Tuesday, April 23, 2013

One Kings Lane's "Day of the Kitchen" Sale!

Hey my friends!  The One Kings Lane Day of Kitchen sale is here just in time for Spring! This is one of the best sales of the year because of the variety of high quality kitchen items One Kings Lane offers! Below are some of my favorite sales they are hosting. Remember, One Kings Lane sales only last 72 hours so when you see an item you love you should definitely buy it! This Day Of Kitchen sale is live from today-4/26. Let me know what you wind up getting to make your space ready for spring time!

The Spring Table Sale at One Kings Lane
Set a table that blooms with these light, bright entertaining necessities. Full of floral dishes, playfully printed linens, and vibrant flatware, we’ve got something to freshen up every spring soiree.

The Composed Counter Sale at One Kings Lane
From cookware inherited for your first apartment to the bone white china on your wedding registry, a fully-equipped kitchen is a highly-personal thing of beauty. For those missing a few key pieces, we've created a collection of kitchen essentials, perfect for function, family, and entertaining.

Entertaining Essentials Sale at One Kings Lane
Warm days and balmy nights -- this season is just made for entertaining. Whether you're planning a casual alfresco brunch or an elaborate outdoor party, these colorful wine glasses, tumblers, coasters and cake stands make every occasion stylish and chic.

The Eat-In Kitchen Sale at One Kings Lane
The eat-in kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. It’s where friends and family gather, meals are prepped and served, and memories are made. We selected our favorite kitchen and dining finds, from furniture to table linens, so you can create your own freshly-styled, functional eat-in kitchen.

Most of you know my love for One Kings Lane.  They ALWAYS have the most original and wonderful things to offer (remember my bird cage bookends from last month?  LOVE.)  Hope you find what you're looking for!  What's your favorite find from One Kings Lane?  Share it with us!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Kitchen Makeover Reveal: Out with the Oak!

Well, what I thought would be a weekend project, took TWO ENTIRE MONTHS but hey, the kitchen is finally done!  I have always wanted a white kitchen and in January my brother, who is a professional painter on the side, decided to accept the challenge.  Now I knew it would take a while because he already has a full time job, so I had to brush up on my skills at being patient.  Whew.

Any-hoo, as much as I appreciate a pretty wood finish, I was just tired of the drab look of builder-grade oak.  Blah. So a makeover was definitely in order.

So, let the renovation begin!  Step one was to remove all the doors and then get a coat of primer applied.

No need for sanding since we used this handy-dandy primer, Bulls Eye 1-2-3 by Zinsser.  Who knew how easy this would be? (I am sure if my brother were reading this, he would growl at my use of the word "we". Ha.)

To create a stunning contrast, we decided to paint my island a glossy black!  Hard to envision it here, but just wait!  Yea!

Needless to say, I didn't get to park my car under the carport for two months.  But it was worth the wait!

Progress was slow, but eventually the drawers made their way back home, one by one.

Soon it was time for the first coat of black on my beautiful island. It was so awesome to see a vision come to fruition, however small.

FINALLY, after two months, my beautiful kitchen is complete!  I love the clean lines and brightness of the space.  Call me crazy, but I tell ya' the place looks bigger!

FYI, the color we chose was "Biscuit" from Sherwin Williams because it matched the current color of my interior doors and trim in my home so well.  Great job, Mikey!  :)

I chose brushed nickel half moon cup pulls for the cabinet hardware on the drawers because it gave the space that modern feel it needed; however, I kept the current brushed nickel knobs that were already on the cabinet doors and they matched beautifully.  If it aint broke, don't fix it, eh?

I'll admit I was nervous, but I can't tell you how happy I am with my new black island!  Perfecto!

I really like the dedicated space for my laptop.  I don't really need a desk; and the laptop is now in a very convenient spot for me to check email as I'm passing through.

The rest of the pics are just fun shots of the nooks and crannies of my kitchen.  Enjoy!

And last, but not least, my funky chalkboard frame that I made from an old thrift store two-dollar frame!  Stay tuned for the DIY blog on that one.  

Well that's it for the kitchen makeover.  Don't miss out on the upcoming dining room makeover and craft nook makeover, plus lots more!  Cheers!

Monday, April 8, 2013

More White "Diamonds"! Thrift Store Treasures, Part Two

My obsession for white accessories continues and led me to yet another thrift store over the weekend.  (If you didn't catch the last post about my thrift store finds, check it out!)   I realize I will get to a point where I'll need to stop... but until then, I'm still amazed at how discovering these little treasures are like finding diamonds in the rough -- white diamonds, that is.

My first find was this absolutely precious basket weave porcelain bowl that I managed to snag for $4.  When I filled it will jelly beans leftover from Easter, I laughed out loud because it looked just like a bird's nest filled with sweet little eggs.  Perfectly delightful!

Next was this gorgeous footed white bowl. (I almost feel disrespectful calling it a "bowl".  What's another word for this beauty?  Help me out here, friends.)  So it wasn't as much of a steal at $10, but it was love at first sight so it couldn't be helped.  Again, I was compelled to fill it with remaining malted milk balls leftover from Easter.  (I have no doubt that I'll end up smearing one of the white ones across my lips for that classic frosty "lipstick". Come on'... you know you did that as a child!)

Just as I was getting giddy with my two previous finds, I came across this awesome set of three ceramic canisters with the lids for $7!!!  That made up for the $10 footed bowl.  I love using pretty unexpected containers for supplies, etc. so this was absolutely perfect, especially since I am in the process of making a tiny craft nook in my dining room.  (More on that in another post!)

Now just when I thought my mission was complete, I spotted this beautiful pure white porcelain bust of Jesus for only $4, that I knew I simply HAD to have.  I knew just where I wanted Him -- looking over my family from the mantle in my living room.  Perfect.

I so love thrift stores just because you NEVER know what you'll find next!  They are all diamonds in the rough, just waiting to be discovered and repurposed.  

What are some of your latest finds?  I'd love to hear your trash to treasure stories.

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