So, we left off at the concrete counters. If you missed PART ONE of the Kitchen: HERE you go

lets say, they are not my favorite. Knowing that they are a temporary solution while deciding between marble and butcher block makes them livable.

I LOVE the raw and organic look of them but no matter how many times I sealed them, they still absorb oil and now I'm left with oil spots/grease all over them.
You can't really tell from the photos, but we built a little mold by screwing those pieces of trim around the entire countertop and poured the concrete onto the counter and smoothed it out to the top of the mold's lip.

super simple. once we unscrewed the mold we just floated the concrete with a small trowel on the edges to make it look like one thick slab of concrete.

We wanted to put a top coat of concrete using Ardex Feather Finish, because we heard its great for DIY countertops, so we let the bottom layers set and started on the subway tile. 

Subway tiling up two walls takes time but its so worth it in the end!

We then added crown molding and those little corner things, what are they called? I don't know but they add so much character!  (Home depot in the molding section)

Things started to look like this!!! AHH, so bright and crisp!

We found a new Kholer porcelain sink at Habitat for Humanity Restore for $30 and the faucet is from Home Depot: LINK

On to my favorite part, the faux coffered ceiling. I will blog a little bit more in depth on them at a later time but I will say it was a fairly easy project, but required time and two people, and made a HUGE impact on the overall look.

We gave all the walls a fresh coat of BM simply white and it was on to the hardwood floors.

We installed our flush mounts: Which have been blogged HERE. and used the pendant kit from an $8 Ikea light to rig our 'over the sink fixture', just a jute basket with a hole cut in the bottom to feed the light kit through.

Things started coming together quickly after the floors were down. We sanded the concrete smooth, started caulking and before we knew it, it looked like this!

Yes, I know, he is a giant cat.

I found an old wood table from the 1800's with the original hand written tag nailed to the underside, its all in italian and its safe to say that it came from Italy.  It was $60!!! Holy smokes, I'm STILL stoked on that find.

This last photo you'll see the difference between the original paint color on the cabinets: BM Hale Navy and the toned down version I decided to go with: Farrow and Ball Downpipe. 
I can't say I like one version over the other but at times the subway tile/hale navy cupboards/red persian rug had me singing the star spangled banner every time I walked in. 

We've left off in a good place to slowly upgrade. next up is all new appliances and cabinets to build in those new appliances along that wall. As you can see in this photo, everything is just floating and we literally use a box fan as the stove ventilation system. Dangerous!

And now a quick look back. AAAHHH
Luvs! Lindy
Let's talk about the kitchen! 

I am going to take you through the entire transformation in two parts, because a kitchen is a lengthy process. 

First of all, the kitchen wasn't supposed to be touched until sometime this year. It was in need of EVERYTHING (and still is! all we did was put lipstick on a pig!) but as we started making the rest of the house really pretty: 

The kitchen was starting to look worse because of the changes around it!

We were faced with two options: 
1. spend 25-30 + GRAND $$$$ on a new kitchen 
2. make it livable, functional and pretty on a budget repurposing what was already there while saving for new counters/cabinets/appliances etc.

So, we went with option 2. 
This is our Repurposed Kitchen. Still in need of new cabinets/counters/appliances/built ins etc, but that will all come in due time!! 

Lets, get started. 

First, we knocked out that old hutch to open up the kitchen without tearing down that wall which is load bearing. 

Then, we got to work on busting out the dark, dungeon upper cabinets and horrible ceiling panels. 

I started playing around with lower cabinet paint colors. I know that I will eventually want an all white kitchen so I figured that my temporary kitchen should be FUN, and different. Also the reddish stain on those cabinets made it an easy choice to choose a darker color as the stain was seeping through the primer!

At first, I went with BM Hale Navy, (leftover from our OFFICE) But decided it was too much, and toned it down a little after I fell in love with Farrow and Ball Downpipe. (you'll see that color in the finished photos in Part Two) 

Then, we knocked out the door frame to the breakfast nook (you can read about that transformation HERE) to create an open space. In keeping with the open feel, we knocked open that kitchen passthrough window so it meets up with the door frame.

We started on the sheetrock. We almost had to re-sheetrock the entire kitchen. It was a process, and I sanded drywall for days!

We started applying wainscoting to the ceiling. (our faux coffered and wainscoting ceiling is one of our favorite projects, we'll blog about it soon)

Next up, figuring out a way to repurpose some horrible tiled countertops without spending much money.

I remember sitting at my parents kitchen table making our "livable kitchen" budget and Travis asked me, "Lindy, can you do this for $500? the entire kitchen?" and I said "YES" but only because I was so stoked he was allotting any money at all considering the original plan was to live with it the way it was until we could afford the grand plan kitchen. of course we blew through that $500 so I bought a bag of concrete and we spent a weekend slapping it on the old tile. 

This is where I will leave you for PART ONE. More on the concrete counters in Part Two. 

Also, look forward to walls of subway tile/white paint/coffered ceilings/brass drawer pulls/ and warm hardwood floors. 

Luvs, Lindy
I've always loved what Pablo Picasso said, and I take it to mean any art form or creative expression. "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."

I have this impression that my posterity will want to know me, and as I've tried and failed in the past to keep a written account of my life, I've come to find peace in that, a photograph (Hello Instagram, I love you), a painting, my travel journals, a recipe I've written down, or even my books of to-do lists will offer up a part of me, just as keeping a diary would, as long as I live and do these things with intention and gusto, and FEELING.

My very first painting was of a giant red heart with two huge eyes, I suppose I've always loved FEELING. Do you know what I mean when I say that? The word 'feeling' embodies so many definitions for me. 
It means entering that space of creative energy and flow where time goes by as you write, or paint, or photograph, or meditate or cook and you aren't aware of time, time is relative. It also means the vibes of jubilation you get when you blast Michael Jackson "Can you feel it" and sing along as loud as you can on your commute home. Yes Michael, I can "feel" it!

It's also being present.

What I love most about FEELING is when I let it wash over me without wanting or needing to numb it, even when that FEELING is grief, loss of hope, anger, anxiety, etc.  That is when powerful things happen. That is when I learn of myself and my strengths and weaknesses and I use them to live Intentionally and creatively.  

feeling, is why I am me, and why I love me, and why I make things, everything. and why I love people, and relationships and connections and the up's and ALSO the down's.

Now on to why I love Candice, of Ivy and Tweed Photography. She also loves to feel. and to keep a journal through photographs, and to live intentionally. We just vibe ok, cool.

Thank you Candice for capturing it all! Luvs.  

I always knew somehow, someway, my little off-the-kitchen sun room covered in faux wood paneling and outfitted with some type of glued down floral carpeting would transform to become one of my favorite rooms in the house.

 Well it did.
Ya I know, it had a long way to go. A whole lot of sweat and tears and drywall sanding and knocking out walls and painting and etc, etc forever, we came to this.

YA, ITS THE SAME ROOM! so here's what we did. 


We knocked out the framed in door walls to create this open space.