Sunday, January 29, 2012

Painting the Stair handrails

Don't you just love that 80's orangeee oak color?

Well that's what I had on the stair handrails. And since the handrail is open and runs up thru the center of our house and all across the cat walk I got to look at it every day. I had trouble deciding whether to paint it white or black.

Some Inspiration:

Source: via Angie on Pinterest



Some projects to add to my list.  Add some wainscoting to the walls and change the light fixtures.
I love this wainscoting and light fixture !

Source: via Angie on Pinterest

Linking to Metamorphosis Monday


Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Kitchen Sink and backsplash

The kitchen ....
I wish I could afford to update it all at one time but unfortunately pieces get updated as they need.

So the before when we bought the house 7 years ago.
I really like the look of white cabinets but I can't get the courage to paint.  So working with what we have.

The kitchen sink was your plain builder grade stainless steel.  The problem that we had was the area between the back of the sink and the laminate always had water all the time and no matter how much I cleaned or caulked it was always dirty looking.  Eventually it had to be fixed.

I really wanted to keep the look of white countertops but didn't want to spend the $$ for marble and didn't like the granite look.  So keeping the white laminate for now.  The problem is behind the sink.

My solution was a farm sink...I can put in the place of the existing sink and it will go all the way to the wall eliminating that caulk area while fixing the problem.

So a little inspiration:

Source: via Angie on Pinterest

Source: via Angie on Pinterest

And what I have now.

The sink and faucet are from Ikea and the subway tile backsplash from the local home improvement big box store.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bathroom Linen Closet

I hate to even post the before of this closet. It's bad....
So first the .....

The Inspiration
Source: via Angie on Pinterest

OK...cover your eyes

The Before

and After much nicer to look at.

Cost:  $0

Monday, January 9, 2012

Recipes Organized

I just love Pinterest!
Next project was to organize all those recipes I had tucked into a binder.  I did have them in the see thru sheets but they were not organized and some of them needed to be thrown out (recipe gone bad).

So I began looking for some Inspiration at my new favorite place Pinterest!
Should I keep the binder, go to index cards and a box, or take it digital all the way?  I like the digital idea but a lot of work and I still like to have the hard copy of the recipe in front of me while I am cooking (or trying to cook?)

After looking around I decided on the binder.  With a great post from IHeart Organizing I was on my way to getting this done.

The finished product:
Folders in the front of each section to hold recipes to try.

Labels for the sections.  I just used what I had.  Some post-it labels.

So...I still need to get some see thru pockets like you use for pictures for those recipes that are not page size...but overall complete.

Cost = $0

Monday, January 2, 2012

Spice Organization

While off for Christmas break I have been in the organizational mood...or as Martha would say Homekeeping?. So with some inspiration from Pinterest I have organized my spices that were all over the cabinet. Yeah!

Spice Organization Inspiration
***in a drawer

***on the back of the pantry door

What I ended up with...ACCOMPLISHED

 Everything in one drawer and sorted alphabetically!

I used some tension rods that I had across the drawer.
Cost = $0 :)