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This weekend I updated the look of our entryway buffet. (An original picture, plus the original before and after link here.) Depending on the season and my mood, this area never looks the same for long. The start of a new year, plus the fact that one of the knobs on the top drawer broke, made it time for a change in this space.

I got a new lamp from Target a couple months ago and I love the airy, lighter feel it gives. I tried to balance out the tallness of the left by layering a picture and some books on the right. I’m not 100% sold on this look yet but I like it for now – which is allย that matters, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

I couldn’t remember where I got the original knobs from so I picked up three new knobs from Lowe’s that I thought would look good for the top drawers. The mis-matched pulls actually look pretty good! I think it helps that I covered the original drawer pull holes with the black backplates so it makes sense to have a different knob on top.

The silver frame was purchased at Target and I printed a picture I found on Pinterest (link here) that I really liked. Abstract art is pretty cool when done in similar tones like this. I’m not a huge fan of the crazy, over-the-top abstracts, but this one fits really well with our home color scheme. I love cheap art!

Have you heard that you’re supposed to take off the dust covers on your books? I had too and finally did it…makes such a difference! The top book with the cool link design? Its Nate Burkus’ book. Of course! He is the one that preaches about this no-cover practice so it fits that inside his cover is a really cool piece of art. The only cover still on is the bottom PB one, I had to have a pop of orange!

I’m getting the itch to paint this piece of furniture again…Heaven help me, it hasn’t even been two years since I painted it the last time!

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So, if you pay attention to decorating and current home trends you probably have seen a million and one gallery walls. The term gallery wall can mean anything – same frame with same type of filler in perfectly straight lines or a multitude of different frames with all types of fillers spread out everywhere on the wall. For just several (aka 115,575 images) examples, here are the results from Pinterest with the term “gallery wall.”

My favorite is this image from Young House Love. I love the white frames with white mats but the fact that they aren’t all the same frame and they aren’t all the same type of filler. There are personal photos, scraps of fabric, little drawings from kids, pieces of map, etc. I think it is such a fantastic way to display items that are so personal and make it look like nice wall art!

The wall outside of our kitchen, next to our second living room, currently holds a very special OSU print. While I love it, I think it is time to retire this to the man room (the second living room) and take my first attempt at creating our own gallery wall with all white frames and white mats. This will create more of the homey feeling I want and not just “We love OSU, welcome to our house” home feeling that is currently in place.

I plan on spray painting the door bell cover – that awesomely 80’s brown thing at the top of the photo – and trying to blend it into the frames. Before I start on this fun project, I need to paint the wall and paint the trim the white that all of our wood trim is turning in the house…maybe I’ll wait for a snow day?? (while this sounds weird, one of OKC’s meteorologists is predicting snow next week. TOO SOON!)

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I am thoroughly enjoying fall this year! Last year at this time we were running around like crazy, trying to finish painting our kitchen cabinets before our housewarming party. This year, I get to experience and enjoy fall in the most laid-back, fun way possible! We never did a lot at our old house so this year has been a blast with lots and lots of pumpkins, mums and pansies.

This is the garden cart in our backyard and I am so happy with the way it looks! The hay bale, pumpkins, gourds and mums get me more excited than objects like this should – hah!

This display makes me even more happy that we made the decision to remove the ugly, overgrown evergreen that used to be in this spot and instead have an area to accessorize outside! The garden cart that Conner’s mom got us works perfectly and is a great prop for the fall decor.

I had the two pots already and the hay, mums, pumpkins and gourds came from a variety of greenhouses, home stores and even grocery stores! The grocery store down the street from our house had the best prices on pumpkins, acorns and squash. I love the colors and textures they add to the display.

In our front yard, I am beside myself with our planted pansies! This is my first time to attempt this and I think I enjoyed doing it a little more than one should while planting an annual like this. I planted tulips in between the pansies and can’t wait to see what it looks like in the spring! Our poor Japanese Maple took a beating this hot, hot summer but the red leaves are coming back and she is looking like her old self again!

I put another hay bale on our front porch and layered more pumpkins and gourds all around it. Conner’s mom got me the two lanterns for Christmas last year and they are the perfect accessory with leaves from Dollar Tree and candles inside! My favorite pumpkin in this display is the double-decker on the top right. I think it is so cute!! The pumpkins at the pumpkin patch are expensive but they do have some really cool, original things like this and it was totally worth the splurge.

I totally missed the fall craft linky party, but I am definitely joining Sarah’s outdoor party! Maybe I’ll get to finish the crafts this weekend?? Yup, that’s what I always tell myself…

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Some friends of ours purchased a new home this year and they needed help finding some new furniture. First on the list was something for their kitchen that would hold their china and other nice dishes.

I found this buffet with hutch on Craigslist for $175. I sent the link to Becky & Kyle and two days later, it was in their garage, ready for a little paint and glaze action.

It was a great piece and in really good condition. All of the wood in their house is a gorgeous dark color so I know they were excited for something a little different but they were aprehensive about how it would turn out. I knew though, I knew! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here it is in all of its glory – gorgeous! Both the hutch and the buffet were given several coats of paint, using Kyle’s paint sprayer, and then glazed with a black glaze using the technique of brushing on with a foam brush and wiping off with an old rag. It was fun showing them how it didn’t have to be perfect, it just had to be what you like.

Some spots don’t have a ton of glaze and some have a lot but it turned out exactly how I thought it would and probably even a little better than they expected! The hardware that is shown is all original to the piece. Kyle spray painted it all with several coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze and I love the contrast it gives to the buffet! It is amazing what looks ugly and what looks beautiful with some help from great spray paint.

Here is a look at the buffet part again. She was in good condition, just needed a little something-something to gussy her up!

And here is the after again. I am so pleased with it and so happy Becky & Kyle were willing to take the risk and go with my idea! It was fun to work with them and see them enjoy the before and after process as much as I do.

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Besides our kitchen, the fireplace in the living room is definitely the biggest transformation we’ve done on the inside of our new house. I am so in love with how it looks now!

This is what we started with. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t us. It also drove me NUTS that the baseboards were two different wood colors. They were kidding, right? I also can’t believe I never noticed that until about two weeks into us living there. We knew right away that we wanted our TV to mount above the fireplace, we just had to figure out how to do it so we weren’t sitting on the couch, looking up to the ceiling and hurting our necks. (You know you’ve been in a house where you have to do that! Not the best feeling in your neck when you leave…) We also knew that the brass fireplace was going to have leave and the wood was going to go white as soon as we got a free moment to work on it!

Here is how it looks now!! Conner was actually the one who suggested we paint the brick white. I think I fell out of my chair with shock when he said it. My heart almost burst with love – my husband was giving design ideas that were really good! I knew I married him for a reason! ๐Ÿ™‚ For a complete run-down of what we did to get this wall to look like this, visit the old post here: Fireplace Preview. For complete details on how we did this, visit Mantel Transformation Details.

I am linking up to:
Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Party

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When I moved into our first house back in 2006, I needed furniture and needed it badly. I think that’s when I started loving the process of finding second-hand furniture and making it my own. The TV stand, bar and buffet all were pieces that I updated with some paint and new knobs. The feeling of transforming something was so addicting and I was ready to do it to everything in my sight! Enter my husband who said, “Slow your roll, sister. Not everything needs to be painted, glazed, distressed or sanded.” So I stopped. But then we moved…and here we go again!!

This buffet was purchased at a Salvation Army in Tulsa a couple months before the first home was purchased. It was a weird brown wood tone (the inside of the door, I believe, was close to it) and had the most heinous hardware known to man. Conner and I had been dating for several years at this point but his parents hadn’t ever seen me do anything crafty so when we pulled up to their house with this purchase, they thought I was completely out of my mind. Luckily, they soon saw my plan – a distressed black paint and some new, pretty hardware! It was a quick and simple (and cheap!) update that made it perfect for our first house.

When we moved into our new house, I knew this piece would be perfect for our entryway. We have a pretty large area but the black was just blah and made the entryway feel cramped and crowded. I was going for welcoming, open and airy so the piece needed an instant update. I took off the hardware and gave it several coats of primer to begin the transformation.

Here she is now!! (sorry I don’t have a next-step picture. I’m working on getting better at this) After the primer dried, I painted two coats of “Teal Zeal” by Behr on the buffet. After I let this dry overnight, I took some glaze and painted it on. I used the Ralph Lauren glaze you can buy at Home Depot and had them tint it with black.

The process was pretty simple. I painted on the glaze with a sponge brush and then used one of Conner’s old undershirts to wipe off what I didn’t want shown. I started with the top since I knew most would be covered by my ‘stuff.’ I’m glad I did because I ended up having to go back over the top with a light coat of the teal to cover up the glaze that I didn’t wipe off quickly enough. It ended up looking dirty but a light coat of teal made it all better again!

Here is a close-up of one of the doors. The hardware was what I had on it before and I still like it so this project was very cheap and extremely quick. I wouldn’t say it was too easy, just a process of trial and error. The end result would be different for each person, depending on how much ‘distress’ you want shown. The cracks and crevices were the easiest because I knew I wanted the most black in those areas. The front of the doors and the sides of the piece were the hardest since I wanted some distressing, but mostly teal, to show.

Here is another view, with the front door on the right. The silver lamp was actually from one of the houses Conner rented in college. The owner left it there and the boys he lived with didn’t want it. I took the brassy piece of ugliness and spray painted it silver! I bought a new white shade and a prettier lamp was born.

The “Steen” sign was a wedding present from one of my pledge sisters and the boot picture was a free online OSU purchase with a coupon I received. I purchased the orange tray and candles from Pottery Barn with a gift card I had last year. The candles have some pretty cool texture on them and are perfect for the fall! I purchased the fall filler in the tray from Target and the clear glass vase and the mirror are both half price specials from Hobby Lobby.

I’m linking up to Thrift Decor Chick’s Before & After Party plus:

The Shabby Chic Cottage’s Transformation Thursday

The Lettered Cottage

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**Update! You can see our new wood floors in this post. I’ve also started re-painting our walls to a very pretty grey color. I’ll post pictures of all of that very soon!**

Well…here are the pictures of our kitchen remodel! We are finally finished with OUR part of the kitchen remodel. Well, I say ‘our’ but really ‘us’ means Conner, me, our families and our contractor – hah! We will be hiring different people to come in hopefully soon and replace the countertops, microwave, oven and sink. It was a chore and a process to get this far but I absolutely LOVE how it has all turned out and am so thrilled with what we have accomplished! We had a lot of help along the way so thank you very much to our families who pitched in and helped when they could. We love you!

Without further ado…here are the before and after pictures! All ‘before’ pictures were taken the night we closed on our house: June 25, 2010.

Looking at the food storage area before we got a new fridge. The microwave needs to go ASAP – it doesn’t have a turntable…I mean really? Half of the food we heat up is still cold in the middle. Hopefully the Christmas bonus fairy is good to us and we get to replace these soon!

And the area after! We purchased a new fridge when we moved in (our old one stayed with the new owners of our old house), painted the cabinets white, installed new hardware and put on new hinges on the cabinet doors. Oh…the stories I could tell you of drilling new holes for the new hinges and hanging 40 cabinets back up…well, that is a post for another day when I have had some wine and don’t mind airing my marriage laundry on such a public forum. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is looking from our breakfast nook into the main kitchen part. Check out the awesome head-knocker cabinets (as we referred to them with our realtor when looking at this house) and really sweet recessed, fluorescent lighting!

And now!! Our contractor removed the row of cabinets that blocked our view of the backyard, sheet rocked over the recessed lighting, installed canned lighting and light boxes for our new pendants (my birthday present from Conner) that my dad installed for us. Conner’s mom spent several nights with us and quickly became the paint fairy. We would leave for work and come home with more white on the cabinets!

Here is the view into our kitchen prep area. The previous owners installed a really nice range top, so that will be staying. The window looks into our living room and gives me a perfect view of our TV! Our kitchen in our old house was at the back of the house and away from the living room so it is such a nice change to be in the kitchen cooking, but still a part of the action with the rest of the house!

Here is the kitchen after! I love the white and how crisp it looks. I hope to get new back splash at some point and also put dark wood floors down. The brick tile is fine for now but because of the finish on it, the shininess gets nicked up very easily.

Another ‘after’ view of our kitchen. The orange Le Crueset was an anniversary present from Conner last year and provides the perfect pop of orange in our kitchen!

The view from our kitchen, looking into the breakfast nook. The ceiling fan looks okay in the pictures but was actually way too big for the space. The country red and roosters…not really our style and made the room seem a lot smaller. We don’t have the biggest kitchen in the world so we needed to make everything appear larger and brighter.

The breakfast nook after! We purchased a new lantern from Home Depot (dad installed again…yay, dad!) and my mom made us some awesome curtains. I absolutely love the fabric. It is a turquoisey-teal and is a fun yet subtle and classy pattern. Our bar on the left used to be black but I painted it the same gray as our living room walls. I am still deciding whether to paint our kitchen table and chairs or not…hmmmm…

This is standing in the kitchen, looking into the breakfast nook and the utility room. It is very nice to have that door to close the noise off while doing laundry!

The view after! I didn’t think we would originally, but taking down the white wood blinds really helped open up the space! Plus, it provides easier access to look outside. We love our backyard and never want to block off the view. Until the past week, I don’t think we had ever closed the curtains. I do it now because the neighbors directly behind us sit higher than we do and the trees are starting to thin a little and it gets darker a lot earlier so with our lights on, I feel like you can see right into our house. Other than that, the curtains are always as open as they can go!Well, that’s the big reveal!

I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed the remodel. I love looking at the pictures and seeing what we started with and what we have now. We haven’t started a new project yet but I am starting to get the itch to continue making over the other rooms in the house. Hopefully I’ll have more pictures to show with more updates very soon!!

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The Lettered Cottage

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