Step Five: Adding a Wood Floor- a Kitchen on a Budget

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After Photo: New Wood Floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Kuster’s are just about finished with their kitchen remodel, which means I’ll do the full unveiling soon, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of the new wood floor. They used prefinished planks they found at Sam’s that fit their budget and their needs. I’ll talk more about wood floors in my next post, because I’m going to see it in person tomorrow evening and want to take some close of photo’s to show you what I’m talking about – I like visuals 🙂

Below is the before picture – amazing what a difference a new coat of paint and a DIY wood floor can make! Stay tuned for the final pictures…

Before Photo: Old paint and Flooring
Before Photo: Old paint and Flooring
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Designer Quote by Billy Baldwin

 

Billy Baldwin (1903-1983)

Billy Baldwin (1903-1983)

“Decorators should never insist on throwing out everything the client has. Even when they are far from perfect, loved possessions add personality.”  Billy Baldwin
                                                                                                                                                                    
I love quotes. It just seems to me, that quotes are full of such wisdom; inspiration that for some it took a lifetime to find. This quote from Billy Bladwin caught my eye today and is as timeless as ever. It’s actually a great quote to ponder as we all battle this difficult economy.  
 
A good designer will take the time to find out what is precious to you. They’ll come to understand what you love, how you live, and use this knowledge to make your house a home. It’s not about buying everything new. It’s not about creasting a showcase. In fact, a good designer knows that it’s not about them, but truly about you. It’s something to remember when starting a DIY project. It’s always nice to have something fresh and new, but sometimes hanging onto to pieces of the old reminds us of who we are and provides warmth when we most need it. 

 

 

Finding Inspiration: Take a Closer Look

Beach and Palm Tree
Inspiration can be found anywhere

A decorating project is always easier if you start with inspiration. Inspiration can be a page from a design magazine, a treasured item in your home or something as simple as a sea shell found on a beach. The interesting thing about inspiration is it often may be right in front of you. Unfortunately, if you don’t take the time to really “see” your surroundings, you may be missing some really beautiful things. How often do we get caught up in day to day activities that we overlook the tiny details that life offers us and miss out on truly “seeing” the beautiful things that are often right before our eyes.

As I first walked the shores on the northern tip of Grand Cayman Island a few weeks ago, I thought to myself how easy it would be to design a space inspired by white sand and shimmering water in shades of blue and green…but then I was prompted to look a little closer… 

Along the shoreline
Along the shoreline

To be perfectly honest, after an initial glimpse of blue skies, white sands and sparkling water, I would have been totally content to sit with my toes in the water, a good book, and a glass of iced tea. If I hadn’t been prompted to take a closer look by a seasoned beach explorer, I would have sadly missed a collection of treasures deposited by the sea.

Hunting for treasures of the sea
Hunting for treasures of the sea

A true treasure seeker I have learned, knows that in order to see beauty in it’s entirety, one must have a keen eye…a treasure seeker needs to really “see” everything around them including what’s often beneath their toes. 

Closer view
Closer view

Even from this view, it’s tough to really see what treasures can be found, but I discovered that if you look close enough, you may be lucky enough to find items such as these…

Treasures from the shore
Treasures from the shore

Upon closer examination, I found tiny perfect shells, colorful sea glass, and amazing coral rock…

Washed up bottles and fisherman's netting
Washed up bottles and fisherman’s netting.

The treasure seeker suggested that I combine my beautiful finds with a few handfuls of sand, several washed up bottles and pieces of old blue netting to create beautiful keepsakes such as the sea bottles below. They’re 100% made of items from the beach… Treasured memories in a bottle.

Treasured memories in a bottle
Treasured memories in a bottle

And then I got to thinking…and looking even closer…

Close up of a bottle

Close up of a treasure bottle

Could a decorating project be inspired by a simple tiny shell that I almost didn’t see? There were two shells that I loved above all the others that I found.  One of those shells can be seen in the close up photo of a  treasure bottle above. One afternoon, as I explored the shoreline, something caught my eye…
Shell from a distance
From a distance
and I bent down for a closer look…
 
Really quite extraordinary

Would you have taken the time to see these two shells?

Could these tiny little shells that are smaller than the nail on my baby finger actually provide inspiration for a decorating project? I think so.. In fact, I imagine that the color and pattern found in those two little sea shells could inspire a room just like this…

Could this interior by NYC designer Evelyn Benatar been inspired by a tiny sea shell?

Could this interior by NYC designer Evelyn Benatar been inspired by a tiny sea shell?

I really don’t have any idea as to what the actual inspiration was for the beautiful room above, but  I do know that inspiration can be found anywhere and the key to finding it is to learn to truly “see” your surroundings. Whether you’re inside your home or on a far away beach; if you take the time to explore the little things (like a treasure seeker),  you might just discover that something as simple as a tiny sea shell can inspire a color pallette that dreams are made of.

 

Step Four: Valances and Wall Art – Kitchen on a Budget

 
Painted Wall and Cabinets
Painted Wall and Cabinets

If you’ve been following the Redo of the Kuster’s Kitchen, I’m happy to report that the painting is done and it looks fabulous! As of the last update, they had painted the walls and beadboard, but still had the cabinets to complete. It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

Before Photo
Before Photo

 Lori found some apple pictures that she really liked. Remember the original apple photo that she loved? I think the new one’s below work much better – don’t you?

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Wall and Beadboard Painted with New Artwork
Wall before Paint and Art
Before Photo

Additionally, they hung the window treatments on the window and door Doesn’t the valance on the door look great with the photo’s? Lori purchased an extra one so we can make a custom valance to go over the eating area. I’ll take lots of photo’s when we do that in the next few weeks!

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Valance on Door

What’s up next? Besides hanging the chandelier and making the additional valances, the final project is to lay the wood floor. They found prefinished laminated flooring at Sam’s Club and hope to have it finished in the next few weeks! I can’t wait to see that! I know…I’m holding out and you haven’t seen all the areas, but I wanted to save the best for last! Once the wood floor is installed, we’ll do a full unveiling…Stay tuned!