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January 25, 2011

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

A few days ago my cousin asked for a little help with their recent decision to paint their kitchen cabinets. This is one of my all-time favorite projects. You can completely transform the look of a room with a few can of paint, and what better way than cabinets! This is especially effective if you just aren’t quite ready to fork up the big bucks for a complete reno. And hey, who says you have to? Painting just may do the job without the entire overhaul. Yes, this project may seem a little overwhelming at first, but with a few tricks it can be done.

Now, I won’t even attempt to explain this process for the mere reason that I find it hard to say it better than it has already been said. By whom, you ask? Only one the best bloggers around. My go-to source for nearly every projects I tackle. My inspiration for even starting this blog. Yep, John & Sherry over at Young House Love. They are the best DIY(ers?) I stalk on my readerย know. Yes, I made up that word, just for them. Anyway, if you are thinking of tackling the painted kitchen cabinets, don’t even lift that brush before you check out their article here. It’s your on e-stop shop for knocking those cabinets dead.. Hmm.

So, you checked out the post, you have your tools ready to go. Now, you find yourself staring blankly into your kitchen. You need a color. This is where I come in. I shared a few of these photos with my cousin and figured what better time than now to let you guys in on the eye candy as well! Check out this amazing collection of inspiration photos.


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If you didn’t want to paint your cabinets before.. you do now. Not to mention a new kitchen all together. Whoops ๐Ÿ™‚


January 18, 2011

Quick Fix

Okay. We’re a little exhausted from the past few years of major renovations around here at the Rettinger house. So… because I can’t completely give up the DIY projects (duh, out of the question) we decided to tackle a few smaller fixes! Yipee ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, don’t get too excited. You have been forewarned. There are no super pretty pictures in this post. First up for sharing? Our awkward mini windows in the living room. Unfortunately this is the only before pic we have. As in before we even lived in the house, ha. And it’s a half shot.

See that tiny little misplaced window on the right there? Yea.. it has a twin. Actually, these windows are pretty common in a house of it’s era, but usually paired with a fireplace. Sigh.. no we don’t have one. The previous owner completely removed it. Who does that?? Anyway. They stuck out like a sore thumb. And with all of the other additions we’ve added to this room, we really hated that the eye went straight to these fugly windows. So… we made a few improvements. Now, most people wouldn’t think that adding more to a feature would actually make it blend with the rest of the room, but in this case it does just that. First, we had custom sized blinds made that we already had in the rest of the house. We totally scored on these white faux wood blinds from JCPenney’s. We got them during the holidays for 60% off! (Love!) Next up, the hubster added some simple molding around the exterior of the windows. We just used some 1×3’s to fit in with the rest of the house. We would have loved moldings with a little more character, but in our home it would have just looked out of place. So, simple it is.

Add just a few coats of white paint and…

Ta dah!

Okay, not the typical “after” shot around here. But definitely an improvement, and an easy one at that. We are loving how you don’t even notice these suckers now. Now to do something about these obnoxious cords hanging down from the TV that have been glaring at me all afternoon.

Jessie R.

January 6, 2011

She’s Here!

Yes, I said she. And I’m referring to our new dining table that I introduced a while back here. It may have taken four guys to actually get her up to the house and into the dining room (she’s a brute), but it’s done! Take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

You may notice our dining empty room in the background. It’s a blank slate. We just recently painted over what was an entirely red room, top to bottom. Which I admit, was our doing. It was great for a short time, but too much red can be a little overwhelming. Not to mention that this room is visible from pretty much everywhere on the first floor. I’m thrilled with the grey. Here’s a shot of the wonderful wallpaper that was here when we moved in. Yikes.


A little minty. Now for what lies ahead. Chairs. I’m loving the rustic farmhouse table and modern chairs look that I’m seeing around these days. Definitely going to be taking that route. Here’s a little eye candy to show you what options we’re looking into dreaming of.

I would take just about any of these rooms home with me. BEAUTIFUL. And although it is a little overdone at this point, I am still in awe at that chalkboard wall. This photo gets me every time. So fun!

Jessie R.

January 5, 2011

Nursery Update

Here’s the before picture of the Nursery that I promised. This just gives ugly a whole entire new meaning. Yuck.

And the after:

Much better ๐Ÿ™‚

Check back later today for our kitchen reveal!

Jessie R.


January 4, 2011

Nursery Reveal

Before Pictures Coming Soon!

We did a complete overhaul to prepare for this little one. New flooring, bead board, crown molding, chair rail, baseboards, and paint to name a few. Check out that grey shag rug, yum! And all the bedding and curtains were made by Etsy seller Jayna over at RockyTop Design.

The colors in this love print from MadeByGirl were just made for Zoey’s room and the large zine letter Z adds the perfect amount of edge!

Gotta have some baby chucks ๐Ÿ™‚

She gets the best morning sunlight in her room.

It just wouldn’t be complete without the Sesame Street mini Zoey doll.

We finally settled on a glider after months of debate. We wanted something simple and modern without the high price tage. Turns out the options are slim. This glider and ottoman from BabiesRUs was a great deal and blends nicely without distracting from the rest of the room.

I have a weird obsession with sock monkeys. I plan to pass it along to Zoey ๐Ÿ™‚

This galvanized tub caught our attention strolling the aisles at Lowes and we ended up purchasing a few for toy storage. I love using products in unexpected ways. Plus they work great with the other galvanized accessories throughout the room.

One of the best buys was the dresser. Originally meant to be a bookcase from Ikea, we flipped it on it’s side and added legs, drawers, and new knobs from Anthro. We are loving the white furniture on the white backdrop. So light and airy for a little girl.

This classic teardrop lamp is so fun in lime green!

I’m not going to lie, this gallery of frames is my pride and joy. The fabric was my inspiration for the entire room design and what better way to honor it than framing? I collected chunky frames from thrift stores and shops in the area. A little white spray paint and they look like they were made for each other. Framing fabric is one of the easiest projects to bring some serious color and pattern into a room. Below, we added more galvanized storage bins! I’m thinking of continuing this theme throughout the house. I’m Loving the industrial vibe!


Check out this post for the sources to just about everything in this room!