I’m so thankful that our community has this special night for fathers and daughters! We look forward to it through the winter! I keep an eye out for the dress all year. This year, we found this beautiful dress on sale at Savers for $4.60! I got the shoes for $1. The dance fee is $15 and that includes… Read more →
We had our home tested for radon and it was very high. Our average level was ten and our highest reading 20! World Health Organization suggest levels of 2 or less. Our children sleep downstairs so we needed to get it handled right away! I called the state. I looked up mitigation companies in our area. We read a lot… Read more →
I stink at meal planning. I mean, I can plan meals, but then at meal time, I either forget what I planned or it’s frozen. I’m super good at winging it! 😉 I saw a beautiful system on this blog yesterday and it was an “ah ha” moment. I mean, isn’t this pretty? I thought, “I’d better get those containers,… Read more →
I’m very thankful to work part time from home. This allows me to focus on little things that can save money but also add to our family’s quality of life. I like to see if I can “make money” by saving it. This is my niche and hobby. 😉 I know many people don’t see the value in small… Read more →
I used to be more of a spender, but over the years I have become the money manager, investor and bill payer at our house. I can tell myself no much easier than my husband can tell me no! 🙂 Kitchen numbers: light colored 16′ counter tops: $120 butcher block counter top and stain: $180 2 unfinished cabinets and paint: $215… Read more →
This is my thankful girl kitchen! I’m so proud of our work. It is a good fit for our modest home. We enjoy using it. I spend literally 90% of my waking hours in this space and this was a really useful change. I want to address the fact that this mini-remodel is not perfect, high end or a good fit… Read more →
We reused and replaced our laminate flooring and then it was time to work on the island counter top. This was the key piece to my new design. It is the center of the room and where we spend most of our time, so we really wanted it to be nice. I found the 3’x6′ birch butcher block counter top… Read more →
First on the list was to get the sink going again. Washing dishes in the the bathroom sink is no fun! Whew! Now life can resume in the chaos! I chose unfinished cabinetry and decided to paint it white. Before we started the project, I had collected all the materials when they were on sale. Do you see all those… Read more →
The goal to, “live well with what I’ve been given,” continues to play out here in my new kitchen. I am thankful for the kitchen that served us well for three years. I’m thankful that I could use the creativity given to come up with this new layout for an even more useful space. I sold so much on the… Read more →
Hello, I’m thankful girl!
I like to live well with what I’ve been given. I work hard to enjoy what I have and be thankful.
We had a small kitchen and it served us very well for 3 years and could have continued doing so for years to come.
This is the story of how we took what we had and transformed it into what we wanted.
Finding solutions for little issues in my thankful life, gives me an opportunity to be creative and that is part of what makes me, me.
I like doing projects, figuring out how to use what I have to make it a better solution for my family.
In this case, I was able to sell furniture and remodel my kitchen and dining areas. 🙂
This is my old kitchen… a small U shape and not efficient.
Two tiny drawers!
One night, my sweet husband said, “you know we could straighten out those cabinets and triple the size of the kitchen.” He dropped the subject, as if I would forget this brilliant, work laden, plan!!! That was that.
I was searching for pennies and drawing out plans.
The new design would require that we changed the whole room and our old furniture didn’t fit.
Great for me!!
I was able to sell a china hutch, dinette set, entertainment center and a sectional sofa to gain $1,000.
I was determined to use this $1,000 to remodel my kitchen, buy a new sofa, make a different table and an upholstered bench seat! Take that Property Brothers!
Are you ready to see how we did all that with just $1,000?
Ok great!!! Let’s enjoy the ride!
Look at all that space over there:
Backsplash?!! It was needed to unify the space since my final plan involved open shelving on the left.
I really wanted glass tiles for a dazzling effect. Ya right.
Affordable option for 20 feet?
Paintable wallpaper? I got this tin tile wallpaper on amazon.com.
It was affordable. $60 for all materials.
There were great directions in the reviews and I used wallpaper paste instead of submerging the paper in water.
I have never wallpapered, but I decided to give it a try. One up, 15 to go!
All done… I only had to rip off and realign the corner pieces three or four times! 🙂
Now for paint… very very shiny!! Too shiny!!!
I mixed copper and black acrylic paint sponged it on an wiped it off. This made made the color work better with the counter tops we chose. It also added dimension.
I like that much better, It has a dazzling effect at 1/100 the price of glass tiles!
New layout and counter top part two!
Thanks for reading,