Next on the kitchen renovation list is the countertops and the sink. We changed out the tiny shallow 6 inch deep stainless steal sink with a little bit more expensive 9 inch deep Franke Primo graphite granite quartz composite sink for $220, and updated the faucet to a large goose neck style faucet. The ugly dark brown laminate countertops we replaced with amazing light grey stone effect laminate countertops from Ikea. We purchased a 98 inch long laminate piece and 74 inch piece for a total of $140. Talk about a steal.
We began the process by removing the faucet, disconnecting the plumbing, and removing the sink. We then cut along the "backsplash" section of the countertop, unscrewed the counters from the cabinet bases, and yanked those suckers off. It was so satisfying to see that ugly brown countertop sitting in the front lawn.
Out with the old and in with the new. First my husband cut out a rectangle for the sink in the new 98 inch laminate piece using his jigsaw. Then he cut the 74 inch countertop into two separate pieces for either side of the stove. The 98 inch piece was the perfect fit for the other section so no additional cutting was needed. We then attached the laminate strips (included with Ikea countertops) to the cut ends with Weldwood contact cement. Once all that was complete we brought the counters in the house and placed them onto the cabinet bases. We used the same contact cement to attach the 98 inch section to one of the cut 74 inch sections and sealed with clear DAP Silicone Max. My husband then simply screwed the counters to the bases exactly where the previous counters were attached.
Day one was complete!
The next day we installed the sink. We did run into a bit of a snag. Since the new sink was so much deeper then the stainless steel sink, we had to adjust the piping underneath. But, really all it took was a few new pieces of piping, some adhesive, and I'm sure a new tool for my husband and the problem was quickly fixed. We then popped the sink into place, attached it to the underside of the counter, and sealed it with the same DAP silicone max. In about 2 days we completed stage 2 of the kitchen renovation process and couldn't be more excited with the progress. Next, on the list, the subway tile backsplash.
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The dream of owning a home seemed like just that, a dream, but in June of 2019 our dream finally came true. My husband and I have always been renters, moving from city to city living in a different apartment or home for 14 years, but finally in the spring of 2019 our dream become a reality. It was our 13 year old child who motivated us to make the leap. She was tired of moving to a new home every year and constantly starting over at a new school. She had finally found a school she liked and an amazing group of friends. So we knew we had to stay permanent and what better way then becoming homeowners.
Our search began with little hope of finding a home we could afford, but surprisingly after only about 1 month of searching we stumbled upon a new build home we could afford, and within a month we were signing papers and getting the keys to our new home. We were excited to have a new home and a blank canvas to work with.
It wasn't long after settling in that we began making changes. The first area of the home we decided to tackle was the kitchen. The house came with a generic builder grade kitchen in a dark brown. Yuck! Who puts dark finishes in a home by the beach? So we began by heading over to Home Depot and picking up samples for paint, flooring, tile, and countertops. We knew what color scheme and style we wanted but were quickly hit with the reality that kitchens are crazy expensive. So our search for inexpensive ways to upgrade a kitchen turned to the internet.
I began searching for countertop alternatives and ways to upgrade the cabinets without purchasing new ones. After a few weeks of research and slight hesitation we decided the most affordable option was to paint the cabinets and install laminate countertops. We found out that one of the best cabinet paints on the market is Benjamin Moore Advance Interior Paint. We quickly headed over to our local store and talked to the experts. They recommended spraying the cabinet doors and rolling the cabinet bases.
That night my husband and I watched several YouTube videos on spraying cabinets. The next day we picked up a paint sprayer, the paint, primer, roller, brushes, and painters tape. The paint sprayer we found on Facebook Marketplace and I believe it was an inexpensive Wagner, but I definitely recommend purchasing a more expensive better quality sprayer. Ours worked great for the entire project but finally stopped working when my husband was on the last cabinet door of our Island.
Now that we had our supplies it was time to get started. My husband created a painting space in the garage using plastic tarps to create walls and set up his saw horses with 1x4s running across the top to act as a table. He first sprayed the doors with a tinted blue primer while I primed the cabinet bases. We let everything dry thoroughly for 24 hours then went back and sanded everything smooth. Sanding was by far the worst part and I highly recommend that if your cabinets are newer skip the priming step all together, it really is not necessary.
Once those first steps were completed the actual painting began. My husband worked out a system that made the paint spraying go quite smoothly. He laid out two doors at a time on the sawhorses and sprayed a coat of paint. Brought them in the house, propped them up on solo cups on the floor to dry, and repeated the process with the remainder doors. He sprayed the interior of the cabinet doors first. After, about 12 hours of drying he applied the second coat, then moved on to the front side once the interior was completely dry.
All in all it took about 3 days for the doors to be completely done. While he painted the doors I painted the cabinet bases and I soon realized after the first coat that I was not good at painting, so I ended up passing that job over to my husband as well. Once everything was cured, about 36 hours we installed the new brushed nickel cabinet pulls and we couldn't be more pleased with how the cabinets turned out. Next up we change out the countertops and the sink.
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This months thrift shop haul was amazing. I got so many awesome finds over the course of 3 days and it all cost around $70. So let's dive in and see what I all bought.
First up, this seagrass wrapped bench with metal legs, wood framed mirror, and wood window frame I picked up at the Restore for a whopping $20. The blue West Elm vase and bundle of sticks I purchased for $10 from one of our many Goodwills. I already have plans for these great finds.
The bench I plan to leave as is and put at the end of my bed. The mirror is going to get sanded and re-stained then also go in my bedroom. The window frame is either going to stay as is or get painted white and hang in my living room. I plan to put the sticks in a vase and set them in the corner of the living room along with the cool blue vase.
Yesterday I picked up these cool items from the other Restore in town and can't wait to turn them into some amazing treasures. The white metal wall sconces purchased for $2 are going to be spray painted black or dark grey and hang on either side of my bed as reading lights. As for the other items I haven't quite figured out yet what they all will become, so leave your suggestions in the comments section below. The ornate tarnished silver serving holders were $4 and the wood box which I think is a vegetable box was $10.
These next items I also picked up at the Restore and have some idea of what they will become. First, lets see I picked up then I'll share my ideas. I found these 3 wooden bowls for $3, this cutting board stand with 6 bar boards for $5, and a very interesting wood basket type thing for $2.
I plan to create wall art out of the bowls, so I picked up some yarn, beautiful gold pendants, gold wire, and paint from Joann Fabrics on my way home from thrift shopping. When I get an idea in my head it is best to purchase the craft supplies while I'm thinking of it. Otherwise the bowls would probably just end sitting somewhere in my house never realizing their true artistic potential.
As for the cutting boards and wood basket I haven't quite nailed down the specifics. I am thinking of possibly painting some sort of geometric design on the cuttings boards and having them be wall art, but I'm still stumped on the other item. Again, any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Next, up is this handmade wood tray with pegs I bought for $1 at the Restore. Something about it intrigued me and inspired my creativity. I'm thinking about possibly giving it a funky paint design and gluing the pegs into certain holes creating a jewelry holder to hang on the wall. What do you think?
Lastly, no haul is complete without a heavy rustic cast iron bird, weathered ceramic sphere, blue and white hardcover books, and a roll of wall paper. The bird and 8 hardcover books were found at the Salvation army for only $12, the sphere was $3 from Goodwill, and wall paper was $1 from the Restore.
This was a very productive thrift shop haul and I can't wait what other gems I find next month. As for this months great finds follow Inspire to Gather on Instagram or subscribe to the D.I.Y blog to be notified of their transformations.
Renovating and redecorating your home can be costly, but I'm here to share one of my favorite ways to freshen up your space without breaking the bank. Re-purpose what you already own.
Nowadays it is so easy to get rid of the old to make way for the new, but isn't it time to stop being a throw away society. It's time to love what your already own. I know sometimes you must replace the broken or worn out with a shiny new piece of furniture, but when you just need to freshen up the space then rework what is already sitting in your home.
When redecorating your home begin by emptying the space of the pieces of furniture and décor your looking to replace. Then decide on the style and mood you want your space to evoke. Is it light and airy or warm and cozy. Do you gravitate towards rustic and farmhouse or modern and chic? Also, look to Pinterest and home décor magazines for inspiration.
Once you have decided on how you want your space to look and feel, walk through your house and see what furniture and décor you already own that can be given new life to create the space you desire. Maybe instead of your foyer table being used in the entryway it will work perfectly has a narrow desk or bedside table in your bedroom and your dresser would make the perfect console table. Keep in mind when looking at furniture pieces that sometimes a simple sanding and a fresh coat of paint or stain can make all the difference.
Not long ago I was redecorating my house and decided this old outdated fireplace mantel that was in our dining room needed a second chance at life before I tossed it to the curb. I pried off the decorative pieces, gave it a fresh coat of white paint, and moved it into the living room where it has now become the focal point of the room. All it took was seeing the potential in this tired piece of furniture and a little determination to make my space feel new and fresh again. (See the fireplace transformation in my home renovation blog).
Besides redoing furniture you can also freshen up a space simply by moving décor from one room to another or changing the placement of the décor in the room. Maybe it's time to move the floor lamp from behind the couch to the other side of the room by the chair. Or, maybe create a clutter free look on the bookshelves by removing the book covers and grouping them by color, or flipping the books around to show the pages. You would be amazed how this little trick lightens up the space. Just look at the before and after below. I know it's a subtle difference but it feels lighter and more organized.
My other advice is to simply try it. Move different pieces into your space. Maybe they will work and maybe they won't but you won't ever know unless you try. Also, sometimes you need to move a certain piece of furniture or décor into a particular room, leave it there, walk out of the room for a few minutes, then return and see how it makes you feel. Do you still like that vase on that shelf? Is that chair right for that corner of the room or was it better in the other room?
Often times I will move items from one room to another several times before making a commitment and there is nothing wrong with that. Just put on your creative hat and get moving. Try something new with something old. You will be amazed at all the treasures you find laying around your house.
1. Natural Finishes
Natural finishes in the kitchen and home are a growing trend for 2020. As more and more homeowners are looking to sustainable materials when decorating their home they are being drawn to reclaimed wood, concrete, and natural stone to create a earthiness feel. A great way to bring these materials into your kitchen is through countertops and floors, as pictured about. But, if you are searching for a more budget friendly kitchen upgrade then use these materials for the dining table, seating, and accessories. As pictured below this great reclaimed wood dining table gives a warm earthy feel to the space and the concrete floors keeps the room light and open creating a sense of balance and harmony.
2. Pops of Color
Another exciting trend for kitchens in the new year is the bright pops of color accented throughout the space. Whether it's richly painted walls or bold cabinets the space will feel exciting and personal. But, if your not ready for such a dramatic upgrade then introduce the pops of color in subtle ways. Maybe some bright blue canisters to sit on the counters or shelves. Or, a bold piece of artwork to grace your walls. Don't be afraid to add the little pops of color to your clean white kitchen, it could be a much needed refresh.
3. Design Forward Backsplashes
The last big trend in kitchen design for 2020 is design forward backsplashes. Homeowners are looking to add more interest to their backsplashes so they are choosing patterned tiles to accent their space. And, others are gravitating towards colorful tiles installed in interesting patterns. Either route makes a dramatic impact especially against white cabinets and countertops.
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