Kitchen Primer + Paint|ORC F2017-p4

Whelp, here we are in week 4 already! This week we had some major visual changes in the space, because paint–yay!

So, real quick, the one room challenge is a design/decor blogger link party, hosted by Linda at Calling It Home, where we all try to whip a room into shape in six very short weeks. The host bloggers share on Wednesdays and the guest bloggers share on Thursdays, There are over 200 people participating, and some incredible talent shines in this event. So definitely hop over and check it all out.

Alright, back to our kitchen. Over the weekend, we basically prepped the space for paint, removed the handles (except for two extremely stubborn handles that are still stuck in place-ugh!), and removed the doors that were close to the walls, then taped off the edges to prep for paint. NOTE: when you are removing cabinet doors, it is SUPER important to number them in the cabinet box and on the cabinet itself. Place a piece of painters tape on an area that isn’t being painted so that you know where to put the doors back when you are done!

Monday, we went and picked up our paint and primer. Monday after E went to bed, we got to work covering those pink stripes!! One coat of primer covered everything well enough to move forward with the paint, so Tuesday night and then yesterday followed the primer with the first and second coats of paint!

Once the paint was finished, I finished cleaning up the cabinets and prepping them for paint. To prep them for paint, with chalk paint, you don’t need to rough up the surface, it just needs to be completely clear of any dirt, grime, oils, etc., and then the paint will adhere. So we scoured the surface first with a steel wool and water, then followed that with a spritz of Thieves Cleaning spray (my faves from Young Living–this stuff is Ah-mazing, but more on that another time!), wiped them all down and now they are all set to be painted!

This week, we also decided on barstools. The ones I posted last week, tragically became unavailable basically as soon as I shared them… so after I recovered from that loss, I scoured the internet for a second choice. I’m NOT sharing it because I still need to go pick them up, but decision’s made and I’m excited to see it in place!

So here’s a look at the updated list:

  • Prime the walls
  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the cabinets
  • Paint the molding and details
  • Declutter and organize overall
  • Add a main wall shelf
  • (Finally) build my custom table (that I designed almost 2 years ago…)
  • Add some drawer storage (We don’t have a single drawer in our kitchen. Not one.)–still trying to work this one out… not sure it’s going to happen…
  • Swap out the cabinet hardware
  • Find seating
  • Make and Install Valance–Still debating on this too, It’s last on the list… we’ll see what happens!


Well, the list is mighty long still, but, I feel pretty confident now that the walls are painted that we are going to get through it!! We are over the hump!


This week, we are focusing on painting the cabinets, getting the new hardware and installing it. The table is coming on TUESDAY(!!), as is the floating wall shelf. This weekend, I’m going to finish my research on the drawer options and see what, if anything, we can make work; and get the stools purchased and in the house!! So next week, we should see some major strides in the progress, and then I think it will just be styling and pictures… Hopefully I’m not being too optimistic or unrealistic with my timing.

How are you all doing with your projects?

Kitchen Progress|ORC Fall 2017 p3

Here we are at the halfway point of the One Room Challenge! The what? You may be wondering what in the world I’m talking about… this is the biannual design link-up that takes over all decor and design bloggers lives for 6 weeks in the spring and fall. We all race through the 6 weeks to complete a room in our home (or a client/friend/family space) and have a stunning result to wow the internet and use for social media envy until the next ORC kicks up.

In the past, I have completed our living room and bedroom (and then disappeared for a year), and now I’m back to complete our kitchen, which is really the last space in our tiny condo to need updating.

So without further ado, here is a look at what ‘progress’ we’ve made so far (which sort of feels like a joke).


The table plans were further broken down, and laid out to make a cut sheet, get all the sizes finalized, etc., and a trip to Home Depot was made with my step dad to purchase all materials. I got these pictures on Tuesday night of our table as it is now, and I am so in love!!

I have worked on re-organizing and sorting through the rest of the kitchen to better store away some things and get rid of others. Trips to all sorts of donation places ensued. The bakers rack shelving and the dining table have been sold and will be picked up this weekend.

The cabinet handles have been removed and measured.

Stools have been ordered and a little chair for E has been ordered as well.

Paint has been purchased.

SO, here’s the plan going forward (I’m not even going to bother with sharing the updated list.. maybe next week):

This weekend, I want to remove and clean all of the cabinet doors, then get them painted. The guy at the shop told me we need to do two coats of paint and then at least two coats of wax, so I’m thinking I can tackle at least the two coats of paint on everything over the weekend.

During P’s late nights next week I’ll finish whatever I can for the cabinets after E goes to sleep so that next week hopefully I can share finished cabinets!

*If* I can get the cabinets all done, then I will move onto tackling the walls. With the hot pink stripes, I will definitely need to prime and then do at least one coat of paint. I might need to do two coats of primer… so we will see how that goes. If I’m lucky and E naps well, I may be able to get the cabinets done and the primer coat on the wall for next week. So that is all in between this week and the week 4 post.

Between weeks 4 and 5, I’d like to finish all painting at all cost, make sure everything is dry and looking good so that I don’t have to worry about that before the reveal, and then I can focus on putting the hardware on, moving the table in and styling everything for photos.

So, okay… not too bad. When I sat down to type this post, I was starting to get nervous about how much we haven’t done yet for this space, but after breaking down my plan, I think we can get through this after all!! *phew*


Don’t forget that everyone participating updates on Wednesdays and Thursdays so be sure to hop over to the Calling It Home Blog to check it all out. Good luck to everyone participating!!

Be sure to follow along on Social Media! I try to post updates on Facebook and Instagram, and follow along with our IG stories to see between-post progress on the kitchen (and life in general)!!

Kitchen Inspo|ORC Fall 2017 p2

And just like that, it’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge!! Be sure to hop back and check out our week one post. I’m also hoping one of these days to get some non ORC posts up about life and Eleanor and all the things, so stay tuned for that as well.


But for now…. I wanted to share some of our inspiration for our kitchen revamp with you all!! Right now our kitchen is comprised of a few main components:

  1. The hot pink abstract lines on the main wall
  2. The ‘coffee cart’ as we call it, which holds the espresso machine, the keurig machine and really all the things that don’t live inside cabinets; and…
  3. The maple-ish cabinets themselves.

That said, I’d like to see all of those main features gone in the facelift of our space. In addition to wanting these aspects gone, there are several things I would like to accomplish in this process:

  1. A more cohesive space.
  2. A place where we can dine as a family
  3. A designated place to brew caffeinated beverages; and
  4. A space that feels like ‘us’ while also being appealing to future buyers… after all, when you are in a 1BR condo with a baby, the need to sell is always on your radar.

So here’s the plan:

We will stick with a black, white and grey color scheme; remove the coffee cart which looks cluttered (I don’t mind the open shelving of it, but not all the shelves are stationary and it makes me so nervous with a baby that is starting to pull-up … my nightmare is seeing the thing crashing down with all the jars on it shattering as well… eeeek!!); create an ‘eat-in’ table area for us to actually eat as a family at a dining table (as opposed to on the couch); and paint the whole room, cabinets and all to create less visual chaos in the space.

Our color scheme is black, white. grey and wood, and as you can see in the first picture, which really shows the overall look and feel of what we want to do, we are going to go dark on the cabinets and light everywhere else. We can’t agree on the stain for the table yet, so we will see what happens there, but what do you think?? Natural and light or Dark and rich?? Do you like the direction we are heading with the room as a whole??

Be sure to jump back to the One Room Challenge main page and check out all of the main bloggers and participant bloggers‘ rooms, inspiration and progress!!


If you are just stopping by wondering what we are up to, here is the week one post to catch you up. And here is the list of things we are planning to tackle:

  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the cabinets
  • Paint the molding and details
  • Declutter and organize overall
  • Add a main wall shelf
  • (Finally) build my custom table (that I designed almost 2 years ago…)
  • Add some drawer storage (We don’t have a single drawer in our kitchen. Not one.)
  • Possibly swap out the cabinet hardware
  • Find seating
  • Make and Install Valance

This week we also finalized plans and bought materials for the new table. Hoping to start painting the cabinets next week! Stay tuned next week for more on that!!

Also, if you aren’t following us on social media yet, be sure to hop over to Facebook and Instagram to keep up with DBK regularly, and follow along with our IG stories to see between-post progress on the kitchen!!

One Room Challenge Fall 2017 | The Kitchen

Lately I’ve been motivated to get back to blogging, but when you’ve been out of the game for a year, it’s not always easy to jump back in.

My last posts were all from the One Room Challenge last Fall, when we were preparing for baby P. Well if you follow me on any social media at all, you know that not only is Eleanor here, but a whole lot has changed!! More to come on all that later, but for now, I liked the symmetry of picking up the blog where we left off with the ORC. This time with the kitchen!

I have waffled so much on doing the ORC this time…and obviously I’m late to the game (it started bright and early Wednesday and Thursday), but we are hitting the ground running. We are hoping for maximum visual impact with minimal changes.

These pictures are of our kitchen as it sits now. I may have done a quick clean up, but no major cleaning or organizing because it helps to show how dysfunctional this room has become for us.

We spend so much time here, especially being that I’m home with E most of the time, we really spend a lot of that time cooking or eating IN the kitchen. So my main objective is to make this space really work for our family right now…but also make it look damn good too, so I’m happy and wanting to spend my time here.

What’s on the list for an upgrade?:

  • Paint the walls (I am so over the hot pink accent stripes!!)
  • Paint the cabinets (I’ve never liked this light wood here.)
  • Paint the molding and details (The molding desperately needs some TLC and although I would love to replace it, it’s not likely with baby P in the picture.)
  • Declutter and organize overall
  • Add a main wall shelf
  • (Finally) build my custom table (that I designed almost 2 years ago…)
  • Add some drawer storage (We don’t have a single drawer in our kitchen. Not one.)
  • Possibly swap out the cabinet hardware
  • Find seating

So there you have it. We’re back in the game! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!! Next week I’ll be sharing my inspiration for the new look of the space and possibly a little progress.


Oh and if you’re reading this post like, “ORC, what’s that?!” It’s a HUMONGOUS decor blogger link up party created and hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. Every Wednesday for 6 weeks the featured bloggers share a room they are transforming from start to finish; and every Thursday, the participating guest bloggers around the world follow suit in their own room! So it’s one room, 6 weeks and more than 100 bloggers. It is quite the decor party, and reveal week is filled with insane spaces and reveals that will have you turning all heart-eyed emoji at them. It is seriously an inspiring design challenge and I hope you follow along with me and at least a few of the other bloggers that are out there!

Here’s a look at all of our previous one room challenges (living room and bedroom). This blog link party has really forced us to make this condo really feel like us. Though these spaces continue to evolve as our family grows here, I love how the ORC has forced us to ‘finish’ the rooms and make this home ours!