Friday, September 23, 2016

Island Expansion

When we first moved into our home (6 years ago) I had visions for a larger kitchen island.  The kitchen had a space designed for a small table, but I didn't want to put a small table in the kitchen that would be right next to our large dining room table.  It made more sense to just expand the island.  My family expanded this year (we had our 5th boy), so...... 
it was time to do the island expansion!



I went with a "T" shaped countertop (rather than a square) so that the barstools on the sides could easily slide in and not crowd the walkways in my kitchen. 

First, I hired a cabinet guy (McKean Woodworking) to build me a box.  The original island stayed (the top part of the "T") 
and he built the box off of that.

Next was the countertop.  I love the look of marble, but I didn't want the worry and stress that goes along with marble countertops.  We decided on Quartz.  It is called "Tranquility" by HanStone.  I am VERY pleased with the look!!!  I looked at other Quartz countertops but the veining had a pattern to it so it didn't look natural.  This one had a random veining pattern which I really liked.

My smart sister encouraged me to go with the 3" mitered edge (instead of an ogee or beveled edge).  It gives the illusion of a very thick and large slab, but as you can see below....
it's all an illusion!

 I am loving that my whole family can sit at the bar together!  I love that my kids can spread out their homework or coloring books and it doesn't interfere with my cooking space!  I love that there is tons of space for a buffet line at my annual family Thanksgiving party!  Love, Love, Love it!!!

Barstools - Ballard Designs 
Wooden Tray and Glass Terrarium - World Market


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Entryway Redone!



For this trim work project, I wanted to find a new guy to hire.  The trim work I had done in the past was done well, but took a long time to complete so I wanted to find someone that could get it done quickly for me.  I HIGHLY recommend this guy.  He was extremely reliable, detail oriented, worked hard, and got it all done in 3 days!  I couldn't have been happier.  
His name is Lee Hyland (801-815-1862).  
If you live in or around the Salt Lake City area then you're in luck :)
Here are some pictures of the process:

I also had him add a bigger header to all my doors in my hallway, 
and a bit of trim to the inside of these wide arches that enter into my kitchen.

The next step was painting, Lee recommended some painters for me that he often works with and they too were fabulous!  I requested that they paint it all by hand (I hate the mess that spraying creates) and they accommodated my craziness and did a beautiful job!

Once it was painted, I had grasscloth wallpaper installed.  This is the wallpaper I ordered.  I felt comfortable going with "faux" grass cloth since it wasn't at eye level so nobody would notice otherwise (I don't think I would use it if it was eye level?).  I used the company Details by Others for the installation.

Now I'm itchin' to get the last 2 rooms in the house done!  Just my bedroom and the office to go!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Beginning of the End

If you follow my blog I'm sure you have noticed the gradual decrease in posts.  The truth is - there is just not that much left to do on my house.  The small projects have all been done and the few projects that remain are bigger (aka more expensive) so it takes time to save up to get those ones done.  I only expect to post 3 or 4 more times - and that is over the span of the next couple years.  I will always keep this blog up and running so that you can refer back to old posts.  I have loved doing this blog and so appreciate all the support and kind comments over the years, but this is the beginning of the end :(

What's left?

Kitchen Island countertop upgrade

The Master bedroom  - I plan to do grasscloth wallpaper and wood paneling on the walls along with built-in bookcases framing the door to the bathroom.

The Office - Built-in bookcases and wood paneling on the walls

The Foyer - wood paneling on the walls and columns

Thanks again for staying tuned and encouraging me in this process of making a house my home!

Master Bedroom Sitting Area


I finally got seating!  I also purchased a new table for between the chairs that had a natural wood tone that ties into the chandelier in the room.  I also decided to change out the curtains for something a little lighter.  

I got plain white Ikea curtains (I bought an extra curtain so I could add length).  Since I actually use my curtains for privacy and to block out light in the morning, I also lined them with black-out liner.  Then I stenciled them.  I didn't bother with using a special kind of paint - just used what I had on hand.  I didn't bother with measuring it out either, just "eye-balled" it and they turned out great!  It was a quick and easy project!

The room is still not finished (but it's getting there!) - It could definitely use some warmth.  I plan to add grasscloth wallpaper someday.

Here are the sources:

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Park City Shopping

This last weekend my husband and I went up to Park City for a getaway.  I visited one of my favorite home furniture/decor stores while there - Sticks and Stones.  Every time I go in, something cool catches my eye.  Here were my 2 favorites this trip:

This awesome coffee table - someone could definitely dIY it!

And these GORGEOUS cowhide chevron stools (are you drooling!).  
If I remember right they were about $200 each.

I would have been very tempted, but I have nowhere to put any of these items - Maybe you do?!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A couple fun Accessories

I picked up this gold angel wing bowl at Target the other day for $25.  It's a great addition to my coffee table - I love it!

 I also visited a cute new store on Main Street in Kaysville, Utah - "To Market."
It has all sorts of cute and unique accessories along with larger pieces of furniture that have been painted and antiqued.  I grabbed this Gold Arrow for $23.

Have you jumped on the bandwagon and started adding gold or brass to your home decor?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kitchen Update: Marble Mosaic Backsplash

After 4 years I decided it was time to commit to a backsplash!
I am still in love with my laminate countertops (when we picked them out we were nervous and thought we might end up replacing them).  I am sticking with them- so I got a backsplash that would tie it all together.



Rather than just continuing the "backslash line" on this wall I decided to take it all the way up to the ceiling.  It didn't require much tile to go to the top but now gives the illusions that there is a full wall of tile behind the cabinets (which I like!).

After doing much searching and debating I went with this tile: Venato Carrera Polished 1x2" brick Marble tile from the Builder Depot.  I liked this brighter white tile compared to their "grayer" Bianco line.  I also liked the quality of this tile over what I found on Amazon and from Home Depot.
If you are in the market for marble tile - this is a great quality product for a great price!