Kitchen: Nook Remodel – Pt. 2

So like I was saying…  Cabinets.


We used uppers instead of lowers since they were only 12 inches deep instead of 24 inches.  Then we built the bottom up using 2×8’s and wainscoting.

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Fantastic, no??

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Added 1x’s to the tops of the cabinets.  Unfortunately they were new 1x’s.  And they looked new.  And I wasn’t too keen on new looking 1x’s.

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So out came this…

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And this…

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And this…

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And this!

I basically just went at it with any tools I happened to have on hand.

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Then I stained it…

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And sealed it…

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I love some of these imperfections I did.

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Seriously loving this nook!

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Okay…. so you know what our kitchen layout looks like now…


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See that empty space there at the end?  Initially we intended to put in a breakfast nook in that area.  But in the year and a half it took us to get to this project we realized we wouldn’t actually use it as a breakfast nook.  It tended to acquire a lot of junk and not a lot of use. 🙂

So Sam came up with this idea.

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It actually took me a while to warm up to the idea.

Now however? I love it!

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The sign of progress!

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So Handsome Man and I went on a spontaneous baby-less date a few weeks ago… (thanks to a mom-in-law and dad-in-law in town who are down with babysitting on a whim!)



As we were walking downtown, I noticed this display in one of the closed shops along the way.  (Excuse the cel-phone-picture-taken-in-the-dark! 😉 )


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Loved how inexpensive and “wow-ee” this display is!

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Fun, right?

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Saw these reclaimed barn-wood boxes at Sears too at another unrelated shopping trip…

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So versatile and usable for retail!

Thinking I might make some for the Shop.

(Master’s Hand Candle Co & Gift Shop)

…Or even here at home!

It caaaaaaaame!

So far I’ve been blogging with iPhone pictures…


Which… You know… Works.


But I kept wanting better for you all.


And let me tell you, I am not a photographer.  But… I’m going to give it a shot!


I actually bought this sexy little thing with $$$ from stuff I sold up at the shop and furniture I sold here in Lincoln! Boom baby!


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And so THIS came this week!

Can I get a HURRAY from y’all??!

Working on learning to take pictures now on auto-focus until I get the hang of it…

Then switch to manual.

*crossing fingers!*

A DIY Industrial Coffee Cart

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So last week you saw in this post that we were stocking up on 1×8’s before the storm. - Stocking up before a snowstorm

Well this is what we were working on…

An industrial coffee cart for the Lincoln Home & Garden Show.

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Weddle and Sons Roofing originated in Manhattan Kansas 15 years ago. Last year they opened a branch here in Lincoln, Nebraska and hired Handsome Man to be the Area Manager.

(Our friends Allyn and Emily are the owners.  Yes THIS Allyn and Emily! 🙂 )

So a coffee cart seemed like a good idea because we could use it year after year at both the Lincoln Home and Garden Show and the Manhattan Home and Garden Show.

They always serve coffee and donuts, but there was just something nice about the idea of a bar height service area instead of just sitting on the table.

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Somehow Handsome Man manages to take all the chicken scratch plans that I write down from what’s in my head and make it come to life.  He’s crazy impressive like that!

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So we measured… And cut 2×3’s…

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Did you know they make 2×3’s? I didn’t!  I feel so out of the loop!

They look less standard than 2×4’s and I like that.  Also, they are a bit lighter… Definitely a plus in this case!

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Especially since we were using 1×8’s to sheet the outside of the cart.  I wanted a good industrial look, which is why we chose that thickness despite the weight.  All in all the cart was lighter than I had expected it would be.

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He cracks me up.

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We also framed up the backside so that when we weren’t using the coffee cart at home shows, it could go down in the Manhattan office to use throughout the year.

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We added a simple shelf in there too for storage.

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After finishing the outside, we added the industrial castor wheels underneath.  If you were using this as a kitchen island, you might consider getting ones that lock?

We got these from Menards… They have lots of various sizes.

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As opposed to getting more stain, I thought I’d use whatever we had in the basement.  First I used traditional cherry…. But it wasn’t dark enough…

So I pulled out some random darker stain… Can’t even remember the name.

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And BOOM! Instantly better!

It was a stain/sealer all-in-one.  Which was good for the sides since they don’t get much for wear.  I did put a couple extra coats of sealer on the top though since it’ll get more wear and moisture.

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Then we added some big heavy L brackets.  They did absolutely nothing structurally… They are merely for that industrial look. And it’s PERFECT!!!

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We also made industrial “handles” using this tutorial… With the exception that we used galvanized pipe instead of electrical conduit for the horizontal pieces.

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If you were using this for a kitchen island, the “handles” would make pretty kickin’ towel bars! 😉

The only problem?  Now that it’s done, I REALLY want one too! Ha!!

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The rest of the display came together… Handsome Man worked so hard getting everything together for the Lincoln Home & Garden Show and I’m so very proud of him and it’s success!

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And just for a laugh…

We went to Wal-Mart that night to pick up some last minute things.  And it was SOOOOOO cold!  It was like 6 degrees and WINDY!   We drove into the parking lot and could baaaarely drive down any of the lanes because almost every single cart was outside in the cart corrals.  We went inside and there were 10 or so carts at the door.

Our theory?  It was so cold, the cart boys quit! ;)’

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Word to the wise:

Never think to yourself…


“Self… You’re just painting a little.  You’re just rolling paint on with a foam roller and a chevron stencil.” - CUTE Chevon!!


“No need to change clothes… I’m SURE you’ll be fine!” - Bad painting experience!

Because it will be at THAT point that you sit on the roller full of paint.




Don’t ask.  I don’t want to talk about it.