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DIY Knife Stand Block

One of the secrets to making a small kitchen look big is keeping the counter clean and clear of objects.  Doing this allows the eye to travel the full length of the counter without stopping.

american olean backsplash

I try to do this for the most part but sometimes your best use of storage is on the counter.  For instance with my knife block.  It’s a pretty bulky piece to store in the cabinets.  Plus, it’s incredibly convenient to have right next to the stove while cooking.

While I find myself knee deep in the middle of our kitchen transformation I keep looking for ways to simplify things and tie everything together with the yellow and grey color scheme we are working with.  I also like seeing the same color repeated throughout the room.  This design trick also keeps the eyes moving.  Which is one of the reasons I decided to give our knife block a little makeover.

personalized color knife block

personalized color knife block

I found the inspiration for this project a couple of months ago on Pinterest.

roamingrolfesknifeblock

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The project has been sitting on a back burner in my mind since then.  I decided to tackle it a few weeks ago while I had the Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon color still out from painting the walls in our kitchen.

First, I removed all the knives and cleaned the knife block with a damp rag. My block had a little metal plate screwed on the front.  I removed it and filled in the holes using Fast ‘n Final.

personalized color knife block

Next, I used a scrap piece of medium coarse sandpaper to scuff up the block a little bit.  This helps the paint adhere better.

personalized color knife block

Using the same paint that we used on our walls I applied two coats. Allowing ample time to dry between each coat.

personalized color knife block

(This is after just one coat of paint.)

Finally, to protect my little block from any abuse it may receive when “Chef Krystle” cooks I added two protective coats of Minwax Waterbased Polycrylic protective finish in Clear Gloss.  I had some leftover from when I painted the dresser in Noah’s room.

personalized color knife block

Not only does it protect the paint but it also gives it a nice glossy look.  Which I like!

personalized color knife block

(Oh, by the way!  Check out that grout job in the background.  Yay for ML!)

kitchenThis was a really easy project and an inexpensive way to update one of the accessories in my kitchen.  Over time I am hoping to add a few more yellow pieces here and there.  You know, to really tie the whole thing together.

In other news… painting of the kitchen cabinets has officially begun.  The whole process is taking a little bit longer than I originally anticipated but I am too excited about the transformation to complain.  I’ll keep you updated as it progresses.

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Time to Weigh In

Ok, y’all! Michael Luke has finally finished grouting the tile backsplash. Let me just tell you that it looks great. Even better than I imagined because we didn’t have to pay anybody to install it!  I’ll be back with more posts about all our tiling adventures but until then I need your input on paint colors for the cabinets.

We have wasted countless hours staring at all our paint samples, re-situating them around the room, switching back and forth between favorites, and now we have narrowed it down to two choices.

Sherwin Williams Alpaca and Requisite Grey.
cabinet shotOriginally, when I started pulling finishes together for our kitchen I was picturing a medium grey tone for the cabinets.

My Sunshine Kitchen

My Sunshine Kitchen by krystle-1 on polyvore.com

But now that I have had time to think a little lot more about it and see what the kitchen looks like with the counters and backsplash installed I’m honestly  leaning more towards Sherwin Williams Alpaca.

counter shotI like Alpaca because being a lighter color it won’t enclose the kitchen.  It has been truly amazing how much bigger the kitchen looks since we painted it yellow and I just don’t want to lose that visual illusion.

american olean backsplashSo here’s where you come in.  It’s time for you to weigh in and let me know which color you would choose.  I plan to get the paint mixed by the end of the week and hopefully start painting by this weekend!

Have you ever debated and then debated some more a major design decision for your house?  Or are you one of those who goes with their first choice and there is no turning back?

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Operation Bring Sunshine to Kitchen

So, remember a few months ago when I shared my inspiration board for our kitchen.

My Sunshine Kitchen

 Besides the turquoise rug we really haven’t done much since then on the renovation.
rug
 I guess I should say we haven’t completed any tasks. We have been gathering info about products and appliances as well as ordering samples of finishes. It’s time to actually get started now though.  Before that can happen we need a budget and before we have a budget we need a list of everything we I would like to accomplish.
I’ve know this for a while but have just been putting it off.  It’s just not as much fun as gazing lovingly at countertop samples or strolling the appliance aisles wondering if side by side or armoire style is best.
So here goes…

Operation Bring Sunshine to the Kitchen

  • new countertops
  • paint upper and lower cabinets
  • under cabinet lighting
  • new refrigerator
  • new above range microwave oven
  • paint walls
  • tile backsplash
  • add cut out to pantry door
  • clean grout in tile floor
  • new hardware for cabinet doors and drawers
  • replace ceiling fan and light
 Now that it’s all done on paper computer I can get to work researching prices for what I have in mind.  Once I get an overall guestimation of what the renovation should cost, we plan to take that number and call it our “We Can Beat That” price.  You know, kind of like what you do when you see the ETA on your navigation system.  Our goal is to see how far below the number we can get while at the same time accomplishing everything on our list.

Source: dormify.com via Lynn on Pinterest

I am going to try my best to have all my research done by next week.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you a budget break down of everything and then ML and I can get to work transforming this kitchen!
Is there a project that is way overdue starting?  Or maybe you or still saving up for it?  Do your projects consist of “We Can Beat That” prices?

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