Monday, December 28, 2015

{My Old House}: #goodbyeyellowkitchen

This is a bittersweet post for me.

I mentioned in my last post that the kitchen wouldn't be completed as I had originally envisioned.  Well, I can officially state why:  we bought a house!

Never did we imagine that we'd be homeowners again this soon.  We had basically sworn off homeownership because of our last home-buying experience but, as my mom would say, this was totally a "God thing" and we couldn't be more excited.  Its a 1913 farmhouse-style total fixer-upper, and has all the character and charm the hubby and I love.  At this point, we are about half-way moved in, which is why the kitchen project is at an end in our rent house.

The first trip moving things from our rent house to our new house had me tearing up a bit, which was surprising because I never thought I'd be sad to leave it.    But it was our home, not just a rent house, and leaving home is always sad.

Now, without further ado, the kitchen reveal!!

Well, first, let's do a little walk down memory lane.

Kitchen when we first began:

Kitchen after we fixed it up:

And now!:

Can you see how different it is?  Does it look calmer, cleaner?  I hope so, because that's what I was going for.

It all started with these guys:

I had decided one day I was over the white knobs and wanted something that would stand out but still be clean & simple.  I came across these knobs and fell in love!  After I ordered and installed them, it was like a snowball.  First the light above the sink didn't work anymore, then I couldn't take the yellow any longer and my counters need less clutter....

New knobs gave birth to a new kitchen!

One place I never really showed in the first kitchen reveal was the space to the right of the refrigerator.  For the longest time, it housed a set of wire shelves that we used as our pantry and extra storage.  It worked really well, but it certainly wasn't the nicest thing to look at.  So I didn't let you look at it. #bloggersperogative  But I'll let you see it now.

My husband - God bless him - took it upon himself to approach our landlord and see if it would be alright if we put in a dishwasher for me.  Heart eyes forever!  Landlord said yep, so we built the upper cabinets to match the existing cabinets, bought a stock lower cabinet and a dishwasher, and lookee what I have now!

That teeny extra bit of countertop made such a huge difference in my workspace.  Not to mention the dishwasher was a wonderful addition!!

Before in my kitchen, we had two small shelves over the stove that didn't have any function except to hold junk that collected grease and dust, so those had to go.  We also took down the liquor shelf and housed that somewhere else.


We replaced them with one long shelf that ran the entire width of the wall with a shorter shelf under it that was the same length as the butcher block counter.


One of my favorite parts of the kitchen revamp, and the hardest thing to lose when we move, was our new breakfast bar.  While we did eat at the breakfast table, it became more of a catch-all and we were tired of the mess.


So we got rid of the table and installed a "bar" as a place to enjoy a meal, watch nature, or just sit and have conversation.


If you follow me on Instagram, you likely saw this little teaser:

My cabinets needed a little pop but it also needed to be something removable since its a rent house.  I looked into removable wallpaper, but with my kitchen going in a modern farmhouse look, somewhere chicken wire became the perfect solution.

And now, for the beauty shots!

We added a little interest to the breakfast bar by doing a concrete inlay in a grain sack pattern.

This whole process has been eye-opening for me in that I feel like I'm finally understanding who I am and what my design style is.  I love modern but I love vintage.  I love color but I totally dig that clean palette that the Scandinavians have mastered.  I love objects that tell stories, but I hate clutter.  I love clean lines, but I love traditional elements.  For the longest time, I thought all those contrasts couldn't exist together, but I've realized, why not?  Now that I have discovered me, I feel like my home will become a reflection of that.  And I'm so excited to have a new home to style!

So I mentioned this was a bittersweet post.  Sweet because I FINALLY get to share what we were able to do to our kitchen - which I totally plan on stealing ideas from for our new kitchen because I didn't get to enjoy it nearly long enough!

Bitter because I've decided that this will be my last blog post.  Which may be a little shocking since our new home is a fixer but I've come to several realizations since we've bought this house.

Mainly, I'm just tired of playing keep up.  When I first started blogging, there weren't many DIY/Home Decor/Interior Design blogs out there.  And I started it with the intention of not only sharing my ideas but possibly generating a little design business, too.  I never intended blogging to be my job, but more power to those that do.  But as someone who doesn't blog full time, it was hard to always remember to take before pics, take process pics, then find time to edit the pics and write the post.  Not to mention think of projects that could be the "next big thing" to generate more readers and followers.  I love sharing my ideas and projects, but it was wearing me down and just not enjoyable anymore.  You can tell it got to me this year as I've posted hardly anything.

And I didn't want that pressure for our new house.  We won't be able to do everything we want right away; in fact, it will probably take years.  And I'm ok with that, but I was afraid by keeping my blog, eventually waiting years wouldn't be good enough.  I would want it done now to keep up with the blog Jones'.

Essentially, my blog has become something unhealthy for me, and it's time to say good-bye.

I'm not sure I'll give up blogging entirely.  There may be something I just have to share, and if so, I'll do it on my personal design website,  But this will most likely be the final post for "Be Made Designs."

To those that have followed me for the past 5 years, I thank you wholeheartedly!  To those that found me on Pinterest or linky parties, I'm so glad you took time to peruse my little blog and hopefully found something to inspire you.

A huge thank you to my hubby, who not only supported all my hair-brained ideas but helped me brainstorm and create them.  And for remembering to take process photos for me because I might blog about it when I roped him into working on something without me.  He gets me, he trusts me, he pushes me and he loves me.  This was as much his blog as mine.

Finally, thank you to my mom.  She was the inspiration behind my blog.  She encouraged me to share my ideas because she believed they were as awesome as I thought they were.  She encouraged me in all aspects of my creative life and her words are what keeps me going when I feel like giving up.  I miss her so, so much.

2015 was an incredible year for me.  I am truly sorry to say good-bye to it.  I can't remember feeling that way about a particular year.  And I hate saying good-bye to this blog, but I feel like it is a good way to end the year, and ring in 2016 truly open to any possibility.

So, ta-ta.

For now. ;)

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Baby Food Jar Spice Rack Thingy

It's fall y'all!  How in the world did that happen?!  Life has gotten really crazy around here for me, but crazy in a good way, and in a way that is making time disappear WAY too fast!  I had wanted to share this project a few months back, but yikes!  Here we are in October!  Anyhoo...

#goodbyeyellowkitchen is still underway, although it will probably not ever get to the completion point I had imagined in my head.  Basically, any project on the list but not yet started won't get started.  And there's a really good reason for that that I will hopefully get to share soon!  I'll still be able to show off the "afters" once we do get things wrapped up, it just won't be the after I imagined.  But I'm going to store all of those ideas & projects for another purpose.  Can't let good ideas go to waste, right?

One of the new features in the kitchen that did get completed was my new spice "rack."  Really, I don't know what to call it.  Spice display?  Spice jar thingy?  I had a hard time deciding how to share this project because in order to get the materials needed, I had to do a couple of side projects.  So, do I give out the materials first then show what to do with them, or show off the finished product and then explain how I got my materials?  I decided on the latter.  Here goes...

When we moved into this house, we removed all the cabinet doors to create open shelving, which I hoped would make the kitchen feel a little bigger.  Obviously, that means everything you have in these cabinets is on display.  And, yeah, the designer in me wanted everything perfectly arranged and looking "pretty" but the practical person in me was like, whatever, just make stuff accessible.  For the most part, the designer in me won out.  But when it came to all my spices, the practical one won.  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Staying Organized: Kraft Paper Dry-Erase Calendar

I am a planner.  Not my best quality, not my worst.  I'm working harder to be a bit more spontaneous -- our summer road trip was proof of that -- but I will probably never be able to turn off the part of me that wants to make sure everything is in alignment.

I am also a visual person.  I need to see plans in writing, physically see my to do list on paper, to make it make sense in my head.  While I love technology, it is not always my friend in my plan making.  

This physical need to visualize plans is what inspired this project.  For nearly all of my adult life, I have had a physical calendar in my kitchen, planning out the months.  Usually, I'd look for calendars that would add a bit of art to my space, or even let me dream of far-off places.  You know, something that looks nice.  Not too long ago, we "upgraded" to a dry-erase magnetic calendar for our fridge since wall space is a bit limited in my current kitchen.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Kraft Paper Planter

So, I took a bit of a summer break.  I hadn't really planned to, but plans just kept forming, and life became more important, and I realized it was a much needed break.  I will admit though I've had kind of a hard time getting back to my projects:  all those little things on my to do list so I can one day stop and smell the roses.  So, here I am getting back into the swing of things.  I missed my wittle bloggy-blog.

I mentioned in my last post that we are giving our kitchen a mini-makeover.  #goodbyeyellowkitchen  Between the hubby's and my work schedules - and our summer break - it's taking a lot longer than I had hoped, but I think we have most of the major projects out of the way.  Now, we are just down to the know, the stuff that always gets pushed to the end that's just not as much fun to do as the rest of it.  I'm not entirely sure when those last little bits will get done.  To be honest, that's driving me nuts, but I'm trying to be chill and just go with the flow about it all.  I'm more grateful for my life being so busy because it means we are living.  

But, that also means the most exciting part -- the reveal -- is still a ways off.  Womp-womp.  So I thought what I would do in the mean time is share all the little projects that make up the big project, which will hopefully get you excited for what our kitchen looks like now.


In an attempt to add some greenery to my house with indoor plants, I opted to put an aloe vera plant in my kitchen for decorative - and practical - reasons.

I can't really remember how the idea came about, but when I was planting the little aloe plant in its pot, I was wishing it wasn't the color it was because it just didn't work with what I had going for my kitchen.  I thought it would be neat to have a pot that looked like Kraft paper.  I'm trying to keep my kitchen modernly neutral with farmhouse touches and the Kraft paper look is right on par with that.  But how does one get a Kraft paper pot for a real plant?

Wrap it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

{Re*Made}: Cabinet Door to Tray

I am probably 85% hoarder.  I have this problem with throwing things away.  I mean, surely I can figure out some sort of use for it, right?  My house is full of just stuff waiting for me to figure out its use, some of it has been waiting years.  I know, it's ridiculous.  I am trying to be better about it, and the hubby and I tried doing the 40 bags in 40 days.  We started out great and got rid of a ton of stuff, but between our two work schedules, we couldn't stick with the schedule.  I'm hoping we can keep going even though it won't be within the original planned 40 days.

A few of the things I keep I know right away what I want to do with.  Thank goodness.

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen we are giving our kitchen a face lift.  #goodbyeyellowkitchen  We aren't calling it a makeover really because there's mainly just painting and accessories being added.  Ok, and some new shelves, and a new cabinet....  It's taking a while (due to those work schedules I mentioned) but hopefully I'll have that reveal soon (because I'm so ready for it to be done!).

Monday, March 23, 2015

{Re*Made} Simple Makeovers: A Non-Naked Coffee Table

Hi hello!  I've got another quickie makeover for you that was just a simple paint job, but what a difference paint can make!

Remember when I made a new coffee table for our living room?  We replaced our naked coffee table with it.

I decided to give the naked one a little makeover to make it more sellable because I didn't want to hold onto it.  I'm trying to be a better non-hoarder.  #diyerproblems

As successful as my pink desk makeover was, I kept with the bold -- to me -- color trend and took a chance with a light turquoise/aqua, then did a "grain sack" detail down the middle with stain.

Here's a true before pic for good measure:

Aaaaannd, after!

Turned out pretty cute I'd say.  (:

Monday, February 23, 2015

{Re*Made} Simple Makeovers: Sewing Table

God bless whoever invented paint!

And God bless whoever thought spraying paint would be even better!

Isn't it amazing what a little bit of paint can do?  There's been a lot of change happening in my house, but most of it has been just a simple paint change.  So I'm gonna have a few quickie posts with befores and afters showing these simple changes that are making big impacts in my home.

First up is my sewing table.  My grannie gave me this table when we moved into our first home.  It had been left in a house she was selling and asked if I wanted it.  It was in very "well worn" condition, even missing two of the drawers.  But I loved it and welcomed it into our home.

I used to have a philosophy with old stuff:  their "well worn" condition should be left as is, unless you are restoring it to its former glory.  And so I left that sewing table as it was:  rusting base, warped & chipped top, missing drawers.

Monday, February 2, 2015

When I Wish Upon a Rug

Oh my, ya'll.  I've got some bad news.  Chevron is out for 2015!  Daaaahh!

Now, normally, this wouldn't be a huge deal because with trends, you should do them in moderation and with items that can be easily - and ideally, inexpensively - replaced.  I'll say for the most part, I have lived by that rule.

There is one piece in my house, however, where I went for it:  my living room rug.

It's chevron.  Big, bold, colorful chevron.  

My new rug was first seen here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Life As of Late + a 2015 Calendar

I have started this post probably 10 times.  My thoughts are such a jumble that I've had a hard time pinning down exactly what I want to say.

You may have noticed I've taken an extended leave of absence, which has me feeling a little neglectful of my blog, but life lately has become more of a priority and I can't say I'm super upset by that.  But it's a new year, full of new opportunities, new objectives and an obvious excuse to reevaluate things.

My blog will be 5 in April.  When I started it, there wasn't much of a "blogosphere" and making a living blogging was nearly unheard of.  But in the last couple of years, blogging has exploded until any and everyone has some sort of online diary.  Not that there is anything wrong with it, but it's causing quite a stir in the blog world.  And I admit to sharing in some of the feelings being put out there.  (I'm not going to really go into what's being said.  Just google "state of the blog" if you're interested and you'll see what I'm talking about.)

But it has made me step back and think about why I started blogging, do I want to continue my blog, and if so, what do I want my blog to be about?

I was totally one of those bloggers that got caught up in the numbers game.  And it was exhausting, and quite frankly, took the fun out of something that I started for fun.  And it had me seriously considering hanging up my blogger hat.  

I am a doer.  Always have been.  And I felt like I was always doing something with never a moment to do nothing but enjoy what I've done because I had to keep doing to do my blog.  You follow?  And in the past few months I've purposely tried to not do things so I can enjoy try to enjoy life more.

And my husband and I have been busy doing just that, taking each day at a time, being spontaneous, doing things we've talked about doing forever.  It's been wonderful, and I really hope we can keep that momentum going in the coming year(s).  We have also been drastically de-cluttering our house and making things simpler, cleaner, maybe a bit more modern.  If you follow me on Pinterest, my "Design Love" boards are full of Scandinavian inspired designs and I can't get enough of them, so I'm trying to emulate their design philosophies in my own home.  No knick-knacks unless they have meaningful value.  Keeping items only if they serve a purpose or serve a particular function I need in my life.  Working with a neutral palette and keeping things quiet, but incorporating my love of color.  Finally letting go of things I held onto of my mom's simply because they were her things.  (That last one has been the hardest to work through, but I'm getting there.)

I have had little baby projects here and there around the house as well, but nothing I've felt was "blog worthy."  Sure, I've done the photographing and staging just in case, but I haven't felt the desire to sit and share.  (Although you might say I've got a "micro" blog going on with my Instagram account.)

And I think, therein lies the issue.  I started my blog with little baby projects that probably weren't "blog worthy" but I shared them anyways because I enjoyed creating, I enjoyed sharing, and I enjoyed writing.  I wasn't worried about it being photographed perfectly, or it being the "next big thing" on Pinterest, or going "viral."  None of that mattered.  I just shared for sharing's sake.  Ok, and because I'd hoped it might generate a bit of business for me BUT I wasn't obsessed about it.  It didn't consume my life.

So, what does all this mean?

It means that I'm making life a priority, not this blog.  It means I'm going to be doing things to better enjoy what I have.  It means I still am, and will always be a doer, so I still plan on blogging.  It means I may blog about things other than design/DIY because I'm making it more about what makes me happy.  It means I'm blogging because I want to, because it makes me happy, not everyone else.


So that was a much longer version of what I'd hoped would be a short explanation of my absence and the future of my blog.  :P  But I'm looking forward to what is to come, and what I have lined up to share, because even though I haven't been doing like crazy, I have been doing some that I'm excited to share.

One of them, I've got for you today.  This was a project I actually created last year but never got posted because that big ol' cloud of doubt hung overhead.  But I really liked it, so I figured, screw the doubt!  I know we are already well into January, and 2015, but maybe you don't have a calendar yet, so I've got a cute little one for your free printing pleasure.  (:

There's probably lots of ways to display it:  bulletin boards, picture easel, washi tape.  I just hung it on the wall with a binder clip.  So easy!

You can download it for free here!

{Cute Sidenote:  the colors of each month correlate to that month's birthstone.}  (:

So, my goal for 2015?  Less really is more, or at least it is in my world.  Less clutter in my home, less worry about what project will I do next, less stress of trying to be like everyone else, less unnecessary anything.

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