Transformation Tuesday: My Kitchen

I remember the first time I saw my kitchen. It had dark cabinetry, dark counters, dark walls, dark floors, and very little light coming in. Let's just sum it up and say it was dark! :)

Contrast the dark theme with my criteria for a new home which included light, bright, and airy with a white kitchen. Fortunately, I could see what it could be with lots and lots and lots and lots of paint. Did I mention lots of paint? So after moving in, the walls received numerous coats of one of my favorite colors, Frappe' by Benjamin Moore. Later, the cabinets had trim added and their turn for paint with Dover White by Sherwin Williams. And finally after all the painting, I added the pendant lights over the island that I had swooned over for some time: Ballard Designs Piedmont Lanterns in Bronze. They also come in Brick Red and the Navy, which was tempting, but I decided to choose something that would stand the test of time. I still daydream of using the navy or brick red options in a project some day like an entry, a pantry, or a laundry room...any takers? 

The final project in my kitchen is an apron front farmhouse sink and new faucet. It is still on the project list, but I think it is coming up pretty soon. Can't wait!

And here are a few before and after pictures. 

Scripture Influence (there is a little humor with this one :)

John 1:5: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." 

Blessings,
Kelley

Mother's Day: Don't Forget!

As Mother's Day quickly approaches, I am reminded of what being a mother truly entails. Aside from the day to day routines: get kids ready and to school, workout, work, pick up house, run errands, fix meals, pick up kids from school, watch kids play, make sure homework gets done, take kids to practice, bedtime routines, finish up day, and repeat; there is a lot more responsibility in being a good mom.

I am learning that what I do is important, but not nearly as important as how I do it. I can take my kids to school grumpy and frustrated or with a smile and a prayer. I can look at everything I have to do each day or I can look at what I get to do each day. I can rush through each day checking off the boxes on my to-do list or I can focus on being present and enjoying what I set out to do throughout the day and taking time to connect with the people I encounter.

As I learn these important life lessons, it is crucial that I model them and teach them to my children. The key is to be aware of the teachable moments that occur during the day to day routines. It is my prayer that each of us can take time at the beginning of each day to focus on what is truly important in life and gain perspective that remains with us throughout the day.

I recently came across the canvas titled Faded Memories. It is inspired by Deuteronomy 4:9, "But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren." The image appears blurry as a representation of a forgotten memory. It is my prayer that we don't forget the important lessons we learn, but are able to embrace what God is teaching us each day so that we can teach those lessons to our children.

Blessings,
Kelley

Faded Memories Canvas
inspired by Deuteronomy 4:9

Canvas available in various sizes here.

And here is another canvas titled Faded Memories. Although it isn't inspired by scripture that I know of, it is a beautiful piece and one that I can see in a future design. :)

Canvas available for purchase here.

 

Transformation Tuesday: First Impressions

Did you know it takes as little as one-tenth of a second for us to make a first impression? And when it comes to our homes, we make a first impression with our guests the moment we open the door. So does your entry make the first impression you want it to?

If not, here are a few things you can do to spruce up your entry and make a great first impression:

  • De-Clutter
  • Keep paint colors neutral
  • Add a focal wall with large mirror, art, or clock
  • Add lamps (Tip: set lamps on a timer. It adds warm light and provides safety)
  • Add a few decorative accessories that you love
  • Add a decorative rug to look good and keep dirt from trekking in 

Here is a look at my entry way when we purchased our home and how it has been transformed. I love the Ballard Designs 3 piece Grand Palais Mirror and the dresser I scored for $100 off Craigslist and painted Sherwin Williams Refuge. My entry provides a warm welcome to all who enter my home and makes me happy every time I walk in the front door. 

Dresser Transformation

This old dresser was a $100 Craiglist find. I decided that I needed something to store additional clothes in my closet, and I didn't want to spend a ton of money on a new one. I also didn't want to spend money on one that would require me spending hours to put it together. So finding a used one that I could test out my new chalk paint on seemed like the perfect solution and in the end, it was. Score!

 

The dresser was dirtier than I would have liked so the project started with doing a thorough wipe down and vacuum out. Since I was using chalk paint, there was no additional sanding or prep needed.

 

I used 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg applied with a smooth roller and angled brush for crevices. Once completely dried, I used a matte polycrylic finish by Minwax applied with a foam brush to prevent brush strokes. 

 

Below are the before and after pictures:

 

Journey

I remember the first time I set foot in my current home. My husband, son and I were on our way to see an open house for a different home on the same street and decided to stop into the open house for our home on the way. Although I had seen pictures of our home online during our house search, I hadn't been impressed. I was looking for light, bright and airy, and let’s just say our home did not fit that description. However, when I walked inside, I knew I had found our new home and no other home was going to measure up. It had all the finishes we were looking for and more. Everywhere I looked, I was inspired by what “could be.”

 

Here I am almost 2 years later and our home has come a long way. Although it would have been nice to overhaul everything at once, my home is in a continual makeover process. I have painted rooms, bought and sold furniture, painted furniture, swapped out light fixtures, and purchased items here and there. My home isn't perfect or complete, and, like me, is a work in progress.

 

My home still has a list of projects for me, but I am thankful for what it is even more than the way it is. My home is so much more than the paint colors and décor, although I love those things. My home is where life happens for me and my family. It is where I work, where my hubby and I play with our kiddos, where we throw birthday parties, cook, host family and friend get-togethers, and it is my favorite place to be.

 

My home is my nest and already has so many memories, but has so many things still in store. I hope you will join me on this journey as life and decorating continue on.