Kitchen rewind…

Alrighty, people! You’re going to have to hit your mental rewind button for this post! Our next stop was SUPPOSED to be the guest bath, but, low and behold, an amazing miracle happened. I was able to give the ol’ kitchen a makeover this weekend! Woo to the hoo!

Let’s start with the pictures from before the mini makeover…

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You get the idea. Let me start the mini facelift pictures by bragging about the fact that it cost us $25. I used leftover paint from the other rooms in the house. The only items we purchased were two cans of Valspar chalkboard paint (thus our black accent wall). By Tuesday afternoon, that wall is scheduled to have some little girl art-work gracing its surface…

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Now normally in life, I live by the motto of avoiding drama, but this dramatic look (courtesy of our black chalkboard wall) has me doing a happy little dance. And the white? Wow. You don’t even have to be able to see the white walls to notice how much more light is being bounced around the kitchen.

There are only two projects left until we can label this room finished. First, our pantry door ( the only white non-windowed door in the pictures) will be painted a deep red. Luckily we already have the perfect paint, so that will cost us zip! I would also LOVE to replace the 15-light door that leads to the garage with a stained wooden door (with a smaller window). Windows are great, but being able to see out into the garage seems pointless.

There you have it: a great summary of how I spent the weekend. It was totally worth it. Next time we will try to get this home tour train back on track. Our stop? The guest bath…

The New Kitchen on the Block

Ah…the kitchen. Perhaps the most used room in the whole house. Whether we are camped out at the table doing some work or fixing up a great meal, this room sees a lot of our family.

We haven’t had much of an opportunity to make changes in the kitchen. When I start looking at the pictures I realize there a quite a few things on my to-do list. First let me introduce you…meet the kitchen.

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One of my favorite things about the kitchen is the concrete countertops. We toyed with the idea of making concrete countertops for our previous home so when I saw these, I was ecstatic. I have absolutely loved them. Interested in making you own? There is a great tutorial over at Tatertots and Jello that gives some great step by step instructions on how to DIY your own. It’ll be a GREAT investment. Promise….

Although I love the color green, I am not a huge fan of the red/black/cream backsplash with the pea green walls. I think one or the other will eventually have to go. At the moment, I am considering two options

1. cream walls with one black and cream striped wall might be in order….

2. or I might lean a little more toward this fresh black and white style from Ikea (with just a hint of  red)… This style would also allow the cramped kitchen to feel a little more airy…

The huge open space above the breakfast bar needs some major decorating. After I actually get around to painting this room, I think a few black and white pictures in dark red frames would be a great addition to this forgotten area.

And last, but not least, the huge, gaping wall behind the dining table needs something to draw the eye. A huge mirror? A free-standing pantry? An exciting painting? I’m not quite sure yet, but I will hopefully be able to find a budget-friendly solution soon.

So there is a run-down of the plans for the little kitchen. Where shall we venture next? Maybe we should just make our way back through our little home. The next stop? Guest bathroom.

From Unsalvageable to Unbeatable: $30 Barstool Makeover

About 2 weeks ago, my 2 lovely little girls put two great big holes through the seats of my 2 bar stools.  In their defense, the wicker on the seats was weathered and brittle. Of course, I didn’t realize they had broken them When I sat down on one, it broke the rest of the way through…

I didn’t want to buy new stools at this moment. It’s not really high on my priority list. But I did want bar stools. So, I knew I’d just have to find a way to doctor up the old ones. The seats had to be completely replaced (after the messy job of ripping off all of the wicker). Then the stools had to be painted (using Rustoleum metallic spray paint) before attaching the seats. Although I don’t have any before pictures, I thought I’d let you guys see the final result. Just imagine really weathered brown and black chairs with the wicker broken through in the seats and maybe you’ll be able to “see” a difference.  🙂


In order to make cushions, I first cut out two pieces of 2 inch upholstery foam into a U shape (one for each chair). Then I used the foam cut=outs as a guide to draw a bottom for the chair on a piece of plywood. The bottoms were cut using a jig-saw. After both pieces were cut, I hot glued the cushions onto the plywood. The fabric was cut into a larger U shape with enough room around the edges to be folded over the cushion. Using a staple gun, I stapled the fabric to the bottom of the wood. (Need some pictures of the covering process? Check out this post.) To connect the seats to the chair, I drilled a 3 holes through the metal frame that runs around the seat and screwed the seat down from the bottom (through the drilled hole in the metal frame and then into the wood of the seat).

This whole project cost around $30 (which is a LOT cheaper than it would have been to buy two new bar stools). It took some time, but it was totally worth it! I even got to customize the stools to match our table chairs!

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So I guess the moral of the post is that you should never consider a piece “un-salvageable” if you have the time and patience to show it some TLC. I really never thought that those old ratty, broken bar stools would ever look acceptable again. And yet, they look almost new and add a unique, colorful punch to our bar! Lesson learned!

A “Cool” New Addition

Yesterday, I introduced you guys to our super chic “new” (well, technically 2-year-old) stainless steel refrigerator. It is now in place and ready for duty. Here is the fridge area as of yesterday:

and here it is as of this morning:

Super “cool”, right? (Haha…) One appliance down, only 3 to go! Our white fridge has been listed on Craigslist and will hopefully sell soon. As soon as it goes, the search begins for a stainless steel dishwasher. Maybe some chic appliances will help the house sell just a little faster. Here’s to hoping! 🙂

Want to find great deals (like our new fridge!) on Craigslist? The secret is persistence. If there is a certain item we need, I don’t check the site twice and decide it will never appear. To find a good deal, you may have to search daily hourly for two or three weeks. However, if you can get an item at 20% of (not off, OF) the retail price, it is worth the extra time spent rummaging through a few posts!

Anyone else have a major appliance overhaul going on right about now? Where is your favorite place to find more expensive items such as appliances? Any secret underground stores we should visit? Leave a comment and let us know!

The Unveiling

Are you ready to see it?

ARE YOU?

I know you’re sitting on the edge of your seat…

Almost ready….

Hold on….

Okay! Here we go! This is the newest addition to the wall of our kitchen…

It’s a neutral country setting painting that I conjured up after staring at a blank canvas for 3 days. This canvas has been leaning against the wall in our bedroom since our trip to Hobby Lobby last Saturday. I knew I wanted to make something semi-abstract (but not like weird abstract) but nothing really came to me until now. So, there ya go! A new customized piece of art for the price of a 24X48 canvas!

BTW, Southern Belle Home now has a store on Etsy. Several of the projects you find on the blog, including this painting, will find their way into the store. In appreciation to all Southern Belle Home readers, you can use the coupon code SBH10 for 10% off of your purchase in the store!

It All Hinges On This…

I’m tired of seeing this…

every time I stroll into our kitchen. These little cabinet hinges were a little ugly all along. With a good splatter of cream-colored paint, they became one of the most unsightly features of our kitchen. However, cabinet hardware isn’t really on my list of cheap-o upgrades and it doesn’t really rank on the list of projects on which I’m willing to spend moo-lah. A can of hammered bronze spray paint, which we obtained for free from a guy at Lowe’s when a piece was missing from our den chandelier; a box; and a screwdriver really did the trick.

Oh yeah… I now “ooh” and “ah” over these hinges every time I walk into the kitchen. I’ll let you in on the secret of how to flawlessly paint your hardware. This tip comes from Sherry at Young House Love. (If you’ve never checked out the Young House Love home makeover diary, you should totally stop by their blog. I’m an absolute fan!)

When you are ready to paint your hardware, grab a cardboard box, place the screws through their holes in the hardware, and poke the screws through the cardboard. This allows you to paint your screws at the same time you paint your hardware. It may not be rocket science, but it definitely made for an easier paint session.

Who would have thought such a small (not to mention free) project could make such a huge difference! Bye-bye nasty, unsightly hinges. Hello sleek, color-coordinated cabinets!

What about you? Do you have a hideous hardware secret to share? Have you completely refinished or replaced your hardware on the cheap? Leave a message and let us know!