Kitchen Reno Update 1

Finally, finally, finally!!!

I set a BIG goal in January to work on our kitchen in 2018. It’s a big job.

After lots of stops and starts this year and working on a few things here and there, I finally got the husband to agree to set aside a little time to work on it with me.

Our house was built in 1908 and we bought it in 2010. We’ve worked on lots of other houses in the last 8 years so I was more than ready to have MY kitchen done.

This is how the kitchen looked when we bought the house.

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CatrinaAtHome My Kitchen 2Fancy, right? Check out those micro upper cabinets and the exposed dishwasher! Lol

We knocked out the wall between the kitchen and the butlers pantry to make the kitchen a little roomier. CatrinaAtHome my kitchen 4

We also raised the height of the windows and ran the counter along the exterior wall.

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I had white cabinets for nearly seventeen years at my last house and I thought I wanted dark cabinets in this house.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Dark cabinets show every speck of dust and every single finger print. Period.

No bueno.

We also realized when we invited company over that everyone piled into our tiny kitchen and turned it into an oven! lol

So I needed to open up the entry into the kitchen.

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I doubled the size of the entry so folks would feel comfortable being in the dining room yet still close by.

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This was back in November of 2016 and we have lived with all of our Tupperware piled into this hole at the end for long enough. I am so ready for it to be done.

This was my final shot on Monday before we started tearing off the cabinet crown molding and the granite backsplash. Farewell dark cabinets!!

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The granite is being removed on Sunday afternoon (we sold it on Craigslist), my new end cabinet comes in on Monday and all next week we will be painting the insides of the cabinets.

Lots to do but I’m so excited to finally be working on it!

More updates coming soon..

Blessings,
Catrina

3 Tips For a Brighter Christmas Tree

Have you ever noticed that some Christmas trees seem so much brighter than others? Well, if you’re wanting to know how to brighten your  tree, you’re in luck. I have three simple ways to brighten your Christmas tree.

1. Add more lights

This one may seem obvious, but have you tried it?

Even if you have a pre-lit tree, running a string of lights up the center of the tree will add dimension and back light your ornaments for a brighter tree. But unless you’re interested in removing all your ornaments and running another strings of lights on your tree, this tip would be best used as you’re setting your tree up. Have no fear, though, these next two tips can still save the day.

2. Remove light blockers

Too many solid ornaments, pinecones or thick ribbon on a tree will block the light and cause your tree to look dark. Either greatly minimize the solid ornaments etc. or play with the lights a little bit to intentionally bring light in front of these light blockers.      Take a look at your tree? If it’s too dark, is your tree heavy on the light blockers?

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3. Add reflectors

Adding reflectors is a great way to maximize the light you already have on your tree. I find my old fashioned tin reflectors at estate sales, garage sales and thrift stores. They fit right over the lights and instantly brighten the tree.  They can also be found on eBay.

A great cheat for this is to use plenty of light colored, shiny, reflective ornaments. If you’re not up for a potentially brassy look that can sometimes come with reflective ornaments, just intersperse them with your preferred ornaments, variety adds dimension and dimension creates interest. If you want solid, non-reflective ornaments on your tree, make sure to add in light colored solids to help keep the tree bright.

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Remember- Dark absorbs, light reflects.                                                                                   Dark objects absorb the light on your tree and light objects reflect the light. If your tree is too dark, add some more lights, remove the light blocking objects and add in reflectors or light ornaments.

Bonus tip: layer your ornaments one, two and three deep on your tree (depending on the size, of course). Put those inner branches to work for you. This is a great way to use up extra ornaments while giving your tree depth and dimension. 

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I hope these tips were helpful to you, let me know how your tree brightening efforts pan out!

Merry Christmas,

Catrina