Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stage One Of Kitchen Remodel Complete

Stage one of the kitchen remodel is done!  Dad and I added bead board and board and batten to the island and I am loving the results.  This was a pretty easy project and you won't believe what a difference it made to the kitchen.

Sorry about the blurry pictures.  My camera has to go for repairs...again.

This is the new marble tile purchased for the back splash.  I had been looking at this tile for a while but it was one of the most expensive Home Depot carries.  Luckily a trip to HD last week found the tile had been discontinued and was drastically reduced.  I was doing the happy dance in the aisles.

I'll be back soon to show you how we did this project and a cost breakdown.  If you missed my plans for the kitchen remodel you can see it HERE. 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Cracking, Flaking Chalk Paint~ need advise

Hi Everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We just completed Stage One of our kitchen remodel and I have a sneak peek at the bottom of this post.  First,  I need your advise on what to do
with this tabletop.

Last June I bought this dining table from a vendor at a vintage market.  She sold the "popular" brand of chalk paint and told me the table was painted with two coats and waxed with this product.


The table looked great when we brought it home but eight months later I am seeing real problems with the paint finish.  There are small cracks showing up all over the table top,  the finish is coming off the top in places and the paint is flaking off the edges.  In addition, every greasy fingerprint and water spot shows on the table and nothing I have tried will take these off.  I normally clean the table
with just a slightly damp sponge but I did try several cleaners like Pine Sol just on the spots.  These
products did not damage the finish because the entire top has cracks and flaking.

The table top....what a mess!

Many of you have painted kitchen cabinets with this paint and I was wondering if you have had this problem.

I remember another blogger posting about greasy fingerprints not coming off on her chalk painted table and chairs but I can't find the blog now.

I need to refinish the table top but first need your advise.  Do I have to strip ALL the paint off or can it be lightly sanded and repainted with latex paint?  I can't find any information about using latex over chalk paint.

Some of you are probably thinking it looks Shabby Chic and just leave it alone.  My OCD won't let that happen!

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Here is a little peek at what is going on in my kitchen.



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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Building A Custom Stove Hood

Thanks for all your sweet comments about our upcoming kitchen remodel.  Anticipating the changes I have been busy pinning kitchen ideas like crazy.  I think other than painting the cabinets I am most excited about moving the microwave from above stove and adding a pretty stove hood.  I am still trying to decide on the style hood that will work best with our small kitchen.

Below are some of my options....

#3 Golden Boys

#4 Confessions Of A DIYaholic

Whichever hood style we choose it must be something we can DIY and based on our skill level it must be super easy.
Which one is your favorite?  I would love your feedback.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Humdrum Kitchen On The way Out

Hi Everyone.

When we viewed our new home for the first time the courtyard was what sold us on this house.  We also loved the pool and the separate guest quarters.  The master bath is large and has a walk in shower without glass doors...hallelujah!  We also liked the family room's tall ceilings and wall of windows.  It seemed like the perfect home to downsize in.   Sounds good,  huh?

There was one catch!  The builder blah kitchen is about as far from my dream kitchen as you could get.  This will never be a large kitchen with lots of cabinets but I am hoping to make it my mini dream space.

These pictures were taken the day we closed on the house.  Not much has changed except adding canisters and my Kitchen Aid mixer.

Next week I'll be starting the transformation by adding bead board and wood trim to the peninsula.

Here is my inspiration picture.

Source Remodelaholic

Later the cabinets will be painted white and the soffit removed.  I am hoping to add smaller cabinets above the existing ones and the microwave removed to make room for a custom hood.  I've been looking at tile for the back splash and we'll be shopping for stainless appliances.  The counter top is Silestone and will need to stay for a while.

Lots to do so I have to get busy.


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Must Read

If you are regular reader of my blog you already know my 89 year old father lives with us.  This so lovely and poignant poem really touched my heart.  I had to share it with you but get your box of  tissues ready as this is a tear jerker.
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.  Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.
One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in magazines for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.
And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.
Cranky Old Man
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!
Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!
You may also like This sweet Letter I posted to an elderly parent.
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Favorite Post

Happy New Year

There were lots of changes for me in 2014,  mostly good and exciting.  Selling our house in Virginia and buying a home in Florida was the highlight of my year.  Decorating has been fun and many of my post featured the changes we made to our new home.

Enjoy a look back at some of the favorite post from last year.  Click on the link below the picture to see each post.

New Family Room Before And After

Furniture For The Courtyard

Master Bedroom Tour

Recovering Roman Shades~No Sew Just Glue

Check out the new chandy in picture below.
Which chairs would you choose?

Between moving and decorating I did find time for a few projects.

I love how my deer project turned out.

I hosted a Christmas blog hop with eleven of my friends.
Christmas Open House Blog Hop

The chandy was transformed with paint and liming wax.  See my cheap version of wood drops.
Chandelier Before And After

Make Your Own Antiquing Wax

DIY Cheese Slab

The most viewed post of 2014 was my project using liming wax on this pine piece.

My New Favorite Furniture Wax~ Before And After

Thank you to everyone that visited in 2014!  Your friendship and support mean the world to me and I wish each of you peace, joy and good health in the new year.


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