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Our $4.39 Mudroom Makeover, Since movinginto our new (old) home this summer, we've been hard at work making it our own, all on a budget.  The entryway/mudroom had worn out, gray painted hardwood floors.  I went out and bought a roll of blue painters tape, went down into the basement where the previous owners left gallons of floor paint (ugh) and got to work., Other Spaces
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My Fall Porch 2014, Fall is here and Thanksgiving is around the corner and I'm bringing some fall to my front porch., Porches
My Kitchen Vision Came To Ife, Before:  the kitchen had white counter with a raised bar.  The cabinets were white, sink white, backsplash off white, black dbl oven that cooked to the crisp, black glass top stove, 16 year old wallpaper, brass knobs and a hug box on the ceiling for fluorescent lighting.

Our floors are wood so we did not want to move cabinetry and have to redo the floors that flow throughout the house.

We wanted to open the kitchen up to the breakfast table and den so we removed the raised bar and the huge box on the ceiling.  It may sound like a minor divider but removing them really opened everything up.

We painted the walls SW Diverse Beige, "so long wallpaper!!".  The cabinets got a fresh coat of white paint and simple black pulls.  The island is small and deserved a little color so it is now dark blue.  
Counters- goodbye white counters, hello beautiful, shiny black granite that topped the fresh white cabinets and black pulls!  It is not raised and gives a huge bar with plenty of space to eat, roll out cookie or bread dough, you name it.  The undercounted, stainless steel sink and large chrome faucet just add to the shine!

Back to the small island, now dark blue, was relieved of what little white counter it had and the black glass cooktop and was topped with a gray/white , somewhat exotic granite and a Jen-Air gas cooktop ( love it!). The island is very small and by the time you have pots with handles, you don't have much space for spices, hot pads, or even a hot cookie sheet.  We also noticed we could no longer put groceries on the gas stove or make a sandwich like we could on the glass top.  I found an answer for that!  Personalized cutting boards!

Why Not Stand Out does enlays of quotes, names, photos, recipes, scripture, anything you want on cutting boards of all sizes!  I got one to place on the grates when not cooking.   Grocery and sandwich problem solved!  I bought a second and mounted it on the side, right below the new granite and it folds up and down for extra space when need!  I absolutely love it!  When not lifted up, it hangs on the side, wood against dark blue and personalized!  I highly recommend this on the side of any cabinet, island, wall or any place you need extra counter space.  Kitchen, bathroom, next to bed, craft room, anywhere!

The cutting boards can also be used for trivets.  You don't want to turn your burners on of course but placing a hot pan of muffins on it. Or cutting cheese on it will be great too!

We put in stainless appliances, a beverage center, coffee center, microwave and television.  Can lights, clear pendant lights.  Our backsplash is white subway whith a mosaic with white, gray stone and a metal.  I have pulled the blue out of the gray. And wanted a pop of color so I chose lime green.

I will attach pics of before and after, I still need relaxed Roman Shades in the breakfast nook but you can see what we have done.  I also took the time to organize!  I put coffee cups in the drawer below coffee center and everything just sparkles!, Kitchens
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