Dismissing the Two Tone Island

One of the things that drove me nuts in this house was that the kitchen island (at the center of where we spend most of our time) was two toned celebration of all that is the 90s.  And although I love me some 90s, the two-tone had to go.

PS… the theme for this year’s high school dance party during the youth ski trip that my husband leads was 90s.  It is awfully hard trying to explain to girls born in 2000 the point of early 90s fashion. I’ve never felt so old in my life.

Anyway, back to the two tone monstrosity in my kitchen:


Sorry for the crappy picture, it was taken at night because that is when I have to get all my work done these days! The island was pretty scuffed up and in bad shape.


We decided to go back with a simple white color, I chose Behr’s Quiet on the Set out of their Marquee line.  I wanted to try out their Marquee line (their highest grade) and to be honest? I didn’t see any difference in it and their Premium Plus which is my typical go-to.  They guarantee that with the Marquee paint and a Marquee color it will just take one coat.  I’m not sure if it was because of the texture of the bead board or what, but I definitely had to go over it a second time in most spots, which has been my experience with the Premium Plus as well: good coverage, but still requires a second coat in spots. But even with the second coat, this whole project took me about 30 minutes to complete.  (And for those of you worrying about baby, my doctor assured me that it was safe to paint as long as it was low VOC, but just to be safe I wore an awesome looking respirator the whole time anyway).

Other than missing a spot (painting in the evening with poor lighting is usually a bad decision… and this is why) which I’ll have to go back and get at a later date, I think it turned out great!


It is definitely cleaner and fresher and makes it look a tad bit more updated.  Now all we have to do is paint the walls, rehang our favorite light fixture from the old house, and hang a few more photos and the kitchen will be done–until we decide to upgrade some appliances later on.

islandafter2 On a totally unrelated note, I made a lot of progress on unpacking, so the nursery that did look like this:


Now looks like this:



I think I’m going to like this whole 2nd trimester ‘nesting phase’.


Play Kitchen

I’m so very excited to show you guys this project!! As you may recall from previous posts (like this one and this one) I have the cutest niece on the planet.  Well, sometime in October my mom was surfing through Pinterest (a very dangerous thing to do) and saw a post where someone had turned an old TV stand into a play kitchen for kids.  And lo and behold, my parents have been moving this beauty from house to house for 25+ years:


Once upon a time it had glass fronted doors on the left hand section, but they are long gone.  And since this guy was just being used for storage in the basement, it made a GREAT candidate for a play kitchen for Juliette.  And since she was coming to visit for Thanksgiving, we had a deadline.  Fair warning, there are going to be LOTS of pictures in this post, so for those of you who are impatient enough to want to see the final product, here is a teaser of how much Juliette loved her play kitchen!


It was a HUGE success, she loved playing with it, especially since it was in Mom’s kitchen, meaning she could play while everyone else gathered around and caught up on life.  Perfection.


Now for the nitty gritty, and as a reward for those of you who make it to the end of this post, there are a ton more pictures of my precious niece playing with her kitchen.

First off we went shopping for supplies, (the first of many trips to Home Depot during this project) but it is an important step! We wanted to make sure we had the bowl for the sink and the faucet so that we could drill the holes for those before we painted.  Using my jigsaw we cut a rough circle for the sink and using my drill and bits we cut the right holes for where we wanted the faucet to go.


Next up we painted.  We decided we wanted most of it to be a robin’s egg blue color, but we wanted the inside of the fridge to be white, and we wanted it to have a black baseboard that ran across the whole project.  We also decided we wanted the one cabinet door to be white.  It took a couple coats of paint everywhere (especially the white over the dark wood).  But we left the ‘countertop’ open because I had extra hex tile (from tiling my backsplash) and we thought it would be fun to have a tiled counter top.  But this project also reminded me how much I hate working with tiny little hex tiles.  Love the way it looks, hate nipping those little suckers.


For the next step we tiled the counter- if you want a tutorial on tiling see the link above about tiling the backsplash- This was not the smoothest tiling job I have ever done, but the good news is… its a play kitchen, and perfection was not our goal.



At this point we decided the project would be cuter with a piece of wood covering the back and a ‘window’ cut out of it.  Which means? Another trip to Home Depot.  We decided to just use 1/8th inch plywood stapled to the back of the unit, but used some white trim to create the ‘window’ look. And really, her kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a small backsplash of her own, so we used some more of my leftover tile, and created a small back splash on the back piece.


We used liquid nails to hold down the trim, the blue tape is just holding it in place until it dries.

While that was happening, we needed to create doors for the ‘refrigerator’ and make the one cabinet door look like an oven.

For the fridge doors we just used 1/2 furniture grade plywood cut into two longer strips (measured to fit) and spray painted with a metallic silver spray paint. Once they were dry we added handles and hinges to finish off our fridge.

For the oven, we used the existing cabinet door, painted it black, but added 1/8″ plywood on top (with liquid nails) painted in the same silver as the fridge doors to give the appearance of the stove door with window.


Once we had it painted, we used two cabinet hinges on the inside bottom to allow it to be pulled out like a real oven door.

Unfortunately I don’t seem to have any good pictures of the ‘stove top’, but we used more of the 1/8″ plywood, painted in the same metallic silver, and then used 4 square dowels to create the look of the burners.  You can see it a bit in the final pictures down below.

At this point, the kitchen was ready to go, it just needed some decor!


If the oven looks a little precarious in the picture above it is because it wasn’t actually secured at this point in the process, we hadn’t attached the hinges.

For the final product we added some knobs to the front to control the stove, curtains (hand sewn by mom), some hooks for utensils, a towel rack and towel, and LOTS and LOTS of fake food from Ikea.  Ikea has an awesome selection of felt food that is perfect for a one year old.

OH! I almost forgot, we also added some logos with vinyl from my Silhouette Machine, and those lights?? 10 LED battery operated lights from Home Depot.  They turn on with a push of the button and will auto shutoff if no one touches them for 30 minutes. GENIUS. They totally improve the look of the project!

And Viola! ready for Miss Juliette to play to her heart’s content.



And play she did… she loved it!!!  (and so did her Nanny!!!)  And yes… they have matching Aprons!


What shall I have for lunch today? Fish? Bread? Lettuce? They are all so felty!



Maybe she’ll learn to wash dishes early?


This one isn’t really related to the kitchen, but it was so cute I couldn’t help but to share… this is my 94 year old grandmother having a tea party with Juliette and my favorite bear from my childhood.  There are so many things I love about this photo!






My Front Door Just got a Little Moodier

So this is one of those projects that I finished right before I had to go out of town and didn’t get around to posting… or really finishing.  But say la vie… I’m going to post about it anyway.  There will be more of these to come… get excited.

So my front ‘hallway’ looked a little like this:


Inspiring huh? I mean… really mixing white and cream is the new color scheme right?! Kidding… kind of.  Our front door opens into our dining room and I painted that room before I had met my husband to give you an idea of just how long this has been like that.  I decided at the time that I wouldn’t paint the door because I would come back soon and finish it off… and three years later… I painted the door!! (but have no fear friends… the door frame is still cream)


So even the painted door isn’t complete because it was 102 when I painted, and that is not conducive to painting outside… so I still need to paint the other side of the door.

But I love how dramatic and moody it looks! I think it makes the whole space look a little classier!

And it was a super easy project.  First I painted the recessed parts with a brush:


and then rolled on the rest with a small roller.

The first coat was SUPER thin.


And the second coat covered the rest really well.


I still need to paint the trim to match the rest of the room, paint the other side of the door and replace that doormat (which btw I inherited from the previous owners and don’t really like but haven’t found anything to replace it with).

The paint is an interior exterior paint from Benjamin Moore and I think the color is true black.  The guy at my local hardware store recommended replacing the white with black in the mix… to get a truer black, and I think he knows what he is talking about! This color is pretty true black!

Have you jumped on the black interior door bandwagon? I don’t usually like trends, but this felt like a total success of a project.  I might have to jump on a few more bandwagons because every time I come around that corner I think… MAN that looks so much better!! And that my friends is a successful project!