading nook we use each night before bed.

Dark Blue Boys Room

Henry loves reading Little Blue Truck each night, lol. We ride bikes over here, so not sure where his love for this truck book came from. He must like all my highly authentic animal noises 😉

Dark Navy Baby Room

I love the way this little blanket looks draped over the side of his bed against the navy blue walls and it actually helps me to escape (most nights) unnoticed after we tuck him in. :)

Ikea Lenda Curtains

He had this book shelf in his last room. We still need to add some accessories to it, but for now, it’s a good placeholder for our night time reading books.

I’ve also had these Lenda curtains (from IKEA) stacked away for over a year. I’m so glad they finally have a home. Need to be hemmed still, but H loves using them for peek-a-boo whenever he gets the chance 😉

Inexpensive Linen Curtains

Items still on my short list for this room include getting a ceiling fan for his room. This 90’s builder grade classic is just not making my heart skip a beat – and let’s face it – if your light fixtures don’t make your heart go pitter patter, why have them. YOLO man.

Ceiling Fan in Child's Room

I also got this lamp base at my favorite local thrift shop. Still need to get a side table for next to the chair, but I think this will look really cute in the space once we have a shade and everything for it.

Thrift Store Lamps

Here is a close up of the sweet constellation photos we had up in his nursery, before we sold the last house. I LOVE these!! True story, my OCD self has a hard time when these get knocked around and slightly out of place though. Especially that bottom row that’s right at Henry’s reach level – ha ha!! Yep, they’re not straight very often.

Constellation Prints Childs Room

And a final view, from the hall with the navy blue walls up against the white trim. It’s a dark room man, but I love it! (Color is Behr Night Club, for anyone looking to recreate the look)

Night Club Behr Paint

 

 

 

Dark Blue Nursery Inspiration

Oh it’s true – our little squirrel needed a room of his own. I think it’s probably one of the main reasons we started to get like desperate for a house after looking for a year. We just could not share a room with the babe any more – he more or less kicked us out anyway, so yeahhh. :)

Henry’s room in the new house is perfectly sized for the little tike and a few months of living here, we decided it was high time to get some paint up on the walls and transform his space from a room with a crib and some baskets – to an actual baby space! True to form, we started out with some mood board/pinterest inspiration. I knew I wanted to do a dark baby room this time. No white walls here.

Mood Board Boys Room

For reference, this is what the room looked like when we moved in. Along with the rest of the upstairs, the walls were painted a dark green color that wasn’t my jam. Upstairs Office Space

They were using the space as an office, as you can see from the photo above. It’s not a huge room, but for a little person, I mean really – how much space does one need?

Now if you’re new to this blog, you probably never saw H’s nursery. Funny story – but since we moved pretty much right after I popped this child out, he never slept in his carefully created little nursery – not even once. We did take some newborn shots in there after he was born. Look how cute and so little!!

Raleigh Baby Photography

And one more, just so this momma can bask in her little human that is now a much bigger human.

North Carolina Baby Photography

Here are some inspiration images I have pulled up for the space.

Dark Navy Nursery

I mean, really – I think the room above may just be the perfect dark blue nursery EVER. Love that persian rug – love it all.

And this one – I’ve got a special spot in my heart for this dark blue nursery. See we’ve always had constellation prints up in H’s room (his old room) and I’ve been dying to give them a dark, dramatic background, like a midnight sky.

Constallation_Art_In_Childs_Room

Here are the constellation prints up on the wall in his nursery, before we moved (Ballet White on the walls).

Constellation Artwork

Truth be told, I do wish we had wood floors in the upstairs sometimes, since the second room above (with the rug over the rug) is just not quite as cute (IMO) as the rug right up on a wood floor back drop.

Quick spoiler before I show you how H’s room is looking with the paint up on the walls next week, as a point of comparison – THIS is what the constellation prints look like with his dark blue nursery walls in the background! :) I LOVE it! :)

Constellation Prints Childs Room

 

 

 

Pass The (Benjamin Moore) Moonshine

I like the whole gray fad going on right now, but I’m definitely more in the greige paint camp then the cool gray camp (some of my all time favorites, here). I just like my rooms to have a smidge of warmth to them and although 90’s builder beige is pretty boring, some of the gray colors that are popular these days just feel too cold to me.

So I was actually really hemming and hawing on our Bonus Room color. I knew I wanted something other than my tried and true Benjamin Moore colors I’d used in the past, so this time I decided to try Benjamin Moore Moonshine. This color is exacto-mundo what I wanted. It has a bit of blue in the undertones and it’s just deliciously perfect in this space.

Bonus Room Moonshine

Cute, right?! I mean – let’s just stop and pause and kinda bask in the fact that we have this ginormous room for guests. It’s. the. best!

This is Benjamin Moore Moonshine up close. I really, really love it!

Benjamin Moore Moonshine

We moved over some bookcases from our apartment. They fit in perfect here and work so well for our TV area.

Built in Bookcase in Bonus Room

Although we plan on using this space for guests that come into town, more often than not Jay and I are up here watching TV in the evenings and relaxing, too.

Living Room and Bedroom

This is the biggest single room Jay and I have ever had in a house – it’s big enough for a living space, a bedroom area, a kitchenette and a half bath. Wow – right?!

We moved our old Queen Bed up here and it fits perfectly in the space.

Queen Bed in Bonus Room

This room also has a kitchenette! I’ve got big plans down the road to make this match the rest of the room, but hey, for now it’s functional and great for storage.

Kitchenette in Bonus Room

This cute little medallion was something we picked up to stage the last house. I meant to return it but I’m glad I didn’t since it fills up this wall really well!

Large Wall Hanging Medallion

So everyone can remember – this is what the room looked like on move-in day. Again RED. This one with yellow accent walls though, which you can see if you look carefully on the wall-o-mirrors to the left of the photo. Lovely. 😉

Bonus Room Over Garage

Here is one final view of the built-in/living space with Benjamin Moore Moonshine up on the walls! So lovely! Who’s coming over to visit? Your room is ready!

Builtin Target Bookcase