Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet

Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet: January 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Kitchen Renovation

I hope you all had a great weekend and the best part is its not over yet!  I wanted to share my sisters kitchen renovation with all of you.  You'll hear about my sisters a lot on this blog.  If you know them you know they are awesome.  If you don't know them...well now you know. 

I started the story of my sister's home renovation in the previous POST where I showed you the bedroom furniture I did for them.  I did nothing to help in the kitchen renovation.  Let me just clear that up.  It was all my sister, Kelly and her hubs, Patty (ok, his name is Pat, but I can't even write Pat let alone speak it.  I always call him Paat or Patty...so you get it).  They did such an amazing job.  They purchased their home in the Philly suburbs in May of 2011.  Its an amazing house, but it needed sooo much done to it.  Good thing Patty is an amazing handy man and Kelly has a great sense of style.  The combo is fab!

The first thing they did was to tear out the kitchen.  The entire family helped with the demolition (minus me and my man...sad day, but we live in Tennessee so its hard to make it up for every thing, but we were certainly there in spirit)!  I think these pictures are best shown with the space before and then after so here we go.

The kitchen was originally broken into 2 spaces--the kitchen and a small breakfast nook.  They tore down the wall and opened up the entire space.

They took that cool light out and used it in the garage where Paat made an incredible man cave...party spot, whatever...its not exclusive to men, but that sounds better, huh? I'll share more on that later! 

 Amazing, right? 
 Look at awesome Patty..he rocks!

 They added double doors that will eventually lead to an awesome deck space. 
Check out that oven!!  I love the vintage look, but I don't think it compares to her new appliances. 

Here is the laundry room before.  Yes, you do need that much beer while demoing a kitchen!  We're Irish after all.

The general contractor on the job was Brian from G&V Construction:  http://www.gandvconstruction.com/  He's a friend of all of ours, but also did an amazing job and Kel & Paat loved working with him.

Here are a list of additional suppliers:

Cabinets: A&C Cabinets, Chester, PA
Backsplash: Hope Depot
Tile floor: Mark Galdo Ceramic Tile and Flooring, Lansdowne PA 
Appliances: D&K Appliances, Newtown Square
Pretty incredible transformation, right?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Furniture for my sister!

My sister and her hubby bought a house this past summer.  They spent the entire summer renovating and making it amazing!! They did a fabulous job and everything looks so great.  I'll be posting bits and pieces of the actual renovation later, but for now, here are just a couple of pieces I did just for them.

You all know that when you buy a house, especially a huge house like my sis and bro did everyone wants to donate all of their old stuff to you, and you gladly accept, right?  Here is a pic of the side table in their master bedroom before....

Here is the after!  I love this color!  It's Rustoleum Spray Paint in Aqua.  I also did a hutch of my own in this color and I will post about it soon.

This is a pic of the long dresser that matches---I can't find the before picutre, but you can imagine, right?

What do you think?? Not bad for free, right??


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lamp Re-Vamp!

We picked up this little beauty at an antique store last year.  She has been living in our living room, but there was always something missing/off about it.  I always wanted to replace the lampshade, but was hesitant to paint her since she is an antique, but...out came the paint!

Here is a picture of her before...

And after...

I painted her with a gloss white spray paint from Rustoleum.  I found the lampshade at Target for on sale for $15.00.  

I love having unique and even weird pieces in my space.  It adds character, its nice to look at and is always a conversation piece!

xo, dani

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Start of the Home Office ReDo

We've been working on our home office re-do.  We are far from done.  We still need curtains, light fixtures, some storage and seating!  I have been able to finish a desk, side table and lamp.

Here is the before picture of a small side table I picked up at the Nashville flea market this summer.  It was $15.00 and in great shape.  I painted her (I love how I always call my furniture "her"?!?) in Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Provence.  You can see the other desk I did in Provence here.  I spray painted the hardware in rustoleum metallic silver.  I always love replacing the hardware, but because of the odd shape of these I knew I would find nothing that would fit, so spray paint it was!

$15.00 at the Nashville Flea Market!
Here is the after...

Since I already had the Annie Sloan's chalk paint (Provence) and the Rustoleum Spray Paint on hand this entire project only cost me $15.00. 

xo, dani

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Rain Gutter Bookshelves

Happy New Year Everyone! 
We recently remodeled our basement into a playroom for our girls... one detail that we added and really love are the Rain Gutter Bookshelves. 
The theory behind these bookshelves is that they encourage children to read more because they can see the fronts of the books and are intrigued, rather than just seeing the edge of the book and not being able to tell what it is about.   I am a former reading specialist so I am always searching for ways to encourage reading! Well, we have had these shelves in our new playroom for almost three months now and I truly believe they encourage reading so much more than the traditional bookshelf. The girls love them! I wanted to post this for everyone to view and try it out for yourselves. They are fantastic! I cannot take too much credit for the installation because my husband Eric graciously took over the task... it took him about 15 minutes. He found it to be a really simple task. So here is what you will need to get started : 
I cannot rememeber the exact amount we spent for our 3 shelves but it was somewhere around 25$... very inexpensive!!! Teachers - PUT THEM IN YOUR CLASSROOM:) xo

  • Vinyl rain gutters ā€“ Our rain gutter shelves are all 5 feet or 2 1/2 feet long and the gutters come in 10 foot lengths.
  • Brackets for the rain gutters ā€“ I used either 2 or 3 brackets per 5 feet of shelving depending on how much use I thought the shelf would get.
  • End caps for the rain gutters. Be sure to get the appropriate number of right and left end caps.
  • Wood screws that will fit through the hole in the brackets.
  • Hack saw
  • Sand paper
  • Sharpie marker
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Marking pencil
  • Stud finder
1. Decide the length that you want your shelf to be.  Measure and mark this length on the shelf with the Sharpie. Since Iā€™m one of those perfectionist types and not so handy with a hack saw, I measured and marked six different places around the gutter and then connected the dots so that I had a solid line to cut on.
2. Cut the rain gutter with the hack saw. 
3.Decide where you want to put the shelves and find and mark the studs.
4. Determine the height that you want the top of the shelf to be and mark that point on one of the studs that will be close to the end of the shelf.
5.Using the wood screw and the drill, screw a bracket into the point that you just marked. 
6Level the shelf. Place the gutter onto the bracket that is already screwed into the wall and place another bracket onto the opposite end of the gutter.  Now balance or hold a level on the gutter and adjust until everything is level.  Then mark where you will screw your next hole on the stud that is closest to the other end of your gutter.
7.Screw the bracket into the stud at the marked height
8.Install additional brackets for stability
9.Glue on the end caps.
10. Repeat for as many shelves you need. Make sure to leave room for the tall books! 

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