Tuesday, April 30, 2019

5 Easy Kitchen Updates with Big Impact (Friday Favorite)

Hello friends and welcome to another Friday Favorites!
Over the last few weeks, it seems like every where I turn, people are telling me that they’re updating their kitchens. Some of my friends are doing total kitchen remodels and others are looking for smaller inexpensive projects for updating their kitchens.  I thought today that I would share some of my favorite easy kitchen updates that can bring big impact, without spending tons of money and time.

Let’s jump right in!

Turn a Cabinet into an Open Crystal or China Cabinet

This is one of those great dual purpose projects that can create more storage but can also add gorgeous kitchen appeal.  Taking an existing kitchen cabinet and turning it into open shelving is not only easy to do,  it’s a beautiful way to store and display crystal, china or pretty much anything:

Crystal Cabinet- Kitchen- Updates

Years ago, I removed my kitchen cabinet doors and added glass shelving to create a place to store my crystal stemware.  It not only added an elegant touch to my kitchen but it was the perfect place to create easy access because the area directly below is a great spot for serving drinks when I entertain:

Kitchen- Update- Open Crystal Cabinet

I wanted the cabinet to have lights to really make the crystal pop, so I had an electrician install the small halogen lighting in the crystal cabinet that I purchased at Lowe’s for $30.00:

Under Cabinet- Lighting-Halogen

The electrician cut a hole to perfectly fit the little lights, which he tapped into my electricity line coming from my light switch under the cabinet. I measured the existing wood shelving and ordered two beveled glass shelves from our local glass company. I used the existing shelf prong holders to hold the glass:


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This is a post about a simple centerpiece and a pin...from pinterest. This is the centerpiece. It is from My Heart's Desire.

My Heart's Desire

I cannot take credit for any of it. I liked it, and I pinned it......8 weeks ago. That's it! I have not made one like it and I did not blog about it....until now. Why am I telling you any of this? Everyday I receive approximately 6 e-mails from pinterest telling me that it has been repinned. In fact, as I write this, it has been repined 74 times! So, I thought I would find more simple centerpieces that inspire me.

Do you have a favorite? What do you use for a simple centerpiece?

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How to Build Pull Out Under Sink Storage Trays for Your Kitchen

Construct roll-out trays for extra storage space in the sink base cabinet.


Build these handy undersink roll-out trays in a weekend. You can tackle this project with simple carpentry tools and some careful measuring. You can make all the trays in an afternoon using building products from your local home center or hardware store for as little as $80.
Family Handyman

Tools Required

  1. Air compressor
  2. Air hoseBrad nail gun
  3. Circular saw
  4. Clamps
  5. Combination square
  6. Cordless drill
  7. Countersink drill bit
  8. Framing square
  9. Paintbrush
  10. Safety glasses
  11. Tape measure

Materials Required

  1. 1-5/8" wood screws
  2. 1/2" x 2' x 2' hardwood plywood
  3. 1x4 x 16' maple
  4. 1x6 x 2' maple
  5. 20" ball-bearing drawer glides
  6. 3/4" x 4' x 8' hardwood plywood
  7. 6d finish nails
  8. Construction adhesive
  9. Woodworker's glue

Getting the right stuff

Have you finally had it with that dark and dingy, I'm-not-sure-what's-there storage space under the kitchen sink? Well, these two types of roll-out trays, which ride on smooth-action ball-bearing drawer glides, will get everything out in the open and let you find exactly what you need at a glance.


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Monday, April 29, 2019

The Heart of Our Home Kitchen

Welcome to our kitchen!  It is truly the heart of our home.  Many hours are spent in this space.
We had the privilege of designing our kitchen from scratch.  It was a fun yet daunting task.  It's funny how unique priorities can be.  My husband wanted two dishwashers. Who is going to argue with that??

Aside from being a very large space that could accommodate large crowds, I had two top priorities:
Priority #1: A large window over our sink.