Sunday, September 25, 2011

A little exterior refesher

We finally got around to painting the exterior of our outdated, paint chipping house.
Here is the house before:

After in Behr's Rocky Ridge.:

A few other things we're looking to update is the front door:

And maybe adding a few not too modern, not too country looking shutters:

I am really digging this deep peacock color as an accent, so we'd build a patio set to match for the new patio too!  

And for the details, touch up the old house numbers (I might just go buy new ones though), hardware and paint the lanterns on either side of the garage door.

What do you think? Anything else you would add or change?

Friday, September 9, 2011

IKEA Fix This Kitchen

Have you all heard about IKEA's Fix This Kitchen?

A&E, Apartment Therapy and IKEA are teaming up to fix up kitchens.
Send your kitchen design questions, along with some photos of your design-challenged kitchen Here
All submissions are due by next Friday, Sept. 16th tune-in for the next installment of kitchen design fun, airing Saturdays this fall at 9:30am (8:30am CT) on A&E.

I have submitted mine, view the 80's kitchen I am stuck with:

I'd love to rip out this wall with the bakers rack and the peninsula and make an island with trash and recycling pull outs.

A couple notes on these, we had a contractor out and told us this wall is not load bearing so thats good, but the bad news is the bakers rack wall has the TV on the other side, so I will need to rearrange my living room:

Next, rip out the sofits and install taller upper cabinets or just new doors and add glass front cabinets on top with lights like this:

What are your big design challenges? Are you all going to sign up for the contest as well?