Nest Renovations

Little back splash update...
I have been back buttering and tile saw cutting....

This is my little project bin that is hanging around till tile work is done.....
I like all the diffeent textures, colors,  and think it will look beautiful......


Sometimes reality comes up and bites ya in the rear....
The Reality is I don't like it....
(GASP)
Hubby said I will like it when it is done....
it looks busy and a bit dated to me....
oooooh well, that's why this is a stater home....
right?
lesson #345 Just because one can decorate doesn't mean you are good at renovating......Giggles.



Little fall time house tour


I finally got the new paint color on the walls....
it's creamed coffee from Better Homes and Gardens
Purchased at Walmart (who knew?!)
The buffet is English with original hardware
I bought years ago at a thrift shop...
the Mirror was a tag sale purchase (this summer), I got it for the shop but I knew it was perfect for my dinning room spruce up...
Lamps (used to live in my bed room) came from Big Lots of all places....



There are still many "Finishing Touches" to get done...
UGH! don't remind me.....



But it sure feels good to have things in their places and to be wrapping up our kitchen remodel....
The cute chair is Ikea, purchased without the slip cover...
I made the slip cover from beautiful (and totally in stock)
unbleached linen....


These candles have already found a new home
 on the coffee table....I bought the runner from V...
It was love at first sight...


I still need base boards and I am not fond of the rug in here....
I would love sea grass or something more neutral with a bit of texture...



The crystal lamps came from a tag sale about 17 years ago.....
they are worth a ton of money now
and I have rewired them, changed the shades and loved them...
the Love Birds were pricey, but the lady needed some dispays done for her shop and was only too happy to offset my payment with the statue.... YAY!





(Nice shadow isn't it).....
I want to add more to the arrangement of pictures 
 just not sure what yet....
I would like to find something kinda clever and different...


If you can tear your eyes away from the "QUEEN" of our home
hope you notice the Fabulous lamp....
Its not "Restoration Hardware"...
Its original/vintage...
I bought it at a tag sale for a screaming good deal (my favorite)
 it was a desk lamp for a gentle man who used the light from it
to write his sermons for Sunday ...
Already feel inspired? Me too.....



Last but not least....
this is in our family room, and it has served as the main living area during our remodeling...
I decided it needed a little sprucing up too... don't notice that I haven't finished the trim work yet or finished curtains...
Dresser belonged to my grandparents, and I wont paint it because my daddy asked me not to (dang it) when he gifted it to me...
The print is a $1 map I antiqued and put in a reclaimed frame from a salvage shop ($4 total cost)....
the "H" stand is one of my favortite H's I have (and I have alot) I believe it's Restoration Hardware, but I bought it at a tag sale...
it's decorated for fall with twig pumpkins I got at a tag sale (ofcourse), and a beautiful plate
I purchased new about 4 years ago...

Hope you enjoyed the mini tour.... when I can I will update and share more...
I am open to any idea's and suggestions...




It has been awhile since I last posted about our kitchen update....
probably because it is taking us an excruciating long time to get things finished.....
(I tend to run a little on the impatient side)

I wanted the sink cabinet to look custom, so we used a large railing post on each side of it and used that in place of spacers.....this is the
pre-painted look for the cabinets.....

By taking walls down we changed our "galley" kitchen into an "L" shape.......
(notice the double sets of hardware? I put the new hardware on before taking the old off, did I mention that I am impatient?)

This is what was removed to make the kitchen open....



This is the beginning of my tile work....
Probably the only thing I wish I would have done differently....
I wish I would have used larger tiles and put them on point.....


This is the granite in place and the painting done.....
I still need to finish the back splash....
And get a new dish washer to match my other appliances....
These walls were taken out and the whole ceiling was taken up as far as it would go....

This is the tile I have picked out for the back splash....
and eventually I will get that done too......



Here we are for a second instalment of our kitchen.....

We are down a few walls....


Now we are onto the paintstaking process of putting it all back together....
the electrical was a nightmare, 
but thanks to "Don" the electrician we are all good,
so the dry wall has gone back up and we have started to install the cabinets and tile floor...
I will show you those pictures next time.  


E gets a new Kitchen....

Here it is...
Don't blink you might miss it...ha ha.
I did a few Quick inexpensive fixes on it when we first bought, you see, the entire house was mauve,
the cabinets were yellow, and well, so was the floor. So a couple boxes of peel and stick tiles, ALOT of paint, some new appliances (most important), and it has been making do for three years.


No cupboard space for pantry...
(see the bead board? a little experiment on my part. didn't work out though)


See? It's like a cave in there....

I took the cupboard doors off thinking to make it look bigger, and it worked, but it always looked messy and cluttered. (See the nice faux wood Formica?)


Like the drop ceiling? NOT. and it was cut off from the dinning room.
(Sorry for the dirty dishes, we are a family of 5 and there are always dirty dishes)


I have another cupboard out here to hold entertaining goodies....
this just doesn't work for me any more!


 So we have begun the tedious and messy, making me totally crazy process of ripping the old one out and have yet to start the putting back together...
I am not a very patient woman, but hubby has to have some one come out to see if walls are load bearing (kinda important, I'm told) and to reroute wiring...
so I will keep you all posted and show the progress of this kitchen as we go...
I will share my cheap frugal ways of doing this on a song....
and a few prayers....
until next time....






This is my first installment of our Nest renovations....
V and I are both remodeling our homes, so there will be more to come....
We took 2 very large closets out to open the floor plan. so where the picture is being taken used to be a wall....


I repainted a soft turquoise color and added hand painted flourishes in a shade darker...
I saw wall paper like this and loved it...
Unfortunately wall paper is expensive and a bit permanent. the shade on the sconce is designed by Victoria Beck, and the old cubard was purchased from a friend who no longer had room for it...
It's not finished, I still need base boards, crown moulding, more coat hooks, and a bigger rug, I will show you the other side of the entry way as soon as my bench is built (another before and after)....
until then....