Kitchen Pantry Subway Art and Giveaway

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I have lived in my house for just over 2 months now. Usually, I am the type of person to move in and get everything decorated right away. I totally have been dragging my feet this time around! Part of it may be the fact that we have heard horror stories about the property management company we are renting through and I get freaked out to hang anything up in my house. Just last week, I hung up the first thing in my house and it turned on some sort of switch within me and I have been slowly working my way through the house as I decorate. One of the first rooms I worked on was my kitchen. We spend a lot of time in there and I wanted it to feel like a happy place to be!

I absolutely loved the idea of putting some sort of design on my pantry door, but wasn’t sure what to put on it. I started looking through the Silhouette store and fell in love with this kitchen subway art graphic that they had. I purchased it right away! This was a fun little project and I love the pop of color that it helps add to my kitchen as well.

Kitchen Pantry Subway Art on www.girllovesglam.com

I love how it turned out and love that it took VERY little time to create too! All you need is… [Read more…]

My First House Swan Song

As the week starts, I am pretty overwhelmed with feelings about closing on our house. There will be a new family moving in this weekend. I really am a total basket of emotions inside. I feel happy that the right person walked through our house so quickly. I feel relieved to be leaving the stress of home ownership for a little while while we rent. I feel sad to be leaving my family behind in Idaho Falls. I feel heartbroken to leave the beautiful memories that we created as a family by becoming first time parents in that house. I feel torn to leave all of my work in that house.

I can’t help but think of that episode of Glee where they all sing their final swan songs to give a proper goodbye while representing themselves. I think it is only appropriate to do the same for my first-cutest-little-high maintenance-old-quirky house.

My First House Swan Song: All of the home projects that happened in this house. Tons of links to great home tutorials in one place on www.girllovesglam.com

(Sorry for the lack of photos for this first part! Don’t worry, the photos and projects that were documented come further down the post! Click on the photos to take you to each individual tutorial.)

We bought this house in January 2011. It was old, quirky, and very brown. All but two of the rooms in the house were brown. Those rooms were dark green and what my husband liked to refer to as daycare blue. The paint colors weren’t our favorites, but we knew we could change them easily. I started with painting the daycare blue room a gorgeous celery green. It served as my craft room for less than a year before it was turned into our tiny little muchkin’s bedroom. We had one room painted and many, many more square feet to cover.

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How to Paint Cabinets and Add Hardware {Kitchen Makeover}

Holy flippin’ crap guys! I have been SO excited to show you my latest, craziest project that I decided to take on… my kitchen makeover!

How to paint cabinets and hardware on www.girllovesglam.com

Let me start by saying that it at first, my plan was to paint my kitchen (Crushed Ice from Sherwin Williams), get a new faucet, and add hardware to my cabinets. All of that happened, but as soon as I decided I wanted to put in a faucet, it became clear to me that I needed a new sink too. You can see my full sink transformation and tutorial to install a sink and faucet HERE. Once I installed my sink, I put my gorgeous new hardware up against my oak cabinets and my heart instantly dropped. It looked hideous. Like honest to goodness freaking ugly. Gorgeous brushed nickel isn’t supposed to go up against orange looking oak cabinets people. That’s when I got my next crazy idea… painting my cabinets. It couldn’t be that hard, right? I am going to share with you my tips on how to paint your kitchen cabinets and add hardware to them too! First though, let’s take a look back to my ugly kitchen before any of my kitchen transformation began. [Read more…]

How to Install a Kitchen Sink and Faucet

Big news! I am giving my kitchen a makeover! I got my living room all taken care of and it is time to move onto the next room… the kitchen! The first thing I tackled was the sink. Okay, I didn’t literally tackle the sink, but I knew that I needed to get a new sink in my kitchen if I ever wanted to like my kitchen. I learned a lot about installing a kitchen sink and I can’t wait to share what I learned with you! Not only did I get a new kitchen sink installed, I got a gorgeous kitchen faucet too! Now for the big part…

How to install a kitchen sink tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com

How to install a kitchen sink and faucet! First of all, you need to admit you have a problem. A problem sink and faucet that is! Check out my nasty sink before. I absolutely hated having a white sink. Everything I put in the sink would stain it! The faucet was equally bad. Every spot of water and every little fingerprint would show up on the shiny faucet! I hated it!

My kitchen sink before a makeover

 

I showed this before photo to my friends at Moen and am sure they almost died when they saw it. I was interested in getting a new faucet, but they insisted on the sink as well. I am sure glad they did because I can’t imagine my kitchen without the gorgeous sink and faucet together now! The sink I chose was the 2000 Series stainless steel double bowl sink. I don’t have to worry about it staining anymore! The faucet I chose was the Moen Walden Pullout Kitchen Faucet that is available exclusively at The Home Depot. It is spot resistant, has a pull out feature at the end of the faucet that turns it into a handheld wand to spray. It is awesome! It also comes with a soap pump that I have loved! I didn’t realize how much clutter gets added to the kitchen cabinet with hand soap sitting out.

After you find the kitchen sink and faucet you want, you need to find an awesome helper to help you with your kitchen sink journey. My dad was my main helper. I can’t even tell you how much he did! Literally all of it. He is amazing. You will need to take apart the plumbing from under your old sink and set it aside. Make sure you turn your water off before you do this! It is also really helpful if you take a picture of your plumbing before you take it apart so that you can look at how it was when you go to put it back together again.

steps to put in a kitchen sink on www.girllovesglam.com

Cut away the old caulk from your previous sink and lift it up while someone underneath the sink pushes up on it to get it disconnected from your counter tops. Get the sink out of the hole and get it out of the way.

Putting in a new kitchen sink on www.girllovesglam.com

Put your new kitchen sink in and if it fits, you are in luck! If it doesn’t fit, cut away part of your counter tops with the appropriate saw for the job.

How to cut counter tops to fit a new kitchen sink on www.girllovesglam.com

Put the sink in and follow the directions to put the faucet in where it goes. Moen provides great step by step instructions to install the faucet. It was much more simple than I expected. All we had to do was install the base to the sink, feed the spray wand through the base, and attach it to the plumbing. When hooking the plumbing back up, just remember to hook it back the way it was before you took it all apart. Look at the photo you took before you took it apart and it is really simple! After all of your plumbing is re-installed, caulk around the edges of the sink with a silicone based clear caulk.

How to install a new kitchen sink and faucet on www.girllovesglam.com

 

BAM! BOOM! BANG! You are done! I mean, really? Could it be any more gorgeous? I literally couldn’t stop looking at it for DAYS! I still find myself just admiring my gorgeous new setup.

Kitchen sink after on www.girllovesglam.com

 

I have been so impressed with the quality of these Moen products. This faucet blows my mind everyday and I have never had any staining problems with the sink either. I couldn’t be happier!

Gorgeous nickel finish Moen Faucet on www.girllovesglam.com

Stay tuned for the next phase in my kitchen makeover! You are seriously going to die when you see the transformation! What do you want to change about your sink or faucet? What kind of style would you choose?