2018 SPRING BEDROOM

I know it has been a while, but I wanted to check in briefly with a little 2018 Spring Bedroom update. Our master bedroom seems the be the room that evolves the most in our house. When I’m feeling stuck creatively or in need of a pick-me-up, making little changes in our bedroom seems to make me the happiest. There is something about waking up every morning in a space that inspires that really helps to recharge my batteries. 

Since we haven’t seen much change outside yet (it’s still snowing, as I type!) I was feeling the urge to freshen up our bedroom in order to put a little pep back in my step. One of my favorite things to do on a lazy Sunday (as if we ever have time for “lazy” days anymore…) is shop our house and freshen up spaces using what we already have. To me, that’s the ultimate win-win. You can make spaces in your home feel fresh, and new, and different without spending a dime! By moving around some throw pillows, finding new spots for a few small accessories, and swapping rugs from room to room, I was able to give our bedroom a mini spring makeover and freshen up a few other spots in the house with pieces coming out of our bedroom. It’s like two for the price of none!

2018 Spring Bedroom

I owe you a few more photos once I can get my act together, but I owe you a house tour update soon! In the meantime, be sure to follow along on Instagram! I seem to be much better with occasional updates over there :)

How are you freshening up your home for Spring?

 

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KITCHEN MAKEOVER REVEAL: ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK 6

Today is the day!! It’s the final week of this year’s Fall One Room Challenge hosted by Calling it Home, and I’m so excited to show you guys the big kitchen reveal! This space underwent a whole lot of cosmetic changes and even a few structural adjustments and our “new” kitchen has me so excited! I love being in here now and feel like it finally looks like it was always meant to look!

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

I plan to go into much more detail in upcoming posts so today I really want to let the pictures do the talking! If you need a reminder of just how far this kitchen has come, you can check out my posts from weeks one, two, three, four, and five

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

This kitchen really has gone from a dark and cramped space to such a light, bright and airy space that finally feels like the heart of the home. 

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

Opening the space up to the rest of the house really did make such a difference in not only the general flow of the space but also literally added some much needed square footage in this small kitchen. The added pantry provides an immense amount of storage space (that was sorely lacking), the new LVT flooring adds so much visual length to the kitchen, and the newly painted cabinetry really lightens and brightens the everything.

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

While I do have plans in the future to replace the countertops, add a backsplash, and eventually update the appliances, I’m beyond thrilled with how this space have transformed. We’ll make those additional changes when the time is right, but right now, I’m busy enjoying this “brand new” kitchen.

kitchen makeover reveal

And since you know I’m a sucker for a “Before & After”, here are a few good ones…

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

kitchen makeover reveal

Oh what a wild few weeks it has been! Don’t forget to check out all the other reveal posts from the Featured Designers and Guest Participants! Thanks so much for following along!

Look for more detailed posts about the entire kitchen makeover in the coming weeks!

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TWO-TONED KITCHEN CABINETRY & RECESSED LIGHTING: ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK 5

Well, it’s officially week 5 of the one room challenge! Last week, I left you with a look at our new LVT kitchen flooring and my thoughts on re-painting the kitchen cabinets. (Here’s a reminder of where we were for weeks one, two and three!) While I really thought the white cabinetry was a major improvement, once the floors were down, I started to crave a bit more contrast in the space. With the one week extension of the One Room Challenge, I decided to go for it and I’m so glad that I did!

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

I chose Sherwin Williams’ Link Gray for the lower cabinets and it added the perfect amount of contrast and softness that I was needing in the kitchen. It’s one of those colors that changes throughout the day based on the sunlight, sometimes feeling more warm gray and other times, really showing its green undertones, which I love so much!

I knew I needed this contrast in the space, but I still wanted everything to feel very soft, so I used one of my favorite paint selection tips for deciding on the final cabinetry color. 

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

The wall color in the kitchen, and throughout the majority of our first floor, is Sherwin Williams’ Aloof Gray. When choosing the cabinetry color, in order to add some contrast but in a soft way, I pulled out my paint deck to look at darker shades of that wall color. All colors that share a card on your paint deck will be the same hue, meaning they will be the same base color and have the same undertones but with varying amounts of white or black to make that hue either lighter or darker. Adding black to that base color gives you a darker shade of the original color.

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

The color I ended up choosing for the lower cabinetry was three shades darker than the wall coloring, ensuring that the colors would marry perfectly and provide me with the contrast I was wanting in a soft way. 

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

We also added some additional trim pieces along the bottoms and exposed sides of the cabinets in order to give them a more substantial look and really finish off the edges nicely. 

two-tones kitchen cabinetry

Another noticeable change is the recessed lighting in the space. If you recall, the kitchen originally had one large ceiling fan in the center of the ceiling. This fixture not only created frustrating shadows along the countertops but also made the already small kitchen feel even smaller. The standard 8 foot ceilings and the small footprint of the kitchen really couldn’t handle such a bulky fixture. So, back when we originally opened up the kitchen space into the dining room and the ceiling joists were exposed, we added electrical wiring above the kitchen ceiling knowing that we would eventually want to add recessed lighting.

Even though we lived with that hole in the wall for over a year, when we were finally ready to pop in the recessed lights, the wires were there waiting for us and all we needed to do was cut the holes and insert the fixtures themselves.

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

The standard ceiling instantly felt much taller and the additional lighting sources made using the kitchen in the evenings a whole lot brighter!

two-toned kitchen cabinetry

Even though we still have some work to do in the space, I continually find myself struggling to believe it’s the same kitchen we started with! 

Don’t forget to follow along with the other Featured Designers and Guest Participants over at Calling it Home

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GROUTED LVT KITCHEN FLOORING: ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK 4

Hey guys! I’m back the week 4 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home! It’s hard to believe there are only 2 weeks left! If you need to catch up, you can check out my posts from the first three weeks here, here, and here.

one room challenge

In last week’s post, you may have noticed a sneak peek of the new kitchen flooring… 

GROUTED LVT KITCHEN FLOORING

I’m so excited to share the details on the new flooring we installed. It has made SUCH a big difference in turningthis small kitchen into a much lighter, brighter, and even bigger! 

Here’s a reminder of what the flooring looked like when we started:

GROUTED LVT KITCHEN FLOORING

These were boards of approximately 1/2″ thick linoleum flooring stamped with a tile pattern. Not so pretty. Even though I always planned on switching out the flooring, it became an absolute necessity when we opened the space to the new dining room and created the pantry. As we were ripping out the flooring, we found several, let’s say interesting, layers of old flooring. I always find these types of demo projects so funny, being reminded of the different decades and the interior styles that came with them. This layer had to have been my favorite! I bet someone was pretty excited about their new flooring when they laid this back in the day!

GROUTED LVT KITCHEN FLOORING

Once all layers of flooring were completely removed and the subflooring was completely exposed, we were able to figure out how best to move forward in terms of the subflooring. Luckily, we were left with subflooring that was in good shape and were able to lay the new flooring without replacing the subfloor. It’s really important that before you start laying any new flooring, regardless of what type, that you’re subflooring is in good shape. If not, it’s a good idea to rip it out and start fresh. 

Speaking of types of flooring, I put a good bit of thought into what I wanted to use not just simply for aesthetic reasons, but for functional and comfort reasons as well. For instance, our kitchen is located directly above the unheated garage below. For this reason, I knew that laying a material like ceramic would lead to extremely cold floors during the cold winter months. Putting in an underfloor heating system wasn’t something that we were prepared to do, so I immediately crossed that material off the list. I also considered hardwood flooring for the kitchen and really liked the element of warmth the wood tone would bring to the space (I love hardwood in a kitchen!) but I was concerned with how well I’d be able to match the new flooring to the original wood flooring in the connecting spaces. Also, based on the height of the existing subfloor and the height the hardwood planks would add, this would call for a transition strip between the kitchen and dining room as well as between the kitchen and study. I wasn’t crazy about the idea going through the trouble of matching the flooring to then still have a height difference that interrupted the flow of the flooring. 

I’ve heard great things about some new LVT (luxury vinyl tile) flooring producst on the market and started to think this might be the perfect option. Not only would the the material not get nearly as cold as a stone or tile option in the winter, but the thinner profile product might actually mean we could go without a transition strip at all if we planned it out right. So, I ordered a few different samples online and finally ended up choosing this one:

GROUTED LVT KITCHEN FLOORING

The laying of the LVT was fairly straight forward and pretty simple. As suggested by the flooring manufacturer, I used this adhesive product. As outlined on the adhesive product (follow the instructions on whichever adhesive you use!) it’s really important that your subflooring is smooth and completely clean with no grease or debris, and since ours was, I applied the adhesive to the subflooring using a short tooth trowel. Simply spread the adhesive as you would mortar for tile while being sure to keep it uniform throughout (the short tool trowel does a lot of that work for you!)

GROUTED LVT KITCHEN FLOORING

The most important part of the process was allowing the glue time to properly cure. Exact curing times from product to product may vary, but this particular adhesive calls for approximately 45-90 minutes of drying time, starting from when the adhesive is first applied. This really isn’t a part of the process that you can rush. The curing time lets the adhesive really adhere to the subfloor and create a tacky surface for the tile to bond to. If you rush through the process, it’s a whole lot harder for the tile to properly stick without wiggling around and may cause that sticking sound down the line when you walk on it. So, as much as you may want to get the flooring down, it’s extremely important that you let it cure.

With this adhesive, you know it’s ready to go when it turns from white to yellow color. Since the footprint of our kitchen is pretty small, we were able to apply adhesive to the entire floor and know we would be able to get the tile down before the adhesive was dry. 

Once the tile was laid, we waited about 48 hours (it’s important that you wait at least 24 hours!) until we applied this sanded grout from Lowe’s in Delorean Gray:

GROUTED LVT KITCHEN FLOORING

In choosing the LVT flooring, it was important for me to use a product that could be grouted in order to give it the look of a stone or ceramic flooring. While you could certainly lay the tile seamlessly and without grout, adding the grout lines gives it a higher end look, making it almost impossible to visually see that it’s a vinyl product at all. I chose the medium gray tone grout so that you could see some contrast in the grout lines and also hide any messes that are inevitable in a kitchen, making clean-up less daunting. 

The grout is applied just as it would be to any other grouted surface. 

GROUTED LVT KITCHEN FLOORING

I’m so pleased with how the flooring turned out! It has made a world of difference in the space. The finish makes the kitchen look so much brighter, the orientation of the 12×24 tile makes it feel so much larger, and the space feels like an entirely different kitchen. I’m so happy with the quality and the appearance of this Luxury Vinyl Tile product and highly recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative flooring option. 

Due to the magnitude of so many natural disasters that have occurred over the last few months, many of the featured designers have experienced setbacks in their spaces due to shipping delays. Because of this, Linda over at Calling it Home has granted all participants a one week extension. While I was pressing ahead in order to get the kitchen finished in time for the big reveal 2 weeks from now, I’m excited to have an extra week to get everything in order. As I mentioned in my post last week, I was considering another big change in terms of the painted kitchen cabinets, so this extra time will give me the opportunity to really pull it all together. I’ll have more on that and a few other exciting updates for you next week!

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow along with the other Featured Designers and Guest Participants!