Sunday, May 29, 2011

DIY Project Parade and LOTS of Tweaks in the Kitchen

Hurray! Long 3 day weekends = catching up on small projects for us mixed in with picnics and family get togethers. I couldn't decide whether to share this post or wait until the reveal but I just get so excited about finishing touches and progress that I HAVE to share with my blog friends.  :)    

We've installed bamboo blinds in the kitchen...
The over-the-sink light fixture is being change as we speak (or type or you read)!
 This window will be getting a frame in the near future...
Mr. DIY LOVES the view of his other love (Big Green Egg).
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We installed a magnetic strip to the backsplash. Not exactly "vintage/farmhouse" but the best part about owning a home is doing what you love, what works and compromising/mixing styles.  It makes for a great team. If Mr. DIY is happy, I'm happy.  The little touch of Ikea is okay with me. 

How to Hang Accessories on Tiled Backsplash:

IN THE GROUT, mark where screws need to be for hanging.  Use a level to keep things straight. 

Mr. DIY likes his knives and kitchen utensils within easy reach near the stove and cutting board. Enter:  The Grundtal (Ikea).  It's magnetic.  


Breaking away for a minute:
He does the cooking.  For example we had ricotta/spinach/mushroom stuffed white fish wrapped in bacon this week.  I've told him he needs to start his own cooking blog. It was soooo good! This helps you to understand why compromising on decor in the kitchen to his liking and approval is important. When you get to eat like this often, your decorating tastes are a little more flexible.  :)



Now back to the tutorial:

Drill into the grout line.

Add a ceramic anchor by tapping it in the drilled hole lightly...

Anchor in place...

Ready for screws...


Attach the magnet - carefully keep fingers away from the back of the magnet.  It's VERY strong and you'll get a pinch if your fingers are in the way!

Clean off fingerprints.  Bon Ami All Purpose Cleaner is great for cleaning stainless steel.

Utensils within easy reach!

Sharing here:
The Lettered Cottage
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An old antique chicken feeder becomes a cook book ledge/shelf...

Now the sliding ladder reaches the spice loft and cook book library...


(Please pardon the mess in the dining room...kitchen renovation leads to a little chaos.)


Anticipating the floor coming next week!
Then the island, some built-ins, finishing touches and we'll be finished!

It's a lot of little DIY projects for one post but what do you think? Don't you love productivity?
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We also held a small get together/picnic yesterday - a couple of days without rain!  Woo hoo!!!  Doesn't our patio look pretty and festive?



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30 comments:

Lisa said...

What a great kitchen! I love the magnetic strips even though I have a more vintage kitchen, They are just so handy!! Enjoy your new additions!!
Hugs, Lisa

Katia said...

Loving the tweaks. I'd love install one of those too in my kitchen.
You are so right..he does need to do a food blog because I would love to have the recipe to that ricotta/spinach/mushroom stuffed white fish wrapped in bacon. It looks like it's to die for.

Kelly at I Dream of Decor said...

your kitchen looks beautiful! that backsplash is amazing!!! and how lucky that not only do you have a handy husband but one that enjoys cooking too:) My husband is handy but rarely cooks, Only in my dreams:)

ChRiS said...

may i ask where you got ur blinds? i love em think would be great in my f-room...

The DIY Show Off said...

Thanks, ladies! :) I love the transformation so far.

Chris - we ordered our custom blinds (one is an inside mount/one outside mount and weird sizes) at paylessdecor.com. Reasonable prices. :)

Have a great rest of the weekend, everyone!

Roeshel

Lisa said...

There so much I love about your kitchen! I love the new bamboo blinds, I love the backsplash, I love the chalkboard wall...well let's just say, I love it all! Funny but my hubby wants to install a magnetic strip in our kitchen too. Something about seeing sharp knives hanging is attractive to a man. :) I'm in the same boat as you. He likes to help in the kitchen so I don't mind using his suggestions either. Oh and your patio sure does look inviting. I'm sure your guests are never eager to leave when visiting. :)

gail said...

Oh my! your kitchen is looking fabulous!
I'm glad you shared these updates (tweaks) with us! :)
enjoy the rest of your weekend,
gail

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...my gosh...love your kitchen so much. I worked on my kitchen this weekend. Not as fancy as your's but I made a big change for little money that I will show next week.

Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage.com said...

Your kitchen is coming together beautifully! Thank you for hostessing and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Ali said...

Thank you again for hosting. Have a great week :)

Leanne said...

I love how your kitchen is coming together. You always have such great ideas. THanks for hosting again this week.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your kitchen is looking fabulous and I love your new magnet for the utensils. It looks super and the shelf for the cookbooks. Turning out wonderful. The shade is perfect also. Hugs, Marty

At The Picket Fence said...

Roeshel, It's all looking so lovely. I think you can absolutely incorporate "Ikea" into Farmhouse Kitchen. I agree we have to make it our "own" and also make sure we accommodate others in the family. ;)Your backyard looks fabulous! Thank you for hosting each week! Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Heather

Rachel said...

O my, Roechel, your kitchen is lovely! I can't wait to see the full reveal. :) And not fair of you to tempt us with those pictures of Mr. DIY's cooking and not post the recipe. :) Can you share where you got it?

Katie Newcomb said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your backsplash! Thanks for the tips on how to drill into it!

And thank you for hosting the Project Parade :)

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

I just realized I don't have a backsplash~ I was thinking how much I like yours and then my thoughts trailed off to...why don't we have a backsplash? How funny. Love what you have done in your kitchen....love the cookbook holder above the door. Great idea. I have several little chick feeders that look exactly like what you have...hmmmm....after the rain I will go get them. Love your ideas.
blessings,
Debbie

Shelia said...

Ho Roeshel! Oh, I'm loving seeing your kitchen progress! Love the strip to hold the knives! My son in law is an engineer and he's put these up in every house they've lived in! Y'all make it look so easy!
Love your shades too. Your patio is so lovely! Wish I could pop in to see you and maybe you'd feed me.
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Katie said...

LOVE the utensil holder!! Such a great idea. My husband's the cook in the family, too, and he would probably do a jig not to have to fumble through drawers trying to find something :). Oh, and your patio is gorgeous!

Becky B. said...

I absolutely love your marble backsplash! It's just to die for!!

Becky B.
www.organizingmadefun.com
Organizing Made Fun

De tout, de rien said...

Just gorgeous! The magnetic board is actually very pretty, I don't think adding a touch of modern to traditional is out of line, it's actually very in and chic!

And your patio is spectactular! It is "magazine worthy"!

That white fish wrapped in bacon looks sooo yummy! Anything bacon wrapped in fact, lol!

Lisa said...

Holy SMOKES! What a kitchen. LOVE everything about it so far.
Mr. DIY really DOES need to start his own cooking blog... and I'll sign up!! You lucky girl you! lol

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Hi there! I guess linkytools' server is down so I couldn't link up :(. But have a wonderful Memorial Day - and thanks for hosting!

Katie said...

Your kitchen is looking great!! Love your patio too! Such a nice place to enjoy! Thanks for hosting! Have a good Memorial Day!!

Carla @ Hammers and High Heels said...

Hi there! So pumped to finally show off my chair makeover! Excited to be back to blogging about some normal stuff :) I was really looking forward to the Project Parade this week, thanks Roeshel!

Jenna Sue said...

Wow, your kitchen is amazing! Love that magnetic strip, and your patio is gorgeous too!

Jen in KS said...

We've installed bamboo Roman shades recently, too. They replaced some dirty (but once very nice) custom draperies. After the faucet and cabinet handles, the blinds are the most recent small update to the kitchen. If you'd like to take a look, here's the blog entry.

Erin said...

Thanks for hosting! And kudos for compromising on the decor with your helpful husband. :) I really like the marble backsplash with the white cabinets!

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Love your marble backsplash. We have Carrara countertops, and I love them -- so classic. I've been considering using a magnetic knife strip, but hated to drill through our subway tiles. Hmmm ....

my2girlies said...

Thank You sooo very much for the sweet comment on my blog. You are such an inspiration!!

Susan
In the Hollow

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

You know I love your kitchen so much and your outdoor space too! Thanks for linking up to my party!

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