Coastal Kitchen Makeover Reveal With White Cabinets!

kitchen-before-3I’m so excited to reveal the final product of our gorgeous kitchen make over!  We moved into our new home just a few months ago and have been hard at work making it feel like our own.  I loved the layout of the kitchen with the large curved island, corner windows over the sink, walk in pantry and plenty of cupboard space.  I even loved the newer granite counter tops and back splash, but the dark colored walls and honey oak cabinets just weren’t calling my name.  We started by painting the walls in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt– the most lovely neutral grey color with blue and green undertones. The next step  was adding crown molding to the tops of the cupboards and board and batten wainscoting to the island and side cabinets.  I can’t believe what a difference this made already!


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Our Coastal Home- Adding Crown Molding to Kitchen Cabinets and Wainscoting to Island


We loved painting our walls in the kitchen area in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt! The next step is the kitchen cabinets.  I’ve always wanted a white kitchen.  It’s timeless, classy, and so clean looking.  Some people may not like white and the fact that everything shows up on it but that’s exactly why I love it! It may have something to do with my medical background, but I REALLY like to know when things are clean and white lets me do that. We currently have honey oak cabinets which were oh so very popular in the 80’s and 90’s, but they seem too yellow to me, and I especially feel that way against the new Sea Salt paint color. I love the layout of the kitchen and even like the size and shape of the cabinets, I’d just like them in white.

I contemplated painting the cabinets myself, even spent several hrs looking up tutorials and watching videos on how to do it.  I decided in the end I wanted it to look professional when I was done and the best way to get that is by having the cabinets actually sprayed in a hard finish and after much shopping around for a local painter I went with Chameleon Painting– more on this great company in my follow up post!


To help the kitchen feel more complete the hubs and I decided to add crown molding to the top of the cabinets.  This adds so much class and makes a more finished look.  The hubby is a fairly handy fellow so we decided to do this part ourselves.  It was a lot of work but in the end it looks amazing!  Also, it is remarkably hard to find good pictures of kitchens with vaulted ceilings and cabinets with crown molding.  Almost all the photos I found were of cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling.


Next we decided to add some board and batten wainscotting to the island and the bottom ends of the side cabinets. We used 4 inch wide X 1/2 inch thick floor molding and I love how it turned out. This also took a lot of time.  As in, we finished at 3 am the morning the cabinet painters were coming. Chameleon painters were amazing and told us if we had the molding and wainscoting in before they came they’d do the touch up work and paint it at the same time as the rest of the cabinets- sold! So here’s out final “before” pictures, next up we’ll be showing my gorgeous new WHITE kitchen, so stay tuned!

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Our Coastal Home- Painting the Kitchen Sea Salt

I am SO excited to share this project with you! We moved a few months ago into a new home and we love it, but we definitely want to make it our own.  I’ve always been drawn to the coastal home color scheme with it’s soft, peaceful colors.  It’s unique enough to feel like me, and timeless enough I won’t feel the need to repaint every few years. The home had been painted in a dark grey/brown color which was neutral and elegant, but way too dark for me.  My mood is highly influenced by the light around me so I knew I wanted to lighten things up significantly.

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Mother’s Day Fairy Tale Mad Libs Game for Kids!

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Our local primary (church kids group) has been looking for a fun gift to give their moms for Mother’s Day.  We wanted something fairly simple, easy to duplicate, personalized by the kids, and inexpensive.  It also needs to be adorable, right? I came up with the idea of having the kids fill out a Mad Lib style Fairy Tale for their moms.  The children first answer all the questions like “What is a favorite food your mom makes?” and “Where would you love to go with your mom?”, then the answers to those questions correlate with the blank spaces in our fairy tale story. It turned out so cute and SO easy!  We plan to glue the completed questionnaire to the back of the story for mom’s to reference.   I designed it with some lovely watercolor flowers and fairy tale clipart.  They are designed at 5X7 so can even easily frame them if you’d like! To download your own copies of both the answer sheet and fairy tale please click HERE.

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A Book Lover’s Alphabet- FREE!

I’ve been having a great time lately designing fun alphabets to go with different projects and decided to offer my latest for free!  A Book Lover’s Alphabet includes all 26 letters plus an apostrophe- perfect for those back to school projects, Build a Library Baby Shower, book themed birthday parties, Usborne Books & More flyers, and more!  Share in a comment below your creations, I’d love to see them!  To download your FREE copy of the Book Lover’s Alphabet please click HERE

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Books to Give and Receive for All Hallows Read

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I’ve just learned of what has got to become one of my favorite new traditions- [addlink url=”” text=”All Hallows Read”]! The idea was created by author Neil Gamin and the premise is simple- give a spooky book to someone on Halloween! I’m so excited to start this with my own friends and family.  We’ll be incorporating it not only in our home, but putting spooky books out in our [addlink url=”” text=”Little Free Library”].  Here’s Neil Gaimin introducing the idea: [Read more…]

A Stocking For Jesus- A New Tradition to Bring Christ Back to Christmas

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Every year I can’t wait to put up the Christmas decorations.  Our house is filled with lights, trees, snowflakes and candy canes.  I carefully place our Christmas stockings on the mantel and fill them with treasures for Christmas morning.  We try to do things each year to keep in mind the true reason for the season, but the vast amounts of secular and commercial things thrown our way can make it difficult.  One year in church a sister shared a yearly tradition her family kept that I just love and we’ve been doing it ourselves since then.

The idea is at the first of December when hanging up all the other stockings, hang one up for Jesus as well- it is his birthday party after all!  We put a little jar next to it with slips of paper and all month long whenever something is done- either by yourself or another- that would be considered a gift to Jesus you write it on a slip of paper and put it in His stocking.  In the past we’ve seen things as simple as prayer and scripture study to random acts of kindness for strangers on the street.  Even sharing with siblings or helping out with chores are things that can go in the stocking.  Christmas Eve- in between reading the nativity and watching A Muppet Christmas Carol- we pull down the stocking and read through all the wonderful gifts given to Jesus this year.  It’s such a sweet way to feel the spirit and remember why we’re celebrating in the first place.

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This year I’ve got some little stockings I’m giving to my LDS primary class (a group of 8-9 year olds I teach Sunday School to each week).  I’ll invite them to follow this tradition themselves all month long and bring their stockings back for the lesson just before Christmas so we can share some of the kind and spiritual gifts given to Christ during the month. These stockings are a fantastic price if you’re looking for some yourself! (aff)

What Christmas traditions does your family love?  Let me know in a comment below, I love to hear about them!  If you appreciate these fun ideas and free downloads sign up for my newsletter and like me on Facebook and follow me on Pinterest.

This is a little poem and handout I made to go with the stockings.  To download your own copy click HERE

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This post is part of a month long Christmas advent hosted by Chicken Scratch N Sniff To see the other fun posts and ideas click on either of the images below, thanks!

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The Best Arts and Crafts You Missed at Swiss Days and How You Can Still Get Them!

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Every year in Midway, Utah, a MASSIVE arts and crafts festival takes place called Swiss Days.  Vendors come from all over the region to participate in this 2 day Labor Day weekend extravaganza.  We love going every year and finding new treasures, it’s impossibly hard to stick to a budget with so many amazing things all around you.  2014 was no exception and I went home with plenty of fun finds.  If you haven’t been able to make it, or you went but may have missed some of the unique booths, here are a few of my favorites!  You can still  buy many of their amazing products on line or in their physical locations! So here they are, the best arts and crafts you missed at Swiss Days and how you can still get them!  If you were a vendor at Swiss Days and want to link up, [addlink url=”” text=”Contact me”]! [Read more…]

DIY Journal Out of Composition Notebook

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I’ve had so much fun making these adorable journals!  I am using them for everything from Primary Journals, to my book store, to recipe books and more!  You name it, having a cute notebook is almost always better!  So here are my instructions and measurements to make your own cute journals!   [Read more…]

Halloween Storytelling Game

Game flyerI love the idea of using Storytelling to help promote literacy and language development. Children can increase vocabulary, use more complex sentences, and their comprehension of stories can improve with storytelling.  Both reading aloud and telling stories to children has a great impact on a child, it helps them associate books with love and affection.

Hearing stories told helps the listener develop a greater bond with the teller, as they can make eye contact and read body language better.  The tone, incantation, gestures, and facial expressions all add to the story and help children not only hear the story, but increase their understanding of it.

I created a little game to help encourage some spooky story telling in both the young and old alike, because honestly, my husband and I played this game and pretty much came up with the best story… ever.  It was as blast! [Read more…]