Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kitchen Remodel



Here are the Before pictures of the beautiful kitchen in the house of our dreams  we could afford when we decided to downsize 2 years ago.
 Note the gray laminate cabinets with the 70's type mauve stripe for extra special styling!
 To open the cabinets, you would push on the door to release the magnet that kept it closed!  Totally reminds me of a doctor's office (in the late 70's, maybe!)
 The lighting was not my choice but we did end up keeping one of those curvy lights in the new kitchen.  Somehow it seemed to be a good choice.
The kitchen and dining rooms were next to each other but there was a set of stairs to the basement in between.  This made it so we couldn't just knock down the wall (I make it sound so easy, huh?) and open it up to 2 rooms.  Nooooooo....The 2 walls get knocked down and the stairs are moved to the end of the dining room.  I will show how this effected the basement layout when we Nick refinished the already finished basement.



The red chalk line is where the new stairs are cut out.  All the hardwood is saved and nails removed, so he can replace it later where needed.



This gorgeous kitchen was my initial inspiration...courtesy of Sandie!!  ♥  (This is one lady that seriously needs to blog...she has the most amazing house and design style for the home and fashion)

I chickened out on the green color for the cabinets at the last minute. Probably a big mistake....



 We paid $500 on Craigslist for all the used oak cabinets. The sink (uppers) were purchased from Lowes. About $120 each + $100 each for the bubble glass! This was almost as much as all the cabinets!! The floor was laid on a diagonal (by Nick).
 The hood over the stove is built with 1 piece of nice plywood, all designed and built by Nick...again!

The enclosure for the refrigerator was built with beadboard

 This was getting to me so I had to fill the cabinets...
when we paint them, we don't have to remove the stuff anyway, so why not put it in there and use them now!!??

Crown Molding and baseboard (upside down) was added at the top and a decorative molding added at the bottom of the cabinets.

 Close up of cabinet trims


 I found the cabinet hardware here at 1/2 the price they were at Lowes.  Good find!

 We painted the cabinets with this paint purchased at a Benjamin Moore store in a custom match of Linen White.
 Granite was purchased at Colonial Marble & Granite in King of Prussia, PA.  They were very professional and a pleasure to do business with.  The seam is flawless and undetectable and the fit was perfect!



 Loving the flow blue platter over the stove...which I believe, this whole room was designed around! The lighting is still the old in these pictures.

 Natural subway style tile was installed (by Nick) to keep with the neutral palate.  This way I can change colors whenever I want!
 



 The opening was added at the end of the counter to be able to see into the Livingroom and the archway was trimmed out with molding (custom made by Nick).

See that brass -ugh!- chandelier in the eating area?? Remember that...it will be repurposed and transformed in the Living Room to Eating Area redo...coming soon!



 Counter chairs were about $50 each from The Christmas Tree Shop and the paint color is Benjamin Moore Waterbury Cream.
 Moldings were routed and custom made by Nick.
 Roman Shade over the sink is this fabric.

This fabric was used for the panels on the new Anderson Slider from Home Depot.



 An added pantry in the space behind the new stairs got a stylish look with fabric covered shelves with ribbon attached to the front edge of the shelves.



All new stainless steel appliances from Lowes...Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Gas Stove & Microwave.






 The curvy light above the sink was reused from the original kitchen.


After the kitchen was all finished, we, yes WE, thought that the eating area was too small for when the whole family was here (since we do not have a Dining Room) so I will be doing a future post on the transformation of the Living Room into the eating area for the kitchen...

~ Darlene


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

LEGO Quilt

When I found out we were doing a LEGO inspired bedroom for our next makeover for http://www.designing4hope.org, I thought it would be fun to make a LEGO quilt for the room.  I did some snooping around on the web and came up with this quilt design.  Here is one quilt (LEGO Quilt) that I really liked, but since this was a donation, I knew I had to do this one myself.  If you are interested in purchasing one like this, refer to this link... LEGO Quilt

I went to Joann Fabrics and bought Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Light Blue, Red and Orange fabrics.  I had a hard time deciding on the backing.  I came across this green, furry fabric.  When I finished making the quilt, I decided that it was a great choice since it resembled the green boards that you build your LEGOs on and it is the child's favorite color!  Yeah, good choice!

After piecing the front together and then attaching the batting and furry fabric backing, I quilted the entire quilt, one circle at a time!  This was tricky but I managed...


I am really happy with the end result and can't wait for the "reveal" of the LEGO room for http://www.designing4hope.org

Here is a link to the large LEGO Blocks we made for the wall!!
~ Darlene

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