July 31, 2014

kitchen revamp - the afters

It's finally time to show you what I've been busy with all month long.  The reveal of my kitchen revamp.  I might as well warn you up front, there are a lot of pictures so buyer beware!

This is not the post where I tell you what I spent on what or the details of how I did this or that.  This is just my hard earned "tada" moment.  The rest will come later.


So you can see the transformation more clearly, I've included a before photo followed immediately by the after of the same area...

(before)
 (after)
Removing all the clutter helped so much...

(before)
(after)
The sink area feels much larger and accessible...

(before)
(after)
I really hated losing my large black clock but once the range hood went up, I was over it and then I found this vintage looking red replacement...in.love.

(before)
(after)
Hiding the back of the island with a piece of bead board really cleaned it up and tied the two islands together.

(before)
(after)
Moving the microwave to under the island left me room on the counter top for a really cute coffee bar...

(before)
(after)
Having a solid surface as the back splash really limits your wall display space.  I used cup hooks under the cabinets and a black chain to hang this cute chalkboard...

(before)
(after)
It is still hard to believe what a difference a coat of white paint makes.  I had almost forgotten until I looked at these pictures side by side...

(before)
(after)
Remember that awkward space I had between the fridge and the stove?  This little "cabinet" helps to bridge the two together and provides a place to rest my spoon...


I'll share the happy accident that helped put this together later...


Normally I would have been a little nervous showing you this reveal, wondering if you liked it or not.  But I was reminded while working on the kitchen that decorating is such an individual thing.  Sure, I worked hard and yes, I want you to like what I did but the important thing is that I like it.


The whole process has made me fall in love with my home all over again and I'm so excited for the possibilities that exist in the rest of the house.



I'll be sharing all the details over the next week or two, along with photos of the projects I have planned for August.  Thank you for all the kind and encouraging words, you have made me brave enough to tackle anything.

xo, Patty

July 29, 2014

sometimes you just need to bake...

This has been the hottest, driest spring and summer I can recall in a very long time and honestly, I am over it. Southern California is under drought water restrictions so even if I wanted to be out in the garden, I couldn't water enough to keep it green.  With August and September still yet to come (traditionally our hottest months of the year) this is truly the summer that never ends.


So what's a girl to do?  Turn the AC up and bake chocolate chip cookies, of course.


That's just what I did yesterday and if I closed my eyes and stood in front of one of the three fans we have going 24/7, it almost felt fallish.


But then I stepped outside to get something from my car and wham, smack dab in the middle of summer again!  You'd think this native SoCal girl would be used to this but summer is not what it used to be. We used to have dry, hot summers now it seems the humidity has taken over and it really is a different kind of heat.


Maybe, I'll turn on the sprinkler, fill the kiddie pool with ice, close my eyes and pretend we're in a snow flurry.  Want to join me?

xo, Patty

July 28, 2014

what I've learned through my kitchen revamp...

I've learned a thing or two about myself as I've worked on my kitchen revamp this month.


I've learned editing, purging and simplifying is very satisfying to me.  I've learned that giving stuff away feels good.  I've learned it would be much simpler if I didn't buy it in the first place.  I've learned to only keep what I truly love.  I've learned that life is full of seasons and just because something worked for me in one season doesn't mean it still does.


I've learned it's okay to leave a wall empty.  I've learned sticking to a budget is a good thing and makes you appreciate your purchases more.  I learned that it's better to wait for what you really want rather than settle for what you can afford right now.  I've learned that there isn't too much I can't do myself with a little research.  I've learned to put on one more coat of paint if there is any doubt it needs it.


But mostly, I've learned to be true to me.  My home should bring me joy.  When you walk in the door it should be evident immediately that I live there.  Not my mother, sister or friend and not my favorite blogger. Looking to others for advice and inspiration is fine but in the end, if it doesn't make me smile every time I walk by, then it's not me.

I can't stop staring at my revamped kitchen.  I want to spend a lot of time in there, cooking and cleaning and just puttering.  If feels like me, authentically me.

I gave myself until the end of July to finish the kitchen so it only seems fitting that I reveal it on the very last day of the month.  (Final tease, I promise.)

Happy Monday!
xo, Patty

July 24, 2014

wire baskets in the kitchen

It feels so good to be entering the home stretch of my kitchen revamp.  The major work is done so now it's time for the fun stuff, it's all about editing and accessorizing.


Going into this I had a pretty good idea of the feeling I was after in my kitchen and even a general idea of what I was going to place on each section of the counter.  But after a couple of days of pushing things around most of my original plans have gone out the window.  In fact, there are a couple things I was looking forward to using that won't be displayed at all.


One thing that is working for me is using wire baskets and trays to corral things on counters and in cabinets.  There are so many great options to choose from at relatively inexpensive prices.  I found this one at my local Home Goods for under $10.00.  It's big enough to hold my fruit bowl, a few old soup cans filled with garden flowers and a container of fresh mint (for Mojitos, of course!)


Sometimes decorating a kitchen seems like such a silly thing in lieu of the seriousness of life.  I have often wondered what purpose all this prettifying serves when there are so many people in need all around me.  But then I remember that one of the most important things I can do for those who fall under my care is to provide them with a calm, lovely place to hunker down in.  A place to escape the harsh realities of the world, a place of safety and security.  Not a perfect place (we have our share of strife and differing opinions to be sure) but a place where being loved is never questioned and shortcomings are forgiven...a place called home.

xo, Patty

I'm linking up with...
Liz Marie Blog for Favorite Things Friday
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French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Fridays

July 21, 2014

a sneak peek at the kitchen cabinets...

Things are really coming together in the kitchen now that the cabinets are hung.  I have to admit that I did have a moment of "what was I thinking" while the second coat of paint was drying.  But now that the third coat is on and the painting is done, I am thrilled with how they turned out.

To say my kitchen is brighter and seems bigger is an understatement.


This is all I can show you (I know it's not much of a peek) without revealing too much at this stage in the game.  I decided to leave the doors off the cabinet above the refrigerator and just use the open shelf for display.

I still haven't made my final decision on a light fixture so that's still out there. I did however, convince my husband to pull out his power tools yesterday and make the final wood cuts that I needed to finish up the rest of my plans, so now it's full steam ahead.  It feels so good to have the end in sight.

I'll be back soon to show you more.  Happy Monday!

xo, Patty

July 18, 2014

"tada" postponed - progress report week two

What is it they say about the best laid plans?  My "tada" moment was temporarily interrupted by a little thing called life.  My intention was to have my newly painted kitchen cabinets completed and ready to show you today but it looks like that won't happen until Monday.


My kitchen appliances are put back in place, I cleaned and repainted the base boards behind the fridge and stove and finished painting the upper cabinet bases but the doors still need one more coat and a day of drying before I can rehang them.

As tired as I am, I am definitely okay with that.

So, I gathered a few of the things I've made and collected for the kitchen to share with you instead.


The painted signs are a new creative outlet for me.  Luckily my husband has plenty of scrap lumber for me to experiment with and redo's are as easy as a stroke of paint.  They aren't perfect but that's what I love about them.


The little galvanized buckets are from Ikea (.99 cents a piece) and will be used to hold herbs above my stove.  I put the chalkboard together for the space above the sink and plan on using the old wire basket to hold my hand soap and dish soap by the sink.

I have a few other things planned that I'll wait to share with you when I reveal the whole kitchen at the end of the month.  Have a wonderful Friday!

xo, Patty

July 16, 2014

"tada" moments

I am two days into the five day job of painting my kitchen cabinets white and wondering if I will ever feel my arms again.  Seriously, I knew this was going to be a huge job and everyone warned me that painting over red was not for the faint of heart but I had no idea what a tole it would take on this 53 year old body.

Now ask me if I could go back and leave the upper cabinets red, would I?  Do I regret even starting?


No.way.  Even in their less than lovely two coats of primer state right now, I see the beauty.  The kitchen already looks tons lighter, brighter and happier.


I am resisting the urge to show you my progress because I don't want to spoil my hard earned "tada" moment.  Instead I'll just show you my pretty daisies and invite you to come back on Friday when I'll share with you how the cabinets turned out.

xo, Patty