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

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…]

Living Room Makeover REVEAL!

You’ve seen the paint color, the gallery wall, the furniture, the triangle art wall, the functional decor, and the pictures that I am using in my living room but you haven’t seen how they all come together yet. Well, I am happy to say (or sing, rather)…

Da, da, da, don. Da, da, da, da, don. Da, da, da, don. Da, da, da, da, don, da, don, da, da, don, da, da, don, don, don, DA, DON, DA, DA, DA, DA DON….

It’s the final countdown people.

It is finally time for the moment you have all been waiting for… My living room makeover reveal!

Because I know you would rather see pictures than listen to anymore of my singing, I will grant you your wishes to see the reveal very soon. But first, let’s take a little trip back in time. So let’s all put on our puffy vests and hop in my DeLorean for a little trip back in time to see what my living room used to look like.

Living Room Before Makeover

Living Room Before

Blehhhhh. That’s all I have to say about that. Dark and boring. Besides the giant picture of my family, it looked like someone else lived in my house. There wasn’t anything about the design that I felt really represented who we are as a family. I am happy to report that isn’t the case anymore. Are you ready to see the reveal?

Mocern Living Room Makeover on #homedecor

BAM! Miracles really do happen. With the relatively small budget that I had to work with, I was able to transform the space into a place where I feel like truly represents my family. It all started with a can of Sherwin Williams paint that instantly brightened up my space. My love of Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice color runs deep to my very core!

Modern and functional living room on #homedecor

Because my house is fairly small, our living room is the only space that can house our dog kennel. I tried really hard to find another space for the giant kennel we have for our tiny dog, but I just couldn’t do it. I do feel like having so many fun details all around the room kind of keeps your attention enough to make you forget about the giant black metal elephant in the room. I got the yellow rug from on their Black Friday sale. You HAVE to shop that sale for the best deals on rugs. I got this puppy for 70% off with free shipping!

Bright Living Room Makeover on #homedecor

I love the little pop that my triangle art wall brings to the room and the artwork that I was able to display. I chose not to replace every piece of furniture I owned because it just wasn’t in the budget, so I kept my TV stand for now. For now, it works. When it gets warmer outside, that will most likely either turn a different color, or be replaced entirely. P.S. See the kitchen peeking through the doorway? That’s one of my next projects!

Bright living room decor and beautiful couch on #homedecor

Oh the couches. How I love my couches. They might as well be members of my family. I love them that much. Shout out to DownEast Home for having killer prices and awesome taste in furniture design. Pillows are from Groopdealz and the black and gold pillows are Nate Berkus for Target.

Modern shelf decor and living room makeover on #homedecor

It was so fun to finally pull out all of the random crap that has been sitting around in my garage forever. I loved decorating this space.

Modern Living Room Design

Living Room Makeover Details

Curtains are from They added the perfect amount of pattern without taking away from any other element of the room. The best part? They are really inexpensive!

Living Room Curtains

The curvy frames are from Cut it Out. They are the best to get because they can be totally customized to how you want them! I love the shapes of these frames and the colors I chose to paint them. I feel like they really bring the color scheme to life.

Cut it Out Gallery Wall Details

Simple and Funky Gallery Wall

How to decorate with quotes and pictures

Modern bright home decor

Well, there you have it! A gorgeous room. I now look forward to spending time in there.

Mocern Living Room Makeover on #homedecor

If you missed any of the previous posts or tutorials for this living room makeover, you can find them here…


Gallery Wall

Geometric Triangle Art Wall


Functional Decor

Decorating with Pictures and Quotes

Thank you so much for all of your excitement about my living room makeover! It really does mean the world to know that people actually care about this and get as excited about my house as I do! You guys are seriously the bomb. If I haven’t told you that lately, you are. Thanks again for believing in me and for supporting this blog of mine.


Living Room Makeover: Paint

From the day we moved into our house, I have hated my living room. I love the big windows in it, but the dark brown color that it was painted made the room feel very dark. When we moved in, we didn’t get any new furniture or anything either. I felt like our living room looked like someone else lived there. I didn’t like any of my furniture, the colors of the decor, or the overall feel that it brought to my house. I decided that after 3 years of living with it, it was time to make a change! I have slowly started making a few changes, but for the most part it looks pretty similar to the day we moved in. Here are a few before pictures of the room.

Living Room Before Makeover

Living Room Before

It basically looks like any other house you are going to walk into in this area. Not my style.

I will be doing a few posts about the transformation that is taking place in this room and I am so excited to show you what I have been up to! The posts will be spread out throughout the next few weeks because I am waiting on a few pieces of furniture (you guys are going to die when you see them!) to get here in order for the whole room to be finished. I also can’t seem to find curtains that I am in love with yet, so I will be on the hunt for those for a little while longer!

The first part that you DO get to see though, is PAINT! Paint is totally what makes or breaks a room. I can’t even begin to express to you my love for paint and the power that it possesses. I chose to paint my living room the color, Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice. I go way back with that color. I am obsessed with it. I painted my enclosed porch¬†Crushed Ice a few years ago and have been completely obsessed ever since. It is literally the perfect combination of white and gray. It looks gray against the white trim, but is light enough that it will look white in other lighting. It is perfection. I am so obsessed with it that I made my mom paint her bathroom with Crushed Ice, my brother painted his room in Crushed Ice, and one of my best friends just painted several rooms in her house Crushed Ice. I bleed Crushed Ice! That is why it was a perfect marriage in paint heaven when I was given the opportunity to team up with Sherwin Williams for this living room makeover. They provided the Emerald paint for my living room makeover and I couldn’t be anymore in love with their company than I am now. As if I wasn’t already obsessed with them!

Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint

With the help of my friend Sadie, I was able to knock out this room in no time. The Emerald line from Sherwin Williams is amazing because it doesn’t take several coats of paint like other brands will. I was a little worried about covering such a dark color up with this light color and the Emerald took that dark paint out like a champ! I was able to get the whole room painted with two coats. I think I could have done just one coat if it wasn’t for my highly textured walls.

Now, the part you have been waiting for. The big reveal of the paint color!

Drum roll please……………………….

Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice Color

BAM! Can you even believe how much brighter the room looks already? I haven’t even started putting up my cute new decor yet and it already looks like an entirely new room!

Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice Gray White color

I love the contrast of the gray against my white trim. I said it once (maybe twice already) and I will say it again. I am obsessed with Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice. You NEED it in your life.

Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice Paint Color Before and After

Here is a better idea of what the difference was before and after. I left that little hallway unpainted for now so I could really see the difference. Don’t worry, I will be painting it too very soon! I have a lot more Crushed Ice in my future.

I can’t wait to show you the other goodness that is coming together for this room! It feels so good to finally feel like my house is starting to represent who I am.

Do you have a favorite paint color?