Turning a Formal Living into a BOARD GAME ROOM!

The most anticipated post of the year! Ha ha just kidding. But it's an exciting day none the less. Today I'm FINALLY, after months of alluding to, sharing our Board Game Room renovation. We turned our Formal Living Room into a designated Board Game Room where we come together with friends and family, multiple times a week, to play board games. Yes, we are huge board game nerds. We've always loved playing games so a designated room seemed appropriate for our family. Ben loves board games so much he even has a board game youtube channel (which is pretty great in my opinion!). It's called … [Read more...]

Installing new pendant lighting in our custom IKEA kitchen

Our kitchen renovation is moving right along. Now that we have the bulk of the kitchen renovation finished, it's time to turn my attention over to some new lighting. I'll share with you our amazing new pendants as well as some tips for making installation even easier. As you can see, our lighting situation is a little sad. We had one chandelier that hung over where the breakfast table used to be. Instead of having a table, we replaced it with a huge L-shaped island. Instead of having one chandelier hang off-center, we hung some new amazing pendant lights instead. … [Read more...]

How to install hardware like a pro – IKEA kitchen renovation

Are you ready for more IKEA kitchen posts? I’m determined to finish this kitchen once and for all! Today I’m back to share all about our kitchen hardware - where we purchased it and the best way to install it. Our hardware is from IKEA (surprise, surprise!). I shopped around for other options, but I really fell in love with this hardware from IKEA. It’s called Bagganas and comes in a few colors; black, stainless steel, and gold. It also comes in two lengths; 5 5/8" and 13 3/16". I love love LOVE this hardware. I still can’t believe it’s from IKEA. They have come a long way in thei … [Read more...]

Installing IKEA quartz countertops – Frosty Carrina

Today is countertop day! Can I get a holla?! Yes, we are still talking about our IKEA kitchen. DIYing an IKEA kitchen is no joke. So. Much. Work! The countertops were not DIY (thank goodness) - IKEA sent a crew over to measure and install the countertops. We are super happy with them and am glad we purchased them through IKEA. Here's our kitchen, ready for countertops! When we ordered our kitchen through IKEA we told them we wanted to purchase the countertops also. We chose our material and they did a rough square footage to come up with the cost. They also gave us their 3rd party … [Read more...]

Run cables in-wall with a PVC cable drop

Today I'm sharing one of the coolest things in my kitchen. During construction of our new customized IKEA kitchen we created a small cabinet and counter that wrap around a short wall. The wall is about 24" wide and the countertop will be about 8" deep. This was a great way to use some otherwise dead space and create a perfect little counter and cabinet for all our electronics. Below is a photo of the open cabinet. We created this custom narrow cabinet and counter area to be a hub area for things like our Amazon Echo, cell phone chargers, our alarm system touch screen, etc. If we … [Read more...]

Creating a wrap-around cabinet & moving the dishwasher || IKEA kitchen renovation

Happy Hump Day! Today I'm switching gears from the Custom IKEA kitchen island over to the sink area. We had two big custom areas in our kitchen: the island and the sink area. Let's start with the "before" photos so you can get an idea of our overall plan. Here's the kitchen the day we moved in 3 years ago. The dishwasher is to the right of the sink. We want to move the dishwasher to the left of the sink so we can put in a lazy Susan to the right of the sink. Here's a better "before" picture (below) of how we were living in our kitchen before the renovation. As you can see, we had a … [Read more...]

Create custom canned goods storage from IKEA cabinets

Happy Monday! Can you believe June is almost over? Time really does fly when you are having fun. On Friday I shared with you our process of building and customizing our new IKEA kitchen island. We wanted a very custom island that looked more like a piece of furniture than an actual set of kitchen cabinets and achieved that look in unconventional ways by using toe kicks and panels. One additional change we made to our island to really customize it and take away some of that off-the-shelf feel of IKEA were custom 7" deep cabinets to store canned goods. When the doors are closed you … [Read more...]