gone missing + the kitchen reveal

What can I say?  It’s been over a year.  Let’s pretend I’m starting over, does that work for you?  Okay thanks!

Where shall we start . . . there have been so many updates.  I think I’ll blame part of my absence on the feeling like things have to be perfectly done before I want to share them.  Realizing that our home to me will always be in process, will always have tweaks and changes, and that I’ll always rearrange the furniture is helping.


I think we’ll start with the room I spend the most time in – the kitchen.  The boys eat – a lot so we hang out here what feels like all day sometimes.  I definitely didn’t love the golden oak cabinets when we moved in.  We went on a massive Home Depot shopping trip a couple of weeks after we moved and actually got all of the paint to paint the cabinets – it only took me a year to start the project – and another 6 months to share it with you.  At least those times are shrinking right – ha.  Anyhow, here’s where we started:


I’m lazy – let’s just get that out there.  I had no intention of sanding a l l  t h o s e  c a b i n e t s.  Look, I’m already side-tracked . . . insert quick little project:

2014-03-24_0011 We sold the dining room table and chairs from out last house just guessing they wouldn’t fit.  Plus it was a rectangle shape that sat 6, our little family of 4 always sat awkwardly at it.  I knew I wanted a round table – we just fit better.  So, found this little gem on Craigslist for $30 – score!  It has a leaf and can fit up to 6, which sits nicely in the hall closet 360 days of the year.  Anyhow, back to why I brought this up . . . we wiped the table down with liquid deglosser and then primed it.  No sanding.  Yay!  Zac actually took over the table project after I primed it.  He ended up spraying it and sealing it and it’s held up awesome (until one of the boys took a black sharpie to it, but even that is fading).

So we used the liquid deglosser on the cabinets too (that one bottle goes a long way – still plenty leftover for two bathrooms and a laundry room).  Then got a good coat of primer on them.


I was worried after the first coat of paint that it would take 18 more coats but two worked just right.  We painted the drawers and most of the doors last summer when it was nice and warm in order to dry everything nicely in the garage.  We ran out of time and room to finish the last round of doors.  I’ve always loved the idea of open shelving, but Zac is not a fan.  I {may} have strategically not painted the doors that I didn’t really want to put back up.  I know he’s onto my schemes.


I love the little bookshelf over the fridge.  There was actually a cabinet there that Zac had to take down so the fridge would fit.  He then rebuilt it and that shelf fits cookbooks perfectly.  Nice little place to add some color.


After living with some of the open cabinets for a few months I know that I want to leave the doors off of the upper cabinets where they’re currently open.  But I’m ready to put them back on those two cabinets on each side of the range – it just gets a little too dirty/dusty for me.



Here’s to hoping that it’s not another year before I post again.  Thanks for stopping by!



room reveal: Josiah’s bedroom


We actually had this room 99% finished back in July.  I just had one thing to add before I took the photos of it.  Anyhow, we tackled both of the boys rooms at the same time, check this out.  Josiah’s room is so fun – he loves maps so off we went.  Here’s the before:

And the fun afters . . . the desk was my great-grandma’s.  My Mom gave it to Josiah and it is a sweet reminder of his great-grandma who had it last.  He loves it and spends tons of time re-organizing it.  Besides that, the dresser and one cube of shelves everything else is new.  The walls are a green that we pulled from the huge map – yay for an awesome Ikea statement piece.  We left the bunk unfinished because the wood tones are in the map too.

I love how Ikea has all those inspiration room sets when you first walk through – thanks for the great idea to put a couple of magnetic boards behind the map!  Josiah loves that it doubles as a place to display whatever he wants.  He sleeps on the bottom right now and uses the top bunk as a little reading nook.  We’re thinking eventually of taking the bottom bunk out and making a little fort down there of some sort – we’ll see.

That ninja quote on the left (below) is soooo Josiah.  I saw it somewhere and knew it had to be in his room somehow.  I just made up a little deal in Photoshop and had it printed on a fabric wall cling (it made another appearance here).  Love it!

Josiah’s closet was another one that needed a little help to make it useful for him.  I’m so thankful for my super handy husband who added some shelves and lowered the rod for him.  So much more functional now (Zac’s is currently in the laundry room tending to another closet – I can just feel the functionality coming!).

room reveal: entry


The entry is definitely a work in progress, but it’s done for now so I can turn my attentions to another room so I thought I’d share it.  Let’s start back at the beginning . . .




It was the first room we painted – probably because it seemed small and easy at the time.  The rug below was in the entry of our last house but it didn’t seem to fit here, a little too busy for me.




So I tried it with no rug, but I really like the idea of something catching dirt when we walk through the door.  Then I just turned that old run over . . . but it was just a little too blah.



At one point we had a little black and white striped rug in here – it didn’t last long because it was way too small, but I did kinda like how it looked.  So I thought I’d just paint the rug – easy enough right?



First I tried white spray paint – not so much.  Then I found some leftover paint in the garage.  First coat wasn’t quite enough . . . but the second coat helped a bit.  Then I just taped off some stripes and spray painted the black stripes (the spray paint worked this time).  It’s definitely not perfect – and it’s still pretty rough underfoot, but I’m hoping over time as it gets some traffic it will soften up and wear down a bit.  Time will tell.



But my favorite part of the room is this little baby.  It’s a fabric wall cling and looks so fun on the wall.  I used the Instagram Collage Template from Design Aglow – they have such great photo templates, love them!  I have so many fun photos on my phone (and love Instagram – follow me @jenny192710) that don’t usually get off my phone, so this was a fun way to display my favorite ones.  I love the wall cling too because you can reposition it, so it’s perfect for my indecisiveness and how often I like to switch things up.


room reveal: Logan’s bedroom

We put together a pretty fun surprise for the boys the other weekend.  They stayed the night at Nana’s and we got to work painting, putting beds together and generally overhauling their rooms.  Let me back up . . . when we moved in we threw their mattresses on the floor, toys in the room and clothes in the closet and let it be for a bit.  Here’s the before (and yes, we used moving boxes to block the morning sunlight – don’t judge):

So we started by painting Logan’s room a soft grey (you’ll see the color again in future posts).  I knew a while back when dreaming about his room that I wanted horizontal grey stripes for the window panels – only problem is that I had a hard time finding fabric that wasn’t crazy expensive.  I ended up finding a duvet cover at Target that was perfect – so this is simply a queen size cut in half and sewed up to fit.  The bonus is that it had a couple of pillowcases to match.

I love how the lamp’s pull is a whistle – and the base is a bat – so Logan.  And we had to give Yoda a little blog love too.

We did something fun with chalkboard paint in another room (it’ll make it’s appearance soon) so I was excited for Logan’s little square.  Zac thought up a super great way to keep those paint lines perfect a few years ago – we taped it off and then painted over the inside edge with the same grey wall paint and let that dry.  That way the grey paint fills into any holes under the tape.  Then we painted three coats of the blue chalkboard paint.  I wasn’t super excited about the color at first, I had pictured it more light blue . . . but after we got some chalk rubbed in it’s much better and growing on me.

The boy had requested a desk, only problem is that there was definitely not room for a traditional one in his little 9×9 room.  My Mom and I found this one at Ikea, it mounts perfectly to the wall between the door to his room and the closet.  And we love how it folds down when not in use.  Those little bins for markers and whatnot come from Ikea as well – perfect for the space.

And finally we can always count on Zac to make things more efficient – so he added a shelf and lowered the hanging rod in Logan’s closet so that he can reach his clothes without a step-stool.

Let’s look at the before and after one last time . . .

Stay tuned for Josiah’s room reveal!