Roomspiration – Kitchen Edition

Roomspiration Blog Hop
If you’ve been following the Roomspiration series, you’ve seen beautiful and inspiring do-it-yourself entryways, livingrooms, bathrooms, guest rooms, craft rooms, dining rooms, kids’ bedrooms, nurseries, master bedrooms, closets and nooks, laundry rooms and mud rooms and now…welcome to the Kitchen Edition. 

Welcome to our kitchen makeover!

We’ve been working on remodeling our kitchen for almost a year and we’re almost done!  I had hoped to be completely ready for a true reveal but it’s still a work in progress. We’re still working on plans for the kitchen island, still have to finish baseboard trim, framing a window and the tin backsplash behind the stove but…take a look at how far we’ve come:

First thing we did was swap out single door…

Now:  French doors
(sorry – it’s so bright, I can’t get a good picture)

When we bought our home the kitchen had orange-oak cabinets, blue laminate countertops, dirty white walls and old worn vinyl flooring.


What we did:
  • Swapped out old single door for French doors
  • Granite countertops (Virginia Jet Mist)
(honed finish)
  • New instant hot water dispenser, articulating/sprayer and soap dispenser

  • Zero radius sink
Antique Distressed Java

  • Installed recess lighting, $5 thrift find – pot rack, new semi-flush mounts and dimmer switch.
  • Painted (True Value Easy Care Platinum/Color = Old Fashioned)
  • Pantry Door Clock tutorial

  • Entryway – this is where we enter our home for now. When we have a new front entry and when a new stand alone refrigerator and stand alone freezer are in the budget, this area will go away.  

(See the original house siding and where the kitchen was doubled in size sometime in the past by previous owners?)
  • Storage

Hopefully by the end of the year, it will be complete.  In the meantime, we love the changes we’ve made. 

Now it’s your turn to show off your kitchen!
Please follow these rules for joining in:
  1. Link up your kitchen below. If linking an old post, add the button to the most recent stating you’re participating in Roomspiration-Kitchens today or add it to your side bar for the next week. 
  2. All Roomspiration linky parties stay open through October 14th. 
  3. Follow the DIY Show Off and visit some of the links.
  4. Don’t forget! 
    Enter the $100 Better Homes & Gardens/WalMart gift card giveaway here!
  5. Copy and past the button code into your post or on your side bar to share Roomspiration – Kitchens with your readers.

Roomspiration Blog Hop

If reading through your email subscription, click here to link
up or visit all of the links to beautiful kitchens.

Here’s the full Roomspiration schedule:

I had so much fun getting to know these talented ladies and their beautiful homes:
abode love: a man\View Along the Way

  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray

The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling

 The DIY Show OffAs you can tell, it’s been a very busy week so I’ll be taking this beautiful warm, sunny Saturday off from blogging and see you Sunday at the DIY Project Parade. Enjoy the weekend!

Happy to make a new friend this week!  I’m joining the party at< /span>

Like it? Pin It!  🙂

Halloween Vignette and The DIY Fall Festival

The DIY Fall Festival is one day early this week!
This week, since I moved the wingback chairs out of our ‘mudroom/sitting room/whatever-I-want-it-to-be-this-week-room”, I got to rearrange things again (see yesterday’s post to see the transformation of this room). We don’t decorate much for Halloween but I took what I had and decorated this room just a little.  It’s not quite where I want it to be but it takes me a few days of rearranging to settle down and walk away satisfied plus I’m on the hunt for a settee of some sort for in here.  In the meantime…
vocabulary cards are a garage sale find
This room gets a lot of morning and afternoon sun (when there is sun shining), so it’s a great spot for our plants. Sun = happy plants.  Normally and very fitting for Halloween, I have a black thumb but I’ve managed not to kill a few!
Nevermore Tree Tutorial, Obelisk is a .50 garage sale find.
Stenciled Pumpkins
When we bought our house:
Do you decorate for Halloween or Fall? Do you have something DIY and fall and/or Halloween related to share?  Link up and show off or browse the links for some inspiration. 
The DIY Show Off


•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

< /span>
•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example:

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!

• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

Have a DIY project not related to Fall or Halloween?  Link up at the weekly DIY Project Parade linky party HERE!

Pin It

Linking up to: Halloween at Lisa’s Creative Designs.

Last Call for 3M Couples Speak Video

Just a reminder that submissions to 3M’s Couple Speak video contest close on Thursday, October 6.  Tomorrow! There are two $5,000 prizes up for grabs!  There are less than 10 video submissions so far, which makes your chances of winning pretty good!  

Check out the great (and funny!) videos  and submit your own at 

Pin It

Roomspiration – Laundry Rooms and Mudrooms

Roomspiration Blog Hop
Join in the Roomspiration by adding your own laundry room or mud room by linking up today with Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling and her gorgeous stenciled laundry room.
The Mustard Ceiling

I was getting all ready to do a post full of Pinterest inspiration but I think I’d rather keep it real today and show you our own home.  No! Not the laundry room. We hold the record for blogger’s ugliest laundry room ever so we’ll just keep that a secret until there is a makeover to show off.  
We have an area we call the “mud room” but it’s not really since no one really enters through these doors. What would you make this space? I think I’ll be looking for some seating to go in here…it’s sunny in the mornings.

When we moved in, it looked like this:

It’s off the dining room. We tore out that single door and installed a set of French doors…
We added a coat/shoe closet to an area that sat back beside the basement steps.
Mr. DIY installed slate tile. Isn’t it pretty?!
We recycled and framed a huge frameless mirror that came with our home…
and here are some pictures of how it’s looked over the last couple of years. I love to rearrange this area!
Then this…
Here it was last Christmas…
The orange chairs from the bedroom makeover (here) even sat in this ‘mud room’ while waiting for their debut in the guest room.
Come back tomorrow when I show you how it looks for fall. The DIY Fall Festival will start one day early this week (Thursday) due to the Roomspiration schedule and hosting Roomspiration-Kitchen Edition Friday!).

Here’s the schedule for Roomspiraton. Hope to see you over at The Mustard Ceiling today!

Pin It

Protecting Floors from Heavy Chunky Furniture

I recently spied this BIG beauty in a local antique/junk shop. You know how much I love junk and unique thrifty finds! Anyway I HAD to have it….

Of course, it’s just a little buried in the dark in a back room so I couldn’t see the entire thing but I just loved her chunkiness and that she was old AND that she was the perfect size for a recessed area in our home. 
Upon getting it home (thanks Bri & Steve for truck/delivery services), I discovered it was pretty filthy.  Even oily or perhaps tar was used as an anti-skid application? Maybe it lived in a garage for 30 years.  I don’t know but she was not stepping foot in our home until she had a bath.  
Isn’t she pretty?
A little scrubbing and degreasing helped however not enough that I’d want to shove it around directly on our new bamboo floors!
A little ingenuity, Gorilla Glue, felt weather stripping and Self Adhesive Cushions and Felt Pads did the trick!
I applied Gorilla Glue to the bottom of her bulk. 
(Yes, I went from swimming straight to DIY without changing…sometimes I’m in my pajamas, sometimes swim wear and sometimes I even wear old work clothes for the DIY occasion.  See how it’s dark outside?  There’s never enough time in the day…or if there is, I just might be taking the opportunity during the day for an end of summer swim at mom’s. )

Felt weather stripping was cut to fit  and applied using Gorilla Glue.
I added weight and let it dry overnight. 
A little extra added protection using Felt Furniture Movers never hurts (floors). 
Then Mr. DIY and I used tons of blankets and towels to flip this big girl.
With the felt bottom, a giant heavy piece of furniture now easily slides around and right into place. No damage to the floors! I can even slide it around myself. I do love to rearrange!  

More details on where this is going coming up at Friday’s Roomspiration!  🙂

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Guest Bedroom Reveal and $100 BHG Giveaway

Remember when I set that crazy ambitious one week time frame for transforming the guest room? Ready for TONS of pictures?  Don’t mind me, I just love to “show off”!  😉
Before – early years
Before it was my office/craft room.  But it was always a mess. I moved that room upstairs so I can shut the door when needed and keep my project mess and work spread out.  The guest bedroom needed to be on the same floor as the guest bathroom
Here it is all emptied with baseboard trim removed and as you can tell, we tore out the nasty carpet when we moved in and moved on to other more important projects. 

My mood board was designed to include things we already had including thrift store finds. A mood board is always a great way to start a room makeover and helps to visualize and form a design direction. 
I painted the floor and painted an area rug look-alike (more details here)…
I painted the walls and installed baseboard trim as well as door trim around the bathroom door. .
Wall color is a mix of Dutch Boy “Lake Champlain” and “Aquamarine White”.
Trim = Dutch Boy Trim & Cabinet paint in ultra white.
The black chandelier + a little turquoise Rub ‘n Buff Turquoise by Bri…
And finally, the reward for all of that painting, I put the room together.
Thanks to Better Homes & Gardens, I warmed up the room for guests arriving this fall. I am participating in BHG’s “make your home guest ready for less” and was able to select $100 worth of BHG products at I was pleasantly surprised with the beautiful products, great quality and big selection!
Swap out old dusty shades for new BHG tapered  taupe drum shades 
to soften light and add a warm glow to the room.
Seating area is a great place to curl up with a hot mug of mulled cider and a good book. (Or a cat!)
Add a BHG gold chenille throw and relax!
Sweet fall scents make me happy to be indoors when it’s chilly outside.
BHG Fleur de Lis wax warmer is a pretty creamy ceramic accent…
(and glass insulator turned votive)
Better Homes and Gardens Delectables Wax Cubes, Set of 4
Pretty and fresh new guest towels make guests feel extra special.
A pretty BHG peony decorative pillow is the perfect touch to a cozy bed full of bigger pillows.
Now the room is complete (minus a few finishing touches such as caulking the trim, filling trim nail holes and touching up paint), some DIY wall art and decor and curtains!  Okay, that doesn’t sound near complete but it’s come a long way! What do you think so far? I’m loving how it all came together!
Before – view from the guest bathroom
Standing in the guest bathroom after and taking a look at the view now…
Before (see that unframed door)
New door trim and wall space to decorate…
View from the dining room before…
View now (don’t worry, a curtain will be put back up to ensure guest’s privacy).
A much prettier view!
More happy views of how it looks now (with more DIY decorating projects coming up!)…
Lalka claims the room as hers.

Planning something with this wall but first I want to rearrange the room a few ways.
Another view of the painted floor…
And where it meets the painted guest bathroom floor…
Flea market, thrift and junk store finds:  
  • wingback chairs $25 each
  • turquoise lamps $4.99 each
  • gold side table $10
  • awesome old trunk $15 
  • small walnut dresser $25
  • turquoise night stand $1!
  • accessories under $10:  painting above headboard, globes, vintage cameras, Van Gogh print, glass jars, small gold clock, old radio, old books, blue insulator turned votive, ornate gold mirror, ball of orange yarn, walnut caned chair, owl cookie jar, etc. 
I’ve added sheer panels (BHG) to the poster bed and started a gallery wall…

GIVEAWAY is now closed.
BHG Live Better
Enter to win $100 Walmart Gift Card to get your bedroom warmed up for fall with Better Homes & Gardens! One (1) comment for each of these entries:
  • Since this is a guest room reveal and I’d love some feedback, please leave a comment with your thoughts on our budget friendly guest bedroom makeover. 
  • “Like” Better Homes & Gardens on Facebook. (!/BHGLiveBetter), thank them for the awesome giveaway @DIY Show Off and comment here that you’ve done so. 
  • Visit, check out BHG products and comment which product(s) you’d choose for your home. 

Share the DIY Show Off/BHG $100 giveaway for 3 More chances (leave a comment for each):

  • Blog (include link to post)
  • Tweet using #BHG @DIYShowOff
  • Facebook: Entering the giveaway @DIYShowOff  
That’s lots of chances to win!  Giveaway starts right now and ends Monday, October 17th at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after! Good luck!
Better Homes and Gardens Traditional Pumpkin Wreath on Twig Base, 18"
Sharing at this fun party! I know – it’s a guest bedroom but it’s so much nicer than our master bedroom that after our out of town guests leave, we might just ‘move in’! haha! Join me in linking up to:
RedouxPinned ImageFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialThe Shabby Nest
Roomspiration Master Bedroom Edition with Rachel at Just a Touch of Gray 
YOU MUST SEE HER BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING MASTER BEDROOM SUITE ~ inspiration for my master bedroom when the time comes!

Remember to check out Roomspiration Closets & Nooks edition today too at The Blooming Hydrangea!
Pin It

Roomspiration – Closets & Nooks

It’s another fun Roomspiration day and this time it’s being hosted by the creative and lovely Angie at The Blooming Hydrangea! You must stop over to see her “cloffice”!
The Blooming Hydrangea

I only have this little entry way nook in our kitchen to share…

And now, my dream closet inspiration…
Pinned Image
I’d love to have this bedroom nook – so cozy!
Pinned Image
Favorite use of small space…
Pinned Image
{google image}

Inspiration for utilizing a small area of our home (hopefully this winter)…

Here’s the schedule for Roomspiraton. Hope to see you there!
abode love: a man\View Along the Way
  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off


Pin It

DIY Project Parade, Painting a Floor and Shaw Area Rug Winner!

Well, I did it! I completely transformed out guest room in one week! Guest bedroom reveal tomorrow as I finish up a couple of last minute details. 
I‘m sharing the details of the painted floor, new wall color and new baseboard and door trim over at the DIY Club today where I used my favorite Purdy paintbrush, Dutch Boy paints, Krylon, Deco Art and Cutting Edge Stencil to transform the room.

Room when we moved in: Walls were painted white and floor was covered with an area rug.
room emptied and baseboard trim gone

Now there is a painted floor and painted area rug…

Those white dingy walls to these tropical blue ones and new baseboard trim…

I also updated heating and a/c vents with a coat of spray paint.

Remember the mood board:
BIG improvement! I love that it actually looks like a real rug and the room has some color!
Come back tomorrow for the guest room reveal where most decorative items are thrift store finds. I’ll also share how $100 of Better Homes and Gardens products warmed up the room to welcome guests this fall and you’ll have a chance to win $100 in Better Homes and Gardens products too! 
BHG Live Better
Everything in the room makeover with the exception of the bed which we already owned, light fixture which was already installed, bedding and BHG items – is a thrifty store, estate sale or junk/antique store find! 

See the reveal tomorrow!

Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

The DIY Show Off

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your lin
k to and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support and help with the Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge.  I couldn’t ask for better blog friends, you guys!  You’re the best!  We did not win, however, I did have an amazing experience, met some awesome fellow DIY and design bloggers and had a blast working with Cassity, creating a room designed around a floor. A room that we’re still so proud of and would love to have in our own home. The winner of the Shaw Area Rug Giveaway at the DIY Show Off is…

Emily said… 191

I follow Remodelaholic!

CONGRATULATIONS!  Emily gets to choose any of Shaw’s HGTV Home beautiful area rugs in any size for her home! Let’s hope she shares which one and where it goes! Thanks to Shaw Floors for such a fun event and awesome prize!

Pin It

Mummy {Maggie} Chronicles – Kitchen Reveal

Maggie’s dark kitchen is now beautiful, fresh and bright! I love a good kitchen makeover story. Happy DIY endings make me smile.  🙂

See more and the entire progress at

Here are the amazing before and after pictures:

WOW! Beautiful lighting, white cabinets and gorgeous glass tile backsplash!
She’s working on some decorating and accessories, but like us all – couldn’t wait to share the transformation. We’ll be seeing more from Maggie soon!
Maggie – it’s a beautiful transformation! You guys did an awesome job! I love it and look forward to seeing more!
There’s more to see at Mummy {Maggie} Chronicles.
Here’s a sneak peek!  Pop over, say hello and snoop around.  I’m sure she won’t mind!
Before with previous owner’s things…
NOW…with Maggie’s decorative, DIY touch…
Pretty Nursery
Look at this work in progress! 

Pin It

31 Days of Hope at The DIY Club

There is so much fun going on at the DIY Club this month!

Beautiful items created by your favorite blog friends!
Love the easy transformation using spray paint? 
and guess what else starts again next Friday?
DIY Club
Pop over – Check out all of the fun!


If you really want to get involved with the The DIY Club’s online DIY auction to raise money for breast cancer awareness and education, you can donate a DIY item for the auction. We’ve had several generous people contact us out of the blue with items to donate for the auction, so we thought more of you might want to participate. If you are interested, email

Pin It

Bun Feet!


(paintable grade but I love the wood pattern)
French Country in Paint Grade Bun Foot

plus this…

TransTint® Dyes
2 oz. of TransTint Dye
2 qts. of water
(I experimented with a smaller amount of water with the a couple of drops to achieve a deeper look.)

 applied with a foam brush…

results in this…

color: dark mission brown
This picture is most true to real life on my monitor:
I love the color. I love that it’s not sticky or oily like stain. I love that it dries fast and I love the finish that shows the grain. LOVE…it’s a serious possibility for our kitchen island when the time comes. 
Tips:  Use in a workshop/outside or in a protected area. Wear old clothes and wear gloves if you’ll need to turn project. It’s “dye” and very concentrated!
Bun feet, TransTint and foam brushes are available at Rockler
Click HERE to see where you’ll find these feet!