A Kitchen Reno 

The kitchen reno is finally done! Okay, it’s almost done. I have to finish sealing the grout (ran out of sealer with 3 feet left) and touch up the paint. But other than that it’s done and I love it! Like sit on my couch and just smile as I look at it, love it.

One of the reasons I purchased this house was because of the big open kitchen, but after years of hating the white tile and white grout (who ever thought that was a good idea in a kitchen?) plus saving up a bunch, it was time…

Hello 1997: 

Demo day!   Pulling off the tile backsplash destroyed some of the drywall….oops!

Granite install   (Please excuse the dishes on the counter and the mess–I live here!) The granite was the only part of the project we contracted out for. Home Depot had great prices, a coupon, and an amazing warranty.

Next up was the painting…Labor Day weekend lived up to its name.  
  The Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation kit made this easy (well if you consider 30+ hours of painting easy).
Then came wiring for the under cabinet  lights, new outlets and switches, and the drywall. 
   I primed the walls to cover the grey after the drywall mud dried.
And finally the backsplash. I chose to keep it neutral so I can incorporate and change accent colors whenever I want. 

Hello 2015 .  A trip to Home Goods and Pottry Barn mixed with some family pieces (a jar of my dad’s marbles and my great grandma’s candlesticks) layered with my Halloween decorations completed the month long renovation.

  G surprised me with a new pantry door! We’re still deciding if we want to paint the glass with black chalkboard paint. What do you think? I love the glass but hate that you can still sort of see in.

 These lights might be my favorite part! They’re along the top and bottom cabinets and each section has its own switch.

Awesome, right?! I seriously love it.

Special thanks to my mom who hung out while the granite was installed. And an enormous thank you to G! Without you and your hours of hard work this would not have been possible! 

I loved finally getting to do this project but it was a lot of work.

Three things to consider before you get started:

  1. Prepare to spend more time and money than planned. Extra expenses are bound to pop up and some tasks will take longer than expected.
  2. Schedule no work days. The project may have been done a bit sooner but we purposefully took days off to relax and recover.
  3. Know that one project may lead to others. I call this the “If you give a mouse a cookie” effect. I’m already costing out can lights, curtains, and new doors for the rest of the house.

I’m off to stare at my pretty new space!


Quick DIY Spring Wreath

Spring has sprung! Okay it doesn’t officially start until Friday but with temps consistently in the 70’s, it’s been here for a few weeks. I haven’t had a wreath on my door since Christmas and I was getting super tired of driving away from my house each morning thinking how boring my front door looked. I had a failed DIY wreath from last spring that I’ve been trying to figure out how to make work and after finding some pre-made paper flowers at Michaels I knew I had my fix and the makings of a wreath that said “Hello Spring!”

The wreath came together quickly and cost less than $30, less if you use some coupons! And took less than 20 minutes to make! 


  • 18 inch straw wreath
  • 2 spools of 2 inch ribbon
  • 2 packages of paper flowers 
  • Multiple pushpins
  • A pen


  1. Wrap the wreath with the ribbon overlapping the ribbon about one-quarter of an inch. Secure ribbon with two or three pushpins.
  2. Layout flowers along one side of the wreath mixing the patterns and sizes. Secure with pushpins. I used the pen to push the pin {say that 10 times fast!} down into the center of the flower so it wasn’t visible. 
  3. Hold it up to ensure you like the placement. I moved a flower or two and ended up spinning the wreath so the flowers ended up on the left. 
  4. Hang on your door and enjoy! 

Seriously it’s that easy! I like using pushpins instead of hot glue so I can move the flowers easily or change them out later for a different color. I played around with adding a banner then decided against it. But make it yours! When it’s so quick and cheap don’t be afraid to play around. 

Happy Spring! 

DIY Instagram Wall

Summer is quickly coming to an end and I still have a looooong list of things I want to do especially around the house. I’ve cleaned, de-cluttered, painted one bathroom (I’ll save that for another post), re-arranged my main photo gallery and finally made my Instagram wall display. I still need to clean the couches, paint the other bathroom, hang the cabinets in the first bathroom, and take a trip to the Goodwill. But I am so excited about how my IG display turned out! And friends, it is SOOOO easy! And cheap!



  • Reclaimed wood 18 inches in length (this is my old fence so it was free)
  • Thumbtacks
  • Binder clips (I used all silver but you could easily spray paint to coordinate with your decor or to add a pop of color)
  • Picture hanging kit
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Scrap paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • IG photos (I printed my through Persnickety Prints. They have great prices on all prints and frequent coupons)

DIY IG wall supplies

Picture hanging kit

I got this kit at Target. It was like $5 and score! It had the exact number of hangers I needed!


Step 1

Install picture hanging brackets on the back of your board in the center.

Picture hanging bracket

Bracket installed

Be careful of your fingers. Those nails are small!

Step 2

Space out the binder clips evenly across the front of the board.

Clips in place

Clips in place

Be sure to take into account the size of your photo and the amount of space you want between the pictures. I also made sure there was some space on either end. I’ll be honest with you that it took everything in me to not go completely OCD and do exact math to place the clips.  But I figured that being pretty close was good enough since the pictures may swing a little bit.


Step 3

Push the thumbtack through the metal loop, securing the binder clip in place.

Clips in place


Step 4

Plan the layout of your wall.

IG wall layout

I knew I wanted a staggered/subway tile layout but wasn’t sure how it would look on the wall. I clipped the pictures in and moved them around until I liked the grouping.


Step 5

Using scrap paper cut to the size of your boards first mark where the hanger is then transfer your layout to the wall.

Wall layout

I don’t usually do this when putting up pictures but I am realizing I have a lot of extra and unnecessary holes in my walls. This also allowed me to properly place the nail and measure out the distances between the boards so it was all evenly placed. I also moved things around just a little bit.


Step 6

Hang your new Instagram gallery!

Completed IG wall

I told you it was easy!

Now I can easily update my pictures with the seasons, add motivating quotes, or put up memory verses.

On to the next thing on my list!