Pantry Makeover

We have a little “nook” off of our kitchen on the way to our formal dining room. It is also home to the door to go up the “butler’s staircase” to an upstairs bedroom. This has always been an odd area for me to have a true purpose, kind of a catch-all for everything that needs to be put away. I have had a wooden bookcase-type shelf there for years, that I purchased at a local auction house for $1. It was fine, but I just felt like the rest of the area was a big waste of space.

I started searching Pinterest for some ideas of how I could make this space better. That’s when I stumbled across a post by CitygirlmeetsFarmboy showing an awesome pantry. It became our inspiration for this space. They took a lot of time to create an amazing blog post with very detailed instructions. You can find their blog post here: DIY Pantry Shelf – Handmade Haven. I will let you visit their blog for the step by step instructions. ๐Ÿ™‚

My husband measured our space and we decided on just doing one section of “pantry wall.” I found the black hutch on Facebook Marketplace not too far from our house for $75. I liked it a lot more than what we had before. This piece comes all the way to the ground, instead of having legs like the other piece. I also liked that this had more “hidden storage.” My desk is a built-in in our kitchen, so a lot of the extra junk from my desk is hidden inside this black hutch. It is also home to our printer. You can see that the wall and ceiling above is slanted, as the “butler staircase” is to the left and directly above. I will have to experiment with decor, etc to go above the hutch. Styling is not my thing!

I am very happy with how it turned out. We added some trim boards to the back of each shelf to keep items from sliding off the back of the shelves. Our pantry doesn’t sit flush with the wall because of the size of our baseboards. My husband used scrap 2×4 pieces to anchor it to the wall and take up the space between the wall and shelving.

You can find my cute pantry sign here: Rustic Wood Block Pantry Sign

In a future post I’ll show you our “Butler’s Staircase” and how we turned it into 2 separate closets while minimally altering the original woodwork. Stay tuned!

I love my new pantry wall. It really gave this space in our house a purpose and is extremely helpful for me to have. My cupboards are much more organized since I was able to spread everything out. This added a ton of storage for our kitchen. Many thanks to my hubby for building this for me!

Until next time ๐Ÿ™‚


Kitchen Table Makeover

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A few weeks ago I had a spur of the moment idea to redo our kitchen table. The only “before photo” I have of it, is one I sent to my husband asking if he cared what I did to it! Unfortunately that also means I don’t have any progress pictures. I’ll show you the before and after anyhow ๐Ÿ™‚

Fancy before photo, huh! Half drank baby bottle and all!
Chicco QuickSeat Hook-On Highchair

This table was really banged up on the legs as you can see. It was neglected in a basement for quite a while, and was dragged out to be brought into our kitchen. The rectangle shape fit our kitchen much better than the circle table I had in there before.

I snapped this pic to send to hubby & made sure he was OK with me getting creative with it…. (for me creative means one color… maybe! HAHA) It got sanded, and even more sanded when he got home… We took the top finish off, and lightly sanded the legs.

The top got re-stained with three coats of stain, and two coats of polyurethane. I spray painted the legs with two coats of paint.

Here is what I used:

I apologize I don’t have progress photos, but I will tell you that it has held up extremely well so far! We use it almost every day, with an almost one year old’s high chair hanging on it (Chicco QuickSeat Hook-On Highchair) – as shown in the before photo, and a preschooler completing many art projects at the other end. It was a simple makeover but I love the pop of color it brought to our kitchen.

๐Ÿ™‚ Until next time!


DIY Bathroom Counter-top Makeover

I have wanted to redo the counter-tops in both bathrooms in our house forever. It just hasn’t been in the budget. I have seen counter-top paint before and read about it on other blogs. I finally decided I would give it a try. After all, I couldn’t really “ruin” my 40+ year old counter-tops! I am no expert. I am new to DIY and none of my projects are perfect – especially this one. But, I will share my journey anyway!

Here it goes… my very imperfect bathroom counter-top makeover!

Supplies I used:

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Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pads, 8 Pads

Giani Countertop Paint Kit, Sicilian Sand – for kitchen projects/large bathrooms

Giani Granite Small Project Paint Kit, Sicilian Sand – for most bathrooms. This is the one I purchased and it was enough to do 2 bathroom counter-tops (I will make another blog post for the other bathroom.)

The paint kit comes with the brushes and rollers, so you shouldn’t have to buy any more of those unless you don’t wash them out. I washed mine and reused them as listed in the directions, but if you’d rather just throw away and not clean them, you’ll need these:

Value-Pack 10-Pc Foam Paint Brush Set – Wood Handles by Industrial Tools

Purdy 140624612 Jumbo Mini White Dove Roller Replacements, 6-Pack, 4-1/2 inch x 3/8 inch nap

I re-caulked both bathrooms after the recommended drying times were completed. I used this caulk:

GE GE281 Advanced Silicone 2 Kitchen & Bath Sealant Caulk Squeeze Tube, 2.8oz, White

Before photo*

First you’ll need to open up the paint kit box and read all of the directions so you know what you’re in for. It’s pretty simple, but if you have kids you might want to plan a time where you’ll be gone during drying times, or make sure you have a spare bathroom to use. Or at least somewhere else to wash your hands!

The directions in the paint kit tell you in detail, but in short – you’ll want to clean your counter tops very well to prep them for paint. The Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pads, 8 Pads work great for this. You’ll also have to scrape off old caulking. Next, tape off the walls, sink, cabinet, and whatever else you don’t want paint on. I used ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painterโ€™s Tape,  1.88 inch x 60 yard, 1 Roll – 2090-48E.

Time for the coat of primer! Looks better already!

Follow along with the steps in the instruction manual, adding each color and allowing it to dry according to the drying times listed. My husband also got the hardware on the sink changed. Woohoo! Much easier for our preschooler to control the water temperature with this style of faucet. Here is a very similar faucet: WOWOW Bathroom Faucet 2 Handle Bathroom Sink Faucet 4 inch Centerset Bathroom Faucets 3 Holes Lavatory Faucet with Lift Rod Drain Stopper Vanity Faucet Lead-Free Basin Mixer Tap Black

Finished product!

I re-caulked around the sink and sides of the counter top. I spent less than $50 on both bathrooms in our house combined. Way cheaper than $2,000 brand new counter tops! It isn’t perfect, but I love it for what it cost and the visual improvement is great. My husband switched the handles on the vanity too. I love it! Stay tuned for our other bathroom’s before and after photos.