white cottage kitchen - before and after

Wow.  This has been quite the project.
This is the third (and not the last) time I've painted cabinets and updated a kitchen.

Here's the background:
When we bought our home, I was super excited about a remodeled and really well done kitchen.

However, the style was definitely not me.

I have always been a white cabinet girl, and the overall style of this kitchen was dark and contemporary feeling.  
So I knew right away that I would be tweaking some things to make this more like what I liked.
After getting a couple bids on the cabinets, I decided I would paint them.
This is my third round of painting cabinets, and I was not super excited about this project again, but saving myself over $2000 was a perk.
I started out with General Finishes Snow White, and was not impressed with the coverage at all.
I finished up the project using Annie Sloan Pure White.
Just to save a few pennies, I primed all the cabinets first
(even though this isn't necessary with chalk paint).

I really love the new look!

We have a temporary table set up as our island right now.
We advertised our granite countertop on the "free" section of Craigslist.  I didn't want to pay a contractor to come and tear it out, so I took my chances on this route.
It paid off!
I had multiple offers to come and pick up the counter, but I made it clear in the ad that it was heavy, and still attached to the floor and island base.

The person who came to pick up the island was a guy who responded with
"... I can pick up the island tomorrow, and I have tools."
You're the man!

This guy was so awesome.
Booties, rubber gloves, and moving blankets.
He was so careful with everything from start to finish.  They safely removed the granite, and now the friend he was helping retrieve this for will have a beautiful new outdoor kitchen counter.
A win / win for everybody!

So yes, we are living with a few missing tiles where the island once sat, but we already got replacement tiles since these photos were taken.
After those are installed, the antique shop counter will go in place of the temporary table.

The back patio door lets in lots of natural light, but the panes are all failing- they all have a white film on them.
I have a dutch door waiting in the barn for a future install.

I'm still not entirely sure about the natural wood door.
It's a great door, but the color is reminiscent of the prior cabinet color.
I'm still considering some options here.

The sign above the sink is a favorite of mine.
I got it from a vendor at Aunt Bee's House, and we had it in our upstairs hallway at our last house.
I've also been super lucky to find a few great antique wool rugs over the last few months.
This one here is perfectly aged and fits great in front of the sink.

I have a soft spot for maiden hair ferns.
I wish they liked me as much as I like them.
They do pretty well for about a month and then I always manage to kill them.
I also picked up a few French soaps when I was in France.
This one was my favorite; Goats Milk.
The little bowl was from a French potter that Heather Bullard introduced us to on one of our shopping excursions.

I have drooled over concrete tile ever since I first saw it on Fixer Upper.
It's not inexpensive! We opted to do a focal point on the back splash behind the stove, and I absolutely love it.
I had priced out a few options, and found the best price for what I like at Wayfair.  They don't have a huge selection, but for what I wanted, it was perfect.

Are you ready to see the before photos and see the dramatic transformation?
These were all taken during our inspection.

Like I've said before, we started with a beautiful kitchen, but I love how light and bright we've now made it.
There's still more to do, but I hope to keep you posted on the updates as they happen.

Any questions on the painting process?
I will be doing a follow up post in the future on this project, along with my previous experiences painting cabinets.
Leave your comments below!

industrial car carrier top coffee table

Remember a few posts back when I talked about the funeral home estate sale?
Well, here's another treasure from that sale!

I know a lot of people would be totally weirded out by that, and I guess it is a little morbidly strange, but I knew that this place had been around for many years, it was in one of my favorite buildings in town, and who knows what interesting bits might be found?

This was a one day sale, and I was sure by the nature of the sale that the dealers would be there early.
Uh, really early.

I think I was number 15 on the sign up sheet and that was getting there 2 hours beforehand!

I had a nice time reacquainting myself with a former high school class mate who was also there.
We only went to school together for a year?, and I always thought he was a funny and cool guy.
In talking to him, he has lived all over the world and led a pretty fascinating life, so the time passed quickly talking to him, which was great!

They only let a few people in at a time (ugh, I hate that)
so by the time I got in at #15, a lot of the stuff I had been hoping to nab was already spoken for. 

I saw this cool metal thing in a dark corner and was intrigued by it, so I thought 
why not?
It had rubber suction cups on the legs, and I realized it was one of those car carrier tops from probably the 1960's.
Coming from a mortuary, all I could think of was the movie, "Vacation"
where they strap the deceased grandma to the top of the car, and hoped that was not the case with this piece!! 

ha ha!

I brought it home with good intentions and then it sat in the barn for a year.
This past fall, I decided to finally try and do something with a few orphaned projects, and this was one of them.

I got some pine boards, cut them 2 inches longer than the car carrier, and then added two 
1 x 2's on the underside.
I cut these to fit snugly inside the car carrier so that it wouldn't shift around, and be able to nail / plank the boards together.
The top is meant to be removable so that if you wanted to use the interior for storage, you can.
Once that was done, I stained the top in a rich medium tone stain.

This was such a fun industrial piece that I decided to add some wheels to the legs as well.

I was so happy with how this turned out!
It sold recently and I am hoping the new owner will enjoy this unique piece.

As for the mortuary....
unfortunately, the building has since been demolished
to make way for....

wait for it....

a Starbucks.

modern farmhouse buffet

It's so crazy that I've had several furniture pieces that I've worked on over the last few months, but haven't posted here!

I found this great buffet a few weeks ago and loved the lines on it and the vintage hardware.

I love painting staple furniture pieces in neutral colors, but this one just seemed to need color.  I knew I was going to keep the top wood because even with some pretty good size scratches, it was beautiful.
I love the combination of navy and wood.

One of my all time favorite products is Old English scratch remover.  
It worked like a charm once again!
 If you want to see a previous post I did on the magic of this product, you can click here.

This was painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Artissimo.  It chipped just the way I wanted it to.
It still looks elegant, modern, and rustic.

I've been using wax less and less to finish furniture.  I've trying out a few products that are liquid, but so far I'm having trouble finding one that works well.

I'll keep you posted on what I find!

I already dropped this off at Aunt Bee's House, so you can find it there if you are local.

This was my first time staging furniture in front of the barn doors in the basement.  
Hopefully I can figure out the best way to adjust the lighting in here and use it for future photo shoots.  It sure was handy!

cottage rustic family room- some updates

My heart is so happy these days!
We are finally settling into our new home, and getting a lot of fun projects done.

2016 was a very full year for our family and it never quite felt like we got to do all the fun things that come with moving into a new home.

We took care of several (not fun), expensive fixes on our new house just to get things the way they needed to be.  
My trip to France was a huge highlight, but also took a lot of extra money and focus to do that in the same year.
So it really feels exciting to finally do some fun things!

One area that I have been itching to get started on is our family room.  
It was one of the first rooms I saw when we first looked at the house, and the area I first fell in love with.

A couple weeks ago, I found some fern botanical prints that were exactly what I was envisioning here.  
They were free printables from The Painted Hive, and only cost me a couple dollars to print.  As I was planning out the art, I also started to realize that a shiplap wall would look great behind the fern prints!  Jon was away on an overnight business trip, and I was able to install it and paint it before he got home.
I'll offer some more details on how I did it soon.

Here you can see the before photos of the family room that I took during our inspection:

The room was pretty dark with beige paint and wood trim.  
This past summer I gave everything a coat of white paint to help it feel lighter and airier.
The room has unfinished concrete floors, and it is funny to me how many people say they love it.  
I am dying to get some real flooring in here, but I'm glad it maybe doesn't look as bad to others as it does to me!

The industrial sconces were something I added in last year - they are from World Market, and we really like them.  I added in some wood strips behind the sconces just for an added effect / layer and I'm really happy with that.

The fern prints are framed in glass frameless frames that I picked up from JoAnn's.
They were 50% off, so that was a nice bonus!  
All in, the artwork cost me only around $22.  

I feel like I've gotten the bones of the room fleshed out, and I will keep tweaking and fluffing the rest of the space as I can.  The pillows are something I'm working on- they're a bit blah for me at the moment, but I'll keep my eyes open for some options.

Finding the right side table has been tricky too.  I really love the vintage locker bench that I found last year from another dealer, but I'm not 100% sold that this is the best option here.  
I think adding a lamp would help.  

For the opposite wall over the couch, I didn't want something too heavy or competing too much with the botanical prints, so I kept it pretty neutral but with lots of texture and interest to balance everything.  I'm sure it will get tweaked in the future as well.

One of my best finds this year was this coffee table!  
It was $7.99 at a local thrift shop, and I had planned to sell it, but realized it fit perfectly in here, so gave it a little makeover and love it!
I sanded the top and oiled with hemp oil- it turned the pine a bit orange, so I think I will try and adjust that, but it's an easy fix.

I love that this room has sliding barn doors. The previous owner made these from the garage doors of our house.  A smart feature that he did with all of the doors in the basement was to keep windows in  doors anywhere a room has natural light coming in.  
It keeps the basement from being too dark.

I love the leather chairs in here.  
The one on the left we bought from a dealer friend, and the one on the right I bought at a sale for $20!
It's perfectly imperfect, and has the right amount of patina.

One of my goals this year is to add some curtains in here for some privacy in the evenings.

And the fireplace....
My absolute favorite thing about this house.
I love all the wonky bricks, the little niche....

I finally found a cute vintage fireplace screen from yes, you guessed it, another dealer friend.
He always has a lot of great salvage pieces, and I thought it was a great deal for $25.
Super heavy wrought iron.  It was pretty rusty, but after a good cleaning, I sprayed it with a high heat black spray paint and it looks brand new.

I also added in some shelves this past fall.  
Shelf styling does not come easy for me, but it's good practice, and I think as I find some fun accessories, this will look more finished and the way I want.
With all the light and bright, the TV console with get hit with some color soon.
Maybe a pretty spring green to tie in to everything.

We have SO much happening right now, and I'm excited to post some more updates on the house soon!
Thanks for your visit!