Archives for February 2015

Canned Goods Storage

We are in the process of upgrading our dated and not-so-functional pantry. The old, rusted wire shelving has been replaced with wooden shelves in a more user-friendly layout. Instead of wrapping the shelving around the entire pantry we opted to leave the back wall open and create a narrow canned goods shelving system instead. Not only does the shelf hold a ton of cans, it also makes it extremely easy to find exactly what I'm looking for. Another great feature is that it has a very narrow profile - sticking out from the wall only 3.5"! This leaves the entire room feeling bigger and more … [Read more...]

Pocket Doors, Pantries, and Canned Good Storage

I know I'm like a broken record here, but yes, I am going to talk again about the kitchen renovation. It's like the renovation that keeps on giving and giving. ;) As you probably surmised by reading the title, I am showing you the two pocket doors we installed (love them!), our pantry makeover, and also sharing a cool storage solution I came up with for canned goods. Let's start with the pocket doors. I knew from the day we bought our house that I wanted to ditch two awkwardly placed doors and install pocket doors instead. I love Locksmiths Romford! Exhibit A: Awkward Door … [Read more...]

Repurposing old home decor; Wooden Wheatgrass Bowl

One constant love I've had over the past 5 years has been decorating with wheatgrass. I just love the stuff! When decorating with fake wheatgrass, I think it just looks crisp and classic. One of the very first projects I ever blogged about was taking some gross old tins from goodwill, refreshing them with spray paint and vinyl, and adding wheatgrass to them. Wheatgrass Containers In our previous home I had some leftover fake wheatgrass and added it to a simple flower pot found at the dollar store. Easy dollar store wheatgrass tin I went totally bizerk over this wheatgrass … [Read more...]

2 hacks: Ikea Bygel rails as curtain rods & bed sheets into curtains

I can finally check another item off my should-have-done-this-a-year-ago to-do list. My son's curtains have been sitting in his closet since we moved in almost 2 years ago. Why has it taken me so long to hang them? Because I am the Master Procrastinator. But they are hung and looking fly if I do say so myself. I hung them the same way I hung them in our previous house - using two Bygel Rails from good ol' Ikea. They come in two sizes. For the curtains I purchased the shorter ones. These rails are made for the kitchen to hold accessories on. Ikea also suggests using them as a … [Read more...]

Fresh paint in the master bathroom

I painted our master bathroom a year ago, and realized today that I never posted about it here. I wrote a post about it for True Value's blog (original post here) but never ended up mentioning it here on my blog. I gave our master bathroom a paint makeover. The small bathroom was previously painted a shade of salmon, an orangy redish color: Paint is such a personal decision, and there are no wrong paint colors! The rule is, if you love it, and you love living in the space, then the color is perfect for YOU. I'll admit though, I am not keen on this salmon color, so it had to go! … [Read more...]

The skinny on all our new kitchen appliances – Bosch, GE, LG, Hahn, Danze

Today I want to talk about what appliances we purchased, why we chose them specifically, and now, seven months later, how they are holding up. 1/2/3/4/5/6 Here is our newly renovated kitchen. Check out all the before and after pictures!    While selecting our appliances, we kept quality and price in mind. We wanted great quality products in the mid-range price. There are some amazing appliances out there if you go high-end enough, but we didn't want to spend multi-thousands of dollars on one appliance. There are also some very inexpensive products out there that had … [Read more...]

Capiz chandelier in the dining room

Now that the dust has settled from all the renovating, I've finally installed a new light fixture in the dining room. Can I get a holla?! Let's start with a good ol' "before" picture. It just makes the final reveal that much more shocking and fun, am I right?! Be prepared to bleach your eyeballs. Okay, okay, it wasn't that bad. In hindsight I can say I liked the curtains (my ones from the previous house that I do plan to hang again soon). The floor wasn't bad (we replaced it so all the floor would match). Um, what else? Nope, that is all. I'm not a fan of anything else in there. … [Read more...]