Kitchen
The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See

The Cutest Dang Coffee Nook You Ever Did See

Yeah, I said it: the coffee nook we built this weekend is really stinking cute!  My wife is an absolute genius as far as I am concerned, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  Here’s how it went down. BEFORE    AFTER   Am I right or am I right?! It all started when Lynne...
To Dispose Or Not To Dispose

To Dispose Or Not To Dispose

There’s a lot of debate over having a garbage disposal in a kitchen sink when you’re on a septic tank system.  When David and I were renting a farmhouse before we bought our fixer-upper, the kitchen had been newly remodeled and it did NOT have a garbage disposal.  (It had a septic tank as well.)...
Edging Without Tape

Edging Without Tape

We decided to paint all the beadboard in the kitchen green, including the bottom half of the walls: I don’t know if you’ve ever painted a chair rail like the one above the beadboard shown here, but it usually requires lots and lots of painters tape.  Our friend Heidi (yup, same one who made the...
Whimsical Country Curtains

Whimsical Country Curtains

Our kitchen has a lot of straight lines. It’s got stainless steel appliances. It has a cold white tile floor. It needed something to, well, give it that touch of country whimsy that works so well in farmhouse kitchens.   As soon as I saw this fabric on the website One Kings Lane, I fell...
Accessorize the Cabinets

Accessorize the Cabinets

In researching how others have designed farmhouse-style kitchens, I’ve noticed I really love the look of old hinges and pulls on cabinet doors.   Kitchen by Winnipeg Kitchen & Bath Designers Gateway Kitchen & Bath Centre This is the kitchen of the first house for sale we saw in Charlottesville– I loved the vibes given...
Check Out Our Rack

Check Out Our Rack

I love the look of plate racks in a farmhouse kitchen…       (All photos courtesy of Houzz)  I think they add so much charm and they’re functional, too!  So we decided to use one of the existing upper cabinets in our kitchen and turn it into a plate rack. Behold, the sanded upper...
Thank Goodness for Craigslist!

Thank Goodness for Craigslist!

Our “new” stove and microwave! We found this stove-microwave duo on Craigslist a little over a month ago.  It was advertised as both for $1,000 with buyer pick-up all the way up in Fredericksburg, Virginia (about two hours away).  We contacted the seller and asked if they would sell for $900 if we picked up...
Yes It Goes On And On My Friends

Yes It Goes On And On My Friends

Our lives are pretty boring these days– all we do is prime or paint! In the above photo you can see the primer we’re using on the walls/the two unpainted ceiling beams (why leave two of fourteen unpainted?  We’ll probably never know).  It seemed perfect for us because it’s water based but it also adheres...
Priming & Painting Cupboard Doors

Priming & Painting Cupboard Doors

As you can tell from the picture above, we’re priming and painting the kitchen cabinet doors (and drawers)!  Most of the doors are old with new paneling inside but a few are new.  (One of the old ones had to be replaced because of mildew, for example.)  We used the same bare wood primer as...
Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling

Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling

  Recall the ceiling when we moved in: fluorescent lighting (above). Then see the beams we discovered after we removed the plastic stuff (and the wallpaper, of course, below). I decided to leave the beams white as I think stripping the paint would 1) take forever and 2) make the room seem somewhat claustrophobic.  I did some...
IKEA Countertops

IKEA Countertops

While David and I kept busy priming and painting and doing all sorts of things, our contractor made definite progress in our kitchen.  A few weeks ago I ordered IKEA wood butcher block countertops: Why IKEA wood countertops?  Well first of all, for only $169 per 8 feet of countertop, IKEA will deliver these to...
Curveball!

Curveball!

Huh. Well, we got another curveball thrown our way!  My plan was to tear down a random wall that kind of closed off part of the kitchen once our contractor deemed it not a supporting wall.  (The wood paneling around this section of the wall had water damage, so that part had to be replaced...
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