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:


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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!


Entryways:

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Living Rooms:

View Along the Way
Bathrooms:


Guest Bedrooms:

 
Craft Rooms:

 
Dining Rooms:

Involving Color

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

The Mustard Ceiling
Kitchens: 
 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…
Before

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.

Now:



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.









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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
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Redoux



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Roomspiration – Laundry Rooms and Mudrooms

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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!
summer
spring
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!

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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 WalMart.com. 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 & AFTER
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)
After 
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…
THE ACCENTS
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…

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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. (http://www.facebook.com/#!/BHGLiveBetter), thank them for the awesome giveaway @DIY Show Off and comment here that you’ve done so. 
  • Visit WalMart.com, 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!
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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:
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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!
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Roomspiration – Closets & Nooks

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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…

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I’d love to have this bedroom nook – so cozy!
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Favorite use of small space…
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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

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Roomspiration – Kids' Bedrooms

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I don’t have a kids’ bedroom to share but  pop over to see Roomspiration – Kids’ Bedrooms hosted by Aubrey at All Things Bright & Beautiful today! (Watch for it to be posted sometime later today.)
Here are some of my favorites recently submitted from DIY Show Off readers.  Visit the links to see more details and amazing transformations!


Before

After: So pretty and colorful!
Two great room designs, befores and afters at 
LoveYourRoom
Before
After
Before
After

Make Fake Flower Head Art

Make Personalized Letter Initial Pillows

And since I don’t have a kid’s room of my own to share, here are a few kids’ rooms (all images via Pinterest) that I love:

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I’m also joining a fun new party for all things baby, tot, tween related!


 
Do you have a kid’s bedroom to share?  Head over to join Aubrey at
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }
and link up!
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

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