Thursday, June 19, 2014

Trash To Treasure Outdoor Light

 Found this chandelier pot holder thing in the attic when we moved in amongst some other junk. Remember the whole grapes and wine theme, this lamp was screaming 2004. It actually had fake grapes attached to it but luckily I could remove them. Drew's class was doing a trash to treasure project and I even thought about helping him revamp the lamp but this it was so big and bulky so we decided on a bird feeder and used the hooks to make corn holders for squirrels. I almost threw this thing out after that decision but then thought about it. I always like to study a item before it gets thrown out or donated to see if I can do any rehab on it. I removed all the wiring from the lamp since I knew I didn't want to put it in the house but make it an outside light. I saw something a while back with solar lights on Pinterest in a chandelier by the way they make it look so easy but it's all about the sizing and this thing could not handle solar lights. So I bought these little tea lights, and candle holders. I glued them with some glue meant for metal, attached the lights and now I have a fun light on my outdoor Pergola.

 I added a little bling in the holes that formally held onto the cheap looking grapes.
 It turned out so cute, I have two outdoor fans on both sides and this in the middle and it looks perfect.
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Kitchen Reveal

 Just short of a month our new kitchen is complete. I am very happy how everything came together. This time I did not have samples I had to pick everything by showing the cabinet builder pictures and describing what I wanted to my contractor. I found the exact flooring from 11 yrs ago to match the existing flooring. I knew I did not want tile, although I love the wood tile it was not a option because of the rest of my flooring being wood. I over thought a lot but designing a kitchen is stressful and the colors and choices have to flow. I choose White Dove cabinets after many samples, it is beautiful color. It is a warm white but not yellow, that's exactly what I wanted. I choose Lyra Silestone counter tops just like my old house, since I liked them so much. I wanted Marble but not the upkeep or staining so this is nice alternative and it gives you the same look. 

 The back splash and range hood turned out beautiful, I like having the little shelf to change out decor through the seasons. I am more then happy with my stove. I did away with having a double oven due to taking out a wall and needing the cabinet space. It's a nice luxury to have a double but I really did not use it when I had it for a few months. I choose to get a really nice range so I would not regret not having a double. When I cook on the range it is amazing. I feel like real chef, the burners adjust so nice and the heating is so even.

 I still need to get some curtains and shades by my eating area but I wanted to post these so bad. Taking pictures in my house is tricky due to having light stream in from both sides.

 like my open shelves to the right? My cabinet maker wanted my old front doors so I told him I would trade them for some shelves. It worked out perfect because I love the shelving and it adds a lot to the kitchen. I need to buy some new pots and accessories, how fun!
 A good view of Lyra, this picture makes it look a little darker then actual but it's nice.

 I love the island, so big and just what I wanted. It's so nice to wash dishes and watch TV. Having one big room is amazing, I have always wanted a kitchen and living totally open. The flooring tied in well and Lincoln approves. I'm so happy to be done with this, it was a big project but such a huge improvement and transformation. 
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