Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thrifty Kitchen Additions: Part 2

Hello again! If you missed out on the first thrifty addition check it out here. Now my second Goodwill find came home with me for only 99¢ and I just love it. This black and white Mikasa sugar bowl was the perfect little holder for our salt that's easily accessible and easy on the eyes.



Grouped by the stove it looks right at home with my other cooking essentials. I'm pretty much in love with it's black-and-white-ness and the overall lack of color in our kitchen, aside from the subtle blue ceiling.

Older photo, before these additions

I also moved our jars from the other side of the kitchen a while ago and I prefer them on this side in front of the pass-through to the hallway/living room. Now when you enter the front door you see the jars and not straight back to the dishes in the sink our toaster.


So there you have it! Two simple kitchen additions for about four bucks. Just goes to show, yet again, that you don't need to spend a lot to have a beautiful functional space.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Thrifty Kitchen Additions: Part 1

Hey there! I hope you all had great weekends and weren't completely rained out. One highlight of my weekend was watching Arctic Monkeys perform at the Opening Ceremony- any other fans out there? Most people I know have never even heard of them so when they got to perform at one of the biggest events ever (and killed it on stage) I felt so proud.

Moving on...anther highlight from my weekend was popping into Goodwill for some good old fashioned thrifting. While some days I go in to thrift stores looking for something specific, I rather enjoy going sometimes with no expectations at all and then leaving surprised/excited at my spoils. This trip was of the latter and I walked out with two new additions for our kitchen. First up is this cute little white dish that I knew would be great for next to the sink holding our dish and hand soap.



The little ridges on the bottom are not only adorable, but they will keep water from puddling underneath. I'm not exactly sure what this dish was made for but it says Corningware on the bottom- anyone have any idea? Now I'm not really a "green" product purchaser but I am an attractive-packaging purchaser so these two simple yet pretty bottles also made their way home with me. It doesn't hurt that they smell pretty great either.


 Another benefit of this dish? A place to put my ring when I'm getting my hands dirty.


Gotta love a three dollar simple thrift store solution like that. Plates are always a great thing to keep an eye out for because they can easily be scrubbed down and reused for all sorts of things. Everything looks better when grouped together on a pretty dish, plate, or tray.

Stay tuned tomorrow for another thrifty kitchen addition!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Future Home Goals

I've never actually made a list of the things we wanted to accomplish with this house. The most important jobs were the most obvious and we tackled those one right after the other. Now that the biggest projects are out of the way (although none of them are 100% finished- such is life) it was nice to sit down and type out a list of the smaller tasks we'd like to focus on in the upcoming year. (To see what we accomplished in the first year click here)

To-Do {hopefully before July 2013} :

  • Finish living room built-ins: install trim, add "stuff" and style
  • Install recessed lighting in the living room
  • Build a new coffee table
  • Buy a new mattress (hopefully soon!) and possibly do a reupholstered boxspring
  • Install two new windows upstairs (oh how I hoped this would be done already)
  • Add a linen closet to the end of the hallway
  • Hang curtains and blinds in the guest room/office
  • Buy an area rug for the guest room 
  • Paint office desk or find a new one
  • Spruce up the kitchen curtains (trim/stencil?)
  • Truly organize the kitchen cabinets
  • Buy/build a faux mantle
  • Throw a Christmas party!
  • Figure out a bedroom lighting solution
  • Paint the ceiling in the bedroom/dressing room
  • Truly clean and organize the basement. Unpack remaining boxes, move seasonal decor and other non-essentials to the back storage room. Possibly paint the basement as well as the basement bathroom. Set up the basement as a family room.
  • Revamp the staircase
  • Add a picture ledge to the hallway with more sentimental photos
And now the Long-Term goals:
  • Gut and redo main bathroom
  • Sand down dining room table and wax the natural wood
  • Add true built-ins to the bedroom
  • Recessed lighting in the kitchen
  • Do something with the laundry room: paint cinder block walls, paint concrete floors, organize cleaning supplies/paint.

Now what's a post without photos? Here are some of my inspiration for these projects:

Coffee table idea

Upholster boxspring and add feet

Christmas! I'm feeling the modern woodland theme

Yeah, I hope our basement will one day look like this

Staircase inspiration

Ledge for wedding/family photos

*Here's to the next year and hopefully crossing these all off The List!*

All images via my Pinterest

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Faux Mantles

So I want a mantle, really bad. Just imagining all the seasonal decor I could display makes me downright giddy. It's no secret I love Christmas and to have a mantle for stockings would be a dream come true. Not to mention gourds in the fall, vases of fresh flowers in the spring, and the list goes on. Problem is, we don't have a fireplace. But should that stop me from having a mantle? I've been going back and forth since we moved in about faux mantles- would it look weird? Would it make sense if the wall behind it clearly could not have a fireplace?

When indecision strikes, I know where to turn: Pinterest.

Chalkboard paint would be fun to mix things up.

A mirror in the back gives the illusion of depth.






Then while browsing CL I came across this beauty, taken from a home in Jersey that was demolished. It was love at first click but unfortunately it is way too big for our space. 


Looking at it's rather simple design got me thinking and scheming with Dan to maybe just build one out of wood and trim. Seems easy enough, no? Bottom line: I still want a faux mantle. It's on The List.





P.S. Do you ever look back through all the images you've pinned? I look at my boards every now and then and I have to say I love them! Using Pinterest has really helped me narrow down the styles I'm drawn to over and over. Check them all out here- I bet you'll like them too! All photos via my Pinterest.

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Year in Review

Alternate title: Happy House-iversary to us! It has been officially one year since we moved into this quaint little cape cod and boy did we make a few changes. I know everyone says it but seriously...how has a whole year gone by already?? It feels like just yesterday I was leaving work early to go sign the most important papers of my life (aside from our marriage license) and singing "Our House" all the way to our new house! Now here we are, 365 days later and it feels like we've only just cracked the surface of our plans for this place. Here are the highlights from this past year:*


*Warning: This post is photo heavy!

+Painted every room: Living/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, guest room, bathroom, dressing room:












+Gutted entire kitchen and renovated top to bottom with new insulation, drywall (walls and ceiling), new wood floors, new appliances, new cabinets, hardware, and countertops. The kitchen is not 100% finished yet but we're almost there:






+Ripped out carpet and tile and laid new wood floors throughout the entire first floor (excluding the bathroom):



{Same exact angle}


+Painted the front door, changed exterior light fixture, painted the mailbox, and added new hardware:





+Decorated the outside for Halloween (the day after it snowed!):



+Declared our living room in a state of crisis but eventually brightened things up with DIY'ed curtains and reupholstered ottomans:



+Celebrated our first Christmas and made snow jars:





+Trash picked a new TV stand and possibly my most favorite piece of furniture:



+Decorated the Entry over and over:




+Wrangled the basement into a semi-organized state:



+Gave a tutorial on planting window boxes:


+Made a plate wall in the dining room:


+Installed lots of trim:


+Found a campaign dresser, laid new floors and hung art in my dressing room:



+And finally we started our next big project: turning two bookcases into built-ins:



Phew! That was a nice little trip down memory lane. I didn't include every project and photo because that would've been cah-razey but feel free to browse through my archives and see it all for yourself! We have really settled into this little home of ours and things are finally starting to look the way I always imagined. Stay tuned next week for our future plans...

Have a great weekend everyone!
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