Five Inexpensive Kitchen Remodeling Shortcuts

Five Inexpensive Kitchen Remodeling Shortcuts

 

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Almost eight years ago this room was nothing but a pipe in the middle of the floor and hundreds and hundreds of nails sticking up where we had pulled up layer after layer on the original floor.

We were remodeling the house and running out of money.

We started with an original budget and my husband had a detailed spreadsheet, but somewhere along the way we got derailed.

Like seriously.

Things that were supposed to cost $2.00, ended up costing $2.50 and all those .50 added up and our budget was limping along and asking for a place where it could lay down and rest.

My kitchen budget got cut in half.  Gone were the marble counter tops.  Gone was the built-in kitchen island.  Gone were the custom cabinets.

It was just me and a stack of laminate counter top samples.

And now?  Years later, sitting in my kitchen typing this post?

I’m so happy.

Because when you remodel a kitchen and the funds are low and you are wondering if your five gallon bucket can double as a sink, you only really need one thing….

….a little creativity.

Here are my top five inexpensive kitchen remodeling shortcuts.Continue reading


The One Thing Every Mountain Climber Needs

The One Thing Every Mountain Climber Needs

 

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We all have a seemingly insurmountable mountain to climb.

Each and everyone of us.

For some it’s getting up and giving a public speech in front of hundreds of people or having the courage to fly in an airplane or facing down a bully or paying off overwhelming debt and mounting bills or trying to mend fences with someone who has wounded you.

Or climbing a mountain.

Literally.

When you are in middle school and 4’10” and you are a little shy and used to having your twin sister with you everywhere you go….

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How Much Wood You Care?

How Much Wood You Care?

 
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When we bought the house the kitchen didn’t look like this.

Not even close.

There was blue bird wallpaper and dark cabinets and a reproduction stove attached to the chimney with a pipe and a wall where the opening over the sink is.

And the floors were a honey colored laminate flooring.

No worries.

I had a vision and a design and a purpose….

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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Yesterday we spent all day at a basketball tournament.

I know you are thinking that it’s baseball season.

But we live in Kentucky.

At the end of a day of dribbling and passing and bouncing and shooting and running and lay-uping….

….we landed here.

Sitting around a fire laughing and talking and sharing and planning and hoping and dreaming and listening to crickets chirp under the stars.

It made me so happy that on that long ago day when our knees shook and our hearts trembled and we were so scared….

….that we jumped.Continue reading


Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover With Faux Brick Wall

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover With Faux Brick Wall

 

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Several years ago I created a room for La-Z-boy.  You can see it here.

I still get asked questions about it and its faux brick wall.

I actually have been wanting to recreate the look from that room in the gatehouse kitchen for a while now, but I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to do it.

Until Walls Need Love approached me and asked me to design a room for them and I found this.

Seriously.

Amazing.

It’s kind of like the brick wall in my kitchen.

Except a little prettier.

Here’s the entire gatehouse kitchen make-over from all angles and all sides with a little bit of farmhouse and a whole lot of brick. Continue reading


What Real Life Looks Like House Tour

What Real Life Looks Like House Tour

 
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I remember reading an article about a model who threw up her hands and told the world she was sick of perfection and photo shopping and in protest posted pictures of herself without any photo retouching.

She showed her wrinkles and her moles and all her flaws.

And I read the article and looked at the pictures and thought to myself….

….there’s something wonderful about imperfection.

And it got me thinking about our house.

And how I’m always showing you the finished and the styled and rooms without a hair out of place and you might be drinking coffee and rolling your eyes and wondering where my television set is.

Truth.

Houses were meant for living.

So yesterday, I walked through the house and took pictures to show our house in real life.  I left everything where it was and photographed the imperfection, the during, the living, the orange juice and the hairy dog brush.

Here’s a little bit of what real life looks like at the farmhouse.Continue reading


Industrial Farmhouse Cutting Board DIY (and a Brilliant Idea)

Industrial Farmhouse Cutting Board DIY (and a Brilliant Idea)

 
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Have you ever worked on a project before and you couldn’t exactly figure it out?

I mean…..you knew it had potential.

You knew it was almost there.

You knew it could be amazing.

But no mater how hard you tried and worked and adjusted and twisted and turned, you just couldn’t exactly figure it out.

And so you pressed paused and thought for 12 minutes….

…and all of a sudden life handed you a brilliant idea.

Oh good.

Me, too. :)Continue reading


What I Want My House to Look Like When It Grows Up

What I Want My House to Look Like When It Grows Up

 

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About once a month I travel down I-24 to Nashville to appear on Talk of the Town in Nashville on Channel 5, demonstrating a craft or DIY.

It’s usually a live segment and I spend about 45 minutes getting ready and applying red lipstick and laying out the supplies and the steps and trying not to go all I Love Lucy with the project (sometimes not successfully).

We usually spend between three and five minutes on camera.

And then it’s done.

And I wave good-bye and go to Target.

We don’t have Targets where I live, so I think I’m big time at the Dollar Spot.

But this month was different.  This month my husband and I went to lunch with Meryll and her husband, Dan, and then drove back to her house for an afternoon of flower arranging and laughter and story telling.

And when I saw her house, I had a come-apart.

Come-apart is a something we say in Kentucky meaning overcome with joy and excitement, often producing a euphoria and complete lack of speech.

I couldn’t help it.

Truly.

Wait until you see her house.Continue reading