I finally chose which laminate countertops to go with for the kitchen facelift: Formica’s Calcutta Marble in gloss. I ordered many samples from Home Depot and I think they look wonderful in person. They offer it in “gloss” and “etched” finishes. I ordered samples of both and to be honest, the etched didn’t do anything for me. I felt the gloss option looked more like a true, glossed marble. I am a tad nervous that it might look a little too glossy when I get them installed but I wasn’t concerned enough to not order them.
There was also a “Carrara” Marble option but that had quite a bit more gray, so I stuck with the Calacutta.
They should be installed in a couple weeks!! Yay!! Here is a picture of the sample.
I plan on writing a review on the countertops after they are installed. My goal is to have the cabinets 100% finished by then-hopefully....
I’ll keep you posted!
Down the road, we plan to remodel our two bedroom home by adding on a couple bedrooms and expanding the kitchen. But in the meantime, we wanted to do some inexpensive changes that will make our current galley kitchen a little more “us.” I hope to order new laminate counters by January and finish painting the cabinets by Christmas.
It was only until recently I heard of recipe titles that said, "sheet" this or "slab" that. The idea is simple cooking or baking, using only one cooking sheet. While we were visiting family in Missouri, our Aunty Vicky brought over this delicious chocolate sheet cake that was out-of-this-world good. After doing some research online, I found many wonderful dinners and desserts that involved using only one cookie pan. I stumbled upon this dessert, and knew I had to try it out for Valentine's Day. ( I did make a couple edits for my own liking)
It's official! We have finally moved back to California and we own our own place! It is SO exciting to think that this little two bedroom place is ours, all ours!! We think this house and land has SO much potential! We plan to add a second story, connect the breezeway to the garage, remodel the entire kitchen and blow out some walls to make the living room more open concept. Of course, this is in our 5-10 year plan but it is the plan! I cannot wait!
I can't believe my last blog post was June of 2015!!! Talk about a major sabbatical! To be fair, the last half of 2015 was quite stressful for my family due to some complications I was facing in my pregnancy. Through all of that, I was too stressed out to blog. It sadly took a backseat to all that we were going through. Despite all of that, I am SO happy to announce we welcomed our beautiful, HEALTHY baby girl November 24th, 2015! My husband and I feel so very blessed and we are cherishing every minute with our new little one.
This past January, I started to get back into Instagram, and this February I wanted to get back to blogging. It will be interesting to see how I'll do that with a newborn...wish me luck!!
It feels good to be back!
I have SUCH talented IG friends! My friend Lindsey ( @lindseystewart89 ), who does wonderful calligraphy, helped me design this custom piece for my "Tea Station" in the kitchen. I am not a coffee drinker, but I do love drinking all sorts of tea. When I received this sign in the mail, I was SO excited to finally see it in person and hang it up in it's little home.
I have some exciting news to share with you all. I have recently become an affiliate to one of my favorite online stores: Painted Fox Treasures. This store is full of all things with a farmhouse flair: linens, bedding, decor, floral and so much more.
I wanted to share some of my favorite items right now in their store... (Click on the pictures, and it'll go straight to their page so you can see specifics on that product)
If you follow me on IG, you know I was supposed to post these back in May...near our anniversary...but that didn't happen, so my apologies.
Both Jack and I wanted a very small and intimate wedding, our nearest and dearest so-to-speak. We settled on a small list of 35 close friends and immediate family. Since I was living in Colorado at the time and his family being from Missouri (mine from California), Colorado seemed like a good middle ground for the event.
Hello my dear friends!!! I'm sorry I have been so MIA recently, and if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know why. For those who don't have an Instagram, I announced that my husband and I are expecting and I'm due in November! We are so excited! For the past two months, I have been plagued by morning sickness and tiredness but I think I am on the mend! Yay!
Okay, so back to the purpose of this post. I was invited by some amazing, wonderful bloggers to participate in something called the Repurpose Design Series. It's where we have to find something via thrift store or curb and give it a big facelift. The catch? We can only spend $20 bucks. The idea behind the series is for people to see that you can take something sad looking and make it lovely again, with just a little love.
I've been thinking about what to do for the past couple of weeks. In my super small town, we only have one Salvation Army and it's usually pretty skimpy. With that said, I knew finding furniture for $20 bucks will be hard pickin' so I kept my mind open when I occasionally went inside.
I bought a vintage ("vintage" sounds so much nice than "old") schoolhouse clock two years ago at an estate sale for $5 bucks. There was something I loved about the cute, little clock & the house I bought it from. The clock belonged to a gentleman that had previously passed (not to be morbid) and I wanted to adopt it & take it home. I knew I could give it a little facelift, and still keep the memory the gentleman's adorable little cottage in Colorado. (I am a sap for things that have a story or memory)
I am not good at remembering to take "before" photos, so sadly, I don't have one for you. I do, however, have a picture from eBay of similar looking clock. So, you get the idea what this clock originally looked like: dated & brown.
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