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...]

Custom Labels for your Baking Storage Containers

My daughter LOVES to bake. I wouldn't be surprised if someday she opens up her own bakery. She bakes yummy treats almost daily (which makes being low-carb even harder!). She is an amazing baker! Did I mention that she's only 13? Because of all her daily baking, I wanted a functional AND pretty way to store all the baking goods. I found these awesome Rubbermaid containers on amazon and created some pretty labels using my Silhouette. Once I get more organized I plan on making these and selling them for those of you who don't have a vinyl cutter, but for now I'm just sharing the tutorial. … [Read more...]

Adding plug outlets inside IKEA pantries || IKEA sektion renovation

In my last blog post I shared all about assembling and installing our new IKEA sektion cabinets. We are renovating our kitchen ourselves and are sharing the process through a series of blog posts. To begin the series, start here. As promised in my last post, today I'm sharing all about IKEA pantries; assembling, installing, adding plug outlets inside of. In our new kitchen we will have 3 pantries; two 30" wide pantries with shelves inside that will mainly be used for food, and one 24" wide one with wire drawers inside to be used as a "baking" cabinet for our daughter who is … [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...]

Tearing out a half-wall between kitchen and family rooms

New to this series? Click here to start at the beginning! We want to get rid of all the carpet on our first floor and install hardwoods. Because half our first floor is already hardwood, they will patch the old floors with new hardwood. Currently the family room, formal living room, and dining room all have carpet, so we will tear that out and weave in new hardwood floors. Before we start weaving new flooring into the old flooring, there are a few areas that we want to change up. One of those areas is the half-wall between the kitchen and family room. We want to take the half-wall out … [Read more...]

Let the whole-house renovations begin!

Last September we started a huge renovation on our home. I've wanted to blog about it since then but have been so overwhelmed with the mess and construction that I didn't even know where to begin. Well, I'm finally sitting down to share with you guys what I've been doing in our house! We've basically gutted the entire first floor so this will take many blog posts to get caught up. Our major renovation includes: - gutting the kitchen, changing the layout a bit, and installing a new kitchen - all new hardwood floors - new treads and risers on the staircase - ripping out old brick … [Read more...]

Make your own drawer dividers/organizers

I can't believe I forgot to show you this awesome project in our last house. I was going through old photos and came across these and had such a doh! moment when I realized I never shared this. So, for those trying to keep up with every place we've ever lived, this was our 2nd house in Austin (our country house), before we moved here to Colorado. And to confuse you even more, this was post-renovation on our kitchen in that house. And just to make things even more interesting, Ben's company just went through a merger and his company was the one getting bought out, so now things are … [Read more...]