How to Install a Mother of Pearl Backsplash

Hello beautiful friends! Today I'm sharing how I tiled the backsplash in our kitchen. I've included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love. I installed this gorgeous mother-of-pearl tile: I was searching for options on Amazon and found this one HERE. It is sold in packs of six 12 x 12" squares like this: Because it is genuine mother-of-pearl, it is very thin. (Strong, but thin.)  I did a few things differently than I might have if the tiles were regular … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Reveal

This is it, amazing friends! Our kitchen makeover is complete and I am SO thrilled to share it with ya'll today! Shall we take one last peek at what it looked like before? Dark, dark, and more dark with the wine-colored cabinets and black granite: I am so grateful we were blessed with excellent bones to begin with. But...goodbye darkness, hello light and bright, with a side of charm! I knew from the start these cabinets would be painted. I just like a lighter, more … [Read more...]

Barstool Update

I can't believe it has been a month since I started our kitchen makeover! A lot has happened in these last four weeks, and awesome friends, the end is in sight!! This is the last project I have to share before the big reveal!! If you are new here, you can see what our kitchen looked like before HERE. Today is Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday and I'm sharing how I updated our barstools, even though they aren't exactly what you'd call trash: These were a Christmas gift from my in-laws a few … [Read more...]

Backsplash Sneak Peek

Okay ya'll, ready to see the tile I chose?? I am so excited to share the backsplash that I just couldn't wait any longer! It is actually almost finished, but today I am just going to share a few photos I snapped with my phone as it was going up. I'll save the grouted version for the big reveal! I had not a single idea of what I wanted when I started looking. On a trip to our local tile shop, I found that I was attracted to ALL THE SHINY THINGS. I've included affiliate links so you can find … [Read more...]

New Pendant Lights and the Glass Doors are in!

Hello lovelies! I am so thrilled to have ya'll following along with my kitchen update with me! I was able to cross two more items off my to-do list this week.  The first is replacing the old pendant lights. Here is a reminder of what was hanging in here before: They were perfectly functional, but a little boring and on the small side. I am so excited to share the new lights I found!   Aren't they beautiful?? I found these on Amazon HERE and I just knew they … [Read more...]

Kitchen Makeover Progress: We have paint!

Hello to the most encouraging friends ever! I'm popping in today to share more kitchen progress. But first, congratulations to Mary L. of Florida! She was the winner of my Craft Junk Giveaway, and has already been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered to win! I'll have another box of goodies to give away in October! Back to the kitchen...if you missed the before of our kitchen, here it is: You can see more of it in this post HERE. When I shared our progress on Thursday, it looked … [Read more...]

Kitchen Progress: It looks Awful!

Hello awesome friends! Thank you for all your encouragement with this big project! Yes, it is true, our kitchen looks pretty awful at this point. I'm talking about the ugly priming stage! So yep, it is supposed to look that way! I marathon painted until two in the morning on Tuesday night and got all the cabinet doors completely primed for paint. That way I could let them dry overnight, so I could start painting them yesterday. I have one coat of paint on the backs of the doors so … [Read more...]

Kitchen Progress

Hello lovelies! Thank you again SO much for weighing in on my kitchen design! Reading your thoughts really helped me to make a few key decisions. If you missed me discussing my ideas for our kitchen makeover, you can visit that post HERE. I snapped a few photos of our progress with my phone, and today I thought I'd share some of them and what we have decided so far. The first issue was the floor. I asked if  I should clean the tile grout and keep the floor tile or bust it out and … [Read more...]

Our Next Big Project: Operation Kitchen Update

Hello sweet friends! Today I am talking about what I hope to be our next big house project. I really have to psych myself up for this one since it is such an undertaking...the kitchen!! I am finally starting to think about this space, so I thought I would share my initial thoughts and get some feedback from you guys! I want to say also that I know we are blessed to have a nice kitchen to start with, and I am extremely grateful for that. It is just time to make it feel more like us. … [Read more...]

Painted Kitchen Cabinets: Three Years Later

Hey Friends! One of my most popular posts is my kitchen cabinet painting tutorial where I shared step-by-step how I painted our kitchen cabinets three years ago. (Find it HERE.) I didn't show any short-cut, super easy method to brightening up a dark and dated kitchen, but what I did share is how I painted my cabinets the RIGHT way. Since then I've had several questions about how my kitchen cabinets are holding up. I've been wanting to share an update and I finally had the chance! Today I … [Read more...]