Apartment: Before Pictures & Plans

Since I’m up to my eyeballs in apartment renovations, you’ll be seeing quite a few posts of our progress leading up to the reveal. Please bear with me until I get to the fun/creative/decorating stuff…I can’t wait for that part myself! It’s the reward for the dirty work, isn’t it? I shared the first project yesterday {sanding floors} and here is the apartment “before-before” and after cleaning/’in progress’ but before paint. Got that? lol It’s just the before pictures before and after cleaning, before and after sanding hardwood floors.

Everything got a bath. E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g! It went from disgusting to clean. As you can tell, someone was a heavy indoor cigarette smoker. Thankfully with washing/scrubbing everything, sanding floors and primer+paint, airing out and sitting empty for quite a while, the smell will diminish. I apologize in advance for these ‘before’ cleaning pictures. I did spare you worse ones, I promise!

Okay, ready?

Dirty kitchen ‘before’ and before cleaning…{gag…what is the brown stuff all over the walls? Tobacco? Cooking grease? Coke explosion? Maybe we don’t want to know!}

rental kitchen before

All cleaned up and in progress…ready to move forward

  • paint ceiling {done!}
  • paint walls
  • paint trim
  • paint cabinets
  • redo countertop
  • storage and organizing solutions
  • thrifty furnishings
  • decorate!

There’s a paint fest going on! Envious, aren’t ya?

clean kitchen before

Pantry under the stairs – before

apartment pantry

Apartment before then ‘after’ cleaned/sanded…

wall 1

apartment living room entryway before

living room before

wall 2

living room before

apartment makeover - before

wall 3 – dirty before

apartment living room before

in progress…

apartment before

{You just turned 360 degrees and saw the entire first floor!}

Stairs are so narrow with a bend…we’ll have to get creative with upstairs furniture/getting furniture up!


apartment stairs before

  • clean (done as of yesterday)
  • sanded (done as of yesterday)
  • stain stair treads
  • fun paint technique on the risers
  • paint trim and ceiling
  • patch ceiling/trim

Someone obviously wasn’t too careful with moving furniture out {it’s a super tight squeeze and odd angle for furniture} and tore off the trim and part of the ceiling on the way down…uh oh!

trim before

I love the vintage light fixture hanging in the hallway upstairs…

vintage light fixture

  • patch and paint ceiling
  • fun idea for the small wall space coming up!

Bathroom needs a complete overhaul, but we’ll see what’s in the budget. Hate.hate.hate the faux tile walls and yellowed tub surround. Actually, I hate it all! I may be able to get away with a new floor, vanity and lighting but that’s probably all we can manage financially for right now. Those walls and tub surround have to stay for now. Wahhhh!

  • new flooring
  • new baseboard trim
  • new vanity
  • new mirror/medicine cabinet
  • storage solutions
  • new lighting
  • paint
  • caulking
  • decorating!

This bathroom is so tiny, the sink/vanity only leaves a small entrance…

apartment bathroom before makeover

Bedroom before…

apartment bedroom before

who paints half a room and walks away?

apartment bedroom before

After will turn this small room into 3 areas:

  • office/study area
  • bedroom for one
  • dressing room

Improving with every little bit of TLC and elbow grease. Ah, progress. Still a ways to go, but getting started is always the tough part for me and we’ve passed that goal! 😉
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Kitchen Before and After

My kitchen reveal in reverse!

I just found some pictures from when we bought our house. I know you’ve seen the after shots but I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few before and ‘now’ pictures for comparison. This is one of the reasons I started blogging – watching the transformation of this old house and while I tend to see all that we have yet to do, these pictures are a reminder that we’ve come a long way, baby! Of course a really ugly before makes anything look like an improvement. So, even though our kitchen isn’t quite done, I have shared these after photos (there aren’t any super new ones) but it’s a reveal in reverse…before pictures to prove that we’ve made some changes. :)

Warning: The before photos are very scary and a lot of ‘yuck’ from neglect/previous owners. Our home sat empty for awhile. A year or two maybe? I don’t remember. But it’s the location and size and character of this old house that won my heart…not the dirt and outdated/cheap finishes. I saw past the grime. I had a vision.

Kitchen before – it’s love at first sight, right? ha! love the Mr. Yuck stickers on the bottom cabinets, don’t you?

farmhouse kitchen before

kitchen now

farmhouse kitchen

Kitchen before: that’s a ceiling fan pull cord hanging down.

kitchen before

Kitchen after…

farmhouse kitchen

Kitchen before – what is that on the wall? I’m guessing the location of the previous owner’s kitchen garbage can? We don’t really want to know, do we?

kitchen before

kitchen now

Kitchen before…I’m amazed how much smaller this door makes that wall look!

farmhouse kitchen before

See the ugly sidewalk and rusty grape arbor in the background below? French door installation in progress:

kitchen French door installation

Kitchen now…let there be light!

I know…these aren’t really “now” pictures as in “today”. They are at least six months ago before the move to WordPress as you can tell by the watermark. But, I did just return from Haven so you know my kitchen isn’t photography-worthy but thanks for looking – I was happy to find the before pictures!

{patio & grape arbor after too}

So, what do you think? A better idea of where we started and our home is a fixer upper for sure! If you haven’t already, you can see more in our home tour:)

Now if only the upstairs bathrooms still didn’t look like the before pictures. I’m doubting it, but was your house move-in ready or did you have to work at cleaning some filth?
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Granite Gold Giveaway & Review

Mr. DIY is the cook in our family. He finds cooking relaxing and therapeutic after a long day at work. He enjoys it. {Who am I to argue?}

We were super excited when we swapped out blue laminate countertops for granite last year. On a photo shoot day, it looks like this:

marble subway tile backsplash

When Mr. DIY has finished creating a delicious meal, it looks like this on a good day:

dirty granite counter

And usually when I clean up, it’s streaky-looking in certain lighting. I was more than happy to try Granite Gold‘s products for a little help with cleaning that mess on a regular basis, to have an easy solution to my almost daily chore.The food is always amazing but the kitchen usually winds up looking like the Muppets Swedish Chef stopped by for a visit…

 {courtesy of rubysuncle}

After clearing all of the clutter and crumbs, I used the Granite Gold cleaner to get through spills, water marks and grease…

granite gold cleaner

I love the citrus scent and streak-free formula {not the result I was getting with brand name cleaning wipes}.

Our granite has a honed finish, but the Granite Gold polish brings out the granite’s natural beauty and when used weekly, provides ongoing protection against water marks.

  granite gold polish

Gorgeous shine! Great for cleaning our Virginia Mist granite and marble subway tile backsplash too!

granite marble kitchen

One lucky DIY Show Off winner will receive:

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All things {farmhouse} kitchen

There are two small DIY projects in the kitchen this week that I want to share with you. :)

Russ enjoys cooking outside (Big Green Egg is his other love) and we entertain and dine on the patio often when the weather allows.

The dresser stores his BBQ and smoking tools near the door and patio. The numbers will be helpful in reminding him where things are.

farmhouse kitchen

I painted our “microwave cart” dresser a pretty shade of dark distressed red and numbered the drawers. The wood tone shows through…

aged distressed red dresser

I also made a “Farmer’s Market” sign for the bulkhead above the kitchen sink and windows.

farmhouse kitchen

Farmhouse kitchen details:

farmhouse kitchen collage

  1. Cow canvas (wuslu.com)
  2. Area rug (OneKingsLane.com) – with DIY red detail
  3. DIY distressed Farmer’s Market sign (tutorial coming soon)
  4. DIY door clock
  5. Two teacher’s desks create a temporary island/eat in area
  6. DIY lazy Susan spice rack, DIY sliding ladder and antique chicken feeder cook book library 
  7. Numbered red/glazed dresser {microwave cart and storage}

(more links to painting kitchen cabinets, marble subway tile installation and more kitchen DIY at the DIY Show Off home tour)

And since the kitchen’s clean, I couldn’t help sharing some updated pictures:

desks as a kitchen island

Still on our DIY to-do list:

  • baseboard trim
  • stove/range back splash
  • a DIY taller kitchen island with storage and seating
  • work on the pot rack
  • pantry in another area of our home
  • framing a window
  • kitchen curtains

Kitchen when we bought the house:

Kitchen now:

farmhouse kitchen

From all angles…

DIY farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen

mail sorter, butler's pantry

farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen

DIY farmhouse kitchen

desks as a kitchen island

farmhouse kitchen

desk island

marble subway tile backsplash

eclectic kitchen

I’m entering the contest at WhisperWood Cottage!

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Kitchen Makeover at “B in Real Life”

You may have seen this unbelievable kitchen makeover but it’s fairly new to me and in the event you haven’t had a chance to drool over it, I’m happy to share it today. Brooke from

B in Real Life blog

had a decent kitchen to begin with. Just nothing special and not her style…

kitchen before

but today, after a lot of do-it-yourself hard work and beautiful choices, it’s a much ‘bigger-looking’ and brighter space with more character…

white kitchen makeover

Awesome, right?

kitchen makeover

I don’t see one choice of beautiful materials or paint colors that I don’t love. See that gorgeous red table too?

kitchen makeover

Kitchen Renovation Q and A posts can be found here and here.

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See more from Brooke {and TWO 2-year-old girls} at

Farmhouse Kitchen Updates

Our farmhouse kitchen is still evolving. We still have some finishing touches such as baseboard trim, little pot rack/light fixture DIY, stove backsplash and kitchen island. But I wanted to show you how it’s looking today.

I’ve decided to go with red as an accent color.

farmhouse kitchen

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Painted Play Mat

Painted Floor Mat Tutorial

How to paint a foam playmat, floor mat, do it yourself, DIY, vintage restaurant sign, aged, distressed, lobster, beachy, New Orleans

My Inspiration: With a kitchen remodel nearly done, I’ve been looking for an accent rug for in front of the kitchen sink and stove area. I haven’t been able to find something I like but one I did spy several painted foam mats on Pinterest

Project Inspiration

painted foam playmat

please pin this image directly from Sarah.Wandering.

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Kitchen Cart before and after ~ The Home Project

Meet:  Linn from

Linn and her husband recently removated their kitchen (must visit her to see that awesome-ness!) But the old kitchen cart felt out of place so they stained the top, painted the base to match their painted cabinets and gave it some new hardware.

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DIY Show Off Kitchen Makeover

We’re working on the kitchen! Here it is now:
When we moved in…
In progress…
Now (still working on stove backsplash and DIY kitchen island)…
Countertops are Virginia Jet Mist granite. Dark charcoal grey with random white veining. The closest we could find to soapstone but with less maintenance. 

Installing tile backsplash tutorial {marble subway tile}

Marble subway tiles…so pretty! The picture below shows how we finished off the edge of the backsplash…
Walls are painted True Value’s “Old Fashioned”.
Isn’t it pretty?  It’s perfect for showing off some reclaimed barnwood going in the room and our new distressed medium-tone bamboo floors.
AFTER (Yes…small pantry closet is gone! So is the vinyl flooring!)
Testing out some accent colors with the new wall color:
Deciding on color scheme…
A few more updates, a little closer to the final reveal!
Waterstone Towson Faucets and zero radius sink
Lazy Susan spice loft, sliding ladder and cook book library.

  • New Antiqued Fossilized Java (distressed/wide plank) bamboo flooring! {Before/After}
  • calibamboo.com

We found this beautiful huge piece at a junk/antique store {Cappy’s Corner}. Perfect fit!

New Wide Door Trim installation on French Doors

Clock Door, Spice Loft, Cook Book Library

puzzle playmat, painted foam mat tutorial
DIY, tutorial, painted floor mat
So easy to entertain and grill in the summer…with the patio conveniently off the kitchen.
Once we have enough saved, there will be a stand alone refrigerator and freezer here:
farmhouse butler's pantry
farmhouse kitchen
marble subway tile backsplash

farmhouse kitchen collage

  1. Cow canvas (wuslu.com)
  2. Area rug (OneKingsLane.com) – with DIY red detail
  3. DIY distressed Farmer’s Market sign (tutorial coming soon)
  4. DIY door clock
  5. Two teacher’s desks create a temporary island/eat in area
  6. DIY lazy Susan spice rackDIY sliding ladder and antique chicken feeder cook book library 
  7. Numbered red/glazed dresser {microwave cart and storage}

Kitchen when we bought the house:

Kitchen now:

farmhouse kitchen

DIY farmhouse kitchen
farmhouse kitchen
farmhouse kitchen before
See all of our kitchen related posts on our HOME TOUR page.

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Kitchen Makeover Part 2 by Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane

Hi there, everyone–it’s Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane (again!). I’m laughing as I write this, because I know that if you’ve seen part 1 of my kitchen reveal here on the DIY Showoff or on 11 Magnolia Lane, then probably not more than a few days or weeks have passed–and now I’m changing it again! I let Roeshel know that it was a work in progress, and she graciously invited me to show the updates I’ve made (thanks, Roeshel!).I know I’m not the only one constantly tweaking and updating things in my decor, and although I was thrilled with how my kitchen cabinets turned out, I didn’t like the paint color I put on the walls. I also wanted to tear down my tile backsplash and update my range hood. I lived with it for about three months, but Thanksgiving was drawing nearer, and I was hosting the holiday this year, so I had motivation to proceed quickly.
Here’s what I started out with when we bought the house in June (it’s more of a “during” than a “before” but you get the idea!):
Here’s my first reveal, in August:
  Now, here’s reveal number two, after painting the walls, painting the tile backsplash, spray painting the exhaust hood with stainless steel paint, and adding window treatments (made with canvas drop cloths):
I normally choose lighter paint colors, but the Old Prairie by Benjamin Moore that I used first had some green undertones that just didn’t work with my White Dove cabinets. After trying three different paint samples on the wall for a few days (BM’s Camouflage, BM’s London Fog, and BM’s Waynesboro Taupe), Waynesboro Taupe–the darkest of the three colors–won.
After I painted the walls, I turned to the backsplash. I read up on painting tile, and decided that I really had nothing to lose, because I was already planning on taking the backsplash down. Why not try to paint it first and see if I could save time and money? The brown of the tile really clashed with my countertops–they have some brown in them but they’re really more gray. The warm and the cool tones right next to each other really bothered me (my husband thought I was nuts about that, although he admits that he likes the result).First, I scrubbed the tiles really well. TSP works great, and I also used rubbing alcohol to degrease the tiles. Next, I had to wait a day or two before priming to let the grout dry (I HATE to wait to start a project!). I tried to sand the tiles but they were too hard to really get roughed up by the sandpaper, so I was sure to use a primer for glossy surfaces that specifically mentioned ceramic tile (Zinsser Bulls-Eye 123; although sometimes I use their oil based primer in the gold can, too). I primed with one coat, and then applied two coats of oil-based paint. I bought a quart of Behr from Home Depot, tinted to match White Dove at half strength. I used a brush to prime and paint–you really have to work a bit to get the paint into the grout and a roller just wasn’t cutting it. Plus, I have some decorative tiles that needed extra attention. While I think I should add a clear coat at some point, I’m really happy with how it’s turned out, and I’ve been able to wipe splatters off without removing any paint.Here are a few before and after shots of the backsplash. Note the frozen pizza and the Sonic milkshake in the first shot. These are essentials for effectively tackling home improvement jobs!


The exhaust hood and fan were black, and while I’m dying to pull the old one out and do a nice, custom-built one, I decided that a $5 can of Epoxy appliance spray paint would be a worthwhile investment for a quick fix in the meantime. I did take the hood down to spray it, but that’s because I’m pretty comfortable working with electricity and didn’t mind rewiring it when I hung it back up. I think you could probably use tape and plastic to protect the cabinets enough to spray it in place, if you needed to. Love the appliance spray paint!

My last update was to add the window treatments around the sliding glass door, and this really made a huge difference in the room. I used canvas painter’s dropcloths from Home Depot (6′ x 9′ and $11 each!) and sewed them to the right length. Mine are tied with jute twine and swagged, but if I let them hang they would puddle on the floor (which was intentional). The balloon valance over the sink is completely no-sew. I just draped the dropcloth (another 6 ‘ x 9′) and tied three pieces of twine around it and adjusted it. Since we’re a military family and move frequently, I need as many no-sew options as possible, just to keep things versatile for the next house.

I think I might be done with the kitchen, at least for awhile, but I’ll be sure to let you know if I make any more changes. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few more pictures. Thanks for stopping by!

Kitchen Makeover at Cottage Living {from beach to burbs}

Meet: Mariaelena from 

If you haven’t seen this beautiful makeover, prepare to be awed. It’s gorgeous!  This is how it looks now…


Lots of hard work (I know!)…

So worth the sweat, tears and love…

See the full reveal from Mariaelena at Cottage Living from beach to burbs for more pictures and all of the details.  Love it! Great job, Mariaelena!  Thanks so much for sharing your hard work! 

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Kitchen and Laundry Makeover by Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane

Hi, everyone! 
I’m Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane, and I’m pretty thrilled about having the opportunity to post on The DIY Showoff. Roeshel, thank you so much for inviting me to share my kitchen and laundry room with your readers!At 11 Magnolia Lane, I blog with two of my girlfriends about a little bit of everything. We all have our “niche” area, and mine seems to be home decor and DIY stuff (maybe because we move so often–I’m a military wife). Obviously, it’s hard to cram all the horrible “before” and awesome “after” pictures into one short post, so stop by and visit for the full story, and tons of pictures, on both my kitchen and the laundry room re-do’s. 
The kitchen HAD to be done first. Dark, dreary, and dated–how is that even possible for a house built less than ten years ago?–I knew before we bought the house that I’d be painting the cabinets white.
(You can see more of this home and kitchen HERE.) 
But, after our move earlier this summer here was the kitchen I had to start with. I added a shelf bracket (trimmed to fit) and molding to create a built-in look.”

It took even longer than I thought it would (almost 5 weeks!), but I added trim, feet,
and other details like new lights and new kitchen faucet to make things look more built-in
and custom, and I am thrilled with the look. I have a long list of things that I still want
to do, of course, because projects are never really done, but I have at least another
year and a half before we move again–plenty of time! 
I compromised on the laundry room because I liked the rest of the house (well, except for
the kitchen, of course). Situated under the stairs, it was cramped, awkward, and UGLY.
 I spend huge quantities of time doing laundry (don’t we all?) so I knew this room had
to be one that I enjoyed being in. Here’s the ugly before…
This was an inexpensive redo because all I bought was a metal storage cabinet, a new rug for
the floor, and the lumber and trim to make cafe-style shelving. Everything else I gathered
from around my house, which wasn’t hard, because I am a flea market, garage sale, and
thrift store queen. Here’s the awesome “after”…
I have to give a shout-out to Jones Design Company’s painted wallpaper tutorial, which
was so simple even I could follow it. Time consuming, to be sure, but I love the result.
 And I hid the mess in my under-the-stairs area in a vintage metal cabinet. When I
can’t squeeze through to get into the space, I know it’s time to go on a diet!
I scored the rug at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon–it ties everything together.
Shabby chic hooks repurposed as an ironing board hanger,
and a close-up of the painted wallpaper.
Thanks so much for letting me share these rooms with you!
 And please stop over to 11magnolialane.com and say Hi! 
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12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
of Holiday DIY

Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

DIY at Two Thirty Five Designs

Hellooooo, blog friends!  I’d like to introduce you to Allison from

Two Thirty-Five Designs
You might already know her. She’s been featured at quite a few of our favorite spots but not without good cause. She has some amazing DIY projects going on. Click the links below to see the details on her original post. 
I love this…so simple to do but what a statement. 
Would you believe those are posterboard circles, mdf board, trim and paint?
Love the sheen…
Allison was this chair’s fairy Godmother…
Cinderella lives happily ever after…
I love the bright colors, bold patterns…
Not only is Allison a Stella & Dot rep, Etsy shop owner, painter, creative DIY’er and crafter, but they buy and fix up houses.  I don’t know how she does it all.  They took this kitchen…
And with a really, really tight budget, turned it into this…
Pop over to Two Thirty-Five Designs to see more! While you’re there, enter for a chance to win a beautiful gift for yourself, stocking stuffers or to check off a pretty gift idea for your accessory loving friend.

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Roomspiration Highlights – Kitchens

The Roomspiration series was a ton of fun, wasn’t it?  I was honored to host the Kitchen edition which you can see at ROOMSPIRATION ~ KITCHENS

Thanks to everyone who participated!  I enjoyed a glimpse into the heart of your home!  Here are a few most visited/most liked links from the linky party:




Interested in seeing other specific rooms?  Visit the below lovely ladies! 

I had so much fun getting to know these talented ladies and their beautiful homes and seeing so much real inspiration from fellow bloggers linking up their gorgeous homes!


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Living Rooms:

View Along the Way

Guest Bedrooms:

Craft Rooms:

Dining Rooms:

Involving Color

Kids’ Bedrooms:
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful } 
Master Bedrooms:
Touch of Gray
Closet and Nooks:
The Blooming Hydrangea  
Laundry and Mudrooms:

The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off 
See all of my Roomspiration related posts HERE with links to the other parties too!

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

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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:
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  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
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