A Kitchen Remodeled

A Kitchen Remodeled

Doesn’t everyone love a good remodel story? I have one for you about this adorable remodeled kitchen!

My friend Stephanie and her boyfriend Drew purchased their first home and it’s an adorable one at that. They have the cutest little

dog Whinnie and have been working so hard with the help from their families to make their kitchen beautiful. They JUST finished everything. 

I asked Stephanie a few question about her kitchen, here is what she had to say:

What did you envision for the space?

As soon as we walked into the house I wanted to brighten the space up, but when house hunting this kitchen stuck out to me the most because the floor plan was already opened up and the structure was good. I love the Farmhouse and French Country style, so I envisioned the backsplash running all the way up to the ceiling to take advantage of the space in between the cabinets and windows, I knew going into a renovation I would do the wood/shiplap rustic look in the kitchen. The cabinets were a great brand, just not my style when it comes to color so painting them was the option that made sense and to save us money!

Did the result meet what you had wanted?

Absolutely, and I thank HGTV and Pinterest for that. I was constantly comparing before and after pictures from inspiring kitchens I was replicating and I continued to model my kitchen off smaller kitchens with a similar layout during the process. The space is so much brighter, updated with the finishes that now match our taste and it gives the house a cleaner look.

What is your favorite piece in your new kitchen?

The island! We didn’t have a huge plan for the island because my efforts were so focused on the cabinets, back splash, and larger finishes, but in my opinion it ended up being one of the coolest parts of the kitchen. We decided to go with the butcher block counter top for contrast and function, and mid renovation decided to add the trendy/farm house X to the side of the island for a pop in the design. On the other side of the island we have 3 large cabinets we use for our pantry and storage. We also mostly use this space as our kitchen table, so having a wood Oak island works in so many ways.

What was the hardest project of the remodel?

Painting the cabinets. 3 words – DO. YOUR. RESEARCH. Research saved me here! I found an awesome blog called The Chronicles of the Home which did a great job of outlining the appropriate steps to take when painting cabinets, How To’s, recommend products and paints, ect. Painting cabinets definitely isn’t a ‘weekend project’ but is so worth the return if you put the time and effort into it. Following the tips and tools I reach online led my cabinets to turn out great! The prep time is what took the longest, removing the cabinets, labeling them, cleaning, sanding and priming them. The paint and ploy was the easiest part and the overall project took me 3 weeks.

What are you looking forward to doing next in your new home?

Our ‘ugly bathroom’ is the next and final step in the house. This is the only room we haven’t touched yes since purchasing the house and we’ve given it that temporary name because it has very bright and outdated colors in there. The first weekend in the home we removed and replaced all the floors, along with painting so we could move in all of our things after that. Now that the kitchen is done, we have the small half bath that will need a complete renovation and we will be done! I am currently researching into looks for smaller spaces like that, and am hoping to get that done by summer.

Let’s take a look of all the photos of the space!

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Ahhh preparing for baby and future chaos fun has been on my mind lately. My home I would like to say is organized the best it can but with organization it is always changing to fit your growing needs. Our needs will be changing over the next few months and years to come. What works for the husband and I now will most likely not work for us a year from now since we are expanding our little family. Since getting all our gifts from our baby shower we have slowly been putting things together, organizing the baby room and also putting away some items we won’t be needing for a while. Who knew that just about every baby product, toy, whatever has to have a battery! I’ve always kept some AA batteries around the house for little things here and there but now we will be a fully stocked battery household of AA’s, AAA’s, D’s and everything in between. Previously, I had my batteries just thrown in our “junk” drawer in the kitchen. After opening the package and with time we would have some batteries still in the package and some hazardously laying around in the “junk” drawer with other items. 

I took a weekend to organize the batteries and the entire “junk” drawer. It took less than 30 minutes and at a ZERO $$$ cost to me. Want to see the before?


Lets see what is in there…hmm pens, markers, flash lights, felt, frog tape, camera charges, batteries and some other junk. I first emptied the drawer completely and threw out a bunch of junk and put away a lot of the items that already had homes. I wanted my batteries to be easily accessible and labeled clearly. I ended up using some left over craft/storage bins like this:


As you may recall, I used to store my jewelry in these types of bins. You can read on how I organized my jewelry by clicking here. I took off the lids to 2 containers and then started using the separating tabs to create my little cubbies for the batteries. I put washi tape on the sides to label the batteries. I could have used my label maker but I wanted something that I could easily peel off in case I needed to change the arrangement of the batteries later on. I also used the container to store my camera chargers as well. 

I used the second container to store pens, chap stick and other random things for the drawer. 

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I know I usually post food recipes on Mondays but today I’m giving you a recipe for your dog! That’s right…a dog ear cleaner recipe. Poor Hank suffers from ear infections from time to time. I knew he would eventually have these problems because he has big floppy ears. I’ve taken him to the vet a few times for his ears, mainly his right ear and they have provided medicine to put in his ears to help when he has an infection. The last 2 months I noticed it was worse then ever, I’m not sure if the weather has anything to do with it. I have to say that I wasn’t too pleased with the medicine that we were using previously so I took it upon myself to make something of mine own to help with his ears. After usually the DIY cleaner for 3 weeks now I’m extremely pleased with the results and I think Hank is too. I wished I had taken a picture of the inside of Hank’s ear so I could show how bad it was. 

IMG_1858bAll you need is water, distilled white vinegar and tea tree oil.  I used an old bottle that his previous medicine was in. I put two cap fulls of the vinegar and water followed by a cap full of the tea tree oil. When I’m treating Hank’s ear I take a cotton ball and wet one end of it with the mixture and then rub it carefully in Hank’s ear and in his inner ear. I then gentle massage his ear. During the first three days of his treatment I did this twice a day and I had to use about 2 cotton balls each time. Hank responded really well to the medicine and it didn’t hurt his ear(s) when I was massaging them. After three days of applying the medicine twice a day I then only did it once a day for a few more days and now I do it about every 3 to 4 days. Now three weeks later his ears, specifically his right ear have completely cleared up. They never cleared up like this with the medicine from the vet office. 

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