Kitchen Reveal|ORC Fall 2017

Happy Design Christmas everyone!! I’m so so excited to share our finished kitchen today! If you are just tuning in, we are on week 7 of the One Room Challenge, a decor and design blogger link up created by Linda of Calling It Home, where we have typically 6 weeks (we got an extra week this round) to transform a room from top to bottom. So this is the final week, aka, reveal week!

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So, just as a quick refresher, here’s a look at our kitchen before (to see the whole before, check out ORC part1 post here):

And now, here’s our kitchen today:

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Everything came together beautifully! I LOVE the new space, the mix of the light and dark and how the colors mingle so well with the existing counters and backsplash. I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite part of the room (well maybe that it’s done), though, I am so thankful to have our table and chairs now. They make a world of a difference in our day to day life, the perfect blend of style and function.

What’s your favorite part of the new space? I hope you like how it all turned out!

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If you want to look back through our Kitchen Progress here are quick links to weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Make sure to also jump over to Calling It Home and check out the Host Bloggers’ reveal posts from yesterday as well as the Guest Bloggers’ reveal posts today. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend on nap time!!

Don’t forget to follow us on Social Media to see what we are working on in between blog posts. We’re everywhere, but most involved on Instagram and Facebook. You can also check out my design work on Houzz. Thanks for hanging out during the One Room Challenge! I hope we’ll see you around! xoxo

Upholstery in the Kitchen|ORC 2017-p6

Welcome back to week 6! Typically this week would be the reveal week, however Linda of Calling it Home (the great creator of the one room challenge) extended everyone’s time allowance by a week due to several delays that were experienced in shipping, permitting, etc., thanks to the many natural disasters that we had this fall.

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This week is basically the Christmas Eve of the ORC, because next week is like waking up on Christmas morning to find all the best inspiration and design in some seriously incredible rooms that have come together over the past seven weeks. I CAN’T WAIT!!

So, for our bonus week, we upholstered!! Here’s a look at our pretty pretty fabrics and how they started to take shape for our Kitchen.

So, you’re probably looking at this thinking, “I thought she was only going to maybe do a valance…” well, that is true, I was only maybe going to do a valance, but then my chairs sold out and I had do come up with a plan B. So, after hours of searching for something similar, and clients and friends alike sending me options that might work, I stumbled upon these beautiful and fun stools and knew what I wanted to do.

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The stools above were so fun and added such a playful pop of color that I realized, I just needed to find basic stools somewhere and re-upholster them. So the floral print above is for the chairs, and the buffalo check is for the window.

I ended up having the material shipped to my mom’s place. For those of you that don’t know, my mom is a sewing blogger and she has more followers on social media than I do… so if sewing is your thing (clothes, not home dec, she hates home dec), then hop over to see what she is up to. Anyway, handy dad made the valance shape and then Mom and I planned the upholstery for it, and she executed it while I was taking care of life and baby stuff.

For the stools, despite looking on craigslist and Facebook marketplace, I couldn’t find any stools that would work to reupholster. In steps IKEA with their Henriksdal and it was the perfect canvas for my fabric! We bought an extra cover to disassemble and use as a pattern. Mom took it all apart, made the necessary notations (which I wouldn’t have known to make) and then we washed, ironed and started cutting the fabric. I should say mom washed, I ironed, and then she took over the project from there to make sure that they actually fit the stools when she’s done. While she executed the chair covers, I took care of life and baby, some work stuff. And ironed 27 napkins.

When I came home, I brought the valance with me, ready to install, but the chair covers stayed behind and will be delivered next week when my parents come to visit! So other than that, I finished the wax coat on the cabinets and started installing the new hardware. Of course they sent me the wrong number of handles so now I”m waiting on shipment of the rest so I can finish. Hopefully they will be here by Monday.

Here’s a look at our list, and I am SO thankful for this surprise extra week!

  • 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.)–ok–we found a solution for this but it’s going to require a lot more customization. (We are getting a drawer but not for a few more weeks so it is officially removed from our ORC list.)
  • Buy new cabinet hardware
  • Install cabinet hardware-12 pieces in, 5 to go…
  • Find seating
  • Make and Install Valance
  • Sewing projects…
  • Art–ordered
  • Clean–work in progress
  • Photograph

So, as much as I was saying last week that we are definitely going to get there. We will definitely get there… It won’t be one of the first posts you read on next Thursday’s Design Christmas morning, but it will be there. I just need the hardware to pull through and then to get the chair covers in position. And for the picture we ordered to arrive so I can hang it. And… I’m sure there are endless little things that I will be running through getting done next week to make the space photo ready.

Also, don’t forget, all of the host designers share their rooms on Wednesdays and the guests share on Thursdays. Definitely hop over to the Calling it Home Blog to see all these pretty updates and hear how everyone is doing. And if you don’t look at any other link posts, you have to at least look at the link posts next week. There will be a ton of them so give yourself time to go through them, but if you are a design lover, you will thoroughly enjoy it, I promise!

In the meantime, follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram, to see what else we are up to. Both behind the scenes of the challenge and other design work is shared there regularly, along with adorable pictures of my little one.

Paint and A Table|ORC F2017-p5

Welcome to week 5 of our One Room Challenge. The Challenge where only the craziest design and decor bloggers participate in the amazing link party that is the One Room Challenge created by Linda of Calling It Home. The host bloggers post on Wednesdays, check their updates here, and the guests post on Thursdays, check their updates here.

This week we did a lot more painting. And by we I mean I… and boy am I tired!! The cabinet doors all came off and got placed all over the kitchen floor, sort of like real life Tetris, and then I proceeded to paint them all.

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I used Annie Sloan Chalkpaint in Graphite… the first coat went on really weird, like I was nervous my ORC was going to be shut down in an instant, but then, they dried and it worked. It was almost as if the first coat was a primer of sorts. Then the second coat went on and I instantly turned into an heart-eyed emoji. Like WHOA these dark gray doors are perfect!!

After the second coat, I painted the cabinet boxes. (I only did the exposed bits–cabinet face, filler strips and end pieces, as well as the front ledge of the shelves) and I literally just said to Pat tonight that they look really good. Anyway, two coats on the cabinet boxes, and then two coats on the back of the cabinet doors.

NOTE: to any of you feeling super inspired and about to go take off all your cabinet doors and prep them for paint, two things: 1., chalk paint will require 2 coats (3 with the wax), but it’s less tools and less prep work than regular paint; 2., please do yourself a favor and paint the back of the doors first!! you will scuff the fronts and need to do touch ups if you don’t. Just trust me on this.

So, once all the doors and boxes had all the paint on them, we put the doors back on the wall.

Our beautiful table was delivered Tuesday (by my amazing mom and handy-dad), along with a floating wall shelf which we installed SUPER late on Tuesday. But guys, my table is here. I designed it like 2 years ago, worked on it and smoothed over the details, and it is finally built and in my kitchen and it is so AMAZING!! I’m in love.

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Eleanor’s new chair was also delivered, along with some fabric that I’m waiting for the reveal to share. The new cabinet hardware is supposed to be here today or tomorrow so that can be installed this weekend after I do the wax coat on the cabinets. Then I have the last little details to pull together and then photos!

Here’s a look at the 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.)–ok–we found a solution for this but it’s going to require a lot more customization. We are getting a drawer but not for a few more weeks so it is officially removed from our ORC list.
  • Buy new cabinet hardware
  • Install cabinet hardware
  • Find seating
  • Make and Install Valance
  • Sewing projects…
  • Clean
  • Photograph

 

Basically, we are right there! Two weeks out, and a handful of little things and some larger upholstery things left to do…I’m feeling really great about this project!

Side note, Eleanor got to sit in her new chair at her new table and eat dinner tonight. It was perfect!! This is the whole reason I decided to tackle the space, so if nothing else except cleaning happened, I’d still be so happy!

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)!!