Wednesday, October 17, 2012

it has begun

Well, packing has begun.  If all goes according to plan, I'm moving in less than two weeks (*gulp*).  My mom and grandma came over today to help me pack up all my stuff (and by "help," I mean more or less do all the work for me) - and you can see that they've already made a big dent in the living room.  Man, I'm going to use a lot of boxes.  So many books!  But it's hard to give them up.

Kevin is not looking too happy about all the changes. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

cheapie craigslist coffee table + thoughts on kitchen cabinets

I mentioned the super cute coffee table I scored recently on craigslist for a cool $30, and finally got around to taking some pictures of it.  It's in excellent condition and I'm loving the marble top - so pretty!      I'm pretty sure I'm going to put it in my basement, which will hopefully be super cozy.  


Isn't it cool?  Just the right amount of vintage.

I'm also considering what to do about the ugly kitchen cabinets in my new house.  They are cherry and ugly and I want white cabinetry.  At first I thought about just painting the whole kitchen, but after getting some advice from the very friendly Danika Herrick of Gorgeous Shiny Things, I'm reconsidering the idea.  She did a wonderful job with her kitchen re-painting, but it does sound like a tremendous amount of work, which I might not be game for after painting pretty much every other surface in the house.   Plus, I'm a little worried about the cabinets chipping over time.  So I'm thinking about maybe just painting out the cabinet framework itself but then buying new doors.  I have IKEA cabinets in my kitchen right now, and I like them a lot.  Even though it might be kind of lame, I'm thinking about maybe getting the exact same cabinets that I have now, namely, the Lidingö cabinets:

They seem to range in price, depending on size, from between $30 and $60.  I need to get into the house to measure the cabinets, but taking $45 as an average price per cabinet door, I might be looking at dropping something like $1000 on doors.  Ouch.  I'm also not sure if IKEA has the right sized drawer fronts to replace the ones in there now.   I wonder if it will be worth it when I consider the time I'll need to invest to paint everything?  

I also just saw on the Home Depot website that something called cabinet refacing is available.  I'm trying to figure out what exactly it entails, and how much it will cost - but it might be something else to investigate.  

UPDATE: Just called Home Depot and it sounds like cabinet refacing is pretty pricey.  But the lady I spoke with there mentioned a product from Rustoleum that seems like a DIY cabinet refacing kit; the reviews online are mixed, but I've found more positive than negative ones.  Might consider going this route, since I'm worried that just regular paint will chip over time or get weird when I try to clean them, plus, I was dreading having to sand and prime all the cabinets if I just painted them on my own - this kit claims that I won't have to do that.  It sounds like the Rustoleum product is pretty durable and chip resistant, albeit time consuming, but I guess if I just want to spend a few hundred bucks, DIY is the route to go. An unlimited budget would be pretty nice...

Friday, October 5, 2012

why i love craigslist

Because I just scored this super awesome vintage bamboo table for $25.  TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!

Loving those brass drawer pulls!  I have just the spot for this in my new place.  I just bought a really cool marble coffee table for $30, too, but it's still in my car - will post photo of it later.

Monday, October 1, 2012

photos of new kitchen

As I mentioned in my previous post, I really like the look of my kitchen in my current condo, and plan to make the kitchen in my new house look similar, with white cabinets and dark countertops.  In the case of my new place, the current countertops are black granite (which I can definitely work with - the counters in the bathrooms, which are this yucky brown/black granite, however, are a different story).  Since the main level of the new house is all one long room (living room leads into dining area, which leads to the kitchen, off to the side), I plan on painting the entire area a nice light blue-y green (to be specific, Behr's Cool Jazz, which I used to paint the backsides of my dining room bookshelves in my current place - though the color in these bookshelf photos looks a bit washed out; the blue is brighter in real life).  I think that nice light blue will look really pretty against the white kitchen cabinets, black countertops, and brass hardware.  Here are two photos of the current kitchen:

So yes, you can see that there is just way too much cherry going on in here.  Blech.  I need to do some research on how to best paint these cabinets out - the last thing I want is to do all the work of painting and then have them chip.  I know Danika Herrick at Gorgeous Shiny Things did a great job of painting her kitchen cabinets, so maybe I'll muster up the courage and send her a note and ask her how she did hers (talk about a lady with a lot of talent!).  I'm still trying to find some suitable ceiling light fixtures for the kitchen, but I did find some AWESOME brass nautical pendant lights from Home Depot for FIFTEEN DOLLARS EACH (on sale from $50/each) to hang over the breakfast bar thingie.  There is NOTHING like an amazing deal to make me feel happy happy happy.  Aren't they cute?!?!?!?!


I have two of them in my possession, but am just posting a picture from online because they're in the box and I don't feel like opening it up and making a big mess.  

Exciting stuff!