Thursday, June 30, 2011

High Kitchen Ceilings

My kitchen has high ceilings and there is a lot of space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. It makes for a bright and airy feel in the kitchen, but I am at an absolute loss as to how to decorate up there! My neighbor and I have the same layout, so I was hoping to grab some inspiration from her home, but that didn't quite work. She hung large posters up there that took up most of the wall space, which lessened the airy feel that I like about the room.

Yeah, it doesn't look so airy in this photo - sorry - this was taken as the sun was coming up and I had to supplement the light with the awful track lighting in there.

Anyhow, I've been stuck for almost a year with these blank walls YELLING at me to make them pretty, and I just don't know how!!!

Come along Pottery Barn, with their amazing Mitchell cubby organizers (isn't it always Pottery Barn that saves the day?), and I had my answer! I decided that I was going to build a single row (to keep it small enough to not take away from the height of the kitchen) and decorate it with whatever random stuff I find at Goodwill...

I got all most of my inspiration from how Rayan @ TDC put hers together - 'cept I got lazy and didn't put the supports in the back on this one. It ended up being perfectly strong built this way that I just didn't need 'em..

I haven't had a chance to GO to Goodwill, so I just threw some random stuff from my countertop up there...

And you know what?

I don't like it just yet.

It's not that I don't like THEM (I mean, they'll obviously look better when I get the label holders on, and add some corresponding shelving to the side walls.... but they just don't "GO" with my walls...

See where I'm going with this...?


I just don't think the walls and the cubbies like each other, and I really am rooting for the cubbies on this one. So the walls have to go...

I've been LOVING Benjamin Moore's Pale Oak - but I haven't tried it yet in MY house.... so we'll have to see. 

After the huge mishap with the living room wall color,  I am not letting my husband have any say this time.... 

Let's see where THAT takes us!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I've been "commissioned" (can I say that, even if I'm not getting paid?) to build a custom built-in for my husband's uncle..


"my" (?) uncle?


I've been commissioned by John.. There we go.. (can you tell I didn't get any sleep last night?!)

Anyhow,  I had a photo uploaded on the computer, so I figured that I might share it here!

Are you excited?


Today I get to start a vertical shelf of nearly the same, exact dimensions!

Woot woot!

Who cares that it's going to be 105 degrees?

Monday, June 6, 2011

You asked for it...

How is it that I only have two followers, but receive emails via this blog a few times a week..?

Hey people! If you like it, SHOW IT! :-)

Just sayin'...

Anywho... I've gotten about 8 emails in the past two months asking for a tutorial on the Pottery Barn inspired easel..

And I'll give it to ya!

After I get some rest. :-)

In the meantime...

I cannot find the paper that I had chicken scratched the "plans" (trust me, they would have only made sense to me - but they gave me an idea of what to draw up in SketchUp) - So I'm waiting on my friend to send me measurements of everything again. HA! I knew I should've done this when everything was still fresh. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Let's keep up with the whole "unfinished" theme!

I can't seem to do one room at a time, so nothing's ever gonna be finished! Recently, I've moved onto the oldest kid's room. This wasn't exactly planned, but I built her a daybed that didn't fit into her room well, so we switched the kids' rooms.

When I was first looking into building her a "big girl bed," I found this AWESOME plan over at The Design Confidential. I was CONVINCED that this bed was perfect, and that I would be making it THAT. DAY. (see my comments in the comment section? I even GOT to Blue and started loading the lumber cart). However, the lumber for the bed was much more than $60, and the 4x4 posts for the legs weren't counted for, throwing the total cost of the bed into triple digits here in the desert... Hubby had given me a budget of $50, and I could've gone about $10 over, but more than doubling it was out of the question...

So it was back to the drawing board, and slowly the urgency to build her a new bed faded.

When Ana White posted the Lydia Daybed, I imagined it in the baby's room when she gets older. The big kid has a more contemporary vibe in her room with clean lines and very little "fuss".  The vibe suits her, so I was AMAZED when she asked me to build the Lydia bed, "but with a [hand action, like she's pulling something] bed UNDER, too" - she wanted a trundle bed!

So I priced everything out, and again... we were into the triple digits. But someone posted on Facebook that Orchard Supply Company had a $20 off $50 coupon and that Blue and Orange took competitor's coupons. NO FRICKIN' WAY!!! I waited until the last day the coupon was valid (of course), and convinced hubby that we NEEDED to use it. He gave me the go-ahead, and I made two trips to Blue and got everything I needed (I even remembered castor wheels! DO NOT ask me how!). The total for the bed and the trundle and the white paint was just over $60. Seriously, there was more than one happy dance over the next couple days.. I even snuck away to do it a few times..

I think it took me three or four days to build/paint (had to do it while the baby was sleepin'), but it turned out great! Everyone but my hubby sneaks in there and lays down...

(the baby, sneaking' in to get some time on the bed)

I didn't do the trundle until a few weeks later (like... 3 days ago :-p), but there was limited space to build. It still needs painted, but... that's probably gonna take a few more weeks.

(the cat, bed time)

 This "handle" is TOTALLY unnecessary, but my hand jerked when I was cutting this out, so I "made it work" (thanks, Tim Gunn).

 A bunch of little imperfections, but you really can't tell. And if you can, it just shows that it was built by me and with love (come on, collectively: "AAWWWWWWWWW").

Next in here is to paint the walls Flemish Sky by Olympic

and make a rug with this tutorial by Mandi @ Vintage Revivals using these rugs from Anna's Linens (probably pink and purple, but I might just get cool and do pink OR purple with blue).