Get the Christmas vibe while keeping your minimalist style with Scandinavian inspired home decor.
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Get the Christmas vibe while keeping your minimalist style with Scandinavian inspired home decor.
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Love open kitchen shelving but unsure what the heck to put on your shelves? See what I’ve got on mine and how you can get the look by shopping your own home before buying anything new!
Week 5 | Styling Open Kitchen Shelving
If you told me about 5 or 10 years ago that I would one day take down the upper cabinets in my kitchen, I’d probably laugh in your face and wonder what kind of sick joke you are playing. But here we are in 2017, taking our upper kitchen cabinets down and replacing them with open kitchen shelving. And it looks amazing:
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Gorgeous, huh? Now, are you ready to see mine and how I styled them?
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I was trying to decide between 2 shelves or 3. I did a poll and it was split 50/50. Are you ready to see what I went with?
I’m in love with the open shelves and I’m so glad we went with 3 shelves vs 2 shelves! The top shelf is perfect for storing serving dishes, vases and knick-knacks. I’ve also got a wood round that was used to serve cupcakes at our wedding a glass bottle with a dried hydrangea. The pop of color from the flowers on the top makes me smile whenever I see it. The second shelf has a few sprigs of eucalyptus and a vintage brass lantern from an old ship. The next shelf has my pink plates that are just too pretty to put away behind closed doors. When your plates are this pretty you have to show them off, right? On the counter is my letter board from a PEI based company called Letter Board Company. I also keep a glass canister with my coffee right on the counter because… well… I need coffee always.
When it comes to open shelving, don’t over think it. You don’t need to fill the shelf so it’s crowded but it’s a great way to display pieces that you otherwise might not see. Those pretty baking dishes? Put ’em up there! Gorgeous copper measuring cups? You bet they should be up there. This will free up that space in your cupboard that you don’t want to show off.
This little corner is giving me life! Every morning when I wake up and walk into the kitchen I’m greeted by this sight and I’m just so pleased with it.
Do you like it? Or do you think I’m going to be putting the cabinet back up shortly? I’ve got it in the basement and with a few screws, it can be back up in a hurry. But for now, I’ll be enjoying my open shelving. And trying to talk myself out of taking all my uppers down to replace them with open shelves. 😉
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If you’ve been lusting after open kitchen shelving on Pinterest and Instagram over the last couple of years like me, read on. See how I take our uppers cabinets in the kitchen and turn them into the pin-worthy open shelves of my dreams.Welcome to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! We are giving our builder basic kitchen a bit of a makeover. If you’re just jumping in now, catch up here:
If the people we bought our house from could see what we’ve done with their old kitchen, I wonder what they’d say. “WHY WOULD YOU PAINT THE WOOD!” “WHY WOULD YOU TAKE OUT A PANTRY!!!”. But I think they’d probably lose their cool over this one. “WHY WOULD YOU TAKE DOWN UPPER CABINETS”! Because Pinterest, obviously.
We decided to take down only a small portion of our uppers for now. Maybe we’ll take down the rest of them, I’m not sure. That would be super cool. But for now, we are just doing a little corner. And we are keeping the cabinets in the basement in storage, in case this trend goes out of style in a few short seasons (which I’m sure it will!!!!!!).
It was super simple to take the uppers down. They were just anchored into the wall with a few screws. Behind the cabinets was the date and the name of the person who put them up! HOW CUTE IS THAT!
Once we patched, sanded and painted the wall, it was time to put up our shelves. We wanted floating shelves. If we couldn’t make that work we were going to do IKEA brackets and spray them brass. But my husband is a welder so he created these rods that screw onto the wall and the shelf slides onto it. Sounds complicated and not something the average DIYer can do, but that’s what we did! We also added another little L bracket for extra support.
The wood we chose for our shelves is the same gorgeous cherry as our island. It’s gorgeous! But now we have hit a spot where we aren’t sure if we want 2 shelves or 3! What do you think?! HELP US DECIDE!
What do you think? Are you brave enough to take down your kitchen cabinets and put up open shelving? Are we going to regret this? (that’s why we kept the uppers, just in case we really regret this!)
Follow me on Instagram and let me know if we should do 2 shelves or 3! I need your help! Check back in next week to see what we ended up doing.
This week we turn some IKEA cabinets into an island with a handmade butcher block for the countertop! This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting the brands that help support Mommyzoid.
Welcome to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! We are giving our builder basic kitchen a bit of a makeover. If you’re just jumping in now, catch up here:
This week we are tackling that dreaded wall that blocks all the morning sunshine from entering our kitchen. This wall is the bane of my existence and has been something I’ve wanted to take a sledgehammer to since we first moved in. It’s awkward, it makes no sense, and it sucks. END OF STORY.
The first step was making sure it wasn’t a load bearing wall, which it wasn’t. It was strictly a wall placed there to ruin my life. My husband went full on Chip Gaines on #DemoDay and had fun ripping it down, much to my dismay. Growing up my Dad flipped houses so I still get a little anxious when there’s a layer of drywall dust on anything/everything. I’m only half joking!
Once the wall was down we went off to IKEA to pick up the cabinets we needed for our DIY island. We knew taking out this wall with the cabinet was going to mean we’d lose storage but also the kitchen would feel really big, which isn’t a terrible thing, but maybe a tad funny, like something was missing. And we were right! We needed something where that wall was. An island with a big ole butcher block was exactly what I envisioned.
Ikea sells all the cabinetry you need to configure your kitchen, so it made it really simple for us to find exactly what we needed. He went straight to the kitchen department and one of their staff was able to make sure we had all the pieces we’d need to make this into an island, including the kickboard, the sides, and the back. We went with the Sektion base cabinet with two drawers.
I had no part in the assembly of the IKEA furniture because I can’t follow instructions, but my husband did an awesome job! No swearing! and it only took maybe an hour? I was impressed.
Anchoring the cabinets to the floor is proving to be a bit of an issue, though. Below our tile floor is a slab of concrete with our in-floor heating. If you hit one of those pipes, bad stuff can happen. So instead of drilling into the tiles and into the concrete slab and potentially into a pipe filled with hot water, we opted to use construction adhesive. Once it was dried we thought it was going to be fine. BUT, the surface of the tiles is proving to be a bit challenging for the construction adhesive to stick to. My husband has since used a grinder to scratch up the surface of the tiles to help give the glue something to adhere to. I will let you know how that works.
Once we have the cabinets secured to the floor, then we can attach the kickboard and we will be one step closer to completion. We are so happy with how to space is turning out so far. PLUS GUESS WHAT JUST ARRIVED.
The drawer pulls that dreams are bad of!!!!!! Can you believe these? and you’ll never guess where they are from. and how cheap they were! To replace all the knobs and drawer pulls, it was only $100. That works out to about $2 per knob or pull. That’s soooooo cheap! I was thinking it was going to be at least $10-15 per knob, so I was just going to spray ours with a matte black spray paint until I could save up for nice new ones. I’m impressed with the quality of them, too. I know if I paid $10 – $15 each I would be equally as impressed.
Next week on the to-do list it’s the open shelving. eeeeeek! If you’re like me and you’ve been lusting after opening shelving on Instagram and Pinterest for the last few years, you won’t want to miss this.
This week I’m sharing the progress we’ve made on our kitchen cabinets that are part of our kitchen makeover for the Fall One Room Challenge.
Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! Once again, I’m blown away by the ideas my fellow ORC guest participants are coming up with for this round. If this is your first time hearing about the One Room Challenge (also known as ORC), it’s a bi-yearly six-week design and renovation challenge where bloggers from all over the internet get together and share their room transformations.
Last week, I shared with you my plans for our modern-farmhouse kitchen makeover. This has been a project on our to-do list since we first laid eyes on our townhouse almost 2 years ago, so this is so exciting to be finally getting started and seeing our ideas come to life. The overall goal for the makeover is to brighten up our kitchen, so each project we have planned will help achieve this in some way or another. We have been dreaming up the perfect color for our cabinets
We have been dreaming up the perfect color for our cabinets for a really long time. I didn’t want to go with white because that just seemed too boring. There are so many fun colors out there to choose from and so many designers have been opting for color on their cabinets. Our cabinets are in great shape and we love them, we just weren’t in love with the dark wood. I knew I wanted to go either blue-grey, green-grey or beige-grey. We just knew whichever color we ended up choosing needed to compliment the floor tiles and the countertops. As much as we’d love to rip them both out and do concrete countertops and floors (someday!), it’s just not in our budget right now.
I started the process of choosing the cabinet color by pinning kitchens I loved the looks of and the funniest thing happened — I kept pinning the same kitchen over and over again. At that point, I figured I must have found a color I was helplessly in love with. So I started investigating what this paint color was because it was perfect. Here’s what I determined: these custom cabinets are from a company called DeVOL that are custom mixed by DeVOL using Farrow and Ball paints. Great. I thought I hit a road block. BUT, I found this blog post by Laurel Bern Interiors where she hunts down the paint colors they use on their custom cabinets. BINGO. I wasn’t the only person lusting after this color, after all!
At the very bottom of the blog post, Laurel links to a blog post with the Benjamin Moore equivalents of the Farrow and Ball colors. At this point, I started to weep happy tears. She had matched Farrow and Balls Cromarty to Benjamin Moore’s Night Mist. Armed with my paint chips, I brought it home to my kitchen and knew it was the perfect color. Not stark white. Not grey. Not green. Not blue. Somewhere in between. And honestly, it’s a dream color to work with. If we ever want to change our complimentary colors, we can go any which direction on the color wheel and it will still look fabulous.
So here’s the part where I broke One Room Challenge rules. In the summer when the kids and I were at our summer cottage in Ontario, my husband got to work on the cupboards while he had the time and the space to get the job done. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the delight of taking cupboards off to paint with children crawling around, but I don’t think it would be a blast.
I wish I could do a tutorial showing how easy it is to paint kitchen cabinets, but the truth is, my husband did the whole job using an industrial grade sprayer. It was a huge job and definitely not something you do in a weekend. It took some serious time. I’m so thankful we weren’t in the house when he did it.
But what an amazing surprise to come home to at the end of the summer. I cried. A lot. It looks so good, guys! What a difference a coat of paint can do for a space, especially a space in need of brightening up!
It’s amazing, huh? I feel like changing the cabinet color was so big and made this project really start to come together in a hurry. I’m amazed at what paint color really did to change this space! And for only about $100, our cabinets look like they’re brand new and look like they cost us a fortune. Now all we need to do is figure out drawer pulls and knobs and we are all set! I’m still lusting after these brass knobs and pulls, but we’ll see!
So that’s the progress so far! Now it’s time to take out a wall and put in an island. Let’s just say Ikea couldn’t have opened at a better time here in the Maritimes! I have a feeling we are going to be outfitting this kitchen out with a lot of Ikea products.
Come back next week to see how the kitchen looks with one less wall. Lord help me. Drywall dust is my absolute least favorite thing on earth. Nothing worse than a layer of chalky powder on E V E R Y T H I N G.
Make sure you are following along on Instagram for some sneak peaks and behind the scenes.
Inspired by the flavors of the fall season, we made our very own pumpkin burgers and they were the perfect way to cap off a day spent road tripping and frolicking in a pumpkin patch in picturesque Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
Experiencing the change of seasons with kids just get better and better as they get older, doesn’t it? This year Oliver has been watching the trees and studying how they’ve changed colors and noticing when we’ve had a big wind that there are more leaves on the ground. He’s at the age where taking him to a farm to experience some real fall livin’ is better than going to candy store!
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Since having kids, we tend to stick close to home and stay in the city because the kids don’t love being stuck in their car seats for long periods of time. That’s why when we borrowed the Ford Flex for our farm adventure, I was happily surprised that both kids fell asleep. That never happens!
We got to Willowbank U-Pick Farm in Port Williams just as they were opening and were the first ones there! It pays to be up early with kids, folks. We drove up to the pumpkin patch and parked the Ford Flex so we could load up our pumpkins. The view of the water from the top of the hill was absolutely stunning. We felt so lucky to have the place to ourselves for about a half hour, before other families started arriving.
After we grabbed our pumpkins, we went on a tractor ride which was a big hit for both kids. We got a tour of the property and Oliver loved sitting up on the bails of hay as we bounced down the path.
We also hit up their market and got a few treats that really got us inspired to go home and cook up something festive. I had been craving something pumpkin and decided to settle on a pumpkin burger once I saw the jar of homemade cranberry jelly that they sold on site. Basically, this burger was going to be a preview of Thanksgiving dinner!
Here’s everything I used to make these burgers:
Pour everything into a food processor and mix until you’re happy with the consistency. You can grind it right down or keep it lumpy, it’s your preference.
Heat up a skillet with coconut oil. Shape into medium sized patties and place in hot pan. Cook until golden brown and crispy on the outside (about 5 -8 min. on both sides).
When the burger is cooked, the inside will be warm, but won’t become completely hard. Remember, this is a meat-free and egg-free burger. It will, however, taste like biting into a piece of pumpkin pie. So that’s a win, right!?
We topped our burgers with mayonnaise and homemade cranberry jelly. Thanksgiving in a bun, ya’ll!
Oliver thought it was pretty cool that we drove out to the country, picked up food right from the farm and brought it home to eat that night. He’s also insanely proud of his pumpkin and gives it hugs daily. Wait until he finds out we get to CARVE the pumpkin! See? Watching the change of seasons through young eyes is such a great reminder to take it all in and enjoy the small things.
Let me know if you decide to try this recipe! Let me know how you liked it or if you made any changes to the recipe. I love to hear when people take a recipe of mine and give it a twist!
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I’ve been on the sidelines for way too many seasons of the One Room Challenge and this go around, I’m going to finally participate. We’ve been wanting to make some changes to our kitchen since we bought our house in early 2016. So what better time to finally knock those little to-dos off the list in one fell swoop. I know what you’re thinking and the answer is no, I haven’t gone completely insane. This isn’t going to be a full demo and re-build of our kitchen. I have a few key things on the to-do list that won’t cost an arm and a leg but are really going to bring out our families personality in the space.
Here’s what we’ve done so far:
OK, seeing it all listed there made me do a double take. That list does seem pretty substantial, but all very doable.
Here are some kitchens that I’m drawing inspiration from:
And here’s the before. This is what I’m workin’ with, folks:
Let us start with the things I love, shall we? That seems more positive. I LOVE the size. It’s a huge kitchen with a tonne of counter space and ample storage. It’s a great layout! This kitchen has good bones, shall we say. I am also growing quite fond of the backsplash. I initially wanted to change them out in favor of a subway tile, but it’s definitely growing on me.
Now for the things I’m not so fond of…that last picture where you can see a bit of the stairs and half the stove and microwave? That’s the view from the front door when you walk into our home. That little wall that separates the kitchen and the foyer drives me bonkers. It’s not a supporting wall, there’s nothing hidden inside it, except some electrical. Therefore, it’s going to go! The cabinet that’s on the back side of the wall is going to be relocated to our basement in the utility room and we want to put a small island with cabinets and a butcher block on top. The end result will be a prettier view when you walk in the front door and MORE LIFE. As it stands, that wall blocks all the morning sun that comes streaming in the front door. It makes for quite a dark kitchen!
I love open shelving and it would be so cool to take all the upper cabinets off and just go open, but I plan to just take out one little section of the uppers to make way for some custom open shelving.
As much as I’d love to redo the floors and the countertops, that’s just not in the budget right now. So we are embracing them and making sure whatever color we choose for the cabinets will still look nice with the current floors and countertops.
Check back in next week when I show you what color we choose for the cabinets. Finding the perfect color for space without being too dark and still complimenting the floor and the countertops is going to be tricky.
Follow along on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at the work going on in our kitchen!
Can we talk about toddlers and hand washing for two seconds, please? I feel like I’m always either asking him to please wash his hands or to not wipe his dirty face on the clean towels. I know I’m not alone, moms. I’ve been wanting to build a shelf in our main floor powder room for a while now. Something that can function not only as a shelf for some plants and decor but also a spot to stash clean towels so they aren’t in arms reach of my kids.
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If I had to define the space, I’d call it feminine boho chic. I’m obsessed with my pink vanity and the touches of navy and gold. But I wanted to bring in more of that boho vibe. I found this pine crate at the craft store for $10 and I was instantly inspired to make it into a shelf.
I mixed up my stain (I used this stain) with a paint stirrer in case there was some separation. I dipped a single-use rag into the stan and got to work. I made sure to give the wood a really good bath in the stain. You want there to be lots of stain on the wood because the wood will suck it all up and absorb it and that’s whats going to give you that lovely color. Staining with a wood stain is different than painting.
I let the crate dry overnight in a well-ventilated space. Once the wood is dry, you can decide if you think the wood needs more stain. I was very happy with the color of my little crate.
When it came time to hang the crate on the wall, we used a level on top of the crate to make sure it wasn’t crooked. Because we have ship-lap installed on the bathroom wall, we didn’t have to find a stud to drill into. We used two 1 1/2 inch screws to secure the shelf.
And there you have it! The perfect little shelfie! It’s the perfect spot to stash our towels, little decor pieces, and anything else you might not want little hands getting into.
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I’ve been dying to give our main floor powder room/laundry room a little pizzaz and what better way than by painting our vanity PINK! Trust me, it wasn’t that hard. Over the course of a weekend I was able to give this tiny bathroom a new lease on life!
Our main floor powder room is perfectly drab and boring. I mean there’s nothing technically wrong with it. It does the trick, but it really is quite boring. When we first moved in it was this horrific color. We slapped some white paint up shortly after we moved in because I was newly pregnant and honestly, I couldn’t stomach looking at that color. I hope the before pictures do it some justice. It was awful.
This spring, my husband surprised me by putting up some ship lap (be still, my heart) and doing this fun dark jewel toned feature wall. I love the unfinished look he was going for! But it was still missing something. It needed a real punch of color. Something bold and fun.
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Ever since Carmel from Our Fifth House painted her powder room vanity a pretty blush color, I haven’t been able to envision any other color for my powder room vanity. I mean, it’s perfection. But how on earth could I paint a melamine vanity? Surely you can’t just paint melamine? OH BUT YOU CAN! Canadian Tire’s line of Premier Active has a paint and primer combo specifically made to cover furniture and melamine. That means no sanding and very minimal prep. Sounds like a piece of cake!
I had to find the perfect shade of pink for our tiny little powder room. I picked up some swatches from Canadian Tire’s line of Premier paint. The options were endless but once I had the swatches in the space it became pretty clear which colors were main contenders and which just wouldn’t suit the space. I ended up choosing the color “Spring Has Sprung” and I only needed one 921 ml can of the paint.
I gave the cabinets a good wipe down with a lint-free cloth and some cleaning spray just to make sure there wasn’t any dirt or dust on the cabinets. You wouldn’t want that mixing with the paint. I then started on what I would say is one of the most important parts of any painting job: applying the painter’s tape. I don’t know about you but if I go into my powder room and see a bit of pink paint that’s bled onto the shiplap, I’m going to look at it every day and it will drive me crazy. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as over taping. You can’t be too careful. Having those crisp clean edges is worth it!
I took off the doors and removed all the hardware being careful to keep all the screws and knobs together. I used a small roller brush and began with painting the side of the doors that face toward the inside of the cabinets. The reason for starting with this side was so I could get a feel for the technique I wanted to use without doing it on the side of the door that would greet us everytime we walk into the bathroom.
I went in with a small brush and did the inside edges of the panels to make sure to get paint into all the little nooks and crannies. Then I used my roller brush for the larger flat portions of the door. I used nice firm strokes with even pressure and I made my first coat nice and light. I didn’t want to pile on the paint too thick. I figure you can always add more coats but you can’t take them away!
While the doors were drying I went in and got up close and personal with the toilet. I had to get right in beside the toilet to get a nice even coat on the side of the vanity. I did my edges first with a small brush and then went in with my roller brush to do the larger flat portions of the vanity. Then I took my brush without paint on it and smoothed the little drops of paint that started to form on the edges.
I let the paint dry overnight, which was more than enough time, and then I went back to do my second coat in the morning. Once I was finished my second coat of the insides and the edges of the doors and it was dry, I flipped it over and started working on the outside of my doors. Once the first coat was dry, I put the hardware back on and hung the doors so I could do my final coat on the outside of the doors.
Once the paint was completely dried, it was time to put the knobs back onto the vanity. I’m definitely not in love with them, but now that the vanity is a fresh new color, I don’t hate the brushed nickel! Although I do have plans to go brass in the very near future.
I didn’t know I could be giddy over a bathroom vanity. When I walk in here in the morning I can’t help but smile at how the vanity turned out. It’s amazing how color can not only transform a space but your entire mood! Seeing this fun little space gets me so excited for the day ahead.
Now it’s time to get working on that tile floor. I have a plan my friends, and it involves MORE PAINT.
What do you think? Would you pick a color like this for your bathroom vanity? Have you been wanting to try your hand at painting something melamine?
I’ve already set the Thanksgiving table about a hundred times in my mind. I’m so excited because we are hosting family for the first time at our place for Thanksgiving, which also happens to be one of my favorite holidays. Honestly, I think the Canadian Thanksgiving is too early for my liking. It’s so early in October that I barely have any time to get the summer stuff away!
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This fall, instead of reds and oranges, I’m loving the subtle pops of pink we are seeing everywhere. Is pink a neutral? Because it is in my books! As trendy as this dusty pink is in home decor right now, it’s actually a pretty practical color all year round. I’m totally OK with splurging on a few side plates in this color, especially because I know my Christmas and New Years decor plans will include a heavy dose of pink, too. Also, can we talk about that gold flatware? I had to calm down when I found out Ikea sold them. I’m absolutely in love with them. How fun are they?
Now can we just hurry up to the pumpkin pie, please?!
What are you most excited about for fall? Is it all the leaves changing color? The family time? THE FOOD?