Kitchen Update

Something’s gotta give, when a project goes over budget.  When the kitchen was updated about 15 months ago, I decided I could live with the cabinet hardware a little bit longer. Lately, I noticed how much the finish has worn off the old pulls, and got busy looking for replacements.  I found the new hardware at Lowe’s.


Old Hardware


Let’s back up a second, to see the before photo of the kitchen. These are the same cabinets but they look very different with the previous reddish gray tile back-splash, charcoal corian counter and hammered finished hardware.


Kitchen before update


Travertine Tile


Replacing the counter top with granite had the biggest impact to the kitchen, however believe it or not my favorite features turned out to be the travertine back-splash and granite composite sink.  The wall oven and microwave were also updated, so you can imagine how quickly the cost added up.

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! The air was very steamy this morning when my wheaten, Sandy and I set out for our walk. Before long I felt like my tongue was hanging out too, but we were quickly dazzled by many of our neighbor’s doors decorated for the 4th with flags waving.

Front porch on the 4th of July

Front porch on the 4th of July

I’m finally sharing how the stars and stripes letter, (I previously posted about in May) looks on my front door.  Continue reading

Curb Appeal at Thistle Key Lane

Last Saturday’s project was improving the curb appeal, focusing on the front door.  First I had to pick out the paint.  My imagination was in over drive looking at paint samples at Sherwin Williams.  However, the second I saw the paint sample of Iron Ore, my mind was made up.  The color reminded me of the big iron keys I have on my blog…need I say more.  The sophisticated softness of the color complements our house better than the black high gloss paint we had before.



The last time I painted, I had the front door open and I was terrorized by a ground hornet. Somehow I did a back flip with a half twist off the ladder ending up on the floor ducking  and covering my head. When I was brave enough to stand up, I realized I had swung the paint bucket in an arch getting black paint on the living room carpet, barely missing a chair.

I’m happy to report we do not have ground hornets this year, not yet anyway.  Don’t worry about the carpet, it was a latex base paint and came out after an hour of shampooing.


Lantern style light fixture

Lantern style light fixture




Once again, I painted with the front door open in order to get all the edges covered.  Then I took my step-ladder to the front porch and resumed painting the rest of the door and the surrounding wood work. I know the experts would take the door off the hinges but I have found that as long as you paint in the direction of the wood grain it will turn out perfect.


Plants add additional curb appeal to the freshly painted door

Plants add additional curb appeal to the freshly painted door


Next project will be adding new house numbers to the front door.  Please stop by again you are always welcome!



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Lighting to Update the Breakfast Room

Buying a new pendent for the breakfast area was so exciting.  I would definitely  compare the experience to buying a new pair of boots or strappy high-heeled sandals.  The new bronze colored pendent over the table definitely compliments the eating area better than the old fixture.  We updated the kitchen adjoining the breakfast area last year and I think it is all finally coming together.

IMG_1633The industrial look may be a little trendy however classic designs do have longevity.  In my decor I’m adding a few vintage accessories with contemporary lines to help balance out the traditional elements for a more overall today look and feel.

We bought the table and chairs a few years ago when I gave my old set to my daughter.  She rented a house her last two years in college and needed furniture.  It was a great excuse to go shopping.   We only had the table a few months when the top was damaged so I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Versailles.   Last November I painted it again with a mixture of Annie Sloan Graphite with a little Napoleonic Blue.  Still loving it!