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Winter Pinterest Challenge… In Progress

If you have been following Color Transformed Family on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook you might have noticed that we have been up to something these past few days.

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What is the Pinterest Challenge?

A challenge decreed by Katie (Bower Power) and Sherry (Young House Love) along with two guest bloggers, Megan (The Remodeled Life) and Michelle (Decor and the Dog) to actually follow through with your DIY pins on Pinterest.

We received the notification of the Challenge last Wednesday.  At first I was in the dark about what to do.  Not because I didn’t have plenty of pins that I would love to follow up on but because I wasn’t 100% certain if we were going to be in town this past weekend.

By Friday afternoon I pretty much knew we would be staying home for the most part of the weekend so I started gathering supplies and prepping.

Prepping for what?

Prepping to paint the walls and tile the back splash of our kitchen! That’s a lot for one weekend right?  Especially, when that one weekend really only consists of Saturday since we planned to be out of town on Sunday.  Which leads me to preface the rest of the post with…

we didn’t finish.

We did partially finish though and we do have progress pictures to show.  But before I do I thought I would share where I got my inspiration from.

First, here is a reminder of where we stood with our kitchen prior to this last weekend.

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I realize a lot of people like the red.  I’ll admit it’s not terribly bad… it’s just not the color I would have selected plus the paint is scratched up in several places.  After finding several inspiration kitchens on Pinterest I was in love with the idea of yellow kitchen.

 

I felt that a pale yellow would really open up our small space as well as give the room an inviting feeling.  Yellow was a little scary for me though because before Noah’s room was Noah’s room it was a yellow bedroom.  Ugh.  I just couldn’t stand the color in there but somehow I felt like it would be different in the kitchen.  Thankfully it was.

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Besides wanting to paint the walls yellow we also felt like tackling the tile back splash at the same time would be a great idea.  I would paint and ML would install the tile.  We chose a simple and classic white subway tile for our back splash.  I was sold on the idea after seeing several beautiful installation pictures.

 

We bought all our supplies Friday and were ready to start Saturday morning… sort of.  ML was ready to start but I had a quick jewelry party and brunch to hit up first. It was lots of fun and a great chance to hang out with some girls for a while but definitely set us back in our day.

While I was gone he watched Noah and somehow managed to get the entire back splash area sanded.

kitchen-backsplash kitchen-backsplashIf you live in a typical house with a typical kitchen you wouldn’t need to do this but because somebody somewhere down the line decided to basically apply plaster to our walls we needed to sand them down. Let me just say if you haven’t ever texturized your walls then don’t.  It really makes things a lot easier to leave them smooth.

While I was gone ML not only managed to get the wall area sanded but also to cover the entire first floor of our house in a blanket of dust.

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So for the better part of our afternoon we were vacuuming and wiping down all the surfaces before any painting or tiling could begin.  In hindsight it would have been a great idea to have put up a dust partition.  We’ll know next time.

Finally, late Saturday afternoon I managed to start painting the walls while ML read a few Young House Love posts on installing tile. Thanks John!

By the time I took Noah to bed ML was finally able to start installing the tile.  We were both a little surprised that it took this long before officially beginning but life happens.

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Two nights into the tile installation things are still moving a little slow for us but we are super excited by how it’s beginning to look.

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I am so thankful that I have a patient husband who is willing to keep moving forward with this project and is just excited about the end result as I am.

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Yay!  I’ll be back later to share the finished tile installation and more details of how we got it done.

Meanwhile… except for a few inconspicuous places things are wrapping up on the painting.

For the color I chose Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon in Sherwin Williams SuperPaint Paint and Primer in One.  I thought Lemon Chiffon was an appropriate name for the color of a kitchen.

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It is a really light yellow.  Like I was hoping, it really makes the kitchen feel larger which is great because its a wee bit on the small side. I’m thankful for my kitchen though.  Because it is a light yellow and not super saturated it doesn’t give off too much energy or leave you feeling restless and angry like some yellows do.  This yellow is calming and rejuvenating… exactly what I wanted.

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See how nice it works with our new counters!  Oh, and see all that texture on the walls.  That stuff is not easy to paint over.  You definitely have to come at it from every angle just to get it covered well.

kitchenI tried to stage the kitchen as best as possible around the working progress of the back splash.

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If you squint real hard though you can imagine what it will look like with the rest of the back splash installed and the cabinets painted gray.  It’s going to be lovely.  I feel like I have a brand new kitchen.

After we finish up the tile we still have a few things left to do in our kitchen renovation.

Operation Bring Sunshine to the Kitchen

  • new countertops
  • paint upper and lower cabinets
  • under cabinet lighting
  • new refrigerator
  • new above range microwave oven
  • paint walls
  • tile backsplash
  • add cut out to pantry door
  • clean grout in tile floor
  • new hardware for cabinet doors and drawers
  • replace ceiling fan and light

To view our inspiration board click here and for a project breakdown click here.  I’ll be back later to bring us up to speed on where we stand budget wise (hint: it’s looking pretty good).

Have you had any projects that you have tried to complete in a weekend but just didn’t manage to get it done?  Do you have experience installing wall tile?  If so, what advice do you have to keep the spacers in place while the mastic dries?

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The “Sweet” Reveal

I once had a teacher that said, ” Excuses are for losers”.  And while it has some truth to it I can’t help but share my excuse for taking so long to get this post up.  Life.  Yeah, it just happens like that.  Things get super busy and end up going not as you originally planned and some things just have to take a back seat.  Things like… editing the pictures for this post and then actually writing the post.

One of the things that has been keeping us super busy is our adoption process.  I don’t want to go into detail yet since that would be a totally different tangent than how the post originally started out and I would probably yet again let another day pass without sharing our kitchen counter reveal.  So here it is… with as few words as possible because let’s face it we all would much rather see the pictures than here me ramble. 🙂overall
formica dolce vitaformica dolce vitaformica dolce vitaOk, let’s pause for just a second.  In case you are new to the blog or might have forgotten the counters are actually laminate. Gasp!  That’s right laminate.  We chose Formica 180fx in pattern Dolce Vita for kitchen renovation.

We love it!  One of the reasons we chose this pattern was because of all the striations in it.  It really helps to lengthen and elongate our somewhat small kitchen.  Another reason we chose Formica 180fx is because of it’s price point. It comes in under both granite and solid surface counters but still has that high end look.  Which is what we were after… with out the big price tag.  Because sometimes spending the big buck just doesn’t make sense cents.
formica dolce vitaWe chose to extend our new counters all the way to the wall versus having a back splash like our previous counters.  It gives me a little extra counter space but most importantly will look sharp with a white subway tile backsplash extending all the way down to the counters.
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Noah photo bomb.  She was practically in the kitchen the whole time I was shooting.  I just tried to work around her for the most part.  noah in kitchenformica dolce vita

Our white sink really pops against the darker counters.  Which totally build my excitement for the addition of the white back splash!formica dolce vitaThe Dolce Vita laminate has an etchings finish to it.  Which gives it more of realistic stone feel but doesn’t have a bad hand to it.

Now for a look back at where we started and what we have left in the project we call Operation Bring Sunshine to the Kitchen.

Before:
KitchenIn Progress:

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What’s Left to Do:

Operation Bring Sunshine to the Kitchen

  • new countertops
  • paint upper and lower cabinets
  • under cabinet lighting
  • new refrigerator
  • new above range microwave oven
  • paint walls
  • tile backsplash
  • add cut out to pantry door
  • clean grout in tile floor
  • new hardware for cabinet doors and drawers
  • replace ceiling fan and light

What do you think of the Formica 180fx?  Can you see considering this as one of your options for new counters?  To be honest if I spent the big bucks I would splurge on a solid surface counter instead of granite.  My heart swoons for Corian’s Witch Hazel.  Let’s just say there is a hospital out there covered in it right now because I love it so much!FIIrk-FFDJlXkSYyv8uwqDaIovkMaaHIHfOYBFkzpUA

Are you a dark or light counter person?  If you could splurge or already have which would you prefer… solid surface or granite?  Do you know that some solid surface actually prices out higher than granite?

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French Doors in the Kitchen

Today, we bring you another update of what we like to call “Operation Sunshine”  or better know as our kitchen renovation.  To kick off this “on the edge of your seat” post I couldn’t resist showing you this picture of Noah.

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This girl loves to lend Mommy a helping hand in the kitchen.  I use that phrase generously though because climbing into the dishwasher and attempting to grab all the knives blade side up really isn’t “helping Mommy”.  But it sure is cute!

Note: No small hands were injured in taking the picture above.

Now onto the kitchen renovation!  This white refrigerator came with the house and we really haven’t had any complaints with it.  It keeps the food cold.  What more can we ask for?

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But since this kitchen renovation is all about helping our house to sell quicker someday we wanted to bring the refrigerator up to par with the rest of the appliances.  So that meant replacing it.

We looked and looked for the right refrigerator for us.  And by we I really mean ML because I just don’t have the patience to compare a million different refrigerators and then decide which one works best for us.

His task turned out really simple though because we were working with a thirty three inch existing opening.  An opening that is more than thirty years old… meaning people ate less back then and therefore needed smaller refrigerators.

I put in my request for french style doors and with our opening of thirty three inches it wasn’t hard to figure out which refrigerator was the one for us… the Samsung French Door Refrigerator from Lowe’s.

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Thankfully, I married an extreme bargain hunter who never takes full price for an answer.  We were able to get the Samsung french door refrigerator listed above with the MSRP price of $1499.99 for $814.

How?

Samsung French Door Refrigerator MSRP – $1499.99

Lowe’s matched the Best Buy Sale Price – $999.99

With the Lowe’s price match you get another 10% off plus tax – $953.99

Cost of hose for water hook up $10 – $963.99

$963.99 – $150 (money from the sell of our old refrigerator) = $813.99

Now that’s what I call a deal!  Thank you, Michael Luke!

The next step was emptying our current refrigerator in preparation for our new one.

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I managed to do this not once but twice.  Why?  Well you see the first time the delivery guys came they brought the wrong size refrigerator.  It seems that when our refrigerator made it to Birmingham it was badly damaged so Lowe’s just thought they would give us a free upgrade to the next size up refrigerator.  Well, that would have been great except we only have a thirty three inch wide opening.  Remember?

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They finally got it right though and we made room for our new Samsung refrigerator.  I also found out what color our grout should be…. not grey.  That’s why this interior designer recommends that light color grout should never be selected for the floor.  Never.

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Here’s another random little fact about our kitchen.  Up until about a year ago I had no idea that there was a light switch on this wall. Thirty years ago refrigerators didn’t stick out as far as they do these days.

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Finally, we have our new Samsung refrigerator installed and running!

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And see how nice the black appliances will look once the new counters installed.kitchen

New counters… that’s another story blog post.  Let’s just say they are still a work in progress.

For fun I  thought I would do things MTV Cribs style.  So here is what we keep inside our refrigerator.

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Some leftovers, clementines (a staple), coffee, and ingredients for smoothies.

We mostly keep frozen veggies and elk meat (thanks Dad) in the freezer.

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Another plus about our new refrigerator is the doors.  Our previous refrigerator only had one door and when it was open completely blocked the opening into the dining room.  With the new french doors there is room for the door to be open and for someone to pass through.  It definitely helps the space to feel larger.

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So heres a look at pre- renovation…
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and now.

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I’m so excited to see this whole project moving forward.  I’ll be back soon to bring you up to date on our counter situation and hopefully some reveal pictures by the end of the month.

Until then, here is where we currently stand with our budget.  It’s looking good y’all!

Operation Bring Sunshine to the Kitchen

(Estimated Pricing) Actual Amount Spent

  • new countertops– ($600 counters, $427 labor installation)
  • paint upper and lower cabinets – ($30)
  • under cabinet lighting– ($70)
  • new refrigerator– ($1,100) $813
  • new above range microwave oven-($150) $50 (actual cost will be lower once we sell the existing microwave currently on Craigslist.
  • paint walls– ($30)
  • tile backsplash– ($30 tile, $30 supplies)
  • add cut out to pantry door– ($20)
  • clean grout in tile floor– (10)
  • new hardware for cabinet doors and drawers– ($100)
  • replace ceiling fan and light– ($160)
Total Savings to Date: $387
Estimated Budget: $2,757
We Can Beat That Price: ???

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