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...]

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...]

Pull-outs & lazy susans || Custom organization in our IKEA kitchen

Hey guys and gals! We are neck deep in building our own custom IKEA kitchen! If you want to read all about our on-going IKEA series, start here. Today I'm going to talk about one of the ways we are taking our box IKEA kitchen and making changes to it so it's more custom and fits our specific needs. Instead of the basic insert options that IKEA offers, we decided to take it up a notch and install higher quality, more heavy duty inserts to accommodate our hard-working family. Here are two of the IKEA options that we scrapped for more industrial strength and aesthetically-pleasing … [Read more...]

Quickest and Easiest way to hang rails/hooks/racks on your wall. Trust me.

I'm venturing away from our huge whole-house renovation today to share a quick update in our 1st floor guest bathroom. The shower gets used more than you'd think in there and we were sorely lacking in towel storage. Here's a view of the bathroom reflected through the huge 90's mirror that stretches across the entire wall. And here's a real view of the wall next to the shower. Clearly it needs some sort of towel bar or towel rack. I found this really cute towel hook rail on Amazon and thought it would be cute for the bathroom. Clearly Liberty thinks it should be for a … [Read more...]

Upgrading basic window cranks to nesting cranks

Holla! Happy August everyone! School starts in like 13 days. I can't even believe it. How has summer flown by so fast? I swear it will be Christmas before we know it. Time needs to take a chill pill and slow down! Sorry for the absence Monday and Wednesday this week. I've been trying so hard for several months now to get back on a schedule and post 3x a week. Until this week I was killing it. I came down with something though and felt so terrible, hence the absence. Sorry! So, as you might know if you've read my blog for awhile, I pretty much loathe the windows in my house. They are … [Read more...]

The piano bench gets new hinges and a make-under

Hi friends! I hope you are having a fabulous summer. We've been so busy this summer, and I just realized school starts in less than 4 weeks. I'm kinda sad about it. It's so fun having my kids around all day, and also not having to follow a strict schedule. Last year we bought a piano. It has pretty much become the staple item in our house. We all play, and all of my son's drumline friends play, so it gets used daily as a minimum. I also added a new layer of fabric to the bench: Most of you liked the new fabric, but a few of you commented that it was gross that I didn't … [Read more...]

How to cut Faux Wood Blinds for a custom fit

I am so super excited about today's post! Do you want faux wood blinds but they seem like way too much work? You have to custom order them, or at best, go to the hardware store with your measurements in hand, purchase them, have the store cut them for you, and then take them home and hope and pray your measurements were correct. Not anymore! Yup, I'm here to show you how to purchase the blinds from the hardware store, take them home, and then measure and custom fit them yourself. {Oh no she didn't.} Oh yes I did! Step one is obviously to purchase the blinds. I hung brand new faux … [Read more...]