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Home Tour – Kitchen and Plans

Happy Friday, y’all! The long awaited weekend is upon us! I’m planning on soaking up every bit of sunshine I can this weekend. We went over 10 days without one sighting of the sun and it just about near killed me. I like a little bit of cold, but I need the sunshine to accompany it! I’m high maintenance. ;)

Today is the last stop on the Like a Saturday Home Tour. Today I’ll be showing you our long and narrow kitchen, and discussing our plans. 

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Although I still have quite the list of updates I’d like to make to our kitchen, this room has come such a long way from when we purchased the house! 

kitchen before 2This is the kitchen looking from the living room. This room couldn’t look more 1992 builder grade if it tried. Vinyl flooring, cream laminate counters, orange oak cabinets, flourescent lighting and one grimey ceiling fan. 

kitchen beforeAnd the view from the breakfast nook looking towards the living room. We have a small, galley style kitchen that is long and narrow.  

kitchen-tour-1And here is what the kitchen looks like now. Since the living room and kitchen are open to each other, so we carried in the same flooring and paint color for continuity. It seems bigger in here and just flows better. 

kitchen-tour-5My number one goal in this room is to paint the cabinets white. Of course, I’ve waited until the year that we’ll be bringing a baby in our home to seriously start planning it out. It may or may not happen in 2015. :)

kitchen-tour-sinkI’m so happy to have a window over the sink. Even though we mostly just see the activity in our neighbors driveway. #burblife

Other updates I’d like to make are replacing the laminate counters and updating to a subway tile backsplash. The good thing about having a small kitchen is it costs so much less to make major upgrades like that. I’ve also had my eye on that Ikea farmhouse sink for a long while. How darling would that be? Those hooks on the sides of the cabinet are going when we paint. I’m thinking some shelves like this would be totally adorable and add to the modern farmhouse vibe I’m going for. 

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My coffee bar is my absolute favorite part of the kitchen. Not only does it supply me with life juice, it’s also pretty cute. You can read more about it here

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At the end of our kitchen is the breakfast nook, complete with bay windows. Confession time. When I was a kid, I used to design my own floor plans on graph paper. For fun. Every last one of them included a bay window in the kitchen. Dreams do come true! 

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kitchen-tour-4And the last part of the kitchen is the stove area. It’s tiny, but it does the job! I’m a bit globe obsessed and have displayed part of my collection on the top of the cabinets. I’m not usually one for stuff on tops of cabinets, but I actually really like these here. 

kitchen-tour-3On this little sliver of wall, I have a tiny eclectic plate collection. The top one is from Home Goods, but the bottom two belonged to my Grandma. The plate in the middle is Hopalong Cassidy, which brings me endless amounts of joy. It’s the little things, y’know. ;)

You can read more about our small pantry and how I organize it here

I’ll leave a list of sources and links to projects found in my humble little kitchen at the bottom of this post. 

Now that we’ve come to the end of this tour, I want to know what your favorite room in YOUR home is. Tell me about it! 

You can find the complete home tour here. 

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Kitchen Sources

Gold Dipped Bar Stools

“Wake up and smell the Coffee” Printable – DIVart on Etsy

School House Light Fixture – Home Depot

Woodland Creature Plates – Target circa 2012

Chandelier – Pottery Barn

EAT Faux Zinc Letters 

Cookie Jar – Crate & Barrel {from a few years ago} – Similar here

Anthro Inspired Cake Stand

Chalkboard Menu

 

 

 

 

2015 Home Goals

Happy New Year, everyone! Hopefully you’re all getting some rest today after partying like it’s 1999 last night {also, side note…..weren’t we all just freaking out about Y2K like….yesterday?}. 

I ended the year on the blog by taking a glance at our 2014 home goals and seeing how we did. Now, it’s a new year and time to make new goals! 

Like a Saturday -- 2015 Home Goals

I’m not exactly sure what this year is going to look like for us. Which I totally love as a control freak planner. Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice? ;) As I’ve mentioned before, we are going to be welcoming a little one into our family through adoption this year…we just don’t know exactly when! Along with not knowing when our baby will be here, there is the usual new baby unknowns — Will the baby be a good sleeper? Will he or she want to be held all the time? Who knows! I’m guessing I’ll throw a lot of the house projects out the window in exchange for baby snuggles. :)

So, our number one goal for our house this year is turning our guest room into a nursery. We have a lot to do! I have a long list of DIYs, some of which I’ve started on. It’s going to be fun! Aside from that, everything else is items I’d love to accomplish but I’m realistic and know that they may or may not happen. 

Kitchen

2015 Home Goals -- Kitchen

Paint Cabinets

Replace counters/backsplash?

Office

2015 Home Goals -- Office

Faux Built-ins and shelves?

Hall Bath

2015 Home Goals -- hall bath

 

Frame mirror

Replace light fixture

Refinish Cabinets

Master Bedroom

2015 Home Goals -- Master Bedroom

Headboard — Our mattress is old and in bad shape, so while we’re planning on replacing it next year, we’re also considering upgrading to a king size bed. If we do, I want to build a new headboard. I’m not crazy about the one we have anyway, so it will be fun to make something we actually love! 

What is on your to-do list for 2015?

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Top posts of 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday weekend! As we begin to wrap up another year, I’m taking a look back at the most popular Like a Saturday posts of 2014. Let’s do this New Year’s style and count down from 10! 

Most popular posts of the year

10) DIY Backlit Marquee Letter

I love an easy project, and this is perhaps the easiest of them all! I still love our illuminated ampersand. This would also be adorable in a child’s room — an oversized, monogram night light! 

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9) Industrial Farmhouse Coffee Bar

This is probably my favorite project of the entire year. I still smile at it every morning. Which may be because of my unhealthy obsession with coffee, but I do love how it turned out. 

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8) Greeting Card Organizer

You will notice a theme with some of these popular posts. You guys love your organization! Organizing your greeting cards with a mini-binder couldn’t be easier. There are a couple free printables available for this as well. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

7) Day-to-Day Life Organization

I went over a bit of how I keep myself organized on a day-to-day basis. My system worked really well for me in a crazy year. I’m making a couple of tweaks going forward in 2015 that I’ll be sharing with you soon! 

Systems to help you get and stay organized in your day-to-day life -- to help simplify your life and make your days run smoother!

6) Laundry Room Reveal

Another favorite post. I’m so happy with how our laundry room turned out! I wanted it to be pretty since it’s at the end of our main hallway {you can see it from the living room} and the door is pretty much always open. I get a lot of great comments on it when we have company! 

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5) Pantry Remodel and Organization

My dad gutted my parents’ pantry and did a complete overhaul. I helped with the organization and share some tips in this post. 

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4) Almond Joy Smoothie

This smoothie is seriously delicious, and its healthy too! I’m thinking it’s time to pull out the blender and get back on a smoothie kick! 

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3) Managing the Paper Clutter

Another organizational post. This system has been a game changer! We’ve been able to keep the paper clutter at bay without losing our minds. I was so glad we had this system in place before starting our adoption process this year. Talk about your paper train! I was easily able to find everything we needed. Tax season should be a breeze as well! 

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2) How to Paint Your Trim

I had grand plans to repaint all of our trim this year, but we only got to the bathrooms and laundry room. I’ll be using my own advice when I try to tackle this task in 2015. 

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1) How to Hang Patio Lights

This absolutely cracks me up — the post that almost wasn’t. Seriously, y’all — this post was a complete afterthought. I didn’t think anyone would really be all that interested, but it has consistently been the post with the most traffic this year. Who knew! 

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I was happy to see that my two favorites – the coffee bar and laundry room – made the list. Often times the posts you put the most effort into don’t gain as much traction. Meanwhile, you have the patio light posts blowing your mind. Haha! :)

What was your favorite post or project this year?

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