The Fat Hydrangea

Sara Michelle - Cleveland, Ohio

Master Bedroom Refresh

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If you follow my blog, you know I've mentioned several times that our master bedroom is beyond neglected! It is the least inspiring room in our house. I basically discovered several years ago that the bed I really wanted wouldn't fit up the stairs, and I've been mourning and in a decorating rut for this room ever since- ha! 

Anyway, one of my goals for 2018 is to redo this room. I'm starting from SCRATCH! This room needs a complete overhaul in every single way from the wall color, to the bed, to the furniture, to the bedding. It is boring and bland!

Without further ado, here is what I'm thinking for the room. Along with the rest of my house, I'm thinking light and bright!  This is different than my typical philosophy for bedrooms, which is to paint the walls dark because I totally believe it helps facilitate a deeper sleep. (But let's be real, with a teething 5-month old and an ornery 2-year old,  I'm not getting much sleep these days anyway!)  I just need a change! Anyway, my vision is to put board and batten along the walls and paint them white. I will also invest in some good black-out curtains :)

I also desperately want closed nightstands that can hide the cords from my cell phone charger and three baby-monitors! The open nightstands I currently have, that we made here, are just not cutting it! 



What do you think? :)


White Dining Room Reveal

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Our dining room transformation is finally DONE! 

What a difference a couple of months can make! New paint, new curtains, painted chairs, rearranging the table, removing the shelves. It feels so different and so refreshing! 

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The paint color can be found here, it is my go-to white from Sherwin Williams. 

You can read about the chair transformation here.

The drapes are the Pottery Barn Riviera Stripe Drape in Navy. 

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What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? Totally goes with the Nantucket Farmhouse vibe I'm going for! :)

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February Paint Color of the Month: Benjamin Moore Lake Placid

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Here it is! The February paint color of the month is Benjamin Moore's Lake Placid. A calming, tranquil, beautiful light blue. 

I think it would be beautiful on the walls of a bathroom or a guest bedroom, but even more so on mudroom cabinets, a piece of accent furniture, or picked up in fabrics/accessories. I kind of have my eye on a light blue headboard for my master bedroom makeover. We'll see!! :)

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One tip I have for selecting paint colors for your home is to paint it on a medium sized canvas. That way you can see it in the space without actually having to put any paint on the walls. (I do this constantly to test out new colors!) You can usually find canvases like this on sale at Michaels for like $5-$10. 

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What do you think? Yay or nay?

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Our Kitchen Transformation - The Four Phases from Start to Finish

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Our kitchen has undergone quite the transformation since we first moved in here 7-years ago! However, we didn't do it all at once. We finished it in different phases as our time and budget would allow - since we did most of the work (with the exception of plumbing, electrical, and laying wood flooring) ourselves! Sometimes I forget how far we've come. Check it out!

PHASE I: The Original Kitchen

This is what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house. Two separate rooms - a galley kitchen and a breakfast nook, oak cabinets, white paint, Pergo flooring, and old appliances. I'm not going to lie, there was virtually nothing appealing about it in this state other then the potential we could see it had!


PHASE 2: Pre-Construction Perking Up

To perk up the space before doing any major changes, we painted the cabinets white, painted the walls gray, put in new lighting, and invested in new, clean appliances. Also, accessorizing and decorating can go a long way! These changes made it a much more enjoyable place to live before we were able to really renovate the following year.


PHASE 3: Demolition and Construction

Next came the fun (and messy!) part! DEMOLITION! We did most of it ourselves on the weekends over the course of a spring/summer/fall of 2012. It was a LOT of work to take down the walls, rip out the floors (the worst part of it all!) and put it all together again. We had major plumbing and electrical work done during this time as well, as several pipes and electrical lines that were in the walls had to be rerouted. It was MESSY but at all worth it! 


PHASE 4: Finishing Touches

The last phase included all of the finishing touches now that the major demotion/construction was complete. These projects - including adding custom built-ins, adding white trim work, and installing Quartz countertops, were done over the course of a couple years and have just elevated the quality, functionality, and look of the space!


As you can see, we've TOTALLY changed this kitchen from a dark, cramped, dated space to a bright, beautiful functional one! It may have taken time but it was well worth the wait!


And honestly we aren't even 100% done yet! New window treatments are coming in a few weeks, and I think if we stay in this house awhile longer we are going to resurface the cabinets and put new upper cabinets (that reach the ceiling!) along the back wall. Stay tuned! :)

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