All posts tagged: kitchen

things are finally cookin’

What a week! Where do I even begin? My parents arrived and we quickly made our way up to the Cottage.  I had a laundry list of projects I had hoped to tackle while they were in town. As you can see, the biggest project was the kitchen. Here’s a recap of what we did, what I learned, and what we used. I will be following up on the floors in a later post (I’m saving that for the big dining room reveal) THE BACKSTORY/ VISION: As you know, I am a big fan of white. It’s an easy way to instantly make any space feel fresh and updated (and boy did the kitchen need it.) I had already painted the kitchen cabinets last summer when I first bought the place and have been dreaming of taking down the ugly wallpaper and weird fake stone panels that adorned the main wall and backsplash ever since.  I wanted something classic and clean, and not too country. This was a DIY project from start to finish, and …

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 …