Monday, January 6, 2014

What do you do when you have Cabin Fever?

With this happening outside I need some inside projects to get me through these next few months.

I am such a summer girl and just hate the snow and cold after Christmas.  So I decided to do some inside projects to keep me sane.  I going to stick to my new year project challenge to do these changes spending very little money and using what I have.

I am starting with my kitchen.


Just to show you how much snow we got in the past couple of days.  We had to shovel a path for Libby our basset hound to get off the deck to the backyard.  Her little legs and short to the ground body would have been buried.

This is the driveway.  We got 13 inches and then another 6 inches after I took these pictures.  Today the high is only going to be 17 below and wind chill of 40 below. Ughhh!   So indoor projects it will be.  Just to think a few short months ago I was watering pretty flowers out here! 

I started to take everything down off the walls.  I will have the hubby take the shelves down when he gets home tonight.  He has them pretty secure in the studs.  Then I can spackle and prep the walls for paint.




Got everything down and just need to spackle and get the walls ready for paint.





My husband had some crown and an old closet door in his scraps of wood so he is going to finish the top of the refrigerator cabinet and the pantry cabinet to the left of the stove.  I am excited he has enough scrap material to finish those cabinets and give them some bling.  I get on him about not getting rid of old pieces of woods left from projects but not anymore since he is going to create some magic on these cabinets with scrap pieces.  Love repurposing.


I will be making a new skirt for the farmhouse sink.

In case you were wondering where all the decor from the kitchen went well it was moved into the dining room for now!!!!







I will be playing and rearranging things that will go back into the new kitchen.  Going for a different look other than farmhouse so a lot of this stuff will not be going back up.








I keep gravitating towards the color picket fence.  Looks grey in this picture but it really is white with a hint of cream/ivory.



These are the colors I picked for my 
walls and cabinets.  The one on the bottom in the middle is picket fence and I think the color I will go with.  You can see in this picture it is really a creamy ivory.  Almost all of these colors of white have a tint of cream in them.  I am down to picket fence and white on white.   I think I will probably stay with white cabinets and fairly light walls. I am going for a cottage/nordic look.

Well stay tuned for the transformation.  Only money that might be spent will be on a can of paint.  Two of the colors I have picked out I already have the paint from other rooms in my house so if I pick those colors I won't spend a dime.  If not then the only money spent on this transformation will be the paint color.  I have some big pieces of architectural elements in the shed and  Terry has a lot of old wood and crown molding scrapes so we are going to see what we can come up with. I am excited to get this transformation going.  Stay tuned and Stay Warm!
:)
Kris


47 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see your new kitchen Kris! x Julie

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  2. I can't wait to see what you've got planned for your kitchen, Kris! My kitchen is the next room to be painted and you've got everything so organized, you make it look easy! I've got cabin fever too, but unfortunately I've got to go to work today. I was hoping they would cancel appointments today and I could stay home and do what you're doing, but that will have to wait for another day. I hope my car starts tonight when I'm ready to go home!! Stay warm. :)

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  3. I have a plan for two rooms to be repainted in 2014! I will be watching your kitchen progress.

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  4. Kris, without a doubt it will be beautiful! You aren't taking down all of your open shelves, are you? They are so pretty!

    I'm on a mission not to spend too. Honestly, I don't even want to go to a store now anyway. :)

    I can't believe how cold it is where you live. Sounds excruciating to me. It's 12 degrees here right now and we are in shock.

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  5. Yes, good time of year to get those inside projects done. Can't wait for the reveal. Gosh, I'm glad I don't live where you do. I don't like the cold and we are setting records here. I'm staying in. Keep warm.

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  6. Almost all are beautiful, especially coordinate colors, so classy. I think most "designer" rooms are over done. I like clean and simple. I love sophisticated furniture and décor.Room design

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  7. Can't wait to see Kris...I know your kitchen is going to look fabulous!!

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  8. Hi Kris! I just found you recently and cannot wait to see your transformation. I would love to have more of a "Nordic" style in my home so I'm letting everyone else do the work and then I'll "borrow" ideas from blogland. I love your home already so I cannot wait to see what you come up with. I too do not want to spend money on a transformation. So hurry up and finish please!lol sincerely, jeannette

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  9. I cannot wait to see it. We painted our kitchen a few months ago and what a difference it makes! Have fun. We have about a foot of snow too up here in northern Indiana. Everything is closed today…. It makes me happy because it forces me to get some of the things on my project list marked off.

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  10. Can't wait to see what you do!! I am cleaning and rearranging my bonus room...trying to find room for a sewing table. This is the perfect time of year for indoor projects...Have fun and stay warm!! Hey...Maybe we should all do a post on last summers gardens...I miss mine too!!
    Denise

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  11. Soo exciting! I can hardly wait to see what you come up with.

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  12. Sounds like a great project to keep you busy and out of the cold, Kris! I really love your kitchen and your beautiful cabinets and gorgeous wood counters! The crown molding will be the icing on the cake:) Gotta love those projects that use what you already have! Super cold and snowy here, too, stay warm!!

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  13. It sure will keep you busy Kris, I can't wait to see your kitchen all done, it will be fab!

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  14. Kris, I have cabin fever, too!! I'm sure your 'new' kitchen will be gorgeous! :)
    Susan

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  15. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do, Kris. I love your kitchen "as is" but can understand the need to change things up a bit. This is the perfect time of year to take on a project like this, too.

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  16. I want to come over and watch your whole process of redecorating you do such a lovely job. I am excited to see what you will do :)

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  17. Well, I'd like to shop your dining room right about NOW! That snow must have you going crazy, Kris, because I think you're crazy to paint the kitchen, lol! Seriously, it looked great before, but it will definitely have a clean, fresh look when you're finished. Given that Mr. P. doesn't do well with projects and much change, I think I'll just shuffle papers and read magazines in this month while you and fellow bloggers sink yourselves into all these great projects. Have a great week.

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  18. Can I come and help you with what you aren't going to use? I see some lovelies sitting there. Hope all goes well with the trransformation!

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  19. I think I have all of those paint chips! And Picket Fence has always been a favorite of mine. I have never had to paint my walls though because when we bought our cottage new 7 yrs ago it was already a lovely white! I look forward to your transformation to nordic cottage...you know that is my heartbeat...my cottage is what I call nordic coastal cottage. You have alot of WHITE inspiration right out your windows!!! xo

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  20. Can't wait to see the transformation!!! It will be wonderful, I know!!!

    Cabin Fever won't hit me until end of Feb. or March......I love this time of year with the cold, tons of inside projects to do that don't get done in the fine weather when I'm outside. One thing I love to do is to keep the front door open for 5 to 10 minutes and let the cold wind sweep through the house and refresh the oxygen. Need to replace the dry, stagnant air that builds up with the furnace running all the time. And in the evening, keep candles burning to provide visual warmth and coziness. Also a great time to do tons of ironing!!! Happy Winter to you........

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  21. I don't like the cold either. Looking forward to your makeover.
    Rosezeeta.

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  22. You had me at "I'm starting with my kitchen"!!! Can't wait to see it...I know it will be AMAZING!
    I just added your blog to "My favorite blogs" on my blog roll...LOVE!
    Vintage xo

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  23. Your home always looks lovely.I see some rather interesting pieces on your dining table. I just took down the last of the Christmas decor. Sorry to see it go, but focusing on Spring decor:) All my best...><> Jenny

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  24. OMG! Girl....this is tooo funny! The Martha Stewart cabinets I have picked out are the picket fence color! Which I was planning on painting the "other" rooms in the cottage the same "picket fence" color!! This is great! Can't wait to see it on your walls! As we speak....my kitchen is totally gutted!! Create your decorating magic....you may give me some beautiful ideas! Roxie

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  25. I can't wait to see your kitchen.It already looked beautiful so I cannot wait to see what you do.Girl we need to do something to use our creative energy outside of our homes LOL! I am going nutty in my house.I have projects to start too.But I need supplies :-/ .Hoping to start in the next week or so....weather permitting. Let's chat about getting together soon...email me :-)
    xx
    Anne

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  26. To think you've been doing all the creative work and planning in your kitchen while you had cabin fever...and all I did was eat!

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  27. I adore the farmhouse sink and that huge wood work surface in your kitchen!! I am staying tuned for the new look.

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  28. I really can't wait to see it! Stay warm.

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  29. Kris...I can't wait to see your new kitchen after you work your magic in there. I know it will be beautiful!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  30. After Christmas is my favorite time to re-arrange and play with the decor…17 below???..oh my, I cannot imagine. Glad you are keeping busy and satisfying your creative mind!!…Love the "Picket Fence"

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  31. Kris...your kitchen looks incredibly bare since I saw it this past summer! This is so exciting! Isn't it nice to have everything freshened up with paint? I can't wait to see it...you never make a wrong move when you decorate!

    We are doing major work on the lakehouse starting in early spring and are getting bids now. Major stuff like finishing the staircase, putting hardwood floors down in the guest bedrooms. The only major thing we will be doing here is replacing the carpet in our family room. Well, we'll probably tackle more, you know how we women can be!!

    Stay warm. Our snow is drifted incredibly high, it's going to be a big slushy mess when it's over.

    XO,
    Jane

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  32. Oh... I so have cabin fever too Kris. We're in the midst of a blizzard right now and the snow keeps getting deeper and deeper. Soon we'll have nowhere to put it. lol. We seriously need a warm up, and it would be nice to see a blue sky. I love room makeovers that are done on a budget by reusing things. Can't wait to see your kitchen when it's all done. Stay warm!!

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  34. what fun this is going to be! Can't wait to see the results! xo

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  35. You are a busy girl!! My kids have had an extra long break this year because of the cold. Were sitting tight here for now...but I am dreaming of some "re-do's" here too!! Can't wait :)

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  36. Your post is like a breath of fresh air. I appreciate you and your hubby's creativity. It encourages me so.
    Thanks again, Kris.
    *Smiles*

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  37. Oh Kris, I hear you about the cold. It is so cold here in NJ right now but not as bad as you have it and many others. My pups sure hate the freezing cold and the wind we are experiencing right now. I am so excited to see what you come up with. Boy am I missing the creative juices right now but the y are picking up. We are starting to pick our kitchen now. When pieces are final I will discuss them in a post. Have fun!!! Stay warm my friend and keep you pup safe and warm too!!

    Cynthia

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  38. I can' t wait to see the new changes in your beautiful kitchen. You are so creative!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  39. Braver than me. I do not like the chore of painting, but love the idea of having it done! At 61 with a balance issue and some ceilings 30 ft high, most of it 10 ft ceilings, I cannot climb a ladder.
    Wished you lived closer!! LOL

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  40. oooOOOooo! Redecorating! How exciting! I can't wait to see it all completed! I would love to do some painting! Have fun and please be sure to share pics as soon as you can! Hugs, Leena xoxo

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  41. Whatever you come up with in your "new" kitchen will be wonderful!! Anxious to see the finished transformation!
    Mary Alice

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  42. Kris, I loved your kitchen just like it was but I know that you will come up with something even more incredible. I have to tell you that I pinned that garden fencing on your soffits before I ever knew who you were. I think you were spotlighted on a blog.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  43. I love the way the dining room looks like a vintage shop!

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