All posts filed under: The Cottage

just add hardware – a kitchen update

I’m excited to share the latest update to the kitchen – new hardware! The knobs and handles really pull the cabinets together. When it came to the hardware installation, my saving grace was this alignment template for cabinets. It was a lifesaver, and made the process so much easier. I can’t imagine trying to measure each door – no thank you. I wanted to keep thinks simple with the hardware, so these black metal knobs and handles in a matte finish were a great find. They have a nice weight to them and add the perfect finish to the doors. Making his blog debut, say hello to Erick. He has become my partner in crime Upstate, and as you can see, he knows how to use a power drill (added bonus!). He is wonderful and I feel very lucky to have someone who loves this little house as much as I do. My other project was assembling this step stool that just needed a little extra love. Thanks to the leftover white paint from the kitchen and some painters tape, the …

Nothing a little paint can’t fix

After a few weeks of work travel, I have been itching to get up to the cottage (testing out the name – thoughts?) and was able to sneak away for a week to finally dive into getting the place up and running. My week was filled with trips to Home Depot where I quickly made friends with my man Mario. With his help, I was able to tackle replacing the shower head (it’s all about having a good wrench.) This was a short-term fix, as the bathroom needs an overhaul and that is nowhere in the near future, but it got the job done and now the water actually hits me instead of the wall. I will admit I was quite happy with this little accomplishment. Next on the list, was showing the windows a little love. I hadn’t realized that they were double pane, so my quick window washing chore turned into a two-day task. I did use the garden hose with the outdoor window cleaning product attached, but in the end my biggest …

A whole new world

Say hello to the newest addition to the Jentertaining family! I have been dying to spill the beans about the little house I bought upstate, but wanted to have all the contracts signed (my hand still hurts from signing away my life!) before I shared all the details. The long of the short of it is, I am turning 35 this year and wanted to start living the life I wanted to live now and not wait for all the other bits and pieces to get situated (aka finding a guy who actually has his life together – never knew that was going to be so hard to find) Anyways,  I had always envisioned having an apartment in the city and buying a house upstate, so why not do it now and enjoy it? It was a stressful process which included a couple of panic attacks, but my parents, friends, and one fantastic real estate broker helped me keep it together while I wrote the biggest checks of my life. The first night felt kind …