Kitchen Make Over

I believe I have started a new tradition. During my hubby’s last several business trips to Dallas besides hours of ballet practice and rehearsals, work, work outs, crafts, etc. I have kept myself preoccupied with home improvement projects. Last time he was out of town I updated our upstairs bathroom (here). Well this time I decided to test the time limits and give our tiny kitchen a facelift all the while keeping my project a complete surprise for Josh to discover when he got home.

In order to keep it a surprise I definitely had to make the changes budget friendly.
• So I decided to give our old outdated oak cabinets a fresh look by painting them white.
• And instead of buying all new hardware (hinges and pull knobs) I gave our old brass ones a coat of black spray paint (my friend Sascha fondly points out that spray paint is our duct tape…we use it to fix EVERYTHING! lol).
• Found a killer deal at the north-side Lowes (yes I know I am SUPER lucky that our town has TWO stores) on wood closet shelves that were too pretty to hide in a closet soooo I decided they to use them in the kitchen instead

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At this point I decided that our old counters were now too ugly to stay so I took a risk did some really quick (and I mean quick like in while walking to the paint aisle at Lowes) Google searches how to redo a countertop and decided to paint our countertops and then give them a couple coats of polyurethane to protect them (I figured polyurethane is good enough to protect floors it is good enough to protect countertops. I have to say the gamble totally paid off, we now have beautiful new (well they look new) countertops for $30!

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I am happy to share that the results amazed my husband (and myself…after I was done I simply sat on our kitchen and stared at my handy work 🙂 but I am super cheesy like that). Best part is…due to me having most of the basic supplies the overall make over only cost $70 out of my pocket!

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Closet make over

Since purchasing our home my hubby & I have been dreaming of getting rid of our outdated closet doors.
However when searching for DIY home improvements I ran across the following blog that inspired me to simply give our old metal closet doors a face lift.

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I started with the hall closet, hoping that the result would be something I liked..even before I was done, I loved the transformation!!! So much so that I ran back to Lowes to get several more bottles of Rust-oleom White Satin spray paint and began spraying ALL of our closet doors! 🙂

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Here you can see the difference between the old color and the new fresh look.

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Voila! I love love love how clean and fresh…not to mention that they look new!
Only closet I didn’t take pics of is our coat closet but it turned out just as pretty.

Bathroom Budget-Friendly Remodel

A little while back I posted the before and after pics of my bathroom cabinet going from the old-school oak to a more modern chocolate brown, but since then I have done some other small updates that I think have had a big impact.
Overall I am loving our newly updated bathroom!!!

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The updates consisted of the following changes:

Cabinet
• Paint $25/gallon
• Knobs $12 ($4 each)

Backsplash
• White subway tile $12 ($4 ea sheet)
• Roll of tile adhesive $20
• Caulking $7

Shower Curtain Rod
• Black spray paint $4

Shelf $50 (totally splurged & got a closet shelving kit)

Baskets $30 ($10 each)