our kitchen | installing glass uppers

Monday, February 29, 2016

It has been several months since we added the glass uppers to our kitchen cabinets and I've been meaning to share our kitchen with you for a while now.  Whenever the thought enters my mind to snap some photos there's usually an island full of random dishes and paper piles.  By the time it's picked up Sam has woken up from his nap and craziness ensues.  A kitchen photo shoot just ain't gonna happen.  But, by some miracle, it finally worked out!

Here's how the kitchen looked before we added the glass uppers to the ceiling.  Forgive the horrible photo.


Certainly nothing wrong with them, but I felt like the cabinet on the left side of the large hood looked like it was floating and not in a cool floating shelf sort of way.  I always kicked myself for not extending them to the ceiling when we built the house.  


Installing the glass front uppers totally upped (har, har, har!) our builder's grade cabinet's game.  It feels much more finished and the ceiling feels so tall!  They freed up a lot of cabinet space too as I can now stash bulky serving pieces and glassware that aren't regularly used up high. 

When we first spoke of adding to the uppers, the DIY person in me thought I could do it myself.  Then reality slapped me back and I realized there would be no way I could get the color and finish to match, and I was really worried about the seam that would be created by adding new boxes on top of the old cabinets.  Every image I searched for of these style of cabinets didn't show a seam since they were a continuous cabinet (if that makes any sense).  This was way beyond my DIY level.  We ended up using the same cabinet maker as our existing cabinets so we could match the color and finish and have a professional look.  At the seam a thin piece of trim was installed.  I was concerned it wouldn't look so hot, but it looks great and truthfully I don't even notice it.  I'm just so thrilled with how everything turned out!

Even though my DIY fibers were cringing with having to pay someone else to do the work, sometimes it's best to hire it out.  I'm curious, what have you ended up hiring out that you thought you could do yourself?

SOURCES // wall color - PPG Palomino Grey // white cabinet color - SW Snowbound // black island color (I'm sorry, but I don't recall!) // counters - Silestone Lyra // sink faucet // wall mount pot filler // pendants (ours were purchased at the outlet for a song, similar look here) // cabinet pulls in nickel // cabinet knobs // counter stools // paddle cutting board // rope handle cutting board - Homegoods // fruit bowl // utensil crock // clear storage jars // DIY inlay mirror //


Izzy's 7th birthday interview

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My first born just turned 7 this weekend.  This girl blows my mind.  She's a wild spirit, keeps me on my toes, makes me laugh, and loves so hard.  For those of you who might be new around here, every year I do a birthday interview where I ask her the same series of questions year after year.  It's always fun for me to see what changes and also what stays the same.

1.  Favorite color?  Pink

2.  Favorite toy?  Giraffe

3.  Favorite fruit?  Watermelon (this is news to me)

4.  Favorite TV show?  Teen Titans Go and PJ Masks

5.  Favorite breakfast?  Waffles and "mom cereal" (Special K fruit & yogurt - We call it "mom cereal" since I like it, although can never get to it before the kids clean it out)

6.  Favorite lunch?  Lunchables

7.  Favorite outfit?  Dresses

8.  Favorite game?  Jumpin Jack

9.  Favorite snack?  Goldfish crackers and Cheez-Its

10.  Favorite animal?  Bunnies and giraffes

11.  Favorite song?  Taylor Swift's Bad Blood

12.  Favorite book?  Alice in Wonderland

13.  Favorite cereal?  Cinnamon Toast Crunch (Then why is she eating all of my "mom cereal"??)

14.  Favorite thing to do outside?  Swing

15.  Favorite drink?  Dr. Pepper (I feel the need to let you know she doesn't drink this but on rare occasions)

16.  Favorite holiday?  Easter (she's obsessed with all things bunny related)

17.  Favorite thing to take to bed?  Giraffe

18.  Who is your best friend?  Emery, Reagan and Emma

19.  What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner?  Dumplings from her favorite Vietnamese restaurant (She likes to call them dump-dumps, and ravages through them like a lion on a gazelle)

20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Veterinarian

Check out her previous interviews:
6th birthday

last minute valentine's ideas

Monday, February 8, 2016

I'm a very last minute person.  Drives my husband insane.  Coming up with gifts for Valentine's Day isn't going to happen until the last hour.  I came across some easy ideas you can bust out that will have you looking like you've had it under control all along.



slumber party planning

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Izzy decided on a small slumber party for her upcoming 7th birthday.  I was ELATED!!!  While I have enjoyed her large birthday parties with several friends and parents, planning can get a little stressful.  I'm looking forward to this more laid back party.  Even though it's not going to be extravagant (not that the others were, but you know what I mean) I still want it to be special.  She has asked for a Sleeping Beauty theme, so I'm going to go that direction without making it obnoxious.

INVITES:  I'm really digging the ease of Paperless Post evites.  They have beautiful options at great prices and several that are FREE.  Couldn't be more quick and simple.  I chose this one and had it customized and emailed out in just a couple of minutes.

CAKE: I love this sweet cake with a nod to Sleeping Beauty that could really be for any princess party.

ACTIVITY:  While they're waiting on pizza to be delivered I thought they would have fun coloring these princess themed pillow cases.  Izzy is freaking out over it and I can hardly keep her from coloring hers in already :D  I purchased the fabric on Etsy through Southern Stitch Fabric (looks like she's out of the castle fabric now, so I've linked to another supplier on Etsy below) and stitched the pillow cases up using the tutorial on The Mouse House blog.  Seriously, how fun is this!!! 

MOVIE:  Izzy requested a showing of Sleeping Beauty.  Done!

ACCOMODATIONS:  They must have an epic blanket fort.  MUST.  Somehow I will make this happen.  Twinkling lights and everything.

FAVORS:  While the pillow cases are technically party favors as well, I thought I would put together these fun sleep masks for the girls because, I mean, look at them!

This brings back so many memories of sleeping parties from when I was young.  All the giggling, dancing, acting goofy, and staying up all night.  Having said that, I hope I survive the night!

What's your most fond memory of sleeping parties?

big boy room | reveal

Monday, February 1, 2016

I feel like this has been SUCH a long time coming.  The last time Sam had a "finished" room was in his nursery back when we lived in Kansas.  He only had that room for a couple of months before we moved to TX.  We lived in a rental while we waited on our house to be built.  I had no desire to decorate a room that was only going to be used for a little while.  Once we moved into the new house I knew it wouldn't be too long before he would be out of his crib, so his room waited some more.  Ugh.  I know he didn't care, but I felt bad for the little guy.  Finally, two years after being in our house and many DIY's later, Sam has a finished room!  Woohoo!  Can I get an amen!!!

Before I get into it, I want to bring it back to how it looked before we started.  I only have this one photo.  I just stuck everything in there from the last house.  And hated it.  The curtains were obviously too short for the taller ceilings/windows, but I put them up anyways (Looking back I have no clue why).  

Too much ugly, let's get to some pretty.  I've already shared with you guys the portion of his room with his bed on it as I worked my way through the DIY's.

The bed was a Craigslist find that I reworked and painted.  The moon art above his bed was a DIY.  And the nightstands were a RAST hack.

And now here is the other side of the room!

Everything over here has special meaning.  The dresser was his great grandmothers that I repainted years ago for Izzy's big girl room.  A lot of the art was reused from his original nursery with some other pieces added in, mostly DIY's.  Might be hard to see, but the photo in the bottom black frame is of my grandfather who tipped his plane on its nose during a hard landing.  The antlers were found in Papa Moo Moo's barn on one of our visits.  The globe was bought for his nursery and I wanted to keep it out since Sam loves looking at it to see if he can find where Grandma and Grandpa live.  And the basket holds Mike's old baseball bats and glove.

I put a hanging chair in here for his because, hey, it's fun!  It's also super comfy.  Seriously, I could relax in that thing all day.  But warning (and this shouldn't come as a surprise) kids are gonna swing the heck out of these so make sure you've got that puppy anchored into a ceiling beam and give yourself enough swinging space!

To keep his growing collection of stuffed animals from being piled up on the floor, I hung some baskets from the wall on hooks.

He loves his room.  And that's all I could ask for.

SOURCES:  Jenny Lind bed paint + DIY bed rails // DIY moon art // IKEA hack nightstands // sconces (brass no longer avail, but you could spray paint) // duvet - Homegoods (similar here) // toss pillow - Homegoods // baskets - Homegoods (similar here) // gray blanket // sheets no longer avail (similar here) // rug - purchased overseas (similar here) // hanging chair - Pier1 (no longer online, similar here) // blanket on chair - Homegoods // chair pillow // curtains // bamboo blinds // art over dresser: Wild and Free - DIY, silver circles - DIY (tutorial here), plastic animals - DIY, owl print, mirror //



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