Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guest Blogger: Snazzy Little Things

Happy Valentine's Day everyone, and greetings from a DIY'er in Ohio! 

 Thanks so much Denyse for asking me to guest post today, and I hope you had the happiest of birthdays and that I am able to entertain your readers who take time out of their day to visit "Glitter, Glue & Paint" I am Jeanette, and I have been a very casual blogger but serious DIY'er at Snazzy Little Things for the last year. Denyse also encouraged me to start a Facebook page as well, so it's now six days old!! Thank you for the polite "push" Denyse! I would be so happy to meet you there, and also don't forget to find Glitter, Glue & Paint on Facebook, too! Extreme budgets are not something that I dabble in.

For me, being cheap frugal has become way of life, and since I've been a single parent of two kids for many years, it was often a matter of survival. But having said that, I also have expensive tastes, and even though I am now in a wonderful relationship with a man that I am crazy about and he contributes immensely, my cheapskate habits still govern my thoughts and most of our project plans. In the old days, I learned to simply "go without" which is why my home remained outdated for so long.

 NOW? I stalk products until they are on sale -- and I know a good deal when I see it. So just for a few minutes, block ALL of what you've read about $40,000 kitchen remodels out of your mind--you simply won't find that type of remodel in my home. My goal is to entertain, and maybe enlighten you with some eye candy while I reveal my humble budget. For a mere $1600, my kitchen was completely transformed. Here is my kitchen, "before". When I moved in, I added the hardware, the light over the sink, and an awful looking valance. It sat this way from 2005 until January 2012.

kitchen remodel

    And now...after one year of "dabbling" when I could afford to fix it:

My $1600 kitchen remodel!!!

I've written so much about this kitchen, so feel free to visit Snazzy Little Things, and look under "My Projects" for a full breakdown of project costs and where to buy items.

Here are various photos showing you "phases" of my year long kitchen DIY:

Images from other projects

Images from other projects

Kitchen before, all oak

Kitchen before, all oak

Rustoleum Transformation, this was an exciting step! and only $149!

Rustoleum Transformation, this was an exciting step!  and only $149!

Cabinets done...now onto the backsplash. What to do that looks nice...but inexpensive?

Cabinets done...now onto the backsplash.  What to do that looks nice...but inexpensive?

Tore down fake tile wallpaper backsplash...here is the Gorilla Glue (a present I left for myself).

Tore down fake tile wallpaper backsplash...here is the Gorilla Glue (a present I left for myself).

So I spackled it! Perfect solution for my IMPERFECT wall!

So I spackled it!  Perfect solution for my IMPERFECT wall!

Testing out color combinations for the backsplash. The winner is? 
The dark backsplash...thanks my Pinterest followers!

Testing out color combinations for the backsplash.  The winner is? The dark backsplash...thanks my Pinterest followers!

New Stenciled Backsplash with $100 stencil from Royal Design Studio + leftover paint.

New Stenciled Backsplash with $100 stencil from Royal Design Studio + leftover paint.

Before - kitchen island 
(no one sat there, too high & shallow counter top extension made it very uncomfortable).

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Before: Kitchen island=junk collector

Before: Kitchen island=junk collector

Before: Another view of the kitchen island. 
See how shallow the counter top is? Had to turn sideways to sit there.

 Before: Another view of the kitchen island.  See how shallow the countertop is?  Had to turn sideways to sit there.  

Updated: Island with the Rustoleum treatment...but more demolition is coming :)

Updated: Island with the Rustoleum treatment...but more demolition is coming

Demolished Island, testing out our cardboard template before applying butcher block

Demolished Island,  testing out our cardboard template before applying butcher block

After - the current state. More projects happen as we can afford it. I hope you enjoyed our tour :)


   I hope you're all having a wonderful Valentine's Day (I know I am!) ...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Denyse! 

It was so kind of you to ask me to guest blog here for you today, and can I just tell you? I was honored and so excited. I am loving your new blog name, and I can recall reading your first blog headline, "My Crazy, Beautiful Life" and thinking to myself, "I bet that girl is fun to hang out with". I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you in blogland. 

Best of luck with your move!
  

All the best!!

Jeanette

Jeanette Pic

http://www.snazzylittlethings.com

4 comments:

  1. Wow, your hard work paid off, it looks fabulous!

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  2. Hi, New follower via the Aloha Blog Hop. Glad I found your lovely blog. I hope you will visit me at My Dream Canvas and follow me back!

    mydreamcanvas.blogspot.com

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  3. OMG! Good for you. You deserve this. Thanks for co-hosting!

    Vickie
    Ohabbyday.blogspot.com

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  4. wow! looks amazing! following from aloha friday!

    emmyinthemaking.blogspot.com

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