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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Simply the Sims: Nursery Details

Simply the Sims: Nursery Details

Yesterday, I was able to share with you our big Nursery Reveal. If you missed it you can catch it by clicking here. Today’s post will be about the little details of the nursery as well we links of where you can purchase some of the items that are in this room. I’m warning you now, this post is picture heavy. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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Crib//

Crib Bedding // 

Mobile // 

Elephant Head // By Three Hands via Amazon (currently out of stock)

One thing amazing about our crib is that it has two drawers on the bottom. I’m currently storing extra wipes and crib sheets in the drawers, as shown below. I did layer our crib sheets/waterproof mattress pad on the mattress to save the husband and I time in the middle of the night, should Baby S have an accident in the middle of the night.

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Rocker //

Metal Cart // Purchased via Meijer (www.meijer.com) 

I’m using the metal cart as my ‘go to’ place. I plan on using it in the nursery as well as rolling it with me in other rooms of my home where baby and I are. On the top of the cart I have the blue basket (via Target) filled with some diapers, wipes, burp clothes, receiving blanket and diaper rash cream. I also have a mini clock on the top of the cart so I can make notes of when I’m changing diapers and doing feedings. On the second shelf I have pacifiers and little toys. The bottom shelf contains some disinfectant wipes and a travel changing pad. 

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Bookcase // (in ebony)

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Dresser // in white from Ikea

Door pulls // discontinued from Pottery Barn Kids. Originally in red but we painted them blue. You may be able to find them from eBay like me.

Mirror // old from Home Goods

Frames // Target

Vinyl Decal // Target

Orange Basket // Zulily.com 

Blue Octopus Lamp // BuyBuyBaby (it puts stars on the ceiling)

Black Shade Lamp // old from Ikea

Do you want to see the inside of our dresser doors? I organized them the best way that I could. I’m sure once Baby S comes we will need to re-organize them again to fit our needs. A plus about the numbered drawers? If the husband or someone else needs to grab something for you and you know what drawer it is just yell out the Number! Bibs in drawer number 4!

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Throw Blanket // via www.groopdealz.com

Ottoman Pouf // DIY by yours truly 

Rug // via Joss & Main

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Thank you for stopping by, I hope you liked our nursery. I’m finding that it is already calming in there which is exactly what I was going for. I would have designed the room pretty much the exact same way if we were having a girl. I would simply switch out all the blue accents for yellows and blush/coral.

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