Faux Marble Countertops DIY

painted faux marble countertops

Guys….. I almost named this post, “the best DIY I’ve done to-date ever”, but then I came back to my senses and named it something that google could easily find should anyone else in the world want to do this project. And I hope everyone does, because it’s amazing. So amazing, in fact, that the $30 faux marble countertops fooled my (very style discerning) Mother-in-law, who said, “I didn’t know you guys were buying marble for the kitchen!”.  That, my friends, is a win.

But let’s back up to just two days ago when I was *this close* to throwing the whole project into the trash and forgetting about it completely.  [Read more…]

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Kitchen Renovation Updates

cabinet progress

There’s nothing quite like trying to match a paint/stain concoction that you yourself dreamed up five years ago, yet, that is exactly the adventure I embarked upon this weekend.  I already had some reservations about trying to match the kitchen cabinet color, and the older man working the paint counter at The Home Depot didn’t reassure me at all. In fact, he was the same man I’d bought the paint and polyurethane from back in 2010, although I doubt he remembers me.   [Read more…]

Farmhouse Kitchen Redesign: Lighting

farmhouse kitchen ceiling fan

I’m going forward full force on this farmhouse kitchen redesign, and today I have the first little update for you all – the lighting! Not only did we update the main light and ceiling fan, but we also updated the light that is in the adjacent ‘sink room’.  Our sink room is a separate little room off the main kitchen.  Since our home was built in the late 1800’s, it wasn’t build with indoor plumbing and the room with the sink was added later down the road (you can get a better view of it in the photo below!).  Regardless, we have both lights replaced in today’s kitchen update!  [Read more…]

Farmhouse Kitchen Design Plans

kitchen - my domaine

(photo source: My Domaine)

In the several weeks since I shared this kitchen photo on ‘The List‘ it has not left my mind.  There is something about the kitchen that resonated so much with me, but I couldn’t put my finger on at the time. Now, after having some time to get more acquainted, I know exactly what it is about this design that draws me in.

It’s that the basics of this kitchen are identical to my own kitchen, but the details are what make it so strikingly new.

Dream kitchen has black cabinets.
I have black cabinets.

Dream kitchen has walnut floors.
I have walnut floors.

Dream kitchen has subway tile backsplash.
I have subway tile backsplash.

You get the picture.

What I started taking note of, were the few things it would take to transform my space into this dream space.  Drawer pulls, butcher block countertops, and a vibrant rug would really do it.  Of course, there are a few other extras that would make it even more exciting… [Read more…]