Assembling and installing IKEA Sektion kitchen cabinets

Wednesday I shared the process of planning an IKEA kitchen and placing your order at IKEA. It is chock full of information and tips so make sure you go check it out. I'm back today to share all about assembling the Sektion cabinet boxes and getting them hung on the wall. Ikea has definitely streamlined this process with their railing system, but if you want a more custom-look to your new kitchen you will have to pay very close attention to small details. Before I dive into the cabinets, first we had to finish prepping our kitchen to receive them. After gutting the kitchen and having the … [Read more...]

Building your own custom IKEA kitchen || the planning & ordering process

Hi everyone! I'm very excited about today's post. I'm finally diving head-first into our IKEA KITCHEN! In this multi-part series I will go over all sorts of stuff like planning your new kitchen, the ordering process, assembling, installing, creating custom areas, building a custom bar, adding after-market inserts, finishing the trim, appliances, etc. Today I'm going to focus on the planning and ordering aspect of building your own custom IKEA kitchen. We chose to do a custom IKEA kitchen using their white Sektion cabinets and white Grimslov door fronts. Here's a Grimslov kitchen … [Read more...]

How I lost 35 lbs eating keto / low carb (and how you can too!)

The past year I've been eating a low carb diet. I loosely follow a specific diet called the Ketogenic Diet, or Keto diet. I've managed to lose around 35 pounds so far! I went from my high weight of 194 lbs and a size 14 to about 160 lbs and a size 6/8. I've been in maintenance mode for about 5 months now. I fluctuate between 157 and 164. I've posted about this a few times on Instagram and I get so much engagement from those posts with you guys begging me to give you more details.    via/via I will try to give you a good overview of my diet and how it has worked for … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 3 – staining, mishaps, & final reveal

Hey guys! I'm back to share the FINAL part in my 3-part series about refinishing hardwood floors. If you are just tuning in, you can go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 first. Up until now everything was moving forward flawlessly. There had been no hiccups, no issues, no setbacks. It was too good to be true. Literally. Part 3 turned into mayhem and tears. Lots of tears. In the end though the floors are now finished and beautiful. All our issues were resolved and we are happy with our final product. I'll get to the drama soon. For now, let's just start where we left off. In my last post … [Read more...]

An amazing staircase makeover – from carpet to wood

Today is an exciting day! I'm going to share all the nitty gritty on getting our staircase completely redone. We hired out for part of it, and part of it we did ourselves. As not to leave you in suspense for too long, I'll just start out with the before and after. WOWZA! I can't even believe I'm looking at the same staircase. Clearly we are still finishing up this renovation and need to finish painting the wall. Here's where we left off last time: We rebuilt half the staircase and framed out the wall and then I created a custom skirting for the curved staircase. If you'd … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 2 – sanding for days

As you are probably aware, because it's literally all I've talked about for weeks... we recently refinished all the wood floors on the entire first floor of our house. And when I say "entire first floor", I mean it. The only rooms on the main level that didn't get new hardwood floors are the bathroom and the laundry room. Every closet (2), every living space (5 - formal living, family, dining, office, kitchen), and even the foyer all got new hardwood floors. Hell, even the staircase got new hardwood floors. And the most incredible, and also worst part? We didn't move out when we did it. We … [Read more...]

Refinishing hardwood floors, part 1 – weaving new flooring into existing

Happy Friday! Today is the post you've all been waiting for - the floor post. Well, the first one anyway. There are so many pictures and so many steps in refinishing existing hardwood floors that I'm going to break it up into several posts. Last I left off, we had finally finished gutting the entire first floor. We did so much work to get from point A (the house before we started the renovations) to point B (ready to start on the floors). If you are new to this series I encourage you to start here and read all the progress to get to where we are now - ready to start the floors. So … [Read more...]