November 2013 archive

Kitchen: How to install cabinet hardware

Okay…. You very well know how I feel about things like thoroughness.  And being exact.  And little things like that.  Yawn.

Give me a big room to paint and I’ll whip through that thing in no time flat.

Want anything done fast but not necessarily perfectly?  I’m totally your girl.


Do you identify with me?  Yes?


Then this tutorial is for you, baby! - How to Easily Install Cabinet Hardware

Let’s be honest.

There are many times when I can afford to whip through stuff and forget the whole “exactness thing.”

Cabinet hardware?  That’s totally not one of them.

If they are even a little off, you can tooooootally tell.

Drives. Me. Crazy.



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So… I realized that I mentioned getting these in, but I never did a follow-up post on installing them!


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 Check out my previous post on D. Lawless and what I think of them….

(hint:  They have awesome quality and super price effective pulls and knobs.  I’ve ordered from them several times and highly recommend them.)


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When Handsome Man installed these, he had the brilliant idea of using the photocopier to make a template.

He just measured where he wanted the hardware…

Put the aforementioned hardware on the photocopier with the correct position…

And wah-LAH!  Simple template for drilling the holes!


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He just drilled right through the paper.  It got torn up a bit by the end, but totally worked anyway.

Brilliant baby, brilliant.

(Not sure if this was his original idea or a hack?  He does have a Pinterest account he checks every once in a while to see what I’m pinning.  Sweet isn’t he??!  Either way, he’s brilliant.)


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Did you know that if your cabinet hardware screws are too long, you can trim them using one of these electrical plier things??

This is something I TOTALLY never knew…   Please tell me I’m not the only one!


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 Thread the screw in to the appropriate length…

Squeeze the living daylights outta the thing…

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And boom.

It’s the right length!

Word to the wise:  Do NOT screw it in backwards.

 And don’t ask me how I know.

 I just know.

Leaving it at that.



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 Much better.


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Feel free to snicker at Handsome Man’s bedhead! 😉

Repeat with all knobs and pulls…



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Then stand back and admire your sexy new cabinet bling! - How to Easily Install Cabinet Hardware






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2 years.

2 years ago today I married this incredible man.

DSC_0378I’m so very grateful God gave him to me! He’s not perfect, but there’s no doubt he is PERFECT for ME!


It’s fantastic how his strengths are my weaknesses.

S&N950Samuel Lyon, thank you for who you are!


Thank you for your patience.


For helping me learn to communicate even when I don’t want to.


For happily delving into crazy projects.


And for being so incredibly sexy. (I suppose you can’t really help that last one. But I’m glad you are anyway!)


Looking forward to another year married to you, love!

Kitchen: Tiling the backsplash

After finishing the plumbing and electrical, installing the cabinets & countertops, etc… It was time to hit the backsplash.


Now I love the look of glass tile, but not the price.  I really didn’t want to put several hundred dollars into the backsplash.


Here’s the upside though.. I do love the tumbled stone look too.  Especially in combination with glass tile.  So this is what we did….


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The ivory 6×6 tiles looked just like tumbled stone.  It was very affordable.  I’ve used this tile several times and love it.  Unfortunately Menards stopped carrying it.  Boo!

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Then we cut the 12×12 glass tile pieces into 3 strips, giving us 4 inch strips of glass tile.

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Really really love how it turned out!!!  Pretty affordable too!  I’ll take that!  😉

Kitchen: Putting Things Back Together

After figuring out out layout problems and subsequent solutions, we got to work….


Although Handsome Man is quite proficient at both electrical AND plumbing, (I know ladies, be jealous.  I totally hit the man-lottery with Handsome Man!) we did decide to hire the professionals for the mere reason of speeding things up.  We bought the house in August and we were planning on moving in after getting married in November.  And with those chilly Nebraska winters on the way, we opted for speed.  I think that’s the key to DIY.  Do what you can, but don’t hesitate to call in a professional when needed!

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YAY! Progress!  New plumbing and electrical.

I love demo and I love construction.  What I don’t love are things like electrical and plumbing.

With the demo and construction, you can visually see progress.  And it’s exciting!

With boring stuff that goes in the walls, it takes so much time and doesn’t look like anything is getting done, even though it is.  *sigh*

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Nothin’ quite like midnight installation of insulation by the light of a halogen light! 😉

(Picture me humming “By the light, of the silvery halogen, with golden spoon, to my honey I’ll croon love’s tune…”) 😉

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And drywall…

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And more drywall…

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And painting…

We did keep the uppers on the left side…  They were in good condition and when painted, blended perfectly with the new cabinets!

Pins of the Week…


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Luvin’ the light beachy feel to this room!



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I kinda completely love so much about this room…

The oversized names…

The layout of the room with both headboards in the corner with that built-in side table…

The simple boyish decor….

The batten walls…

The light fixture…

The curtains…

Yum.  Just yum.

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I especially like the second picture!  How fun would THAT be??

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Of course I’m smitten with anything white birch.  This photo ladder by Creative Ambitions is no exception!!

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I obviously don’t get out much, because I totally didn’t know this! 🙂



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In honor of No-Shave November!!  I know this is gross… but I can’t stop laughing!! Hairy stockings!

Kitchen: Layout Changes…

Okay!  So here’s a rough idea of what our kitchen looked like…


Keep in mind, it’s a ROUGH idea.  It’s not to scale… It’s a quick rendering using various shapes in Pages.


On the upside?  You get crude stick people in some of the layouts!  Yay! 😉



Okay… You’ve been warned, continue at your own risk! 😉



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Here’s how it originally looked…

You’ll notice there aren’t a lot of cabinets or counter space…  Only along the left-hand wall.

The oven encroached on the already narrow doorway…

And the refrigerator took up an awkward amount of space on the right-hand wall.

Nothing was efficient or cohesive.



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And of course, to make things worse, you had to go through not one, but 2 narrow doorways to get to the kitchen.

Narrow door #1 into the hallway… Narrow door #2 into the kitchen… Sidestep the oven… And finally you’d be in the kitchen!

(You’ll observe the sad faced stick man. 🙁 )





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And so…. We opted for a more galley kitchen layout.  The additional cupboards and their storage are fantastic!  I really do have a lot of storage room for the amount of space we have!

Step one was tearing down the whole wall on the frontside of these layouts.  Floor to ceiling.

It TOTALLY opened things up between the dining room and the kitchen allowing for an enormously open floor plan.  No more hiding the dish-filled kitchen!  I have to WASH those dishes now if I want people to think I have a clean house!

That’s okay with me though…  I’ll take that trade-off!


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This layout made it so much simpler to get from the dining room to the kitchen!  Bypass that hallway altogether and just have an awesomely open floor plan!

(Hello happy-faced stick man! 🙂 )


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This is what the layout looked like on the right-hand side.  Tons of cupboard space and I LOVE how it gave the kitchen a custom cupboard look with the refrigerator and stove built in with the cupboards.

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This is what the left-hand side looks like with the exception that one set of drawers got moved over to the right side of the sink base cabinet and the other set of drawers became a cupboard/single drawer cabinet.

You cannot even imagine how much I now love this kitchen layout!

 It’s so.