Storage Cabinets

Storage Cabinets

This isn’t really a resolution because I’ve been working on this before 2017

kicked off. I’m really making a bigger effort to simplify our home. 

I always considered my self a clean and organized person and

since becoming a parent I’ve been more organized then ever. 

All of Macklin’s toys, clothes, everything is organized and I know where I can find everything.

His stuff is so organized that my almost two year old is organized himself. I noticed it pretty early 

on that he was a clean freak but now even more so then ever. With that I want to simplify more things in our home.

That all starts with this HUGE catch call buffet:

 

A little story about this buffet. I got it for free at an estate sale before we moved into our home in 2012.

It is a great piece but very large. We only have stuff stored in it – mainly all our hats, gloves and winter scarfs.  

With that said – we are really only using it in the winter months. The rest of the drawers and doors literally 

have left over junk and random things in there. We will be donating the buffet soon to the local Habitat for Humanity store.

Did you know they will pick up your furniture for you? free of charge! (score) This thing is HEAVY!

Anyway – I still need a place to keep our winter stuff and maybe some other odd items.

I’ve been looking for a nice small and simply storage cabinet. 

I’m very open to the style color, etc. I just don’t quite know what I want just yet. 

Here are some that I found – what is your favorite?

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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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Organized Nursery Dresser

Organized Nursery Dresser

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Macklin turned 2 months old yesterday and I can’t believe it. Time is surely flying by and pretty soon I will have to go back to work. Keeping up with the housework and other things have surprising been pretty easy, then again I’m home all day, we shall see what happens when I go back to work. We decided on the Ikea dresser shown above to be our main piece of furniture in the nursery. I didn’t want an actual changing table rather something that would grow as Macklin grew. I love that we have so many drawers and the surface is super easy to wipe down as well. One of my favorite things about this dresser is the drawer pulls which are numbered. I love them because one they are super cute and they are a great blue color for our little man. However, they serve two main purposes besides looking cute. The first being that they can be educationally for Macklin as he gets older, learning his numbers and we can organize  his things based on a drawer number so he knows where to find something. I can already foresee in our future….”Mom, wear are my socks?!”……”drawer #2″. They are actually serving as that purpose right now, mostly for my husband and family members if they are helping out. If they need to get something for Macklin and it’s in the dresser I can easily point them to the correct drawer. 

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It’s been 2 months since I first organized the dresser and I just guessed where I would place items, not knowing if it would work for us. I pleased to say that it really is working out for us. So what’s in these drawers?

#1: DIAPERS – enough side 

#2: Grooming and Health items, brushes, nail slippers, medicines, etc. 

#3: Socks, mittens, hats

#4: BIBS

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#5 & 6: Onesies (in current size), sleepers, swaddlers and trash bags for diaper pail.

# 7 & 8: burps cloths and all bath time towels

The last bottom drawers hold extra supplies for now like wipes and thicker blankets that we aren’t using just yet. These photos were taken about 3 months ago and the only changes is that instead of size 1 diapers in drawer #1 we have size 2’s. If I were too take a picture today they would look the same. 

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