Dining Room Storage

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The wall in our dining room is abnormally long because we have an open floor plan, and I’ve struggled on how to fill such a large space. I decided to use a longer credenza than what came with our dining set and add shelves above it. The previous owner had painted it black, but we already have a lot of dark pieces in the space, so I decided to go navy and paint the hardware gold.

The shelves I stained a light walnut by using mineral spirits to lighten the stain. I paired them with these simple brackets that I painted gold to match the credenza’s gold hardware.

I used minimal decor with little color to create a simple clean look. I couldn’t find the any art that I thought was quite right, so I chose a framed chalkboard that I can customize myself. I’m planning on adding “COFFEE. Then Adulting” to it, but I’m not sold. Any ideas of fun signs you’ve seen?


Kitchen Renovation

One of the first things I wanted to update when we moved into our current house was the kitchen. It looked small and wasn’t really my style. But a kitchen renovation seemed like too much work and money, so I put it off.

When we decided to put our house on the market two years later, we replaced the countertops with granite, changed the range and dishwasher to stainless steel and added a tile backsplash. It made a big difference and was actually really affordable. I think the total cost was around $2000.

When the house didn’t sell, we decided to take it off the market and try again next year after the holidays. In the meantime, I started to think about all the newly renovated kitchens I saw during our house search. They all had white kitchens. Of course I wanted a white kitchen too, but everything I heard about painting cabinets made it sound awful so I hadn’t even considered it. After consulting some real estate experts, I decided white cabinets would really help us put our best foot forward when we re-list. After much research on the best paint and techniques, I took the plunge.

It was a lot of work, but I was able to get it done within a week which really isn’t that bad. Nothing about it was difficult; it was just time consuming. And after finishing everything, I was so happy with the results. I wish I had done all this work from the beginning so I could have enjoyed our awesome kitchen the whole time we lived here. Lesson learned!

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One thing I must note about white kitchens is adding color and texture with your accessories is key to making it not look cold and sterile, especially since we have light countertops and white tile. I chose brushed gold drawer pulls because 1) I’m obsessed with the gold trend right now and 2) I felt like it added warmth that the nickel and oil-rubbed bronze wouldn’t. I also added lots of greenery and wood accessories like the cutting board.