starting with the cabinets & furry friends:(


  WARNING: dead mice.  I called them my furry little friends.  Real life here girls.

Since I do not live in Pinterest reality is I only have so much to work with at a given time and no credit cards to go max out or increase which means I simply have to PLAN.

The beginning of the messy gross kitchen story.  I have an electric stove downstairs that is newer and cleaner looking than the gas stove that was in existence when we moved in.  The stove story I am saving for the end of the week.  Ohhh the suspense must be killing you:)

Sorry small picture.  Pulled it from the listing .  I will take close ups of the grossness in all its glory before I Kilz.

pinky promise.

In a nutshell here is my evolving plan for the cabinets.  They are in my top three things in the kitchen that gross me out!  (2) being the floor and (3) back splash

My house vibe will be urban farmhouse chic..whether it is “in” or not I don’t care:)  It makes my heart sing right?

I am going to Patriot Surplus ( a building material store) within a week to price cabinets to put into my budget      ( very important step girls ) but in the meantime this..hopefully will be an inexpensive fix..albeit a labor intensive project { insert smirk }

So here is my girl “plan”

::DEFINITION:: when I say do it like a  “girl” I mean :  the way a girl does things when there is no man around and you have absolutely NO idea what you are doing so you improvise…got it?:)  some of you know what I mean right?:)

I am going to take all the cabinet doors off.  Remove the old linoleum and bleach.  My least favorite part….eeewwww

Kilz is a OCD girls best friend.  I am going to Kilz the heck out of it.  Inside and out.

THEN the fun part.  Choosing a paint color…and that is the “evolving” part.

I think it is something I can live with for 6 months while I save for what I want.


OK..back to the stove.  Do you want the good or the bad news first? too.  Pulling out a stove after it has been sitting there for at least 10 years is a good idea right?  RIGHT

1)  I can clean it with bleach and Kilz behind it.  Good news

2)  you find poor little furry friends that have been there a very long time.  Bad news

gross gross gross

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maybe all white?  always safe.  We painted the walls in the dining/kitchen Ashwood by Behr.

We LOVE this color.  A why? post coming soon.

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desire to inspire

Take out the upper cabinets completely and install shelves…a possibility.  But showing ALL of my kitchen stuff…don’t know.

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looks a bit more creamy…but I don’t know what I want for flooring yet so…

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sea cottage

now I love the gray here but I have gray on the walls…and the sink but that is another post:)

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house of turquoise

this really strikes my fancy…really considering this..maybe a little distressing?

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two colors?  I like this option to0.  Uppers one color..lowers another

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house of turquoise 

CRAZY stepping out of the box right?  but I threw it in because … well … you just never know

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at last…color on the backside of the cabinets with the doors off.  Pops of color.

Getting a little wild but still playing it safe

SO there you go on my plan for the cabinets

Gross yes but real life.  In my dream Pinterest world I would LOVE to gut it all at once and go to town.  But I just can’t.  And that is A.O.K:)  When you move into an old house and you have to renovate or in our case…clean it up and make it manageable until you can REALLY renovate…you run into to all sorts of surprises and critters.   I still shiver!

I will be prepping for this project while I get very busy with House of Belonging shop!  I have furniture pieces to refinish, pillows to sew, signs to paint….table runners oh my.:)

wishing each of you eyes to see beyond the world in front of you and may you catch a glimpse of God working all around you.

Happy Wednesday



tiffani - Wow, you do have your work cut out for you. Can't wait to see what you do with the space, I'm sure it will be beautiful! Doing it debt it!! Merry Christmas!

Tara Lowry - girl….would you like to know what we found in this rental when we moved in?

it'll make you feel better. promise.

I didn't have dead furry friends behind stoves, but I did have::

a bright orange dining room with a blue ceiling…

a coral pink living room with a winnie the pooh light fixture…..

a coral pink sunroom that is cold in the winter and blazing hot in the summer which means it's of NO use to me….

a bright yellow kitchen with the nastiest wood cabinets you've ever seen…

okay, they're comparable to yours, but still, they are U.G.L.Y.

two and a half mint green bathrooms with the door panels painted mint green to match.

a bright yellow master bedroom with dust an inch thick on the carpet.

a pink bedroom with teal blue trim EVERYWHERE.

a white bedroom with a puff paint wave that was 12 inches wide all around the room.

note to self:: puff paint is HARD to sand down.

and last but certainly not least……

DRUM ROLL………………………………………………

the single guy left a HUGE dump in the toilet just for us.


Yeah…..we can PIN all day long but reality is reality, right? :)

Robyn Q - You got what it takes! Process. It's the key. The 1st House of Turquoise picture is my super all time favorite. I dream of theose colors. :) I think you should do that. And yes…distress.

Karlee - I don't know if you have "Kilz'ed" (not really a word, but you get the point) the cabinets yet, but I recentlty painted all of the doors, windows and trim in our very 1978-esque house. I found a much better product: Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer! They have a couple of different types – but it cut my coats in HALF! This company is NOT paying me to tell you this…it is the honest truth. Try it and see for yourself!

Amy Sullivan - T,

Can't wait to see what you do, friend!

Have a wonderful Christmas. I so enjoy reading your words.

kerrie - You must have been screaming when you found those mice!!!! I remember when we moved to MO. every house we looked at to buy or rent was in that kind of condition or worst. One farmhouse south of Cleveland, MO. had bee hives in between the glass and screens and live mice running through the kitchen cupboards. yikes! No wonder I was depressed the entire time we lived there. We ended up renting a brand new townhouse for the 2 yrs. we lived there. I love all of your inspiration. I do think removing all cabinets and putting up shelves(Ikea has affordable ones) for open shelving would be easiest and is so instyle. BTW the photo you gave me credit for is from Country Living. I look forward to seeing the transformation…you will do wonders, I know. I do not Pinterest so….I don't live in that world, but the real world. tee hee. Merry Christmas. ox Kerrie

kerrie - The first inspirational photo from flicker just looks like you to me! It makes me think of you..and there is that open shelving.

Jenn - Take a look at Young, House, Love- blog. They are painting cabinets and seem to really have the know-how! I think your "farmhouse chic" is gonna look great! Can't wait to see it!

alicia king - love your blog…just found it! love this post too, furry friends and all! i feel like we are friends already, lol! we've been fixing up a nasty place…starting to feel like home now :)

loved your post about the stove too, very touching, the Lord does have HIS hand in ALL things!

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