Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lipstick and Sawdust - Tutorials

Back to Basics

Here is a tutorial on how to get plywood cut at a lumber store. 

         Recently I came across a very informative article click link  HERE on how to have a better experience in the wood cutting department at a local "big box store" or "lumber store". This can be an intimidating place especially for women, as this is not a task we are usually taught when we are younger. This article was so helpful I decided to use the tips in real time and video myself while putting them into practice. Turns out the tips worked! I was in and out with cut plywood and ready to drive home in 21 minutes! Check out my video. Most suggestions are from the article, or just tricks I have picked up since getting wood cut for almost 8 years.

Thank you! Kristen
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation Part 4 Guest Room

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation Part 4 Guest Room 

Hey readers! Thanks for checking back with me to see the next chapter of renovations in our beach home. In this post I will be talking about all things mermaid. Not childish mermaid... but big girl mermaid. This room in our beach home is technically our daughter's room but serves as the guest room when we have guests, hence relocating her to her brother's room. Luckily, she is cool about that. She gets a TV, so that sweetened the deal for her. She absolutely loves it!

As you can see thus far I love to decorate around "stations" or "parts" of something from a bigger picture or concept. Each bedroom in our home has a different theme, but they all center around a larger theme, the beach. The guest room is the land of mermaids. It's style is "mermaid coastal", and yes I just made that up on the fly. 

Here I'll show that the colors and bedding and art all embody that theme. 

Here is the before picture of this room when we purchased the home: 

Drabby is all I can say about that. 

Here is a nice before and after shot!

This was a fun room to design. 

First a paint color and concept...

...actually here is my Pinterest board of inspiration for this room.

Paint color: "In the Moment" - Behr 

Introducing the BEHR 2018 Color of the Year: In The Moment. With undertones of blue, gray, and green, this calming paint color helps to create a relaxing space in your home, promoting mindfulness and introspection. Include this versatile paint color in interior and exterior DIY home makeover projects to turn your house into a tranquil sanctuary.

Accent colors coral and white, and pops of glitter or sparkle. 

Here is a (shaky) video I took after the room was painted. 

Then, I chose the bedding for the room. This was a mini disaster (first world problems). I find it very hard to pick out bedding online. I did not want a set too juvenile, and I did not want a set that was too grandma-ish. So I picked out this one: 

It arrived, delivered to my porch and ended up sitting in the rain for 4 days. They had sent a sealed box with the bedding INSIDE of a waterproof case, but the pillows still got mildewed! We ended up having to repurchase the whole thing. Because it all smelled - really bad! This was a good idea as getting rid of mildew in the house was an ongoing problem. Turns out I really don't like the comforter print in person, so sometimes I use it, and sometimes I just use a white quilt it's the one that usually just lays across the bottom of the comforter. I can never, ever decide which I I just switch back and forth. I am known to do this multiple times even during a stay. 

I picked up this headboard at Home Goods for a cool 99 bucks, on clearance. It's a queen size though I think I could have gotten away with adding a king for that room.... Life will go on. 

We ordered her queen mattress and box spring from Mattress Firm in West Ocean City. It is so comfortable, it is not one of those flat pancake mattresses you usually get when staying at a beach house. 
Missing railings, but eh, I'll make it work. 

For the rest of the furniture, I used good old Ikea- 

We purchased and had delivered:

Probably our 100th Hemnes 8 drawer dresser. This thing holds up to kids use and holds everything! 
HEMNES 8-drawer dresser IKEA
Ikea Hemnes 8 drawer dresser.

A Hemnes Nightstand. Very small scale and practical.
HEMNES Nightstand IKEA Smooth running drawer with pull-out stop.
Ikea Hemnes Nightstand. 

Lamp - mine from forever and ever ago.
Jewelry dish- Hobby Lobby
Mermaid worry box- Charming Charlie's
Books- Amazon and my mom "Oma"

A utility cart ( In our house we call this a "crash cart"- more on that later.)

R├ůSKOG Utility cart IKEA
Ikea Raskog Utility Cart.

*Kristen's bright idea for the utility cart!

n all practicality, I wanted my daughter to have another "nightstand" that was mobile and could move with her from room to room when she has to leave and stay in her brother's room to accommodate guests. This idea turned out to be truly amazing. The idea was so awesome, that at 29.99 each,  I purchased one for everyone. Now we have 4 carts (that my husband aptly named a "crash cart"). 

Yep all crap on one cart!

As far as draperies go.. I purchased a set of curtains, these are coral linen and actually have hints of silver glitter in them. Then I purchased a set of sheer curtains with pom pom trim. I added these all to the same curtain rod. These were all purchased at Home Goods. The blackout shades came with the house. It's the only thing we kept in this room. Thank you to my Mother and Father in Law for hanging the curtains and other accouterments. 

Please excuse the lack of lighting. 

I LOVE this detail!

Too Pretty! 

Art work-
I originally purchased this picture to go above her bed. But, in the end it was too big and I ended up having it hung in the hallway. I LOVE this picture. It is probably my favorite piece of art in the home.  I think she is stunning! We are still waiting to name her... suggestions??

I purchased this from and the large frame from Amazon.

So, we settled on these art pieces below for above the bed. When we see mermaid art while out and about, we add to the collection. We can fill all of these walls from top to bottom for all I care... I think that will be fun. This is about making memories people!

The old ceiling fan had to go- yuck! I purchased this ceiling fan combo from Amazon. Hunter fan company Anslee Low Profile 46". Thank you to my Father in Law, an Electrical Engineer, and all around good guy to have around for installing this!

This fan/combo is perfect. It gets hot in here.

And... in near closing a picture of my not so little mermaid loving her room. 

Notice the Maryland flag socks? We tend to LOVE our flag here in Maryland!

And a few few final beauty shots: 

So there you have it... a room made for a mermaid. I happen to love it and find myself watching the Kids Baking Championship, Dancing with the Stars Junior, or Cake Wars often with my daughter, it really is a cozy room. 

Thanks for reading y'all. Drop me a line. Stay tuned for my son's room in Part 5. 

- Kristen 

Links to my entire Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation series (that HGTV did not choose to shoot) :

Part 1- The Choice.
Part 2- The Plan.
Part 3- The Kitchen 

To be honest, my son put most of these together. He is 8 and he is an engineering genius. He can build just about anything. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Part 3 Kitchen Remodel

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Part 3 Kitchen Remodel

Hi readers! Thanks for following my beach house renovation series. Today we tackle the kitchen remodel. You will see pics from the kitchen demolition, to the kitchen renderings, to the choices we made for the biggest and smallest items in the kitchen. Truth be told our contractors were pretty terrible. We ran into many snags with this remodel, as expected, but these were very difficult to come back from. The end result is stunning, but it took us a while to get there. I started the design with the contractor in November of 2017. And... it finally was finished in September of 2018. This should not have taken this long, especially since we did not change the footprint too much. Our original timeframe was February- May.

Kitchen demo.

The contractors were so terrible in fact that we sent my in laws to live in the beach house during the renovations to monitor (read:babysit) the remodelers. Goodness, I think they were there for a total of 2 months.... just to get the big items completed. Thank you In Laws!!!!

I found the video I made explaining our plans.
Take a look: 

So here are some rendering photos for the design:

You can check out my beach house inspiration board on Pinterest. 

Here are our final choices for the kitchen-----We used Lowes cabinetry and purchased most appliances from Lowes as well.

Cabinetry: Averley collection White Shaker Cabinets

Countertop: Silestone (Quartz) in Royal Reef


In store combo. 

Wall Paint Choice: Benjamin Moore Half Moon Crest


 Faucet choice: Kraus KPF- 168CH Pull Down Single Faucet in Chrome

Appliances: All Whirlpool except downdraft range is KitchenAid

My "thing" about designing kitchens usually has to do with "stations". For example, here is where you get your coffee, here is where you prep food, here is where you do the cooking, here is where you fix your drink or grab a beverage, here is where you sit, here is where you clean. 

I really wanted to add an exciting part to the kitchen to the "here is where you fix your drink or grab a beverage" so I chose a beverage refrigerator to be installed on the other side of the peninsula, a place that was a wasted corner where the stools would go. 

Also, here are some highlights from the design--

Base cabinets:
  • I wanted pot drawers - at least 4 - they are great for cookware, and allow for 
  • flex space in the peninsula.
  • A trash and recycling drawer was a must. 
  • A deep narrow base cabinet was a must for cookie sheets and cutting boards.
  • Instead of a "lazy susan", the corner space will be used for the beverage refrigerator. 
  • Install additional cabinet on end of peninsula for small appliances. 
  • Have one sliding drawer for "junk drawer" as we will need space for keys and boat keys, and pens, etc.
Upper cabinets:
  • Cabinets are to be installed to the ceiling and added crown at the top makes the 8 foot ceilings look higher. 
  • The bulkhead must be dealt with and not modified. I had to work around it so installing a blank spacer made the cleanest look for the top cabinets
  • Cabinets above refrigerator must be tight to top of refrigerator for built in feel (this is overlooked and has to be mitigated later). 
  • Build coffee station with uppers and lowers with added electrical outlet for coffee maker. 
  • Beadboard on ends of all base cabinets and flat side panels for upper cabinets (because the headboard NEVER gets actually ordered and it was delaying the progress). 
  • One glass cabinet for beverage station. 
  • Add wine X cabinet for wine and liquor bottles at beverage station.  
Handles, knobs and pulls- I always use a mix of these for visual interest. Most doors will have a knob, most drawers will have a pull (to different sizes for different drawer sizes). Special mermaid knobs to be installed on coffee station main top cabinets for variety and whimsy.

Knob selections- 

Where's your top??
Link for mermaid knobs, amazon, 11 dollars each. You need a left and right. 
Click here.

5 inch pull 

3 inch pull

I even had a plan for where each knob should go. They will be drilling holes in the cabinetry, which are expensive. You need to be this detailed. 

Gut! Gut! Gut! GUT! GUT!

Nice Gut!!!

After the gut of the kitchen, the cabinets were FINALLY delivered after many cancellations of the delivery and many times driving down to accept delivery. 

We had to make an executive decision. At this point, we sent my in-laws down to monitor the job. 

...and boxes.

My in-laws painted all areas of the kitchen where cabinets would not be hung, and. the insides of the pantry and closets. 

Then the construction started, yay!

Peninsula re-installation. Saving flooring. 
Rebuilding peninsula.

Lots of pot drawers!

Coming along. Pot Drawers.  
Seeing a problem already with the refrigerator.
No gaps remember? 
Paint color working well.
Can we just rip out that light already??

Coffee Station coming along.

Contertops (quartz arrives), these are some heavy and large slabs. I am not a fan of granite. Quartz is so much easier, you don't have to pick out a slab because the patterns are very consistent.

Sir, may I offer you a Cheez-it? 


So shiny!


Love this combo. 

The appliances arrive, and my father-in-law installs all lighting.... And shades. He is an electrical engineer, and a Navy Vietnam veteran! A great guy to have around. In a later post I will go over all of the electrical rewiring this house needed to make code. Turns out it becomes a lot of work for him. 

My deep D shaped sink with new garbage disposal.

Inside of the fridge. Gap at top- over 7 inches.
Have to order a spacer that will fit with an overlay. 

Love these bamboo shades!

Plug too deep. Another issue to be dealt with.

Downdraft Range. Damaged in back- #discount.

Beverage Refrigerator. I love when it lights up blue at night.

Then, after the trim is added, the backsplash is added, and it is gorgeous!

Coffee station ready to go - and does not block the light from the windows.

My little topless mermaids. What shall we name them?

And that's it for the most part of the kitchen. I will be adding information about the lighting changes and window treatments in another post. Hope you like some of these after images. This was quite a renovation. 

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- Kristen