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One Room Challenge Week 2 | A Kitchen Makeover — Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

October 11, 2017

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.

Week 1 | The Plan

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!

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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.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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Ladies Collective Linkup – 54

February 17, 2016

If you asked me what month it was I’d probably guess November. In fact I’m still writing November when I write the date. I can’t even fathom how quickly time is going by. It’s nearly March! I mean, in a few months we will be wearing flip flops here in the east!

Welcome to The Ladies Collective Linkup is a linkup where you can share your favorite posts and meet new blogging friends. Every week, we will feature the best of the best!

Ladies Collective Linkup

Meet your hosts

Ladies Collective Linkup www.thebestofbaby.com  www.mommyzoid.ca  www.glamgranolageek.com

Best of Baby – Iulia Gulia is a mother of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sarcasm and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, Iulia writes about her obsession – pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding…basically all things baby.

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Mommyzoid – Stephanie is a new mom and military wife with a penchant for DIY, home-made, and home-grown!

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GlamGranolaGeek – Self proclaimed modern hippie and former office manager turned stay-at-home Mama of two little rascals, Sarah blogs about the crunchier side of parenting, beauty and life at home with kids.

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This Week’s Features

Ladies Collective Linkup

1. Organizing Under The Kitchen Sink – Clean & Scentsible

2. Thai Sweet Potato Nach0s – Just Us Four

3. Rustic Ladder DIY – Worthing Court

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Ladies Collective Linkup – 52

February 3, 2016

One whole year! Wow! I remember when the three of us were in the planning stages and secretly we all worried no one would even come to our little linkup! And guess what. Week after week you bloggers surprise us with the most amazing projects and blog posts. It’s so inspiring to see the hard work that goes into the blog posts that are shared each week. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for coming back and sharing what you’ve been up to. We can’t wait to see what you all bring to the table each week. Here to another year of amazing work!

The Ladies Collective Linkup is a linkup where you can share your favorite posts and meet new blogging friends. Every week, we will feature the best of the best!

Ladies Collective Linkup

Meet your hosts

Ladies Collective Linkup www.thebestofbaby.com  www.mommyzoid.ca  www.glamgranolageek.com

Best of Baby – Iulia Gulia is a mother of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sarcasm and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, Iulia writes about her obsession – pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding…basically all things baby.

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Mommyzoid – Stephanie is a new mom and military wife with a penchant for DIY, home-made, and home-grown!

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GlamGranolaGeek – Self proclaimed modern hippie and former office manager turned stay-at-home Mama of two little rascals, Sarah blogs about the crunchier side of parenting, beauty and life at home with kids.

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This Week’s Features

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1. Ombre Yarn Heart Wood Pallet Craft – Growing Up Gabel

2. Perfect Cut Out Cookies with Buttercream Frosting – Everyday Made fresh

3. Organize Your Life – Sunny Sweet Days

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Ladies Collective Linkup – 45

December 16, 2015

Welcome to the Ladies Collective Linkup! A linkup where you can share your favorite posts and meet new blogging friends. Every week, we will feature the best of the best!

Ladies Collective Linkup

Meet your hosts

Ladies Collective Linkup www.thebestofbaby.com  www.mommyzoid.ca  www.glamgranolageek.com

Best of Baby – Iulia Gulia is a mother of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sarcasm and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, Iulia writes about her obsession – pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding…basically all things baby.

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Mommyzoid – Stephanie is a new mom and military wife with a penchant for DIY, home-made, and home-grown!

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GlamGranolaGeek – Self proclaimed modern hippie and former office manager turned stay-at-home Mama of two little rascals, Sarah blogs about the crunchier side of parenting, beauty and life at home with kids.

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This Week’s Features

Ladies Collective Linkup

1. Traditional & Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas – A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

2. Christmas Cornucopias – Suburble

3. Mint Marshmallow Cupcakes – Krystal’s Kitsch

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Ladies Collective Linkup – 39

November 4, 2015

Welcome to the Ladies Collective Linkup! A linkup where you can share your favorite posts and meet new blogging friends. Every week, we will feature the best of the best!

Ladies Collective Linkup

Meet your hosts

Canva Collage 2 www.thebestofbaby.com www.mommyzoid.ca www.glamgranolageek.com

Best of Baby – Iulia Gulia is a mother of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sarcasm and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, Iulia writes about her obsession – pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding…basically all things baby.

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Mommyzoid – Stephanie is a new mom and military wife with a penchant for DIY, home-made, and home-grown!

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GlamGranolaGeek – Self proclaimed modern hippie and former office manager turned stay-at-home Mama of two little rascals, Sarah blogs about the crunchier side of parenting, beauty and life at home with kids.

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This Week’s Features


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1. How To Use The Silhouette Mint – Fynes Designs

2. Roasted Brown Sugar & Rosemary Squash – A Pretty Life In The Subburbs

3. DIY Place Card Holders – Designer Trapped

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3) Link backs are appreciated and if you were featured feel free to grab our button!

Note: Please make sure you abide by image copyright and third party content use laws. By linking up you are confirming that you own the rights to the photo you are using in your post or that the photo is in the creative commons/public domain. You are also giving us permission to use your images on our blogs and social media platforms. We will not feature images to which you do not have legal rights.

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Ladies Collective Linkup – 34

September 30, 2015

Welcome to the Ladies Collective Linkup!  A linkup where you can share your favorite posts and meet new blogging friends.  Every week, we will feature the best of the best!

Ladies Collective Linkup

Meet your hosts

Canva Collage 2    www.thebestofbaby.com            www.mommyzoid.ca      www.glamgranolageek.com 

Best of Baby – Iulia Gulia is a mother of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sarcasm and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, Iulia writes about her obsession – pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding…basically all things baby.

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Mommyzoid – Stephanie is a new mom and military wife with a penchant for DIY, home-made, and home-grown!

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GlamGranolaGeek – Self proclaimed modern hippie and former office manager turned stay-at-home Mama of two little rascals, Sarah blogs about the crunchier side of parenting, beauty and life at home with kids.

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This Week’s Features



1.  Fall Flannel Table Runner –   Ella Claire Inspired

2. 80 DIY Halloween Costumes – C.R.A.F.T.

3. Spiderweb Sandwich Cookies – Home Cooking Memories

Linkup Guidelines

1) Please follow your hosts in some way (check out the links above)

2) Stick around for a while and check out some other lovely ladies’ blogs. We all love a good comment!

3) Link backs are appreciated and if you were featured feel free to grab our button!

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Toddler Boys Fashion – Cool Greys 4 Cool Boys

September 25, 2015

Toddle Boy Fall Fashion

Slim Fit Jeans – Gap // Wolf Pullover – Gap // Quilted Shirt Jacket – Gap // Grey Mocs – Minimoc // Grey Beanie – Gap

Who says mommas of boys can’t have fun dressing their little dudes. Don’t get me wrong the fashion for boys can be bleek but you’ve got to just hunt for the cute ‘n’ stylish stuff. Little girls stuff is served up on an adorable little platter with matching hair-bands and mommy-and-me jewellery. ugh. I digress.. I adore shopping for my son. I dress him like his a miniature version of my husband (whom I adore) so we have lots of fun. I also don’t like to stick to traditional “boy” clothes. As in he definitely rocks the purple and teal unicorn tights I got him at Target. His gold Minimocs turn heads and always get lots of compliments. When you’re a foot and a half tall, you can rock anything. & I’m not about to let some arbitrary gender bias’ determine what my son can and can’t wear. But that’s a rant for another day!
I’m diggin’ the neutrals this fall in toddler boy fashion! I like to add splashes of colour with bright tees but keep the sweaters and jackets neutral and basic. It makes things easy to pair in the morning for daycare. I also have a heck of a time getting jeans that fit his giant fluffy cloth diaper butt but aren’t as wide as tree trunks at the ankle. I am in love with these little light wash denim pants and have been dieing for the weather to chill out a bit so he can wear them. He looks so cute in them toddling around in his little velcro high tops! /swoon

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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Ladies Collective Linkup – 23

July 23, 2015

SO SORRY everyone for the missing linkup last week!  Iulia’s parents were in town and she had a major brain fart…she didn’t remember it was linkup day until Wednesday evening.  Ooops.  Anyway…back to business this week.  Enjoy the linkup!

Welcome to the Ladies Collective Linkup!  A linkup where you can share your favorite posts and meet new blogging friends.  Every week, we will feature the best of the best and blast their awesomeness across social media!

 

Ladies Collective Linkup

Meet your hosts

Canva Collage 2    www.thebestofbaby.com            www.mommyzoid.ca      www.glamgranolageek.com 

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5 Things to Try Before Bashing Your Spouse Online

April 27, 2015

5 Things to Try Before Bashing Your Spouse Online

*disclaimer: I’m not a relationship guru and you definitely shouldn’t take your relationship advice from me.*

Like most moms in this day and age, I belong to a few (read: few too many) mommy Facebook groups. Some are super supportive and are aligned with my natural/granola tendencies. Others are social experiments where high school drama plays out online. It can be rather entertaining, to say the least. But you know what really grinds my gears? All the complaining about spouses and partners.

Here’s my list of 5 things you can try before taking to your local mommy Facebook group chat and releasing the kraken.

1. Sit down and talk to your partner. Not always feasible though and I get that. If this isn’t possible…

2. Call your partner. Too weird?

3. Text your partner. Even if it’s from the other room.

4. Write a letter to your partner. Bonus points if you have a carrier pigeon deliver it to them!

5. Spell it out using leftover Alphaghetties.

If I’m going to vent it’s going to be to him. Because talking about him behind his back isn’t going to solve anything. Sitting down one on one and talking about what’s going on is the best way to solve things. Not opening up and spewing hatred about them to a Facebook group full of local women you will most likely purchase a used jolly jumper from or share advice with on washing cloth diapers in the future.

I’m all for women supporting women, really I am. But I will not support bashing of partners and spouses. It’s not fair and frankly no one enjoys hearing about someone’s partner who “hasn’t changed a single diaper” or “plays WoW too much”.

What do you think? Am I off base? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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Ladies Collective Linkup – 8

March 25, 2015

Welcome to the Ladies Collective Linkup!  A linkup where you can share your favorite posts and meet new blogging friends.  Every week, we will feature the best of the best and blast their awesomeness across social media!

 

Ladies Collective Linkup

Meet your hosts

Canva Collage 2    www.bestofbabylady.com              www.mommyzoid.ca                 www.glamgranolageek.com    

Best of Baby – Iulia Gulia is a mother of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sarcasm and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, Iulia writes about her obsession – pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding…basically all things baby.

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Mommyzoid – Stephanie is a new mom and military wife with a penchant for DIY, home-made, and home-grown!

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GlamGranolaGeek – Self proclaimed modern hippie and former office manager turned stay-at-home Mama of two little rascals, Sarah blogs about the crunchier side of parenting, beauty and life at home with kids.

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This Week’s Features

Ladies Collective Linkup www.bestofbabylady.com

1. Discovering Allergies– Nourishing My Scholar

2. Throwing a Pinterest Activity – Aspen Jay

3.  Plan Blogger Loves The King

Linkup Guidelines

1) Please follow your hosts in some way (check out the links above)

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3) Link backs are appreciated and if you were featured feel free to grab our button!

Note: Please make sure you abide by image copyright and third party content use laws. By linking up you are confirming that you own the rights to the photo you are using in your post or that the photo is in the creative commons/public domain. You are also giving us permission to use your images on our blogs and social media platforms. We will not feature images to which you do not have legal rights.
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