Quick Peeks Into Bedrooms

Hey . . . let’s peek into some bedrooms . . .

at some easy ideas for a new look in yours!

You knew that’s what I meant . . . right?

In the last couple of weeks,
several people have asked me about colors and
something different for bedrooms.
I saw this and wanted to share with you.
It was online, via BHG via HGTV sites and information.

Quick Changes for A Bedroom

With all this retirement time, I’ve been online … A LOT.
So if you have a minute or two … catch me at these spots and,
while there, check out the newbies who’ve signed on lately, too!

PINTEREST     HomeTalk         HOUZZ

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This is OUR Master Bedroom see the rest here and
and an earlier look here.

Hey Gracie … you’re slippin’ baby.

Artzzle FeatureAhh … ain’t she sweet!    Say “Goodnight” Gracie.

We’ll be back soon!

Later – Cheryl

P.S.
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1. WELCOME to all of you NEW FOLLOWERS at Artzzle.
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after you leave your comments, BE SURE TO
check the “Follow Comments” Box
SO you can see my answer to your message! :)

Have You Said the “S” Word Yet?

It’s another bright day.  Hope your’s was also.  Anyone else thinking the “S” word yet?

Well, not to jinx it, but with all this color thought of late, these warm days just naturally stirred up yearnings for a seasonal change.  I just couldn’t help myself … had to do a little Spring decorating.

This week I spruced up the living (front) room, changing out the door wreath, shelf unit and the mantel.

My “Wreath for All Seasons” was hanging, lonely and bare, after the reds of Christmas and Valentines were removed.

Enough spring stuff was found in the craft room, to liven it up quite a bit.

Artzzle Spring Feature

It seemed a little early for roses … so I didn’t include them.

Artzzle Spring Feature

I was happy with the results.  How about you?

Remember,  this wreath was specifically designed to be changed out for different occasions, so all pieces are attached lightly, with double sided tapes, or just wired in to the original frame; allowing for quick and easy change out.  You all know how changeable I am.

The fireplace … in its’ new location now, under the big clock, looked like this earlier.  I was never completely satisfied with this vignette.

Artzzle Spring Feature

I made a raid on my fabric remnants and found this pretty green piece to ground things.  From there a little house shopping and some experimenting produced this look.

Artzzle Spring Feature

It says “Spring” don’t ya think?

The plate holder by the front door, got a color change with the green plate, and a few butterflies came over to play.

Artzzle Spring Feature

On the standing shelf unit currently in that room, once again the reds of previous holidays were removed, and we went towards the blues and greens to liven up that corner.

Artzzle Spring Feature

The JAW takes top shelf here.

Greenery and the Easter Bunny are a bit springy.

Artzzle Spring Feature

What’s your reaction to the JAW?  I note that it’s a 50/50 swing … people either love it or detest the thing.  Such was the playout when I found it.  A friend and I were at a barn sale, and I immediately HAD.TO.HAVE.IT.  She, on the other hand, thought it was weird … but she’s used to me, and knew I would get it. It was just the jaw piece. I had HUBS use some gorgeous walnut for a base, cut two brass rods and drilled everything out for a perfect fit. The walnut block was left natural, but mineral oil was rubbed in for that beautiful dark dazzle.

Well, a pretty short set today.  Lots of articles in the works, so I’ll  be back soon.

Artzzle Feature Spring

Gracie loved the sun this day. Say goodnight, Gracie.

You know what happens now … I say “Don’t stress so much, just start something!”

Later – Cheryl

Color … Color … and MORE Color

Not intending to make any of you jealous, I have to share that, it’s been so sunny around here today, and for quite a few days back, too.

ELLE DECOR Magazine has a monthly article “SHORTLIST” which features a quick update on a celebrity, and then lists 12 Things they (supposedly) can’t live without.  My list would, for sure, have Sunny Days and Color on it … and probably close to the top!

Is there anyone out there, that isn’t energized and more positive on a bright, sunny day? That’s not unusual.  Bright, beautiful colors have a similar affect on me.  A classic room, a beautiful fabric, a big, bold painting.  Just thinking about color makes my eyes light up and I sigh with pleasure!  See if you’ll have as much fun as I did OVER HERE!

Spring is coming and that in itself says color; with early blossoms and
Artzzle Feature on Color

with seasonal decor and just brightening things up to phase out those winter blahs.

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Find this easy project here

Colors cause definite physical reactions for many people, including both Dugger and I.   Our former Princeton home was a multi-level.  The lowest area had two separate wall areas, because of a ledge around the entire space, so we chose two colors (blue-green tones) for the builders to paint. The colors were very nice … most everyone said so.  But the area was never comfortable to us.  It literally felt COLD and unwelcoming; not good for a family room, right!?  So we (I) repainted the entire area, again in bluish-green hues, but in warmer tones.  Some people just thought we were nuts.  A new house, freshly painted, why bother with all the extra cost and work?  It looked fine … BUT NOT TO US.  It didn’t feel right.   Afterwards, it became one of our favorite and most used parts of the home.

We both are very happy with the color used in our recent kitchen cabinet project.  So much so that we’ve decided to take it throughout the house, and change out all of our builder basic, orange oak woodwork.

Kitchen Cabinet Uppers Redo

See the entire project here.

No decision yet, if we’ll add extra trim details on all of our flat panel doors … as Hubs did on the inside of our bathroom door last year.

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See the whole project here

Concerning lists, topping our primary “to do” sheet is an update for the master bedroom. I’ve been pouring over color shots and paint chips. Hubs and I lean towards browns, taupes and beiges, especially in our open living areas.  We’re both comfortable with warm neutrals and these work great for all the changing and rearranging I do.

For inspiration AND a perk-up, I often use the IMAGES tag on-line.  Wondering about green tones, here’s what I pulled up in my research using GREEN BEDROOMS.  You could literally go on forever … different color rooms, two-color or multiple color rooms.  A nice time filler for a boring, in between time.

Our extra areas and bedrooms are done in brighter hues. We want these smaller, individual spaces to have a more personal look and feel, and as I said, I take “feel” quite literally.  My office/studio, pictured below, is a custom color, a peachy orange.  Even on cloudy days, the room is cheery.  It makes me smile every time I look in there.

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More on the office/studio and a PROJECT HERE.

If you’re not tired of internet articles yet, try one more here.   REAL SIMPLE TIPS

We’re tackling that master bedroom very soon, so follow along for all the updates.  In the meantime, don’t stress about your project, just get it started and see where it goes!

Later – Cheryl

Golden Years? … Huh … Really?

You all know how constantly ga-ga I am about design and decorating.  Well lately, now that I’m in my “Golden Years”, my mind does occasionally go off topic.  I hate to say it wanders; wouldn’t want you to think I’m senile already. Hopefully, I’ve got a couple of years yet, before that.   Today though, I was thinking about something else; to be exact, about that phrase “Golden Years”.

Who in the hahem … world, do you suppose, ever came up with that!  I don’t know about you, but I’m thinkin’ maybe the author of “Golden Years” just figured gold rhymes with old, and that was close enough for whatever piece they were writing.  Now that I’ve arrived here, I see few other connections.

Artzzle Feature Golden Years

Then there are the “Wonder Years”.  Now that makes sense because, you’re constantly wondering.  How will you learn enough in grade school … will you live through Jr. High … to actually survive high school.   And your parents are wondering … will you make it to 21 … where you’ll be able to drink legally.

Have you given your kids any of those grownup speeches yet?  You know, the ones about tough “between times” everyone has to go through; those “Life’s Not a Bed of Roses” speeches. We can’t expect perfect because of all the in between times.  Just exactly what are those?

Are they the years, between someone saying “get out, get married, I’m not supporting you the rest of your life” and the point where you finally find enough courage to leave that person they deman … suggested you marry?  Or maybe it’s the times “between” jobs (or would it mean the times between lengthy periods of unemployment).

Nah, I’m pretty sure between times is that extended period from those rose colored glasses, through the tinted contacts, onto the readers, and finally to bi tri-focals, when you get to enjoy the golden years.

Artzzle Feature Golden Years

Hubs and I have lived through a couple months of retirement, and things are less worrisome now.  We’re more comfortable … realizing there’s enough $$ to make the bills … and still be able to eat a little!  Gracie loves us both being here round the clock.  We love not worrying about clocks.  No alarms … and are we saving money on gasoline with no more 100+ miles, trips to work.  Gracie is enjoying more time with Dad now.

Gracie LOVES having more time with Dad now

Yet, this Golden bit is still confusing.  Example, at this age you need the most help for problems with eyes, teeth and hearing.  But in the Golden Years, you’re on Medicare and … GUESS WHAT … non of that’s covered!  Oh, and you’re not only gold but gray.  That’s a problem because nobody likes to hire “gray”.  Lots of other (younger?) people just dislike gray all together.  So lots of bumps in this road too.  No smooth ride to paradise here.

Artzzle Feature Golden Years

I’ve always rambled, so that can’t be credited to age, but it’s time to end my rambling today.     One factor these days, is just that … the days.  Often we catch ourselves saying “What day is it!” as they all blend together so seamlessly.

Anyhoo … next post I’ll be back on topic with some colorful decorating info.  Until then, don’t stress too much about that task, just start it, and see where things lead you.

Later – Cheryl

 

With a Little Time and a Little Space

You’ve got a nice little update for your place.
And don’t worry … NO SEWING today.

Lately, I’ve been talking “decorating” with lots of lovely ladies in lots of age groups.  Nothing too unusual, but it interesting to hear two commonalities across the board.  The first, and most discussed area was Color; how to choose it, where/when to use it.  This is such a key part in décor, but clearly one that’s a huge cause of concern for many.  It’s a topic that could consume thousands of posts and today we’re talking “time” so we’ll visit Color another day.

The other issue popping up often was Space.  Funny, but not one gal complained about TOO MUCH SPACE.  No one said “My place is just too big to do anything with!”  You may agree with the real problem though, which of course, was not enough space … for furniture, for storage, to show off all our stuff.

Let’s tackle an easy tip today, on using extra spaces that people often overlook.

Now … you’ve been bad … so I’m making you sit in the Corner!
Seriously, corners are the most available, yet ignored, wasted spaces.  We all have em’ but few of us use them effectively.  And there is so much more we can do with corners, besides send the bad kid there!  No dunce hats now!

Artzzle Feature: Little Time & Little Space

Here’s our corner; pretty tiny with the longest wall at 49 inches from corner to window, and the smallest at 34 inches .  The smaller section is on the primary wall, the one you see directly when viewing or entering this room.

I began with house shopping, to find a few possible things to use.  Then we considered the furniture pieces presently in the room, along with others in different rooms. Let’s try three different items.

Artzzle Feature: Little Time & Little Space

Doesn’t work. Much too small.

Artzzle Feature: Little Time & Little Space

Better but still not right.

Artzzle Feature: Little Time & Little Space

For a change, we decided to try the clock … something different.  This is fine.  Nice scale and balance

Included this next photo (below) to demonstrate what I call “The Dance Hall Effect”.  When I was little, my dad had a band that played for Saturday night dances throughout the county.  Many times we would either find them, or move them ourselves … chairs pushed up against the walls, way off the center floor, to open up enough space to dance.  It’s a must for dance halls but a big No-No for homes.

Artzzle Feature: Little Time & Little Space

Don’t you agree that the angle works better, at least in this instance?

This cute little barrel was in a workroom but we needed a side table here.  A copper tray in the kitchen cabinets, fit perfectly on top.

Artzzle Feature: Little Time & Little Space

In most instances, I feel a side table AND lamp, are needed for each seating area.  Here the lamp was not necessary and wasn’t working with the table, so it was removed. Add a little pretty and a little texture … that’s my mantra … well at least one of them.

Artzzle Feature: Little Time & Little Space

Still not quite right. Let’s add a little texture and more height for interest.

Artzzle Feature: Little Time & Little Space

This is our final look for the corner.

All told, this project really took very little time, and uses space that had been had been empty.

I’m often speaking about my collections and favorite items.  Since there’s Time in the title of this post, before I go, thought I’d share with you some of the clocks hanging around our place.

Just a teaser for next time …

Well, guys and gals, as always, don’t stress too much about it, just start that project.

Gracie says Good Night.

Artzzle Feature: Gracie Mae

 

 

Later – Cheryl

Life this Monday


Life often has a way of getting in the way.

Know what I mean?  Ever feel like that?

We can make our lists and calendar notations, and
plan, plan, plan.

But in the end Life. Happens.

When you were a kid, did you ever stomp your feet and
loudly declare “You’re not the boss of me!” Oh, c’mon, admit it.
I’m sure I told that to plenty of babysitters in my day.

Well, Life is the BOSS, I mean of us all. So we better have some empty lines on those lists, for changes and unexpected little adjustments it throws us.

The last Monday Post had me whizzing around, preparing for my “ladies’ lunch”. It was happily exciting but there was a lot to be done (in my opinion). As the week progressed, life took over and punched the poop out of my lists. I did manage to pull off a nice luncheon, but the following week proved just as hectic, for reasons of its’ own so no update posts for you. Apologies but hey, we all survived.

Ladies Lunch feature on Artzzle.com

POSITIVES

  • Weather was freezing BUT clear for safe driving.
  • The house looked pretty.darn.good.
  • Menu was a hit … tasted good and no one needed TUMS.
  • We all had a nice visit.

NEGATIVES

  • Weather was FREEZING
  • Table setting looked fantastic (if I do say so myself) BUT I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES!
  • Didn’t finish the look I wanted on the guest favors (gave them anyway, but not prettied up)
  • Left out an item on the menu … totally forgot to prepare it (but there was enough other stuff)
  • Oh yes, and did I say … I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES

WHAT I LEARNED (or was reminded of)

  • Lists are good, but leave room for write-in’s and changes.
  • Be more flexible and less frazzled
  • Asking granddaughter to contribute was great. It was encouraging for her and something for me … to brag about & good eatin’ too. (don’t worry, I paid her)

Back to the present Monday.  I’m working on a couple of good (can I say very good?) future posts, but this is IT for today.

The only (two) pictures I did manage to remember, are featured.  One of my guests – as they were leaving, and  a shot of the yummy cupcakes my GD Ashley made. They were sooooo good!

Granddaughters cupcakes

And now   “Say Good Night Gracie!”

Gracie on Artzzle Website

Good Girl!

This Monday Means Mayhem

The adjective Madness would also work today. This week will be a busy one around here. I’m hosting a little ladies’ lunch on Friday, for some of my favorite gals.  Yes, I know, this is only Monday. But today I have to make notes of all the chores to be done before and get going.

Before the big TA DAH … there’s a huge TO DO list to tackle.

How do you do it … plan and prepare for special events at your house?  There must be bazillions of approaches to this. Well, at least a dozen or two.  I’m sure we all have our particular MODUS OPERANDI (or not) of how we put together our get togethers.

Artzzle feature, Hubs and GracieHubs and Gracie aren’t too upset, but today begins a string of hectic days here.

At times like this, my heroes are my “Lists” and my “Helpers”. This time I have a big task list and two important helpers. We also have four days … and nights, to get it all set up. It should be FOOL PROOF.

Ooh! I probably just jinxed us. Never say NEVER, never say ALWAYS … or FOOL PROOF. Yikes.

1ST LIST: Scribbled notes start me off. I write down everything I wish could be done for the event. All kinds of things, whatever comes to mind, even the “it would be great if we could manage this too” stuff.

2ND LIST: Scribbles are now divided into MUST DO’s and WOULD LIKE TO’s. Next, in this instance, each of the four days are assigned MD tasks, in order of importance and time needed. The most worrisome tasks need to be done as soon as possible. The WLT chores are shown off to the side, to be done in any extra open time that pops up.

I type up a nice, fresh list to post on the fridge, with something handy to mark off as we go along.  Yep, we literally cross things off. This is a great ENERGY BOOSTER. Especially when things are getting tiresome … reminding yourself of what you’ve accomplished and also seeing the TD list diminish right before your eyes, can give great satisfaction.

My helpers are Hubs and Granddaughter, Ashley. The retirement thing means he is here 24/7 and WOW, will that be great for this. Ash is our baker extraordinare, and I’ve hired her to make a dozen luscious AND beautiful cupcakes. Her business manager, sister, Carmen will arrange for the proper charges and billing! Mom, Bri, is loaning some crucial kitchenware. MAWVELOUS Dawlings!

Here’s my NORMAL LIST for this week; regular chores that have to be done, event or not.

• Volunteer ½ day P.M. at our local thrift store
• Pay Bills
• Haircut
• Groceries
• Trip to Milaca (“3rd Thursday” -30% at Discovery Thrift & we always go)
• Wash Windows
• Laundry: Spreads, Throws and Toss Pillow Covers
• Regular vacumning, mopping and dusting

I plan to update you pf our progress, occasionally this week.  Some AFTER photos, as most B4’s would be too messy to share.

Meanwhile, stop over and check this post out at HOMETALK.  I talked with a very nice lady about some decor questions for a small bedroom.

Artzzle feature, small bedroom arrangement

Over and Out for today.

Later – Cheryl

Fun Finds for Friday Features

Okay, YES, I’m still on the “same letter” train.  Hey, I’m likin’ it.

Lately, I’ve needed to review my stash of fun finds. Somethings had to be removed, to clear out space for the upcoming sale season.  You know … all those important sales i.e. Garage, Yard, Barn and Funky Junk sales.  Although I’ve yet to buy a garage or barn.
I find cool stuff inside them!

This week I went metal … that’s metal NOT mental
Here are three obscure pieces I grabbed.

Artzzle Fun Finds Projects

Well, the basket is recognizable, but I have no idea
what those other things were for, originally.
I just liked em’ and knew what I wanted to do with them.
It involved cardboard, spray-paint, wood and mineral oil. (How’s that for a teaser?)

Artzzle Fun Finds Projects

Oh and also coming in to play, cookbooks, dishes and jewelry.  Just wait, you’ll see.    Must mention also, that the projects included Hubs.  Very important factor here.  Using his cardboard collection and a few clamps, Hubs set up a spray booth for me.

He included ventilation, hang wires and all necessary protective equipment.  Ceiling fans and air exchanger were activated, and as it was a warmer day, the back screen was opened a bit too, for added ventilation.

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I did a quick cleanup on the bare metal pieces before starting to paint.

Metal Basket Cleanup

My product of choice for the paint was Rustoleum in a Hammered Copper color.

Artzzle Fun Finds ProjectsI always begin with small, quick sprays to avoid drips.  But have to admit,
somewhere towards the end of the project, I’m usually just spraying away to get done.

Artzzle Fun Finds ProjectsFinal step, we let the painted pieces dry over night, so as not to be sticky.

Artzzle Fun Finds Projects

Next comes the wood … and in this case, some of those beautiful,
raw walnut pieces Hubs has stashed away. This piece would hang on the wall.

Artzzle Fun Finds Projects Artzzle Fun Finds ProjectsBecause of the awkward shape, it wouldn’t hang level.

Artzzle Fun Find ProjectsSo I chose the pretty walnut slab as a backer and this is the final result.

Artzzle Fun Finds ProjectsThe mineral oil is an economical, all natural way to finish wood.
It brings out all the beautiful details, flaws and colors.  It’s very inexpensive and you can find it easily in grocery, big box, pharmacy and dollar stores.

Project MaterialsUse a clean, lint-free cloth and apply it generously.
Don’t worry, it will be dry-to-the-touch in just a short time.

Artzzle Fun Finds Projects, Wooden MalletsAbove and Below are two wooden mallet projects, Hubs made from scratch

Artzzle Fun Finds Projects, Wooden Mallet

Finally, we took the items in and played.
Here are the final results.
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With the jewelry item piece, I knew immediately what I wanted it for.

Artzzle Fun Find Projects, Jewelry Rack

Hubs hooked the rack to the wood on the front, with little screw straps.  Then he pre- drilled into the wood and attached the entire piece onto the wall using mollie pieces with two decorative screws.,

Artzzle Fun Finds Project, Jewelry Rack

The basket was just a no-brainer purchase, cheap and for so many uses.  The plate rack piece … well, I REALLY HAD TO THINK about what to do with that, but just knew I wanted to bring it home.

COSTS for everything:  Walnut wood free, from friends who had storm downed trees last summer.  Paint was $6 or less, as I rarely pay more than that.  The basket was $3 and the other two metal pieces were part of a $5 basket of fun junk at a barn sale.  The little bottle of mineral oil was under $2.  Hubs keeps that on hand in his wood shop.

PLEASED with the results:  Have to tell you, I’m over the moon happy with our results. The plate and jewelry storage items were essential storage items, but turned out double-duty pieces as they are pretty for decor too!  Baskets are ALWAYS a great accessory in decorating, but I usually find them in wicker or ceramic.  I freaked out when I saw this one, and HAD TO HAVE IT.  I mean $3 … c’mon!

Have a good weekend all and as always, don’t stress too much about that project, just start it and sometimes it’ll just take off on it’s own, using all of your talents!

Later – Cheryl

Monday has Mentionables

Monday seems a manageable day to mention magazines.
(Ooh, I just love all those “M’s”).
My “Drafts” files contain several notes and starts
regarding my appreciation of these printed papers.
Always wanting to give you great stuff on Artzzle,
I find magazines offer valuable material on varied décor topics.
Which is after all, primarily what Artzzle is all about.

Artzzle.com Magazine Mondays

Regular readers have been so patient with me … thanks guys :)
You all know I’ve tried various “themed days of the week” …
and you’re also aware that continuing those for any length of time,
hasn’t been a strong point for me.

Searching the blog will demonstrate that, to everyone.
Friday Features”, “Whatever Wednesdays” … “Fun Finds” and so on.
Good articles but I never got in the groove of a serial series.

Quite a bit earlier in my blog history, I considered Magazine Monday
… but wouldn’t ya’ know, my blogger buddy BLISS,
started a similar theme at that point.
Good bloggers like to communicate, share and feature fellow bloggers,
but not steal ideas … as some have done.
And YES … even some of the Big Names.
I didn’t want her to feel I was being improper
so I dropped it … until now.  I don’t think she’ll mind,
especially since only the titles are alike.
Our approaches and info are unique to each person.

Magazines AND catalogs, have always been present for me;
in my mother’s household, and through the years, in each of mine.
And take “present” very literally here.
Walking through our home, you’ll find them in almost every room

Artzzle.com Monday Magazines

  In the living room (at Mom’s it was always called the Front Room).

Artzzle.com Monday Magazines

There’s a pile or two in the family room …

Artzzle.com Monday Magazines

including some of Hubs’ subs too!
The tray pictured pictured, was a project you’ll find HERE

Artzzle.com Monday Magazines

 Tons are stacked  ahem … filed … in my office/studio.
The guest room is messy at the moment, so no show.
But yes, there is a nice rack of books AND magazines in there.

Finally, of course … I have to have
available reading in the master bedroom.
Great for those less sleepy evenings,
or the bright, sunny mornings in my chair
with that first cup of coffee … or two or three.
Ya know I gotta have my coffee!
Hey … isn’t that little orange giraffe a cutie. More about him at a later date.

Magazines, living room, workroom, family room, master bedroom

Now, neither Hubs or I require reading material with bathroom seating.

Funny story though.  My Uncle Bob was a favorite of mine.
He passed away last October at age 86, and we all miss him.
Uncle was an over-the-road truck driver for years,
which meant three things:
#1. Their family moved quite often as his employment changed.
#2. Bob detested public restrooms, and all those grubby,
closed in, gas station bathrooms.
#3. In every home they owned, Uncle Bob had a special,
second bathroom just for himself.

Oh, anyone could use it … in an emergency.
But each day, as regular as a sunrise,
he would retreat to his “room”.
Let’s just say for an extended period of time;
sometimes with a cigarette or cigar, and depending on the time of day,
possibly with a can of pop or beer.  (I know … gross, right!)

Point here is, these special spaces of his ALWAYS HAD a magazine rack.
Being a huge sports fan, one might have thought he’d include a TV as well,
but no, only the mags.  He had another special room for his own TV!
And, gotta tell ya, NOBODY INTERRUPTED Bob in either room!
When he wasn’t around and someone would ask his whereabouts,
we’d laugh and say “the King is on his throne”.

I am going to try … very hard, to see how long
I can keep the Monday Magazines a regular feature.
Meantime, our kitchen projects continue,
so look for more updates later this week.

As always, don’t stress too much about a project,
just start and it’ll take off from there!

Later – Cheryl

It’s February and It’s Fantastic to be back.


Kitchen Cabinet Uppers RedoYay!  Artzzle is up and running again and I’m glad to be back.

We’re happy, healthy and heavy into change. You regulars know that re-doing woodwork and cabinetry is an on-going process around here.

We started with our bathroom at the end of 2013 which you can see HERE.  Find the step by step process using Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation, HERE.  We were VERY satisfied with the ease of the project and the durability with use over time.

 So, when we headed to the kitchen, we went with that same procedure.

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation Kit

A two color, light/dark combination scheme was our goal in here.  There are enough possibilities to make this a rather time consuming project.  We have a separate island and then the normal upper/lower areas.  Which would be darker, where would the lighter color work best?  HOUZZ is one of the best sources for photo ideas, so I scoured it for hours, saving examples to show Hubs.  See some of my choices HERE.

To begin, we had to actually decide on what the two colors would be, and this took us a good two months.

The votes were leaning towards grays, or beige with browns, with all of the outer cabinets light (tops and bottoms) and only the island a darker shade.  Bold color doesn’t bother us, but our kitchen is right in the center of all the open living areas, so we wanted that space a bit neutral.  You know how changeable I am with wall colors.  That said, I didn’t want to have to repaint EVERYTHING, each time I needed wanted to redo an accent wall or two.

In grays, we chose three Glidden colors: Hope Chest BHG816 / Old Driftwood GLD811 / Partridge Gray BHG808.  These aren’t 2015 colors so I couldn’t find samples online but, if you go to your area TRUE VALUE site, you can look up the colors we finally chose which were Kayak and Cake Batter.

Then over at our local True Value – Marv’s TV – we found Kayak and Cake Batter.  I had Kayak in the family room already, and we both felt it would work to bring it out to the island. We had the wonderful paint counter crew at Marvs, mix a color as close to the Kayak as possible, with the Rustoleum products.

Newly Redone Kitchen Island

The island results were FANTASTIC.  So much so that we decided to use Kayak on ALL of the LOWER cabinets.Kitchen Project at Artzzle.com

NOW . . . by this time I was really tired of painting . . . anything.  So we rested a bit, actually a couple of weeks.  Then we began working on the upper cabinets (at least they would be a different color!).

Mid-Process of Redo On Kitchen Cabinets

Again, same process.  Hubs removes doors and added new trim to door fronts …

Redesigning cabinet fronts

while I degreased and cleaned the cabinet frames and boxes,
and finally the redesigned doors.

Kitchen Project Supplies

Two coats were applied on the backs of each door and when dry, they were turned and two coats put on the fronts.  While doors were drying, I applied the two coats to the hanging pieces.  The front frames and outer boxes of the cabinets were painted …

Redo Only the Wooden frames and outside boxes

… as well as the undersides of each.

We also painted the bare bottoms of the upper cabinets

We also included the woodwork around the window above the kitchen sink.

New Kitchen Window Look, in Cabinet Redo

Previously, there had been a decorative wood piece that connected the cabinets on each side of the sink.  Well … it was supposed to be decorative, but we NEVER CARED for it.  So in this process, Hubs removed it completely, and trimmed out the inside tops of the cabs.  We both really prefer this look.

New Window Cabinet Look

But ya know what always happens.  You redo something and now it makes something else look bad.  Such it is with the light above our sink.  It was never a favorite piece either, but that will have to do for a while.

Kitchen Cabinet Uppers Redo

Here’s another shot of the newly finished upper cabinets.  I’ve purposely cropped out the backsplash areas.  That’s another recent project  I’ll share with you next time.


NOTE:  Just want to remind everyone that the light sources are so varied in our house, and change even more so during the day as the sun comes from different windows.  The island and these cabinets are two distinctively different tints and shades in the same color family.  Uppers are much lighter than the island, but in these pictures that isn’t as obvious.

TIP:  The note above is a very good example of why you should always get the biggest paint samples you can find AND several different color ranges.  Then you’ll be able to better see what they look like in your home and lighting.

I’m pooped so will close for now.
As always, don’t stress about that project too much, just get it started :)

A BIG THANK YOU for all the well wishes from you when I was on break.
And HEY … let me hear what you think of our new kitchen. Next big project will be to redo the lower cabinets in the darker color. We’re also removing a dishwasher and adding new storage spaces. Can’t wait to see you then!

Later – Cheryl