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I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating.  I share our home improvement projects on my blog Love Of Homes.  I'd love you to stop by and see how we are making our house a "home"...one project at a time!
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I'm a stay at home mom of 4 cute kids. I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating. My husband Steve often gets recruited into helping me finish things that I start! We are making our house a "HOME" one project at a time!!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Painted Pianos

 I've been playing with the idea of painting my old piano.
It is SO tempting when I see bright & fresh pianos like these...




This is my piano now... 
I do love how it's old and full of character.
 I'm getting ready to paint my living room the same color as my great room in the picture below...
I'm thinking a painted piano would really brighten up the space.  
When I asked my family their opinion they all screamed, "NO! You'll ruin it!"
What do you think?  
Would I ruin it? 
 OR 
Would it look beautiful?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Kitchen Remodel {REVEAL}

I'm sure by now you are tired of reading about our kitchen remodel...I know I am!
It only took about 7 months to finish, but we are finally DONE!
Back in November, our neighbor who does kitchens helped us order cabinets from Ikea and he was going to put them together for us.
Then my husband decided to get a bid to see how much it would cost to extend our wall out six feet.  This is when the project got a whole lot bigger, longer and more expensive!
Here is what we started with....
BEFORE
AFTER
 BEFORE

AFTER

This was the plan...

DURING...
My husband tore out the decorative drop down ceiling.
 I wish we had done that years ago, it really opened up the space.
Then we started with the total tear out of our old kitchen.
They started the extension of our kitchen/Dining room six feet...
We lived with plastic walls for a few weeks...
 It was so shocking how much the the six foot addition opened up the whole kitchen...
 We put the kids to work adding to our existing wood floors...
 We lived in chaos for MONTHS, but it was worth it in the end.
I still can't believe this is even the same house!
Here is another BEFORE...
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER
 You can read more about our fireplace makeover HERE.
It was also quite an amazing transformation!
Our contractor Jesse completed the addition, the woodwork on our fireplace, windows, baseboards,  pillars and ceiling.
I don't think you can ever go wrong adding woodwork!  
It totally changes the whole look and feel of a room.

Here are some of my favorite parts of the kitchen:

The ceiling...
We did a planked ceiling with beams.  
It added so much character and made the whole room feel bigger. 
 It did add to the cost, but I'm so glad we did it!

The Island...
It turned out huge!
This side is totally functioning and even has a garbage can drawer...
This was another great decision!
Jeff, our cabinet guy, made our corbels and oven hood and they turned out AMAZING!!!
I can't believe how much character they add...
I had add to add one more picture...
I was shocked at how gorgeous the hood turned out!
It's even more beautiful in person...
I love the shelf and corbels!  
The corbels on the bottom match the corbels on the island.

The farmhouse sink...
It's a single bowl and I love how much room there is!

All of our cabinets and hardware are from Ikea.  
They are the Adel cabinets in white.
Our cabinet guy added the crown molding to the top, which made them look more custom.
I love the cabinets and drawers! 
They are easy to wipe clean & the cupboards and drawers are all soft close, which is surprisingly nice!
We also ordered our countertops from Ikea.
 They are quartz and the color was nougat.

I love that with the added space, our table isn't right up by the window anymore.
It was also a fun area to decorate...
This is where I added a pop of color to our all white kitchen!

 Sorry this was such a LONG post, but this was a LONG project!
In the end, it was worth the time and stress.
 I am thrilled with how it turned out!
It's always nice when you go through a remodel and it turns out better than you imagined.
 Here is one more before & after because I LOVE a good before and after!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fast & Easy Way To Husk Corn...

When I was a kid,  it was always my job to sit on the back porch & peel all the husks off the corn for dinner.  
It wasn't a very fun process & all the little "hairs" would stay stuck to the corn.
Then my mom received the best tip from my brother-in-law who worked in the produce department at the time.
You'll never peel the husk off of your corn any other way!





It's amazing how easy it just rolls off!

Don't you just love summertime?  
We've had fresh corn on the cob for dinner at least once a week lately!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fireplace {REVEAL}

Way back in January we started our kitchen remodel & this extended into our great room.
Our kitchen still isn't done, but our great room is finished!
The fireplace is now a beautiful focal point that completed the whole kitchen remodel.  
Our kitchen is white, so this connected the two areas and made the whole space look amazing!

This is definitely one of my favorite parts of the whole remodel...My fireplace turned out so beautiful!
BEFORE:
AFTER:
Can you believe this is even the same room?  
BEFORE:
AFTER:
I am completely amazed at the transformation.
The herringbone tile on the fireplace is SO beautiful...
 It looks so unique...
I actually found all of the tile at Lowes.  
It is part of the Allen & Roth brand.
The planked wood is so gorgeous that I've been afraid to hang anything up on the mantel. 
 I've had a clock for about a month that has just been sitting on the floor.
Last night, I finally asked my husband to help me out.  He did not want to ruin the wood with nail holes either.
  We were trying to figure out how to hang a nail between the cracks.  
He was so nervous about ruining it, that he actually called our contractor and asked what he thought we should do? 
 He saved the day and had a nail thin enough to fit between the cracks without damaging the wood!  
Here it is decorated...
I decided to go with a beach house feel!

 It makes me happy!


 Isn't that woodwork gorgeous?  
I still have to pinch myself when I walk in this room, Is this really MY house??

I sure love a great Before & After...
It's amazing what a little woodwork & paint can do for a room!

***Update***
Our kitchen is finally done too!  
If you'd like to see the before & after, you can find it HERE.

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