The Search for a Vintage Farmhouse Sink

From the time I started sketching up our new house on graph paper nearly two years ago, I knew I wanted a vintage farmhouse sink for the kitchen. Not a modern apron front farmhouse sink that are popular today, but an antique one from the 20’s or 30’s. Those weren’t my only demands though, no...I also wanted it to have a single basin, high back, and … [Read more...]



Kitchen Progress – Dark green cabinets, a rustic wood countertop, and lighting

Last time I did an overall kitchen update we had just installed the cabinets and it looked like this.... Well now we have not only moved in, but I’ve painted the cabinets, we poured our concrete countertops, added a wood island top, bought appliances, and installed our island lighting. First thing first, the cabinet color. I wrote … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part III – Sealing

If I’ve learned anything about DIY in the last 5.5 years of writing this blog, it’s that it’s all about the sealer. You could do the most awesome job ever on a project, and if you don’t seal it correctly it’s all for naught. I knew I needed an amazing sealer for my concrete countertops, for three reasons.... Concrete is a porous … [Read more...]



Introducing “Oakmoss”

As many of you know, I’ve been struggling to choose a color for our kitchen cabinets. Adam started building the cabinets about eight months ago and asked me to choose a color, and the only thing I was sure of is that I wanted some sort of green. So I started looking at light, airy, neutral greens, and landed on “Grassland" from Sherwin … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part II – The Pour

*Thank you to Z Counterform for sponsoring this post. Alright, here it is...part II of my concrete countertop series! I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for this post and I’m excited to share all the details. (Read part 1 here if you haven’t already.) Before we get started on the tutorial, let me just tell you that neither … [Read more...]



DIY Concrete Countertops, Part I- Setting the Forms

Well, we did it...we actually poured our own concrete countertops! Adam and I spent hours and hours (and hours) researching this before we did it. We read tutorials and watched YouTube videos and generally felt prepared and confident...but honestly, the process still didn’t go quite like we thought it would. Turns out no amount of research or … [Read more...]



My Painted Kitchen Cabinets – Five Years Later

Since we have been on the subject of kitchen cabinets lately, I thought perhaps y’all would appreciate an update on the ones I painted five years ago. Truth be told they aren’t holding up that well, so if I can keep someone from making the same mistakes I did that would be great. So five years ago Adam and I took this dated, boring, builder … [Read more...]



Installed Cabinets

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I was scrolling through Facebook today and looking at all the festive pictures and memes, and interspersed between and the red white and blue was this gem... It made me laugh out loud...so I had to share, of course. Anyway, in the last post I left you with a trailer full of cabinets... and an empty … [Read more...]



Cabinet Beginnings

One of the main ways we are saving huge amounts of money on the kitchen is by building our own cabinets. Way back when Adam and I were dating (as teenagers about 14 years ago) his family ran a custom cabinet shop. They built the cabinets themselves, which means that my handy husband isn’t new to this whole cabinet building thing. We got a quote for … [Read more...]



Designing a Kitchen

Alright, it’s time to start talking about the kitchen in the new house. We’re moving in just over a month, (because we sold our old house! In a day! More on that later) and in order to move in we need a functioning kitchen. As a reminder, here is what the kitchen looks like in the blueprints.... Actually, here is the complete floorplan so … [Read more...]



How to extend an outlet to be flush with a new wall

Two years ago when Adam and I planked our kitchen we had no idea what to do around the outlets and switches. We ended up just cutting the planks around the current outlets and leaving them like that. It never really bothered me...but I never liked it either. The great thing about being a serial DIYer (or a DIY blog reader!) is that you are always … [Read more...]



How to Make Dirty Grout Look New

Way back when, sometime during our kitchen remodel, I talked about replacing our kitchen floor. I've never liked the tile... its a subtle pinky/flesh color, it's shiny, it NEVER looks clean, and I just generally think it's ugly. It's the cheapest builders grade tile you can buy and the grout looks terrible. Some horrible person must break in at … [Read more...]



Pecan Farmhouse Dining Table

Surprise! We built another dining room table. That kind of came out of left field, I know...after all, we just built our current pine farmhouse table last year.  Allow me to explain... Adam is a wood snob. Now Adam isn't snobby about much. He will gladly drive old crappy cars, sport goodwill t-shirts, go waaay to long between haircuts because I … [Read more...]



My Butcher Block Countertops, Two Years Later

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from a reader asking me to write a post about how our butcher block countertops are holding up. I have to admit, I'm a little embarrassed I didn't think of this myself....of course I should write a follow-up post. My main concern when we choose them was how they would hold up over time and I'm sure many of you are … [Read more...]



How to Raise Your Cabinets & Add a Shelf

Let's talk about that space above your cabinets for a second...that useless space that does nothing but collect dust and cause design dilemmas.  Do you decorate it? Leave it? I have always left it, I love to decorate but I'm not a fan of having stuff just for the sake of having stuff. When Adam and I started our kitchen remodel two years ago I had … [Read more...]



The Official Domestic Imperfection House Tour! (And A Link Party)

Welcome to my house tour...it's been a long time coming, right!? Currently my empty house tour tab is one of my most clicked things on my site, yet there has never been anything in it. To think of all the poor DIYers and curious souls I disappoint every single day. No more! So welcome to my always in progress, blurry pictured, somewhat messy house … [Read more...]



Farmhouse Kitchen on a Budget – The Reveal

(Update: I hadn't really intended for this to be my kitchen reveal post, I really just wanted to show y'all how I "decked out" my new floating shelves. Anyway, it has become fairly popular as a kitchen reveal post so I went ahead and added the prices for everything we  have done so far in the kitchen to the end of the post.) Well, my internet is … [Read more...]



Yardstick Framed Kid Art

Happy Friday! I had fully intended to post three easy projects this week, but then Friday was here and I hadn't blogged about anything. Ahh, life. It happens. So I'm in the process of decorating my new kitchen shelving and have been doing lots of small projects for them.  This particular project started when I was cleaning out my craft … [Read more...]



Open Kitchen Shelving (!!!)

So one night I got home from dinner, shopping, and a movie with a friend. I said hello to Adam and the boys and moseyed into the kitchen for a delicious glass of water. That's when I saw them, sitting on the countertops...the kitchen shelves that I had been nagging politely asking Adam to build for nearly a year. My eyes got big and I stared at … [Read more...]



Sometimes I Give Terrible Advice – A Plate Wall Update

I mess up a lot of DIY projects. In fact, I mess up nearly every single one, though usually I am able to fix my mistakes before I blog about it and give y'all terrible advice. That was not the case with my plate wall though (original post HERE). After hanging the plate wall I waited a couple of weeks to blog about it to make sure all was well. … [Read more...]