Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kitchen Update - Paint All The Things White

We'll take a little detour from the room-swapping-room-updating, and go back to the kitchen. Just when I think I'm "done" with a room, I change my mind! *insert face palm emoji*

Now in my defense:

1. I did the kitchen "update" this last summer - more or less on a whim... what's another coat or 12 of paint? *insert eye roll*

2. I always felt there were a few things that were "off" in here... and after much debating in the eldest's room, I've realized some things in "tones." And why some designs and colors and schemes work and why others don't... I suppose if I had any formal design / decor training, maybe they'd cover such an issue in Decor 101, but I digress.

Any who, back to the kitchen... I left you here

And here it is now...

In case you're keeping track, it alllllllllllll got a fresh coat of my same trim white. I first tried merely painting the walls white, and boy did that make my cabinets look aw.ful. They were a mere off white, but against bright white walls, they then looked like that nasty smoker's-house-faded-nicotine yellow... it was So... guess who ended up refinishing her cabinets for a FOURTH time since the initial kitchen remodel!?!? *face palm / eye roll*

I actually had to remove these cute rugs :( ... over the summer, with all the muddy foot traffic, they began to show They washed up super nice actually, but I quickly tired of washing them every other day. So for now my floors are actually naked - except in front of the door. One day I'll maybe add something back... but bare floors sweep and mop much faster!

And I'll admit, my counters are rarely this clean... #cuzwelivehere

I also simplified the whole rest of the kitchen and decor... by merely removing the burlap curtain on the window over the sink, it emphasized the size of it dramatically. And added even more natural light - win win!

And one major change you'll see is that I removed the corner cabinet. It was barely functional. 

1. I'm too short to reach even to the back corner of the bottom shelf much less the top one...

2. Given the shape of the cabinet, it was super awkward to store anything... 

So I've been digging the open shelving that's super popular... so about $50 later, open shelving it is! I've reconfigured the styling and functioning about 483 times, but again I digress. 

I did do a little revamp on my pantry as well... sheesh do I leave anything alone!? It's now wood with a ticking fabric insert. This grey one got too busy for me... Bessie is still on top tho!

My dining room is also on the #paintallthewallswhite chopping block... as is the living room eventually. But I've also gotten distracted with a plethora of other things too... 

Also, it's hard to tell in the pics, but all the kitchen walls got another faux shiplap treatment... but this time all I used was a marker!!! I measured out lines and used an oil-based marker to draw lines. Super simple cuz I was NOT going to cut plywood around all the nooks and crannies that a kitchen holds! I did just start with the backsplash - cuz a plain white backsplash is ... well ... a plain white backsplash... but got over-achieving and did the whole thing. So until I eventually get the subway tile that I've been dreaming of since fo-eva, this will do. :)

So that's it. Just a fresh coat of white on all the things! :)

I'll do the sunroom room refresh update soon!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Other Girls' Room Update

So many moons ago it seems, I alluded to the room swapping that has gone on and yet never finished the "updates." *insert cricket sounds*

I'm sure there were many people who were left wondering, "what happened to the other room!?" *insert more crickets* hahahaha!!! So for all you wonderers, here's the other half of this room swap!

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Second Great Room Swap - The Twins' "New" Room

I feel like I've been hinting at and working on this second "Great Room Swap" for the last 34 months... and honestly maybe that's how long it's taken me... Oh wait, the twins aren't even 3 years old yet, so it hasn't taken THAT long! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Playhouse Project

So there once was this time, I got a project into my head... one I thought would be so easy peasy... we had a bunch of left over / scrap material, I figured repurposing it all into a playhouse would be the epitome of repurposing - as well as sooooo fun and easy. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Shiplap Tutorial + Updated Living Room

Thought I'd get you up to speed on what has been a lot of updates to lots of little spaces, but most notably, the addition of some much drooled-after shiplap!

*Disclaimer - I am fully aware that shiplap / planking is the 2015+ version of the 1980s paneling. Fashion and home decor seem to ebb and flow, and really just make old things new with little twists here and there. In a decade or so, shiplap will be ripped from the walls with disgust much like said paneling - or so I assume. Shiplap will see its demise, I'm sure. But for now, I am embracing it a little - and adding it only in areas - not whole houses as some do. I usually don't embrace trends that wholeheartedly. :)

Monday, July 25, 2016

And Then There Were Six... Hazel Grace's Birth Story

It's only taken 6 weeks, but I finally have a little update on the newest member of our family! Everyone who hasn't, please meet Hazel Grace - the final member of our crazy Baker circus family - unless God has a wicked sense of humor! :)

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Nursery-ified Sunroom

If you follow me at all on Instagram, you know I've been overgramming lately on the sunroom makeover / revamping into a nursery for baby #6. :) I think it's about all set and ready for baby! 

I don't know if I can say that enough... I'm soon to have SIX kids. To me, that sounds astronomical. To others, maybe not so much... but to me, yes! 

Now in case you don't know... I've run out of bedrooms for all our minions. The boys already share a room, the twins share a room, and the eldest has a teeny tiny room that wouldn't be fair to make her share... especially not with a newborn. The plan is to pop a dormer in the attic and make a bedroom for the eldest up there... but that means some $$$ and lots of time and attention from the hubs. Both of which are a little in short supply lately. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Laundry Room - A Work in Progress

Disclaimer: So as I'd mentioned on FB the other day, I thought I'd show some progress pics of the laundry room. I started working on it several weeks ago, and it's a work in progress. I had plans to do this last week sometime, took pictures, edited them, saved them to a USB drive and was just starting to work on the post when... I LOST ALL OF MY IMAGES ON THIS BLASTED USB DRIVE!!! I can't even tell you how frustrated and angry I was! I had just saved a bunch of images on it, and it was working properly. I plugged it back in and suddenly it's asking me to format the drive and it couldn't find anything on it...

I was so bummed cuz not only did it have these images on it, but it has family images from 2013-2014, all of my house progress images on it, and many many others. All. gone. All the images I've ever posted on my blog about different rooms and their makeovers and such... all. gone.

So this post is coming a little later than planned - which I'm sure shocked a lot of people. ;) Gah. Any who, moving on... 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Upstairs Bathroom - The Reveal

And now hopefully for the pretty part! In case you missed it, here are the deets on the makeover this little bathroom got. You can see the super dated and ugly mauve it originally came from... and then you sadly don't see the first part of the ugly green and brightly colored phase I went through. ;)

And now to the after!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Upstairs Bathroom Makeover - The Old & The Before

So I know I showed snippits several weeks ago on this little makeover... and never followed up. My bad! :) I get distracted easily and move on - sometimes before officially finishing anything. Whoops!

But in my defense, this little makeover needed a few little things done by the hubs - things above and beyond my elementary carpentry skills - and whenever that happens, it can take days weeks years for him to complete.