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One Room Challenge Week 5 – Styling Open Kitchen Shelving

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 1 | The Plan

Week 2 | Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Week 3 | Ikea Island Hack

Week 4 |Open Kitchen Shelving

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?

Open Kitchen Shelving

Letter Board //Insulated Carafe// Coffee Canister // Plate Rack // Pink Plates // Polka Dot Vase

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. 😉

Stephanie @ MommyzoidPS: Are you following me on Instagram? That’s where you can see my every day and watch how these DIYs and projects fit into our every day.

Styling Open Shelving The Easy Way

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One Room Challenge Week 4 | A Kitchen Makeover – Open Kitchen Shelving

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:

Week 1 | The Plan

Week 2 | Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Week 3 | Ikea Island Hack

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.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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One Room Challenge Week 3 | A Kitchen Makeover – IKEA Island Hack

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:

Week 1 | The Plan

Week 2 | Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Week 3 | IKEA Island Hack

Week 4 | Open Kitchen Shelving

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.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid


Painting a Melamine Bathroom Vanity the Easy Way

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.

Paint a Melamine Bathroom Vanity the Easy Way

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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.

Paint a Melamine Bathroom Vanity the Easy Way

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?

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: Be sure to follow along on Instagram! I’ll be sharing the behind the scenes of my next big project over on my Instastories!


Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

Last weekend I was cruising the aisles of my local dollar store and I nearly had a heart attack. You know what I’m talking about, don’t lie! You spot something that you would have totally paid 10X the price for at a craft store. That was me. A set of 3 wreath forms (similar) for $4 and a bag of moss (similar) for $2! Color me inspired. I knew exactly how I’d be spending my afternoon — hunched over my craft table creating the perfect fall wreath with my dollar store scores!

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

I grabbed my trusty glue gun and set to work. I opened up my bag of moss and tore out a large chunk and placed it at the center at the bottom of the wreath form. Using my hot glue gun, I made quite a few strips of glue to make sure the moss holds well through the fall wind storms we are sure to get here on the east coast. The bag of moss I bought also came with some little twigs and lichen so I placed them on the wreath to kind of look like little bushes. The pièce de résistance is the little tiny deer! Isn’t he cute? I didn’t glue him into the wreath because he’s my sons and he was already questioning me on why I needed it. I chose to just stick his little legs into the moss and it actually held really well.

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

What do you think? Cheap and cheerful, right? Plus tiny deer are always a good idea. Next week I’ll be sharing how my front porch is styled for the season. I always tend to stay away from the typical fall colors, so there’s a hint for you!

As much as I love a nice full floral wreath, I honestly can’t fathom spending a whole lot of money on beautiful flowers that are going to go outside on my door and brave the elements. Now, if it’s staying inside, I might drop some serious coin on some dried hydrangeas or some eucalyptus! Swoon!

Woodland Fall Wreath with Dollar Store Supplies

Do you have a dollar store that you stalk the aisles of for the best DIY supplies? I can’t be the only one…

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: Follow me on Instagram to see some more behind the scenes in my Insta-stories!


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Decorative Tray DIY – DIY Christmas Gift Idea Blog Hop

An easy DIY Decorative Tray using glitter and chalk paint

We all love the idea of spending time and effort working on a hand-made gift for someone special for Christmas but at the end of the day we either lack ideas, patience or both! I’m so excited to be jumping on board for a great month of Christmas gift ideas with the Christmas Gift Blog Hop. Make sure you “hop” around and see what some of the other bloggers have been up to. & make sure you come back for the next few weeks of the Christmas Gift Blog Hop! You’re going to die when you see what I made using moss.

A while back we thrifted a tray that I’ve been hoarding for just the right DIY. It had some nasty ripped green felt on the bottom so I scratched that off and instead of sanding I just used some left over Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan from this DIY. It went on like a dream and took 3 coats to fully cover the dark wood.

An easy DIY Decorative Tray using glitter and chalk paint

After it was all dry (…a whole week later because #momlife) I attempted my original plan which was to use some wrapping paper I found at Michaels that was white with gold polka dots. I finally managed to get it cut out and stuck on with Mod Podge but I wasn’t able to iron out the lumps and bumps that was forming from the wrapping paper. So instead of quitting I grabbed my trusty pot of gold sparkles and went ahead making a bit of a star burst pattern. I didn’t want to cover the whole tray with glitter but rather start from one corner and have it cascade out.

An easy DIY Decorative Tray using glitter and chalk paint

To seal the glitter I used some spray adhesive which worked quite well. Those sparkles ‘ain’t going anywhere.

An easy DIY Decorative Tray using glitter and chalk paint

I’m so happy I didn’t just stuff this whole project in the trash can and call it a day. It actually ended up looking really funky and definatly a piece that will bring me joy over the holiday season. Not all DIYs turn out and that’s A-OK. When in doubt, use glitter! I’ve legit been saying that for years.


Now it’s time for some more DIY Christmas gift ideas from my Canadian blogging friends. Get ready for some wonderful handmade gift inspiration for your holidays! And make sure you check back next week where we’ll all be sharing another round of DIY Christmas gift ideas!

10 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

From the top, they are:

DIY Hand Warmers from Rambling Renovators

DIY Christmas Gift Baking and Tea Towels from Fresh Crush

Personalized Clear Glass Christmas Ornament from Time with Thea

Rustic Serving Tray from Bette Creek

DIY Gold Painted Napkins from New House New Home

Make Your Own Tea Blend from Life Over Easy

Mom’s Day Off in a Tin by The DIY Mommy

Decorative Tray from Mommyzoid

Peppermint Vodka from PMQ For Two

DIY No-Sew Sweet Candy Throw Pillows from Sustain My Craft Habit

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: I’ll be sharing this post on these blogs!

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How To Regain Romance With A Handwritten Card

How To Regain Romance With A Handwritten Card

In the day and age of technology, I feel like my husband and my written communication to one another can be whittled down to, “what do you want me to take out for dinner?” or “who’s picking Oliver up from daycare?”. So romantic, right? What happened to a good old fashioned handwritten card?!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m madly in love with my husband! But if I recount the last time we wrote each other romantic words on pen and paper, I think it was when we would write letters to each other when he was posted 5,000 km away from me in Halifax NS and I was stuck in my dorm room on Vancouver Island pining for the love of my life. The anticipation of receiving his letter in return was so all consuming. But that was more than 6 years ago!

So how the heck can we regain that romance?

My husband and I are vowing to write handwritten letters and cards more often. We are going to skip the whole sending it in the mail to each other because the cost of stamps is just stupid. But why not write down how we feel about one another? We know we love each other but we often forget to actually express those feelings. Sometimes it’s hard to articulate just how much you love one another… so why not practice?

How To Regain Romance With A Handwritten Card

Can I tell you a secret? I was going through out filing cabinet and I found a box and wondered what was in it. Inside was hand-written letters and cards, trinkets and mementos from our first dates, ticket stubs and even some sea glass I had given him on our very first date. I cried and cried as I read those letters and relived those moments one by one. Hand-written letters and cards means we can keep those words for ever and ever. We’ve written wonderful words via text and email but do we still have them? Nope. It’s gone into the interwebs and lost forever.

Even though I could just email, text or call him, a hand-written card or letter adds a certain romanticism that only pen to paper can create. You have to stop and think about what you’re writing before you begin writing. On text and email we can really edit and re-write until we capture those feelings perfectly. When we go handwritten, we have to think about things a little more and put care into crafting our thoughts. I mean, if the sentence makes no scene you have to pull out the white-out and that aint romantic!

So my husband and I are vowing to write each other a handwritten letter or card at least once a month, if not more. I will keep you posted on our little experiment. I expect sharing our feelings for one another can only bring us closer. How could it not? I expect we will each feel a boost in our confidence and be re-affirmed that we are loved by each other.


A big thanks to Red Paper Boutique for sending me their entire “Being Parents” greeting card collection which inspired me to take on this challenge with my husband. Their cards are so unique and really nail the whole parenting thing to a tee!

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Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: I’ll be sharing this post on these blogs!