Saturday, July 24, 2010


When I travel I tend to buy magnets as souvenirs. they are light and inexpensive and easily found in airports. I used to just stick them on the fridge, but on a recent trip to europe decided they deserved a more special display so I decided to paint my backsplash behind my sink with magnet paint and use that as a new display area.

I love how it turned out!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The House...thus far...

I directed someone to my blog to show them my ikea kitchen and realized i never posted the finished product.

Here is a slide show of the house that I put together before the big birthousewarmoliday party i had in December. I'm happy with how it all turned out and do look forward to the next decorating project, but i'm taking a break from making it pretty to improving it's structure. next up, a new roof. fun.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I need help.

I still can't figure out what to do with my entry way. I moved the shoe cabinet to between the tall cabinets and am thinking just a big sculpture of some sort on top. or i could put hooks across the top for hanging coats/bags. but then i thought i would get a cool coat rack for the other side of the door.

i need to decide if i'm keeping those book shelves there because if so i need to remove the baseboard so it can be pushed back closer to the wall...


Sunday, October 11, 2009

The almost finished kitchen...

Believe it or not, it's almost done! There is some paint touch up to be done and I need to buy extra large outlet covers. Also left is the toe kick. But as you can see, there are two glaring items missing...the cabinets for my dishes. Ikea claims it now makes the horizontal cabinets compatible with the glass/aluminum framed doors, but it seems that although they advertise them, they aren't actually making them. or are making them, but they are not available in every market. or possibly any market. depends who you talk to. any who, for now the dishes live on the counters.

So, here are some pictures...

Still a bit left to go, but it's a functional space now, and i'm quite pleased about that!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

it's so nice, i did it twice...

or, why good plans go awry.

i decided to hang three rows of 15" horizontal wall cabinets on my sink wall. i also decided to hang the top one at ceiling height. i don't know what sort of funky math i was doing because i got two rows up and realized that the bottom of the bottom cabinet was going to be 29" off the countertops. normal height is around 18". this is too high, even for tallish me.

so, i had to remove the installed cabinets, move the hanging rail down, and reinstall the cabinets. not a huge deal, just some time i wasn't planning on spending.

BUT, now i see a bigger problem....can you see it too?


Saturday, August 01, 2009

Oh the decisions????

I though I was done with decisions. I picked out floors, doors, countertops, paint colors, door pulls, a sink, a faucet, splash back tile, appliances...everything was decided!

Then Ikea came out with this:

I am in love. i am now obsessed with having those beautiful shiny grey doors on my base cabinets. the upper cabinets will stay birch, and i'd have birch accents on the bottom (mainly the exposed cabinet sides).

The problem is two fold...price, those gray doors cost twice as much as the birch and design, i'm worried that the grays wont' all match. i've ordered up a sample door to see if it goes with the floor, which is already installed and unchangeable at this point. I'm also settled on the backsplash and need to find something that works with it.

So, what's the problem? countertops. i had picked out gray countertops, but now i fear it will be too many different grays. so, I have four choices in front of me and i'm open to other suggestions...

The current options are:


So, what would you do?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cabinet installation has begun!

It was a slow start. It took three (maybe four) trips to lowes and home depot to finally have all the right hanging bar attachment hardware. But I have 5 (of 11) upper cabinets installed! The others should go easily since there are actually wood studs in the other wall.

As you can see, I painted the kitchen prior to beginning cabinet installation.

I just hope they stay up!

Before the cabinets went up:


This is where the rest of the wall cabinets will go:

and you can see a bit of the ceiling, which is a lighter blue....just like the outside wall...