Hello, hello!! If you happen to follow along on Instagram you saw a little sneak peek of a creative wall covering idea I worked on with my bff at one of our rental houses in Maryland. I’m going to start by saying that I am seriously in love with how this little experiment turned out. A $6 upcycling idea that I worked on for 2 hours with my bff and had no idea what to expect for a result … when something like that works out in the end what’s not to love, right?!?!
We’re going to be gearing up to make some major changes in the kitchen of our new house, what they will be I can’t even get my mind around yet, but I’m back in Maryland now trying to wrap up some things with our rental houses. Seems like a good time to me to take a look back at our first do it yourself kitchen we tackled in the house we call “The Tank”.
I tend to pride myself on being an even-keeled, take-it-as-it-comes, what-will-be-will-be sort of gal. But I have to tell you, I had a brief moment of panic the other day. This whole living in transition thing might just be wearing us all down. Just look at Marley all sad-faced laying in front of the door to ensure we don’t leave this hotel room without her. Poor puppy. :( On the other hand, Mico seems to think the big bed and cool temps are just about perfect. Ignorance truly is bliss. ;)
Back in December, when I was on my little DIY trip to get some work done on rental properties we have in MD, it was freezing! Well, it actually wasn’t freezing outside but it was down right frigid in the house. (You can see more of my lovely cold weather DIY outfit here.) That’s where I’ll start to explain that I really did think I had taken some better pictures. I guess the foggy mess I saw on the camera wasn’t just my breath … but a not-totally-focused or properly exposed picture as well. Sorry about that! But that doesn’t put a damper on my excitement of the transformation I was able to make in this worn little kitchen in about a week. We started with the counter transformation, then we updated the cabinets … and left most of the cabinet doors off, and then updated the hardware on the cabinets we kept AND then we backed the newly open cabinets to give it a wood slat look on a $32 budget. Let’s remember what the cabinets looked like before …
Thou cabinetree most fair and lovely. But, let me tell you, the cabinetry was not always that way. Yowza! Thanks to one of our tenants we found ourselves with light pink cabinets in the kitchen at one of our rental properties. No really, thank you previous tenants.
Really … serious question here. What makes someone a friend? Or, even a good friend? Do you consider your family your friends? Have you ever gone 5, or even 10 years without talking to a friend? Do you have a lot of friends? I’ve always said that I’m definitely not the person to give the shirt off my back to just anyone…but I would do absolutely anything for a select few. Now, I’m not going to go divulging who those select few are … I don’t need them getting all needy all of a sudden. ;) But, here is some criteria I like to use as a guide when determining who are my good friends.
Note: The girls and I have arrived safely in Key West and I’ve already started the house hunt! If you want to see some of my first impressions and pics out and about check us out on Facebook, Twitter and our brand spankin’ new Instagram account. As Annie would say … “I think I’m gonna like it here”. :) So, they say the rooms that make the biggest impression on a person are kitchens and bathrooms. Do you agree? I think I do. I mean, there are so many ways to make a statement in a kitchen or a bath. Appliances, a fancy motion activated toilet, a rain shower. You know, the big ticket items. But what do you do when you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck and aren’t really in the market for over the top amenities? Heck, what if you’re starting with this?
Hey, hey! How are you? I know, this whole Sunday post is not normally my thang, but there have just been so many weird and crazy things going on in the world I thought I’d take a few minutes to get my thoughts in order. First, is there anyone out there who can fathom the tragedy of the school in Connecticut on Friday? I, for one, am just never able to get my mind around those things. I can’t imagine being in a kind of situation like that, I can’t imagine being personally affected by such a situation, I can’t imagine being one of those child witnesses and growing old with that experience on my brain. But that which I can’t even imagine is now the reality for so many. My heart hurts for them and my head grasps for reason. And it just never comes. And late last night I found out that an old friend of mine has stage 3 rectal cancer. She is my age with 2 young daughters. There are no words. What I am extraordinarily grateful for is the perspective that it gives me when a totally out of the ordinary experience happens with Joel’s work in Curacao. Just yesterday we learned we may not be on the island much longer … or we may. I know, confusing right?!?! We’re the ‘take it as it comes’ type so that’s all we’re going to do and I’ll definitely keep you posted when I know more. It does get you day dreaming about where we may go next tho, doesn’t it?!? But, with so many little details up in the air all I can do is try to get it all in order. And I’m still in Maryland trying to get a bunch of home improvement accomplished. … continue reading
I was innocently laying on the couch, watching Dateline, admiring the hutch to tv stand transformation… …when I noticed the tile. Do you have that one … pain in the neck, always under your skin, jumping out with the ugly reminder that it’s always there … thing? Mine, for sure, is the tile in this little house… But the thing with it is…I can’t change it. And I choose to have peace with it. Like I have peace with our outdoor washing machine. Like I have peace with this old lady.