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A DIY I Didn’t Do Myself: Crown Moulding

11 Jul

I finally crossed one of the big items off the to-do short list I made for the home earlier this year. When some of my family came to visit in June, they brought power tools and helped around our home.

My stepdad, husband, and brother-in-law hung crown moulding in our dining room and kitchen. I really expected to have more of a hand in that, but the guys were doing such a great job, so my mom, sister and I worked on smaller projects: hemming curtains, re-painting wall art, and hanging pictures.

It was an enormous blessing and I really enjoyed having their company and assistance for a few looming projects.

This corner is my first or second favorite of the whole house. If you notice, I’ve even added a few more plates since last week.

Green Dining Room Crown Moulding

The kitchen hasn’t been seen on the blog in awhile. I think the last time was just after we painted the cabinets. Nothing has changed at all. Someday I won’t have floor tiles as my backsplash, but this blog focuses on celebrating progress, not just completion.

I should have taken the time to pull the tripod out of the closet, so you don’t get the vantage point of a 5’4″ woman. There really is about a foot between the cabinets and the ceiling. Next time.

Kitchen Crown Moulding

This next shot makes the beige walls blare, but I haven’t been inspired by any paint colors or wall coverings for this whack space where three rooms share walls.

I think this hallway is particularly camera shy, as it has never shown its face on the web, but it wears the chunky 5 1/4 inch crown moulding proudly.

Hallway Crown Moulding

Shhh! Don’t tell my husband that now the baseboards have been crying out to compete…

Thanks for reading,

♥ Dominique

 

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Home Project Goals for 2014

10 Jan

The turn of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate and set goals. Here is a list of a few ways I would like to improve my home this year.

Home To-Do List www.gustoandgraceblog.com
What do you want to accomplish in 2014?

Kitchen Makeover Preveal

17 Sep

Remember when I asked you to vote on kitchen cabinet colors? I didn’t expect the vote to be a tie.

Our cabinets remained orangey-oak, and I kept pondering. Finally, I ruled out dark stained cabinets. Not because I don’t love them, but because i was afraid it would make our small, windowless kitchen too dark, and because our living room and master bedroom floors are a similar oak color to our cabinets.

So that leaves white, which I wasn’t quite settled on. Searching for inspiration, I came across this image:

Grey Kitchen Inspiration www.gustoandgraceblog.com

I sent the photo to the husband, and he loved it. We spent our night removing the hardware we just put on and priming the lower cabinets. Saturday, we grabbed some paint chips from Lowes and Home Depot after deciding the sample we bought Friday night was way too light. We took them home and compared them to the above image and our current countertop.

Paint Chips www.gustoandgraceblog.com

We settled on Valspar’s Mark Twain House Ombra Gray. If it is good enough for Mark Twain…

Valspar Mark Twain House Ombra Gray www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Phase 1 of kitchen renovation includes painting the cabinets and re-tiling the backsplash. Our top choice for tile right now is 1 inch white hexagon tile. Anthony and I are going to a DIY tiling workshop at Home Depot on Thursday and will be borrowing some tools from my handy mother next time we visit Fort Worth.  Stay tuned for the reveal, but for now here’s a sneak peek of step 1, phase 1:

Painted Cabinets www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Depending on how long we stay in this house, a proposed phase two (at least 2-3 years down the line) would include new stone countertops and stainless appliances. I’m loving these marble countertops that wrap down.

I’ll leave you with some obligatory Mark Twain Quotes.

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

“Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that makes you smile.”

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”

Light or Dark, Y’all?

19 Jul

While mulling over thoughts I could not quite put into words I asked Anthony for help. He said I should start this post with, “Our house is sad y’all. You know what makes it sad this time? Our cabinets.” I told him he made me sound like Paula Dean. Then he told me I should write the entire post in the voice of Paula Dean’s non-racist sister.

He groans very lovingly at my newest thoughts on redecorating: did you read the “this time”?  Maybe it has something to do with my deluge of ideas flowing toward a man that’s perfectly happy with our home just as it is.

That man makes me belly laugh. Even if our cabinets are sad, our home is happy.

Recently we updated our cabinet hardware. it was inexpensive, and it made a big difference. See the before on the left, and the after on the right.

Before and After Hardware

The next kitchen update will probably be painting or staining our cabinets, but I cannot decide between white or dark.

Kitchen

A little help? Vote below using your best Southern drawl.

Information that may affect your vote: down the line, we’d love to replace the appliances with stainless. And the backsplash has a good chance of getting canned too.

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