Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cabinets are ordered!

The cabinets are ordered!  Ikea is offering up to 20% off your kitchen purchase until early December.  I know that they will offer another sale early next year, but only after we begin our kitchen reno, so I had to order the cabinets now.  They will be delivered in a couple weeks.  I originally wanted to only order the cabinets from Ikea, and get everything else from other sources, so our kitchen wouldn't look like an Ikea catalog!  To reach the 20% off deal, I had to order handles and a hood in addition to the cabinets.  Mathmatically, those are both free with the 20% discount so I'm not too bothered.

Cabinet fronts:

Ramsjo in Black/Brown.  Simple and traditional, and not too contemporary for our 1950s home.


Varde Pulls.  These will add a little modern feel to the more traditional cabinets.  The round coins are optional.  I will try both on the cabinets to see which I like the most.


Luftig Exhaust Hood.  This was not my first option for a hood, but it looks nearly identical to the first option. 
It will all be delivered in a couple weeks, at which I will show the pictures of the 173(!!) pieces, and what it's beginning to look like.  I will be spending the coming weekends until we begin the reno, looking for the right granite countertops.
Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Front Door Color!

I've wanted to paint our front door from the day we moved in.  Over two years later, I have finally done it!



Before and After

This is Swan Sea by Behr.  I love this color for the door.  It goes with the current exterior colors, but is a nice burst of color.

Glad to have this done after 2 years!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Pinning and Pining: November

After I took a break from Pinning and Pining, I found out Nick liked Pinning and Pining because he liked the ideas of gifts he could get me.  Isn't that sweet?

Since November=Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving=food, I thought food/cooking would be a good subject this month.


Cranberry upside down cake will be our dessert for Thanksgiving.  I hope it's as good as pineapple upside down cake.

I plan on slightly modifying this Brussels sprout recipe to have on Thanksgiving.  Yes, I like Brussels sprouts!


I love how beautiful these teak measuring spoons look.  I can't imagine anyone would hide these in a drawer!

I've been looking for some quality measuring cups to replace my cheap plastic cups.  These even have 2/3 cups, and 3/4 cups, which are often missing from other sets.

Next month: Christmas Pinning and Pining!

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Since the beginning of the kitchen renovation, we have never wavered on the back splash option, stainless steel.  We like the look, modern, simple, neutral.

These are simple peel and stick tiles, which should be easy to install.  We also plan on having almost no gap for grout.  I'm very excited to see what it all looks like when its done.
Sunday, November 3, 2013

New Toy

For years I have been talking to Nick about a chain saw.  He always told me we didn't need one, or we wouldn't use one.  Well, about a week ago Nick said he thought we could use a small chain saw and/or pole saw, to trim our trees, and take down bamboo that has fallen over a fence from our neighbor's property.  So, we bought a 2-in-1 pole saw with removable chain saw. 

It may be a small 10in chain saw, but I have one!  I can't wait to use it.