backsplash details

For those of you who are sick of the kitchen talk, my deepest apologies. I wanted to do a follow up blurb about the backsplash in our kitchen, as many of you asked for the details. But it feels too long ago to just to a blurb so now I have to make it a whole post.


my parent’s kitchen

The tile is called Bevel Hampton Sand and comes in various sizes. My parents have the 3×6 individual tile and looks more like the standard size subway, as you can see in the above photo. We have the 2×4 tiles that come mounted on mesh. Both tiles have a crackle finish, but I think you can get it without that.


Mom shows her support for the Nester with this tiny tassel hanging happily in her kitchen.


A big thanks to my Dad for keeping a record of the tile details. I’m such a kid. I’ve been calling it “bisque mini-subway crackle”. That is so not the name of it. If you are new around here and want to know what the mini subway tile looks like, check out this post from last month about our kitchen redo.bevel-hampton-sand

Edie @ Life in Grace is doing a Linky today for us to share our painted wood projects and I’m linking my painted cabinet post to her party. And y’all? You should see her painted kitchen cabinets. Three words: Vintage. Darling. Home. And fabulous is my extra-credit word. If you have any wood you’ve painted, share your project over at her place. But at the very least go over, see her kitchen and be inspired.


Don’t forget to link up tomorrow for Tuesdays Unwrapped!

kitchen chats


Is this not the cutest salt and pepper shaker you have ever seen? Who do you think owns these? I’ll give you one guess.  They can fit in the palm of your hand. They may even fit in your pocket. And it may be that no one even notices if you walk out with them. Not that you would do that. But you could is all I’m saying.

They were a gift from Laryssa @ Heaven in the Home who happens to have a great post up right now about eating real food.

While we’re talking about things in the kitchen, I have to tell you about Amanda @ The Eck Life who was inspired to paint her kitchen cabinets black. And she has before and after photos to share. Love. It.

And to round out these kitchen chats: Wanna know how to clean your wooden cutting board? Check out Kendra’s video tutorial @ My First Kitchen.

I’m headed to my moms house this morning and I can’t wait to show you her new backsplash. It is the same as mine, but if mine is the baby then hers is the mommy. You’ll see what I mean.

painting cabinets: a follow up

Last week, I had fun showing you our black kitchen cabinets. Many of you wanted to know how to paint cabinets. I have to tell you that I did not paint our cabinets myself for three reasons: I am impatient, I am sloppy, and we had some extra money to hire someone.

I have painted cabinets in a couple of bathrooms. But I’ll leave the real tutorials to those who know a thing or two. Google it if you want the technical. I’m good for a few tips, though.


First and most importantly, buy some black poster board and hot glue it to the cabinets to see what they will look like. Don’t skip this step.


Take the doors off. But leave the cabinets on. Very technical, I am.

Sanding? Eh. Maybe a little. But cleaning them is more important, really.

Use a gray or black primer (if you are painting them a dark color).


When the doors go back on, they may not hang exactly as they used to. Get over it. It’s okay.

Don’t paint the inside of the cabinets. Unless you want to be painting for 17 years straight. Then definitely paint the inside.

Know that some people will still like it better the other way. And some people will tell you that it is not okay to paint cabinets. Learn to be okay with that.

By far, the most repeated comment I received on that post went something like this: I love your cabinets and would love to paint mine, but I’m too afraid.

Uhhh, what? Seriously, girls. It’s time to take back the house, put on our big girl pants and face that fear. Was I afraid? A little. Why? What if I didn’t like it? What if people laughed at me? And what if it was wrong? Besides, there was plenty of opposition.

My father-in-law said not to paint the cabinets.

My realtor man said not to paint the cabinets.

And yes, even the painter said not to paint the cabinets.

But all of these people had two things in common: they were all men and none of them live in my house.

I could have left them the way they were, pleased to know that my realtor, father in law and painter’s wishes were being met. Or. OR? I could do what I wanted to do and love my kitchen. You know what I chose.

If your husband is the man who doesn’t want you to paint the cabinets? Well, I can’t help you there. Lucky I’ve got The Man who thought it was a great idea. But maybe if you find enough before and after photos to show him, he can be convinced.

If you need more inspiration and courage, check out this post written by The Nester. She knows how to face nesting fears head on and shoot them point blank with a hot glue gun.



And due to the fact that Kimba is closing the internet on Friday, I’ll announce the gift card winner on Monday. Or Saturday. I haven’t decided yet.

from ugh to ahh in 10 minutes or less


The Nester is doing a series featuring simple things you can do in your home right now to make it a little more inviting. Her tips require only 10 minutes and no money so I have no excuse. Here’s mine:bed-before

I walked upstairs this afternoon to get something from our bedroom and my first reaction was ugh get me out of here. This room is a wreck. But then I remembered her simple tips: Turn on the lamps. Make the bed. Remove the clutter. Add pretty pillows.


Ahh, yes. So much better. Not rocket science.  But here’s the secret: you have to actually do it. I felt so much better afterward. Of course, it only took my kids 10 seconds to make my room more inviting:


At least the base is set. Thanks Nester. To see more simple room transformations or to add one of your own, go here. To see the intro to the series, simply click on the button below that is so cute I had to use twice.