our new gray and white kitchen–before and after

This post has been over a year in the making, and it’s quite the understatement to say that I am so glad to finally be able to share it! At the same time, though, it’s a difficult post to write because how, (how?!) can I adequately explain all the time, decisions, paint swatches, trips to IKEA, gallons of paint, demo hours etc. that went into redoing this kitchen? It’s hard to do it justice, so we’ll let pictures speak for themselves…

kitchen reno

gray white kitchen

gray white kitchen

gray white kitchen ideas

Is it enough to say that I love (LOVE!) our new kitchen? Here are a few before pictures so you can see where we started…

kitchen before burlap and blue

kitchen before burlap and blue

Go ahead, you know you want to pin ‘em. :)

We started in January (that’s January 2014, mind you) by tearing down the two walls that separated the kitchen from the living and dining rooms. When I say, “we”, I mean my husband and his father. I just tried to keep out of the way and not complain about the dust.

Just over a year later, we were finished!

 

gray white kitchen

Some of the highlights and sources:

– The cork floors were put in about a year prior, and we really wanted to keep them

-Farmhouse sink and counters are from IKEA

-Light fixture over the sink is from Lowes, the semi-flushmount fixture is from Home Depot, and the two pendants over the island are Pottery Barn

-The white subway tile is MINI! I love it so. The grout is dark gray.

-We’ll eventually switch over all appliances to stainless, though I’m in no rush.

-My husband and his dad built ALL the cabinets. And installed them. And removed the old cabinets. Plus they demoed the walls.

-Did I mention how much I love it? And how we’re not {ever} doing this again?

Thanks for reading!

    


living room gallery wall + canvaspop giveaway

gallery wall

Friends-this post has been a long time coming. The wall you’re looking at has been blank since we moved into this house–8 years ago this August.

What makes it tricky is 1) it’s huge, and 2) it’s both the staircase wall and overlooks our living room. Here’s the before that I posted on Facebook last week…

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I got some great ideas from friends such as add wallpaper, stencil it or hang vintage window panes. I also was crushing on these window pane mirrors from Target. And while I love the idea of stenciling or wallpapering, I needed something I could change quickly as the mood strikes (as it often does).

Enter Canvaspop, creator of awesome, high-quality wrapped canvas pieces, photo mosaics, and more. Canvaspop sent me this amazing canvas print, and, just like that, the gallery wall started to come together.

gallery wall

wrapped canvas

I found this inexpensive set of white frames, added a few art prints from my Etsy shop, some decorative mirrors and all the elements were in place. I cut templates for each frame/canvas, taped them to the wall, and started hammering in nails.

wrapped canvas

I liked the idea of keeping all the frames white, but adding in lots of color with the photographs.

canvas

Have a wall in your home that you’d like to add some life to? Canvaspop has generously agreed to give one burlap+blue readers a free 16×20 canvas with a .75″ deep wrap (an $80 value)!

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US and Canada only. Cannot be combined with other promotions. If you wish to order a larger sized canvas, the winner will be able to use the code to take $80 off your order. Winner will have 48 hours to get back to me. Good Luck!

    


make an easy dot canvas {a tutorial}

canvas art

canvas art

 

Canvas art is a definite obsession love of mine (see here for lots of proof of that)–it’s easy, it’s versatile, and the finished product always looks much more expensive than the price of the few materials it took to create it. Today’s canvas creations are no exception I wanted to replace the three prints we have hanging on our dining room wall, and these square canvas pieces were a perfect fit.

easy canvas art

You just need canvas(es), paint and a pencil! I liked the look of these square 12×12 canvases, and I chose an array of blue and green paints for this project.

Step 1: Since I wanted my paint to be a circular shape, I traced a large circle on each canvas. I decided on a palette for each canvas (one of dark blues, one of light blues, and one of greens), and used my pencil eraser to start stamping.

make canvas art

 

Step 2: Keep going–you’re getting there! I love how the shades of blue mixed and blended with each other; I purposely didn’t wash the eraser between colors to get this effect.

canvas art

 

Continue until you get to the edges of your circle (or whichever shape you chose), let dry and hang!

 

painted canvas

canvas art

 

 

 

canvas art

 

Thanks for reading!