Category Archives: Kitchen

January 13, 2011

Chalkboard Crush

When it comes to design, I try to steer away from the crowd in at least one way or another as much as possible. But there are just some trends out there that it’s impossible to turn down. My guilty pleasure this week. Chalkboard paint. Yep, I’ve given in. I am the majority. When I spied this oh-so-adorbale idea over at Martha’s website, I knew I had to have it.

And just as luck would have it, we had the perfect spot in our kitchen for it. Meant to be? I’d say so.

This area had been serving as a kind of “I don’t know where to put this, lets hang it here or put it on this shelf, or magnet it here.” Not really my style. PLUS. We have a whole knew entryway in the works to sort out this problem. Yea, the whole hanging our coats 30 feet from the door wasn’t working out so well. More on that later. Point of all this babble? This spot needed a new purpose! Check out the new space 🙂

This turned out to be one of the easiest and most enjoyable projects I’ve tackled lately. I started out by just simply painting the entire wall with basic black chalkboard paint. Then I penciled in how large I wanted the calendar to be. I had to size it down quite a bit from martha’s original. Not much point to a calendar if you can’t reach the top without a step ladder. Next I taped off the area for the calendar and the day squares. (I would definitely recommend using Frog Tape instead of the basic blue painters tape for a project like this. It’s designed to give you the sharpest lines possible.)

Next up, paint in the squares. Now, for this process you can either just add a little flat white paint to the chalkboard paint to get a variety of grays. Or if you’re looking for totally different colors there’s a simple recipe here that explains how to do that.

The only thing left to do. Skim the entire wall with the side of a piece of chalk and then wipe down with a barely damp cloth. Presto!

Not sure what we’ll use the rest of the wall for. Possibly a To-Do list, note center, and if we’re still around these parts, I’m sure Zoey will love going to town on it.

Like I said, extremely easy project. And the whole thing came in at about $16. Around $10 for a quart of chalkboard paint, $5 for frog tape, and we already had some leftover white paint, brushes, and rollers. Definitely something I’d do over and over again.

Jessie R.


January 12, 2011

Flooring, check!

You ask and you shall receive. Okay, no one really asked yet.. Regardless, you know you wanna see! We actually began installing new flooring throughout the house around a year ago. We started upstairs in the master bedroom and bath, made our way downstairs, nursery, living room, hall, and kitchen! And let me just say, it feels pretty awesome to look back now and say, “Hey, we did that!”. Needless to say, we’re pretty thrilled. Here are the new floor pics in the kitchen/hall 🙂



The floors are reading a little lighter than their actual color, which is an american walnut. This next picture is more true to the real thing.

We still have a little work left to do. Just adding a few transition pieces between rooms. Since that calls for a custom stain match, it will have to wait for the weekend. Until then, we’ll be enjoying our new look! I think the seamless floors throughout the first floor really help with the flow of the house! See more before pics here.

January 5, 2011

Kitchen Reveal!

Check this baby out! Ugh..

Orange Oak Galore! Here’s a tip. If you are going to stain your kitchen cabinets in a shade of orange, do not make the floors in the same exact shade, and definitely never pull it into the wall color as well. If you do, this is what will happen:

We completely gutted this kitchen. New cabinets, new countertops, new appliances, the works. And new floors are ready to be installed. We’ll have that update soon! So take a look at the after 🙂

Cannot wait to lay those new floors. They’ll be the same as the ones seen here in the nursery! And a few more pics of the kitchen because I know you guys love that eye candy.

You can see in this pic where the new floors will meet up with those in the nursery. There’s nothing better than seamless floors throughout a home. It  will bring everything together and keeps a home from feeling choppy (yes I probably made this word up).

A bowl of real lemons would add a great pop of color in any kitchen.  Unfortunately they would just go to waste in our house, so a cute picture will do just the same.

I don’t have a before picture of this wall but it was just a blank slate. No cabinets, no wine rack, just wall.

So I’d say the kitchen didn’t turn out half bad. Honestly, considering this renovation started about 3 years ago (it was the first thing we did after moving in) I don’t remember the majority of my reasons for the selections we made. For instance, my dream kitchen these days consists of entirely white. So how we ended up with a black granite counter and backsplash is still to be explained. And I don’t think I’ve ever been a huge fan of maple, but I love it in our house. Not to mention the plum walls, although I again love them, not sure where this idea came from. Regardless, I think everything works pretty well together.

Jessie R.