Upgrading Our Home Office With IKEA Kitchen Cabinets Chapter Two: Finishing Touches

Since this is a two part post, be sure to go back and read Chapter One about installing the cabinets before you read on, otherwise a few things won’t make sense!

Hallelujah! We had countertops. I actually kind of liked the look of the raw wood but knew since we were going to put in dark hardwood floors someday, I wanted to stain it dark. You can also see we hung our monitors and hid the cords (the left one has skewed to one side in the picture above, but it just rotates back into place. Here’s the mount we used, and here’s the cord hiding mechanism. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually against code to put any sort of regular plugs behind a wall because it’s a documented fire hazard. I’m glad we spent the extra money to do it the right way.

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Adding Temporary Privacy to our Windows: DIY Inexpensive Curtains

We’ve lived in our current home for about a year now, and our kitchen windows have never been covered. They face the street and our neighbor’s home, but they are obscured enough that you can get away with not having curtains. But after having a baby, I’ve been craving a little more privacy. The windows are also a strange height, making curtains harder to find and more expensive. I toyed with the idea of frosting the windows, bought the stuff and tried it with NO success but decided against it. I just wanted some cheap sheer curtains that would let the light in, but block any prying eyes.

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Dining Room Makeover Reveal: Refinishing French Doors!

I realized while organizing pictures the other day that I’ve never shared our ‘finished’ dining room with you guys! It was one of the first rooms we worked on when we moved in, since it’s right off of the front door. The sad part is, the room really wasn’t that bad, it was just the paint. Metallic gold/green. Not the best color choice, and very unappetizing for a dining room! As a reminder, here’s what we were starting with.

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Upgrading Our Backyard: Hanging IKEA Curtains

It was a SUPER hot weekend here in Austin, TX. My car’s temperature readings were above 100 every day, and I had the sweat stains to prove it. Which is why I decided it was time to work outside! I sure know how to pick winning projects and schedule them at great times, don’t I? Anyway, I got it done so without further ado, scroll down to see how I upgraded our backyard with IKEA curtains for super cheap!

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Can You Use Chalk Paint With a Regular Brush?

Thank you so much for all the love on my most recent post, a new series of Room Redesigns working with other bloggers to rethink their spaces. I broke my view record and am well on my way to accomplishing a few of my goals. I’m back today with a new post all about a question I’ve had for years: Can I use chalk paint with a regular brush or do I HAVE to buy the fancy ones? Do I HAVE to use a roller? Or will I be happy with just a regular brush applied with a little extra care?

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