Sister’s Kitchen Renovation

Hey Friends!

This past weekend I was at my sisters house as she and her husband started renovating their kitchen! We had a great weekend and we lovingly named it #familydemo day. We had a whole crew there. Both sets of parents, sisters, brothers, and some friends. Since it’s a kitchen they were trying to do the renovation as fast as possible so they aren’t out of a kitchen too long.

This was the before of the Kitchen.

And here was the dinning room.

The kitchen was taking out all the cabinets and fully gutting down to fully replace everything. Also in the dinning room the goal was to remove the window and replace with all full sliding glass door to go outside to a new deck! Big project.

Here was my sister’s inspiration board.

We are a ridiculous family – so naturally we were all up by 5:30AM and we had the full kitchen demo’ed by 8:30AM!

And by the end of the day the window was prepped and put in.

Then the next day we got the rest of the cabinets in and my sister and I got the hardware on.

I love the hardware she picked out. It’s so fun!

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks, they still have a bit more to do. Flooring, Deck off the back of the house, backsplash, lighting updates, and of course of a bunch of detailing to do. I was pumped on how much we got done and the whole space is already looking fantastic!

Little Yellow House: DIY Curtains

When we first moved into the house the number one priority was curtains. But I could never find prints I really wanted myself so I knew from day 1 I would have to make them myself.

TNPLH: Curtain DIY

I follow the tutorial by Design Sponge. The one thing I would say is that the pleating tape was pretty difficult to work with. If I made pleated drapes again, I think I would just try to them from scratch – the old fashioned way. My mom tried to convince me to do the that way to begin with, but I didn’t listen 😉

See it here.

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room Before 2

Just as a reminder – I have one very very large window in the living room (17 feet long!). and then I have one window that is connected in the dinning room. So I needed an economical solution for the 17ft window on the curtain rod. If I bought a curtain rod in the store it would be so expensive. So instead I bought a 20 foot copper pipe. Yep a 20ft pipe! Then I jazzed it up with fun Restoration Hardware ends. I like that it mixed copper and brass and it was economical!

TNPLH: Living Room Curtains

The curtains make the whole space so full and homey.

TNPLH: Curtain DIY

Curtain Estate Crystal Square Finials/Estate End Brackets/Estate Center Brackets

Mantel Art DIY

Excited to share the most recent update to our Mantel in the #littleyellowhouserefresh

TNPLH: DIY Mantel Art 2

Just as a reminder. This is what it looked like when we moved in.

Little Yellow House: Firehouse Before

And this was when it looked like when we first re-did the mantel.

Little Yellow House: DIY Mantle Reveal 1

See the DIY Mantel Post here, and here.

I liked the way we did the mantel at first. But there is just something about really big art that brings a level of sophistication to a room. So I got an itch to try and do a DIY piece of art. I first found the below inspiration and knew I wanted to try and re-create. It was from the HGTV Smart Home in North Carolina Last year. I love how sophisticated the large piece of art made the whole room feel.

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HGTV Smart Home 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina
HGTV Smart Home 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina

So, with the help of my husband we gave it a whirl.

TNPLH: Mantel Art DIY 1

Making the art was super fun. I pulled my husband in, he was a double major in multi-media and fine art in college. So he was a huge help in the process.

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TNPLH: DIY Mantel Art 4

I love the crisp blue tones with the white and the pop of green. Can’t wait to decorate the mantel for Christmas!!!

Little Yellow House: Master Bedroom Reveal

We have been in the house for a year and a half now, and I have to say I am pretty happy with the progress that we have made so far.

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Master 1

This is what it looked like before….

Little Yellow House Master Bedroom Before 3

Little Yellow House Master Bedroom Before 2

Right away we ripped up the carpet and had the floors redone. Then it was the tedious process of re-painting all the trim.

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Refresh 3

We got the master bedroom done pretty early on, but I never took pictures. So finally I am excited to share!

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I know many people may think that pink is way too girlie for a master bedroom. But it is such a warm color. When the sun is shinning in it just makes the whole space feel homey.

TNPLH: Furniture Rescue Master Bedroom Dresser 1

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A lot of the furniture was brought from our condo, so we didn’t have to buy that many new things. My condo was feature on Apartment Therapy! Check out the post here!

The arm chair was a DIY upholstery job. Check out the full post here.

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I made all the pillow myself. Ever in the market for some fun customer pillows? Give me a call!

Furniture Rescue: Oak Cerused

So a while back I fell in love with this oak coursed secretary that Little Green Notebook Did….

Little Green Notebook Oak Cerused Secretary

Check out the tutorial Here. It’s amazing stuff.

TNPLH: Cerused Coffee Table 1

So when I found this fun coffee table, for $40 on craigslist I thought it might look really cool with the same treatment. And it was only $40 so if it got messed up no biggie.

TNPLH: Furniture Rescue Cerused Coffee Table 2

First caveat is that on Little Green Notebook, she explains that it HAS to be oak. Now I had no clue if this table was oak or not, but I knew that just from the look of it, the piece had VERY pronounced wood grain. So I figured it should work, directionally correct.

TNPLH: Furniture Rescue Cerused Coffee Table 3

So the hardest part was the stripping of the wood. It took FOREVER! And it was a TOTAL MESS! I have done a lot of furniture in the past, however I usually paint (not stain), so I usually don’t have to do a perfect job stripping down to the bare bones. But in this case you have to put in the dirty work and get it all the way down to the wood.

Also – when I asked for the metal wire brush to stripe the wood, the hardware store looked at me like I didn’t know what I was doing. But the thing is you want to use this (not sand down) because you really are trying to get the deep divots of the wood grain to become more pronounced. So it will feel like you are being rough with the furniture, that is ok!

TNPLH: Furniture Rescue Oak Cerused 4

The navy looked so cool I almost wanted to leave it like it was. I layered up 3 layers of the Shellac and then I waxed my heart away…you can also kinda see above that the wood grain was already pronounced…..

TNPLH: Cerused Coffee Table

Boom! I love the way it turned out. What a great inspiration Little Green Notebook was! I love it! Not bad for $40, $20ish in supplies, and some good hard elbow grease! Love!

Craigslist Chair Rescue

A while back I found these incredible chairs on craigslist.

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I got both chairs for $50 total.

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room Before PIc 1

Just a reminder this is what the corner of the living room looked like when we moved it!

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room 1

I have done some reupholstery in the past, but I wanted these done fast so I sent them to my amazing upholsterer to they could be done quickly! It’s nice to see how far along the living has come over the last year. Slowly but surely!

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room 2

TNPLH: Living Room 3

I like how the living room is coming along so far. As you can see we pulled up the carpet when I FINALLY found an are rug. It took me a while to find something I liked (that wasn’t $5,000). This rug I found at world market. Isn’t it fun? Check it out here.

TNPLH: Living Room 4

I also love these little garden stools (from home goods!). As you can see we still have to refinish the floors and then I will need to paint the trim. I am hoping to have them done when we are gone for vacation for a week this August!

TNPLH: Little Yellow House Living Room 5