decor inspo: blue island and mantel

mantel copy

Compromise. It’s part of what makes the world go ’round. At least it feels that way.

Beckett and I have very different taste so when we moved into our new house and I started talking about painting the old ugly oak cabinets he immediately wanted dark colors. He prefers black, dark brown, deep hues of burgundy, and bright blue. His design aesthetic is sometimes modern, sometimes traditional.

I like things brighter, lighter, and a little luxe. I like the clean feel of a white room, but I’m not in love with the 2016 all white everything trend, but I like things bright. I like a little color mixed with unexpected accents.

The mantel and kitchen is our mix– our perfectly imperfect home decor balance.


A lot of work went into getting the kitchen to this point and it’s still far from done.
If you have a house that needs a little help like I did, maybe this list will help give you ideas of where to start.

Order of projects to DIY an ugly kitchen into 2017:

  1. scrape the popcorn ceiling
  2. paint the ceiling (mine is taupe).
  3. mark cabinet doors so you now where they go
  4. take off the hinges (and label them… I made the mistake of not labeling and it took me hours to get the hinges back to normal since not all of them were exactly the same… it was a pain in the you-know-what)
  5. take off cabinet hardware (that I added soon after we moved in because it drives me nuts to not have drawer pulls).
  6. clean doors and lightly sand
  7. use bonding primer to prime doors
  8. tape off the floors and walls
  9. prime, and paint the frames of the cabinets with your enamel paint (that just means its semi- or gloss paint).
  10. paint the cabinet doors with 2 coats of your paint.
  11. let dry for one day.
  12. add hardware back on
  13. paint walls and built-ins in living room/kitchen area.
  14. tile over existing fireplace tile.
  15. paint mantel and kitchen island blue!
  16. add “shiplap” to the kitchen island to give it some interest/texture.
  17. wallpaper above mantle.
  18. replace repulsive kitchen light fixture.

blue kitchen island with white peremeter cabinets diy shiplap copy

Still on my list:

  • get new counters
  • upgrade faucet
  • fix garbage can pull out (it opens randomly and I can’t figure out why!)
  • resurface the kitchen table.
  • add corbels to the island as a countertop support.
  • replace appliances when they die (and that could be sooner than we hope). ­čśÉ
    arrange roses copy

    Beckett got me these beautiful roses and I couldn’t help but take a picture to show them & him off <3 thank you, babe!

When the whole project is done I’ll post a before and after, sound good?

Until then, let me know if you have any questions about what type of paint to use or other questions related to my projects!

xo,

 Kellie

black x tan


Blouse: J Crew | Skirt: Leif, sold out (similar here and here) | Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff | Tote: Kate Spade outlet, similar here in a gorgeous Blush and here in black
Up until yesterday it’s been exceptionally hot here in MN and this outfit beats the heat. The black silk is great because it doesn’t show sweat and the skirt is flowy and doesn’t stick like some skirts do. 
In other news, I finally finished painting our dining room! I shared w picture earlier on Instagram, but here it is again. I love this green we painted the walls after moving in, but it was never supposed to stay plain green. Last week I finally decided what else to do over the green (I was debating between darker green and a bronze/gold color) and I settled on the bronze– partly because I already had it and partly because I have always loved gold colored things. I like how it turned out, but realize it’s not everyone’s style. I’m dreading repainting though if we decide to sell the house sometime in the future. But maybe I’ll just leave it? Idk, what do you think?

Love,
Kellie