This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts. All opinions are mine.
I would never call myself artsy. Creative? Sure. Artsy? No way. If you give me a brush and tell me to paint something, you would get something that looks like a 2 year old made it. Wait, that isn’t kind to all the 2-year olds. When I’m looking to create something a little more detail-oriented (i.e. anything but a blob), I turn to stencils. Stencils are my BFF. So when Plaid contacted me asking if I wanted to try out Ed Roth’s Stencil1 stencils, I was totally game. AND, better yet, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them… create DIY stenciled tea towels!
Hi. My name is Talitha. And I’m a Ranch-aholic. “Hi Talitha.”
My history with all things ranch probably started when I was 7 years old. We were visiting family in Missouri and ordered some pizza. My cousin told me of the amazingness that is Hidden Valley Ranch + pizza. I’ve been a giant fan ever since… as evidence here and here. So when Hidden Valley asked me to recreate an old family favorite with a special ranch-y twist, I was totally game. Now we have a new favorite: Spicy Ranch Potato Wedges!
Kitchen Reno part 2! Woo! I love making progress on our kitchen! We left off last time with the kitchen cabinets raised and painted. That was a long but fairly easy part of the project. Now we get to move on to the more fun and pretty part… shelfing it up.
Let me start by saying that tons of people doubted my vision for this part of the reno. My hubby, my mom, my sister, those guys at Home Depot. They all doubted that an open shelf below raised cabinets would look good. The only way I was able to get the hubs onboard with my idea was by showing him my inspiration (here and here). I am happy to say, this post will prove those people wrong! Continue reading
Kitchen renovation has begun!!!!
This is how my kitchen looked when I last showed you a picture of it back when we first moved into the house. You’ve seen glimpses of it since then… like when I painted the great room twice in 2 weeks. But aside from painting the walls and cleaning the surfaces, nothing else had been done to our white-on-white-on-white-on-white-on-white kitchen. Yes. That was 5 whites (cabinets, backsplash, counters, appliances, and floors). There is a whole lotta white going on in there.
And this is how it looks after we painted and raised the cabinets! Here are the things you should notice:
- No. You aren’t going crazy. We did paint our white cabinets white. You can kinda see in the before picture that the cabinets did not match the doors. In person, the difference was MUCH more obvious. The cabinets had that lovely nicotine-yellow color while the doors were white. Now they all match! More on that in a minute.
- The cabinets are now 12 inches higher than they were before!
- The backsplash is gone and the wall is painted.
- The blue tape line indicates something more to come! *Hint hint* look here for my inspiration!
- Yes, that is a new cabinet sans doors above the microwave. And yes, I realize that it is shorter than the other two.
I’m not what some would call a lucky person. In fact, on occasion, people have told me that I am very un-lucky. I’ve never won a giveaway, been given a free Chipotle burrito, or won the lottery. I was that kid in school that always got chosen to present my project/give my speech on the first day. So when an editor from Better Homes and Gardens emailed me to tell me that they had chosen one of my DIYs as one of their “16 favorite blogger makeover projects” I just about peed my pants. Wanna know which project they loved?
Remember my Dresser Turned Media Stand? It remains, to this day, one of my all time favorite projects I have ever done. And apparently it is one of BHG’s favorites too! Anywho, in the spirit of March Madness, Better Homes and Gardens is running a Makeover Madness Tournament which pits DIY projects from across the web against each other. And I am crazy humbled to be going against some of my all-time favorite bloggers!
Today my dresser turned media stand is up for voting! And since all of you are my besties, I’m asking you to pretty pretty please, with a cherry and sprinkles on top go and vote for my project!