go ’round and ’round

Hi friends.  If you’ve noticed me being a bit sporadic in the blogging department, here’s why: I have a newborn and he is kicking my butt.

Also, did I mention we’re building a house?  I don’t think I did.  I’m sorry about that. I didn’t mean to keep you out of the loop. But we’re building a house! It’s not a crazy custom home or anything to wow you with the details of, just a nice house in a nice neighborhood, which I’m very excited about, and it’s way ahead of schedule, which is freaking me out because I just found out that we will be moving in in less than 40 days and I am 0% prepared. Did you know that moving is the worst?  I think I once compared it unfavorably to being in labor while having a root canal.

But I am really looking forward to being back in our own home and get my creative juices flowing again.  I haven’t done any fun projects or makeovers or anything in a long time, mainly thanks to that butt-kicking newborn, but also because our current living situation is temporary, which is a motivation killer for me.

Man, one year ago I had exactly no plans to sell my house, build a house, and have a baby.  It’s crazy what can happen in one short year. Sometimes I feel like I’m trapped on a speeding bus, watching life whiz by faster and faster, and I just want the bus to slow down! Slow down! And there’s a bomb on the bus! And Sandra Bullock is driving the bus! No wait — different bus.

In short: life is great, and kind of kicking my butt at the same time.

So … enough about me.  Tell me something going on in your life.  Because we’re all on this crazy bus together. The bus of life.  That sounds like the name of a song.  The Bus of Life.  It’s probably a really romantic ballad.  I’m going to shut up now.

Believe it or not, I do have a makeover to share! It’s a stunning kitchen with butcher-block counters, vintage light fixtures, and a dreamy aqua backsplash. From Kaylor at Fisherman’s Wife Furniture.

A beautiful kitchen makeover with a pop of aqua at betterafter.net

A beautiful kitchen makeover with a pop of aqua at betterafter.net

Here’s a wide shot:

A beautiful kitchen makeover with a pop of aqua at betterafter.net

A beautiful kitchen makeover with a pop of aqua at betterafter.net

Gorgeous!

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Gorgeous shiny kitchen.

Good gravy, there is so much to love about this kitchen, let’s just get right to it.

Navy lower cabinets?  YES.
Coral side door?  Double YES.
Striped paint treatment on the ceiling?  Hmm, let me think. YES.
Hand-painted faux marble counters and backsplash?  So much YES it hurts.
DIY pendants made with retro spaghetti lights over the table? YES SO HARD!

I think it’s safe to say I like it.  What do you think?  What’s your favorite part? Check out all the details of this fabulous kitchen from Danika on her blog Gorgeous Shiny Things.

Fabulous kitchen makeover with navy and coral on betterafter.net

Fabulous kitchen makeover with navy and coral on betterafter.net

Fabulous kitchen makeover with navy and coral on betterafter.net

Fabulous kitchen makeover with navy and coral on betterafter.net


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Casa Kitchen and Haiku Winner!

Ermagersh you guys, I had so much fun reading all your haikus!  Thanks so much to everyone who chimed in, it was so fun!  And it was so hard to pick a winner.  I wish we could all go to the Target snackbar for a round of Icees, on me. Here are just a few of my favorites:

Colleen:
a zig and a zag
all those lines make me dizzy
chevy in the hiz (zy)!

Cara:
Showcase ups and downs
A wall, a chair, a table
Metaphor of life

Bethany:
is chevronified
in the dictionary yet?
it should be, i say.

Heidi:
If I win today
I will spend it at “Tarjay”
Hello Merona

Haha Heidi, that last line made me literally LOL, with a snort and everything.

But the grand prize in our haiku contest goes to … Bets!

First this way, then that
Chevron should use MapQuest app
for shortest distance.

Yay Bets! I will be contacting you asap about your prize.

And I must give an honorable mention to Karl, who instead of a haiku, shared his musings on the chevron trend in an epic pseudo-villanelle. He wins an imaginary soft pretzel from the Target snackbar in addition to his imaginary Icee.

Next time limericks?

And now, what you really came here for, a Monday morning makeover!  This one comes from Cristina at Remodelando la Casa and it’s better than superb.  It went from starter-home kitchen to starring-in-a-magazine kitchen. Once again, the secret is raising the cabinets all the way to the ceiling.  Nothing makes a small kitchen seem bigger, faster.

You won't believe this kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

You won't believe this kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

And those lights above the island are my everything.

You won't believe this kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

You won't believe this kitchen makeover at betterafter.net

I also need to announce the ShoeMint giveaway winner!  Congrats Chinda Phraph!  I will be contacting you asap!


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Refined Dining

Jennifer wouldn’t let her small table stop her when she wanted to invite company over for dinner.  She just plopped a large sheet of plywood on top, covered it with a tablecloth, and partied on!

But that solution was only temporary. She dreamed of spacious table that would fill out her dining room and easily seat plenty of guests.  So she built one herself!  And the whole dining room got a makeover in the process, right down to (up to?) the stained-to-match crown moulding. Fantastic!

Kitchen makeover with a made-from-scratch dining room table at betterafter.net

Kitchen makeover with a made-from-scratch dining room table at betterafter.net

Check out more and see how she built that fabulous table herself on her blog  Owen Family Six.


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