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House Tour: Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry


Do you remember on the MTV Cribs show where they would come to the Master Bedroom part of the tour…… and they always say, “And this is where all the magic happens!”   insert:  Gross puke face .

I always get grossed out at that part and if one of the people they are showing chooses not to say that part, I instantly like them much more.

Well, for me, I would have to say that about my Kitchen.  Sorry, husband.

It’s true!  I think my kitchen is by far the favorite spot in the house for me.  Lets be honest ladies, we practically  live there and have thought at one point or another about how hard it might be to incorporate some kind of sleeping area into the design.

Even though, with our house, we had to choose the same cabinets throughout the house, I was determined to inject character and texture into the space.


I really love to cook and I have collected a fair amount of cookbooks over the years.  This picture doesn’t actually truly reflect the amount of cookbooks I have.  I am slowly going through our storage unit and haven’t brought them all into the house yet, but I really wanted a space that was solely for them.

I initially got the idea to add something like this when I became a fan of Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen.  In the show, they have something like this on the end of their kitchen island that looks like it was built with the island to begin with.

Last Man Standing Island

I didn’t have the luxury of extending the island counter top over the cookbook unit, but I really like how it turned out in the end.

I called who else but my local go to craftsman, Steve Egloff from The Wandering Woodshop and together, we came up with the idea of using reclaimed wood.  I told him what I wanted it used for and he designed the perfect piece.  He actually surprised me with the finish by taking the same color we used on our accent wall in the living room (Benjamin Moore’s Labrador Blue) and watered it down to create the wash he used over the wood.

The end result was perfect!


Some areas of the unit come through bluer than others and it’s awesome!


As you can see, the height is just a step down from the top of the counter top.  Look at how pretty the knots of the wood come through!  I heart reclaimed wood!  Can you tell?  😉


Moving on to the barstools.  Or should I say, counter stools?  The reason I say this is because when looking for chairs, it’s important to know this.  I literally almost made the mistake of ordering barstool height as opposed to the counter height stools.  I was so used to just getting bar height in the past, that I never stopped to think about it.

Since we decided to go with the island top being all one level and not staggered, it made the height of the counters, well counter height.  So, keep this in mind when shopping for stools.  I purchased these from Target.  I have been very happy so far.  The only gripe is with 3 messy eating kids, I have to use the attachment of the vacuum that allows me to get small crumbs out of the nooks and crannies of the rattan instead of just wiping it off.

Love the texture it lends to the area.


I’ve posted about some of the hardware I chose to go with before in other parts of the house, but I decided to go with this again in the kitchen.  I mixed and matched knobs so that nothing was too matchy matchy.  I have been asked in the past how to make a space looked lived in and cozy from the start.  I feel like this is one of the best secrets to doing this.  Nothing should match to much.  You should try to mix and match finishes, colors, textures that compliment each other.  With the hardware I chose, the finishes match.  However, the styles do not.  It creates the same effect.


I went with a glass knob for the upper cabinets and a chrome look for lower cabinets, mixing circular knobs and squared off knobs.


I also used different sizes of the same bar style hardware pulls that I purchased from The Home Depot.


I didn’t realize that the fridge area would have a cabinet surround at first and I am happy that I decided to wait before purchasing the fridge for the space.  It would have looked funny if we hadn’t purchased a counter depth fridge instead of a standard one.  The standard one would have stuck out way too far and looked too large for the space.  The counter depth was perfect!

We purchased ours from Home Depot and at first, I wanted a Frigidaire that had the bar bell handles like the hardware I chose for the cabinets and that stinkin fridge was almost $3000!!!!!!!  Girlfriend, say WHAT????

I just figured I couldn’t get it until I was surfing the internet and found a Maytag version for significantly less, which sidebar:  Aren’t they a Frigidaire company?  Y’all ain’t fullin anyone!  (See mom?  Private school really DID pay off!)

Well, I ended up paying 1/2 that price for the one we got and it looks just like the one I originally saw!  Yeahhh doggie!  SCORE!


I probably should mention another thing.  I meant to write a blog post about the kitchen WAY before it got close to decorating for Christmas.  Oops!

This hopefully explains why you see a lot of red and perhaps a christmas tree or wreath.  LOL!  There will be much more to follow that in the coming days.  I finally got my way this year and I get to change up the decor a little.  For the longest time, we have had a Grinch Who Stole Christmas type of theme.  I finally get to do my Rustic Cabin Christmas theme this year!  Look for a tutorial on wall decor, coming soon.


Speaking of Rustic Christmas decor’.  Have you seen Target’s dollar spot this year? They have a fantastic selection of christmas stuff this year.  Especially if you are swaying towards the same type of theme that I am.


I picked these kitchen towels up there the other day for only $3.  I love the plaid!


Another thing we did in the kitchen to give it some character was paint the vent hood.  All the cabinets were the same color originally.  A sort of off white/cream white.  I asked Steve to add the two wood trim pieces that are coming down the center.  He did that by simply gluing them in place.  Then, we went back in and painted the hood the same color as the island. (*Benjamin Moore’s Fieldstone Gray)


I used the same color in my previous home on the bottom cabinets.  Here is the blog post I wrote about painting the kitchen cabinets in that home.


Another way to add character and insert your own style is by changing out your light fixtures.  We decided to go with the cheapest lighting package the builder offered because we knew we were going to change them out anyway over time.  I bought these from Lowes and are from their Allen and Roth line. I had saw a pair of light fixtures that Joanna Gaines used in a home she did on Fixer Upper and I absolutely loved them……. until the cheapest pair I could find were over $200 each.  Since we were having to do a lot of different projects to the house and I knew that buying two that price would eat up my budget, I decided to go with these instead.  To be honest, they reminded me a lot of the ones I loved and I wasn’t the least bit sad that I chose to go with them.


They have a blown glass look and go perfect with the craftsman detail in the house.


I also wanted to share something with you that makes me smile every single day!  I love this part of the house.  You guessed it, the Butler’s pantry.  I have always wanted one of these.  I mean, like, ALWAYS!!!!!!!

Over the years, I have kept a running list of things I would want in my dream home and this was at the top of the list.


It is a small room off the kitchen that connects to the dining room.  It’s the perfect spot to store things that you use frequently, but do not want to necessarily have out all the time.  I keep our things like our coffee pot in here and my mixer.


There is a built in area for wine bottles.  We store canned items above that and we keep things like wine glasses and coffee mugs in the center area.


I carried the look of the same hardware into this area too.  I love these, if you can’t tell.  🙂


On the other wall of the Butler’s Pantry is the regular pantry (which I am going to go more into detail at a later date.  You will see why. 🙂  )

Another thing on this wall is our magnet board.


Steve made this for me as well as a few more for the kids rooms.


I keep important reminders as well as school craft papers the kiddos bring home.  I also keep a weekly calendar there as well and pretty much anything that might have ended up on the fridge, ends up here instead.


Back in the kitchen, another detail we added was the same type of wood work we used throughout the wall detail in the house.  It is the simple squared off look that we used before.  Afterwards, we went back and painted it the same color as the hood. (*Benjamin Moore’s Fieldstone Gray).  I think it makes the island look more like a piece of furniture.


One more thing I wanted to mention is the counter tops.  Since we went with a nation wide builder, we only had a few choices when it came to the granite.  We decided to go with this color.  The color is called Santa Cecelia.  I must have Pinterest searched this color a million different ways so that I could see it with every possible color combo for the cabinets (etc.).


I am really happy with our choice.


Well folks, that’s all for today.  I hope you enjoyed walking through my kitchen with me.  I am so happy that you chose to spend a little time with me today.  If you have any questions regarding any of the items you have seen in this post, please comment below and I will make sure to answer them.

Please make sure to check back regularly for more posts on our new home.  It’s Christmas time, so I will be sharing decorating ideas and diy projects very soon!





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DIY Spice Holder


It’s widely understood around these parts that I like Mason Jars.   Ok, maybe more like LOVE  them.

I even make layered cakes in them.  If you missed that post, you can see it here.

Well, the other day, while going into my pantry to pull out things for dinner, I noticed my stash was overflowing.  I can never bring myself to part with a mason jar, so I thought of something I could use them for.  Then it dawned on me!  I have been trying to clean out my lazy susan in the kitchen.

Since I didn’t want to spend any money doing that, I decided to make my own version of a “spice rack”/holder thingamajig.

SO!  This is what I did:


First, I took the mason jar…


Then, I hopped online and searched free circular printables and found these.  They were perfect size for the seals on the small jars I was using.  My computer allowed me to size them this size and also slightly bigger.


If you notice, I chose to put them on a slightly yellow tinted paper compared to white because I wanted the labels to have a vintage appearance on them.  You could use any color you like though.


After cutting out the labels for the seals, I took my label maker and made each spice name I wanted to use.  I decided to cut the ends in a banner like point to give it some flair.


This was the end result.

But then, I needed something to put them in…….



I had this metal thing I bought from Homegoods a while back and was planning on trying to sell it in a yard sale.  I say thing because while I thought it was a good idea to buy it at the time, I just couldn’t find a permanent home for it.  It held a few papers once, then was a shoe holder for my little man, and then just went into the yard sale pile.

So, I decided to give it one more try.  Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a contender in it’s original state.


So, I laid it down and deconstructed it, a bit.


Ending up with this.  I call it RUSTIC FLAIR!  LOL!


So, in the spices went.

Now, there are a few spices I use more of, so I thought it would be good to make their jars a little bit larger.  Unfortunately, the labels in the original size were too small for their lids, so I doubled them up.


This was the end result.


Now, I realize that one side of the basket, basically being the bottom of the holder, is a different color than the rest of the holder.  Then you have the opening on the side of the holder that was originally the top, but I had a solution for that.  Hee!  Hee!


The opened side went up against the fridge (so you can’t see it, unless I point it out), and the other end just looks brown.


Yup!  I’m just lazy like that.  Of course, I could paint the brown side, but I kinda like it.  If I end up not liking it in the future, I’ll probably paint it.


So there you have it.  It really has been a nice addition to my kitchen.  I thought about using the piece I cut off and piecing it on the opened side.  However, you DO remember I said the word lazy, right?

Happy Weekend, Everyone!



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Kitchen Cabinets (Makeover)

It was funny.

A couple of weeks ago,

a couple of women came to my home for the first time.

I remember we were talking about where I had gotten things I decorated the room with and what had been done to the house since we had bought it and moved in.

Then, we came to the cabinets in the kitchen.

One of the women had commented on how much she liked the original deep color of the cabinets.

I started to discuss how we had just bought the paint to start my next project, which would be painting the cabinets.

It’s funny because everyone looks at you when you say the dreaded words……

PAINT THE CABINETS!….  duh duh duhhhhhhhhh!

I, myself, was even guilty of this as recently as a few years back.

In fact, my husband, THE PAINTER was even guilty of this as recently as….. oh, I dont know…. a few MONTHS ago.

We had painted  ….. attempted to paint our previous home’s cabinets several years ago.

It didn’t turn out so well.   (Shhhh!  Don’t tell my painter I said that.)

Back then, even though Z was a painter, he wasn’t up to speed with new products and he liked to “wing it” a lot.  (too much)

Now that I have bashed my hubby for a few minutes  (Sorry sweetie!)…

let me take a second to praise him.

He has since become awesome!  The most awesomest, cutest painter I know.


This is what our cabinets looked like before.  Since we had installed the flooring in the house, everything was starting to look like one continuous color in the kitchen.

That sometimes works, but considering everything was that same brown, it was taking away from the floors moment to shine.

I really felt like if we just painted them, it would take care of it.


BUT!  Then, I would have moments like this.  Where I would look at it from a little distance and would think,”Now that doesn’t look so bad.”

Then I would have my “Clueless moment”.  Not the mental one.  The movie one.

  You know, the part in the movie where Cher says, “It’s like a Monet!”

“It looks fine from a distance, but up close…………..



I may or may not have added a few words there…..


Since I only get things painted around my house when it rains…..

I got started.

It only took me 2 Rain Dances before the Rain Gods answered my request with some Wet Weather.

So,  WE  got started.


First we removed the doors and hardware.  Then we took an electric sander and roughed them up.

Here  is one like the one we used.

This is a very important step because you want to give the coating something to stick to.

If you just try to paint right over the cabinets, it will still work, but for the longevity of it, you should rough them up prior to application.  Otherwise, it may start to peel a little down the road.

You can use sandpaper grit between 150 – 220 for this.  For the power sander, they come in discs for this.


Then start painting!  I’m going to tell you a secret…..

The paint we used for the cabinets doesn’t even need a primer prior to application!


Yup!  No primer!  In fact, it is specially designed for cabinets and it is called Cabinet Coating.

It is a product carried by our local paint store,  Spectrum Paints.

Others may carry it, but I haven’t checked.  It is kind of pricey per gallon at $55/ea.

However, when you consider the fact that we only had to get 1 gallon for the base cabinets and 1 gallon for the upper cabinets AND still have left over, it is a pretty good deal.

We used a 4 in. wide Mohair Roller brush and a regular Paint brush for application.


Another great thing about this product is that it is “self leveling”, which means that when it dries, it levels out any brush strokes and looks like you sprayed it on or better yet… like you bought them that way.

We chose Benjamin Moore colors for the cabinets.

I also decided to do a “two toned” color palette.

It simply means that you go with one color for the base cabinets and a different one for the uppers.

The color for the base cabinets is Fieldstone.

The color for the upper cabinets is Vanilla Milkshake.



Now, I know what you are saying….. Ummmm.  That’s a lot of gray!

Well, my camera was having a hissy fit that day and for some reason, everything looked very much the same color.

(It’s not though.)


Here is a little better idea of what it looks like.  I know it is hard to believe, but the base color is actually darker than it appears in the picture.

I just love the way they turned out.


The floors finally have their moment to shine and do not have to compete with the cabinets any longer.


It’s like a breath of fresh air now coming into the kitchen.  It’s so light and airy and somewhat beachy without being “cheesy beachy”???


The wineglasses finally have a home of their own.


The crystal knobs make me smile.  FYI:  Lowes and Home Depot have them for $3.97 ea.


Z hung my pot rack that I stole off of Joss and Main for $102.00, which might sound like a lot, but when you consider the fact that it has even a small amount of copper in it, it is an awesome price!

So, now I have more room in my cabinets.


I know I have shown shots of my little “conversation area” a million times, but I have added a light over the end table, so I had to share.

Probably won’t be the last time I throw a pic of this spot up here either.


See!  Told ya!  (Here is a closer look at the light)


I have been wanting this phrase for a while and saw it at a friend’s vinyl letter party, so I bought it right away.  If you like it, email me and I can give you the name of the rep that I bought it from.

(Now, if I can only get Z to paint the crown…….)


I used to be that person who hung plates ALLLLL around her house.  I have since toned it down a little, but when my mom bought this set for me for Christmas, I knew exactly where it was going to go.

The words are from “Patty Cake, Baker’s Man”, which my mom used to sing with me all the time when I was a baby, and I have with my own babies.

(Made me cry when I opened it.)


I let the light be darker in this picture, so it could really pick up on the green in the base cabinets.


I have wanted a set of measuring spoons like this ever since I saw Paula Deen’s on her show.  Her’s were real pewter and I wasn’t about to spend that kind of money on something that I was going to get dirty all the time.  LOL!

So, while Christmas shopping, my mom and I stumbled upon these at a cute shop in Myrtle Beach for $24.95.  They have the same look of pewter without the price tag!!!!

I have since seen them all over, so if you do not plan on traveling to Myrtle Beach anytime soon, you could still find them.

*I just wanted to drop a little note.  While I like to think I know a lot about painting, the truth is ……. I don’t.  (I only know a little)
The other truth is….   Z   DOES! 
It’s his job and passion and has been for years.
I usually type my posts while he isn’t here.  Then, he usually comes home and says, “Why did you tell everyone to buy that type of paint?!!?”   Ooops!
Then, I go back on my site and correct what I wrote wrong!  YIKES!  LOL!
If you should have any questions at all, please feel free to email me and let me know and I will ask the EXPERT!
Then!  I’ll even write you back with the answer!  😉
*I also wanted to add that the reps at  Spectrum Paint said that while they can pretty much do any color in the Cabinet Coating, the best results are with “Pastel” colors.  Apparently, the darker the color, the softer it makes the Coating.
The lighter colors do not break down the Coating and allow it to harden as it dries, yielding better results!


Hope you found some inspiration with the kitchen cabinets.  I will probably do an update soon.  We plan on painting the ceiling…..

Happy Thursday!


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What I’ve been up to!

Projects!  Projects!  Projects!


When I don’t post for a while, rest assured it’s because I have been very busy.

That is exactly the situation again.

If you didn’t already know, we moved into a new home a few months ago.  Since then, we have been trying to update it a little bit.  For one, it is bigger than my last one. (HALLELUJAH!)

So, we needed to actually get some furniture for it, which I’ve written about in other posts.  Well, there is something else now.  The floors!

The floors were pretty nasty to begin with.  There were so many “pet stains”, that when we pulled the carpet back, I couldn’t tell where one ended and another began.  : (

Plus, to top it all off, we have allergies that get worse when you involve that ugly little carpet word.

Here is a “Before” shot of part of the living room.  The carpet doesn’t look that bad in this pic.  My camera is being very kind to me.

It was the best feeling in the world when I got to see the first row of boards go down.


This however, was not.  It took him the whole weekend to get the tile in the foyer out! : (  We later found out that a much lighter tool would have done the job in way less time!  Oh well, lesson learned.

This is a “still in progress” picture of the living room.

The whole project isn’t finished yet.  However, when it is, I’ll post the final pictures.

While the kitchen, living room, and pretty much the rest of the house was a mess……  we decided to go ahead and do the backsplash I’ve been wanting in the kitchen.

I had this at the last house, so I knew that I would like it.  It only cost me $140 in materials!  For a tile backsplash, that is great!

The undercabinet lights kind of made the picture too bright, but I’m too lazy to turn them off and take another.  It isn’t grouted yet, but I will update the photos when it is.

I also managed to snag this pendant light from The Goodwill down the road for $5.95.  With a little paint, it and it’s 2 siblings will be the fun, quirky light fixtures I have been looking for to go over the bar.



That is what I have been up to lately.  Updating the house and now hopefully updating Babies and Biscuits. 


I did manage to make a pot of Chili along the way!

Recipe to follow tomorrow!






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