Kitchen renovation

My in-laws house was flooded during Harvey. It was a tough experience for them but out of something negative came something positive. It is now fully renovated and I can't tell you the joy it brings me when we go visit. 

Their home was built in the 1960's, the kitchen and the restroom were pretty dated. We used this opportunity to create a new kitchen and restroom from square one. 

Below is a list of project must haves:

  • Brightness - we accomplished this by using a neutral color palette which brought in light. 
  • Better lighting - we removed a few extra fans they had in the kitchen and the breakfast area and replaced them with good quality light fixtures that give off more light. This also helped the space appear brighter. 
  • Storage - we re-designed her kitchen to include a small island with storage as well as a pantry. This helps keep the countertop clean. 
  • Updated countertop - she selected a neutral granite countertop that stands out against the bone colored cabinets. 

Here are a few quick pictures I took right before the kitchen demo work started. Please excuse the mess. 

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Here is our blank canvas. 

 

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This is the finished result! Can you believe it!? Since I took this picture we have installed roman shades over the windows. I love how airy it all feels. 

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Project Ashcroft - color story

The huz has been really busy working on our current project. I feel like he does all the hard work of scheduling and organizing. I get to come in and do the fun stuff - pick paint, backsplash, counter tops, etc. The project we are currently working on is a ranch style 1960's home. 

 I really wanted to step outside of my comfort zone by working with gray. Gray is a good neutral. It is not a shade I naturally gravitate towards. I also knew I wanted to keep the kitchen white. Overall, the feel we are going for is fresh and modern with a hint of traditional.

 Below is a little glimpse of how the Ashcroft color story developed. I can't wait to share the final project!

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Furniture Restyle

I came across a pair of antique furniture pieces that I thought would look cool if they were restyled. I really enjoy adding pieces to our home that have character.  

For this project I used spray paint, acrylic paint, and fabric. All of which I picked up at Hobby Lobby. When making an antique selection, I usually take in to consideration the shape and potential. Most of the time the beauty is already there. I just help bring it out. Shout out to papi who helped me with the reupholster part of the project!

I was inspired to get a leopard print piece for our home when I saw this piece on the One Kings Lane website which retails for $795.00. 😳It looks nice but it is totally out of my price range. 

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I am really happy with the way the project turned out! Check out before and after pictures down below.

Side note: I am excited to see Justin Timberlake perform at the Super Bowl! Seems like just yesterday Houston was hosting the game. I am going for the Patriots!

Before

This was before I spray painted the cherry wood dark walnut. 

This was before I spray painted the cherry wood dark walnut. 

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 I knew I wanted to play with leopard print while still keeping an antique vibe so I mixed silver and gold acrylic paint to get a muted gold tone. 

 I knew I wanted to play with leopard print while still keeping an antique vibe so I mixed silver and gold acrylic paint to get a muted gold tone. 

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After

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As I was painting I wiped off the excess paint to give it a weathered look. 

As I was painting I wiped off the excess paint to give it a weathered look. 

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New year

Happy New Year! Am I the only one that has been hibernating?!?! If you live in Houston, you know it has been bitterly cold!! I have been spending my time relaxing and taking the new year in. I literally just went back to yoga last week, which for me says a lot. 

As you know, I am not about setting new year resolutions. It just is not my thing. I do like to reflect on the prior year and think about the new year and what I'd like to accomplish. We have a few projects and trips planned that I am really excited about. This year I just want to breathe. I want to take it all in and enjoy the moment. 

I have resolved to use the makeup I have before buying new products😳. I have been using the first few weeks of the year to organize and declutter. I want to focus on good stuff that I use on the regular. Everything else has been thrown away or donated.

My sister challenged me to not buy any lip products this year and I have accepted her challenge. There are a few lip products that I purchased leading up to the holidays that I have been living in this winter. They have really helped keep my lips hydrated during this crazy winter season.

I can't live without a good lip scrub. Mary Kay Satin Lips is an oldie but a goodie for me. I used to have this years ago and forgot about it. I use the shea sugar scrub once or twice a week and I follow that with the shea butter balm. I really like using the balm at night before going to bed. It smells amazing. I also like to use the EOS lip balm to protect against chapped lips. 

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Burt's Bees expanded their makeup line last year. I actually have not tried any of their new products but I did pick up some of their lip shimmers for Christmas gifts. I am all about natural beauty products that actually work. What I like about the lip shimmers is they hydrate while having a tint of color. They are perfect for days you might not want to wear a lipstick or a liquid lip but you want a little something more than just lip balm. This lip product could also be a good option for those of y'all that don't love lipsticks. They have great ingredients such as shea butter and fruit oils. They also glide on your lips very easily. I've included a few swatches and lip looks below.

Hope y'all are staying warm!

All three shades have a little shimmer in them...hence the name. 

All three shades have a little shimmer in them...hence the name. 

Rhubarb - nice berry shade   

Rhubarb - nice berry shade

 

Fig - very similar to my natural lip color. This shade is my favorite.  P.S. I figured out I get alot of light in my office....maybe a little too much?

Fig - very similar to my natural lip color. This shade is my favorite.

P.S. I figured out I get alot of light in my office....maybe a little too much?

Peony - I like to dab my finger over this shade so that it smooths out better over my lips

Peony - I like to dab my finger over this shade so that it smooths out better over my lips