DIY Kitchen Renovation

DIY Kitchen Renovation

It's time to reveal the full DIY kitchen renovation, finally! This has been a year in the making from painted cabinets, IKEA butcherblock countertops, a new stove, microwave, larger dishwasher, apron front sink, new Moen faucet, garbage disposal, adding crown molding and peel and stick glass tile backsplash. All of this was done on a budget and projects that I could do myself or reach out to friends and family for help. No contractors! It's about accessing your space, budget and your abilities. Renovations don't have to be intimidating when you plan your projects around what you can do or learn to do. Being a single homeowner doesn't mean I have to have a dated kitchen! 

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Choosing the right oven and microwave

Choosing the right oven and microwave

The perfect kitchen is designed as a place to gather and enjoy delicious food. It is hard to do that without an oven. Right before I was starting the kitchen renovation my oven decided to stop heating to the correct temperatures. I mean it was all over the map either too hot or stone cold. I was lucky enough to work with GE Appliances on finding the right stove and microwave for me. 

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Fall Farmhouse Decor

Fall Farmhouse Decor

Fall Decor might just be my favorite decor. Today I am rounding up a bunch of my favorite farmhouse fall decor ideas from some of the best bloggers around. From DIY projects to styling items you purchased Fall decor doesn't need to be difficult to be beautiful. This year I am definitely seeing a lot of farmhouse decor incorporated into fall. In fact I went full farmhouse with my decor this year, check it out here

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What Can Be Put Down the Garbage Disposal?

What Can Be Put Down the Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposals aren't glamorous to talk about but let's face it I never want to have a kitchen without one. While I was renovating my kitchen Moen was kind enough to send me a garbage disposal for my new farmhouse sink.  I was super excited about this because my current garbage disposal wasn't in the best shape. It was a combination of the old owners and user error on my behalf. Mainly coffee grounds. I had no idea that coffee grounds were bad for garbage disposals. Coffee grounds can build up in the drain pipes and eventually clog your pipes. 

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11 DIY Farmhouse Signs

11 DIY Farmhouse Signs

One thing about farmhouse decor that seems to be consistent is farmhouse signs. Today I rounded up 11 DIY Farmhouse signs. This weekend I went to the Vintage Bazzar in Eliot Maine and let me tell you every time I turned a corner I saw more of these signs. They seemed to range from $35 upwards to $195 depending on the size. Yup the same signs I have been making in my basement for years. (On a side note I think I need to start selling signs). Well if you want to save some cash and put in the time I want to show you guys 11 signs that you could make next weekend. 

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15 Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Items on Amazon

15 Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Items on Amazon

My kitchen renovation is just about done I just need to finish decorating it. I thought I would share with you today 15 of my favorite farmhouse kitchen decor items on Amazon. If you're like me you are either yardsale hopping or at the flea looking for farmhouse decor every weekend. Well ever since the Fixer Upper phenomenon it can be few and far between in finding vintage farmhouse decor. So for my kitchen, while I am still on the hunt for vintage items, I turned to online to find some decor that fits my style. 

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Installing Peel and Stick Glass Tiles

Installing Peel and Stick Glass Tiles

Yes you read that right! Today I am going to show you how we installed peel and stick glass tiles. When I was in Georgia last summer I saw a demo from Aspect Tile and I could not believe that they had peel and stick glass tiles. I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do in my kitchen renovation.

Let me just remind you of how my kitchen looked before we started renovations. You can check out all the progress so far here

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Adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets.

Adding crown molding to your kitchen cabinets.

We are in the home stretch of the renovation! Now I didn’t love how the cabinets didn’t go to the ceiling and I just couldn’t get over it. I know there was something that could be done but I also knew that I didn’t know how to do it myself and neither did my dad. So I headed over to the hardware store. Now I just happen to have one worker there that is my go to. He’s in school to be craftsman (not sure if that’s the right term) but he always seems to know the answers instead of looking at me like I have 3 heads.

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Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom

Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom

Today I am so excited to share with you guys my farmhouse style master bedroom! Now this has been a long time coming. I have been in my house for almost a year and a half and I was still rocking my bedroom furniture from my college apartment. It was time to move on and finally create a space that reflects where I am in my life today, dare I say encroaching 30!

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Tequila Recipes

Tequila Recipes

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and it just happens to be one of my favorite holidays. Who doesn't love a reason to eat queso and drink tequila?! When I was in my early 20's I would always go out and make a night out of Cinco de Mayo. No matter what day of the week it was. But now that I'm a little bit older I look for ways that I can celebrate at home with friends. 

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DIY Wallpapered Drawers

DIY Wallpapered Drawers

Today the guest room is finally getting a little love. After almost a year of just having a bed in this room I picked up some unfinished pine night stands. I left them assembled in the room for a few months knowing I wanted to do something fun with a pop of color and maybe a texture. 

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How to paint oak kitchen cabinets

How to paint oak kitchen cabinets

The time has come! It's time to paint some cabinets. Today I am going to walk your through step by step how I painted my oak cabinets with DecoArt Satin Enamel paint. Now if you haven't been following along on my kitchen renovation make sure to to check out all the projects here. Including cleaning cabinets with TSP, removing backsplash, finishing the butcher block countertops, installing butcher block and installing a farmhouse sink

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Installing an Ikea farmhouse sink

Installing an Ikea farmhouse sink

Everything but the kitchen sink.... or so it seemed. I am elbows deep in my kitchen renovation and all I've ever wanted is a farmhouse sink but I was truly finding it to be problematic. See most farmhouse sinks require a custom cabinet that was made for the an apron front sink. No matter the research I was doing or trying to figure out my cabinet situation I was just having no luck. Not to mention farmhouse sinks can run you upwards of $1,200. So to keep this kitchen on budget and to keep my plans of painting the oak cabinets I turned to trusty old Ikea. 

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How to stencil a farmhouse style wood sign

How to stencil a farmhouse style wood sign


Today I am excited to show you guys how I stencil farmhouse style wood signs. Now it seems like these style signs are everywhere right now but they come with a pretty hefty price tags. I want to show you how you can make them at home with some lumber and your Cricut.

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How to build a farmhouse wood sign

How to build a farmhouse wood sign

Today I am showing you guys how to build a farmhouse wood sign. With the farmhouse style blowing up over the last year I am seeing these signs everywhere from hobby lobby to etsy. They can be pricey but yet they are fairly simple to make. I am going to show you guys how to make them today and you can learn how to stencil them here. 

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