The Reveal


I had been putting off posting an update on our remodel here at the ranch, but realized the holidays are right around the corner and I better get movin’!

The finishing touches are being put on the kitchen just in time for me to start dragging out the Christmas boxes.

The cabinets, hardware, appliances, sink, faucet and under cabinet lighting are all from IKEA. For the style, storage options and price you just cannot beat their 20% off sale. Their white thermafoil cabinetry reminds me of steel cabinets and gave me the futuristic look I wanted. I designed the kitchen using their online planner and took into consideration our lifestyle and era of the home.




The sputnik light fixtures are from Practical Props and the sconce lights are Havana from Jonathan Adler.

The flooring is Armstrong commercial VCT in charcoal, gray and teal. I had it professionally waxed after installation.

The original ceiling tiles were stained and damaged and no longer manufactured. We replaced them with a similar style that were special ordered from Menards.

The silver starburst decals I added to the soffits were purchased from Etsy.


The pinch pleat window coverings were made from 20 yards of vintage atomic fabric I also purchased on Etsy a few months ago.


The retro inspired counter top and back splash is Betty from Wilsonart. We used aluminum trim where the counter meets the back splash to give it a more mid century feel.


We purchased a NOS chrome exhaust fan grill cover off of eBay. It fits our original Emerson Pryne fan perfectly.


We kept the original knotty pine walls in the mudroom and I used  Ikeas stainless cabinetry in there.


We opened up the kitchen into the living room and added a coffee bar on the kitchen side and a snack bar in the living room.  I can now see the fireplace from the kitchen!


Hubby and I have eaten plenty of lunches at this counter.


I will soon be putting up the Christmas decor and planning for a swanky holiday party.

Check back soon to see all of my kitschy holiday decor!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

We’re Getting There!


As the kitchen and bath renovations continue here at our mid-century ranch, I feel we have finally turned the corner and that the worst is behind us.

The Armstrong VCT flooring was installed:


Upper cabinets and lighting are in:




The new ceiling tiles are installed along with the NOS chrome exhaust fan grill cover.


Flooring has been sealed and had 3 coats of wax added.


We still have plenty of work to do. Installing the lower cabinets. Appliances. Counter tops & back splash. Trim and baseboards. Painting. Staining. Bathroom vanity and toilet install. A bit more plumbing to be hired out. Touch ups and tweaking. The list is LONG.

Gutting your kitchen while continuing to live in your home is not for the faint of heart. Not having a sink or stove (for weeks on end) requires dish washing (and food prep) in the bathroom, utility room or basement sink. Not being able to use of your bathrooms is also a tad inconvenient.

Hopefully my next post will show a bit more “eye candy” instead of the mess!

Stay tuned.

The Original Tiled Hall Bath is (almost) Done!


It feels so good to have one room finished in this epic remodel.

You may remember that we are remodeling our kitchen and both bathrooms. Part of this reno involved moving the washer/ dryer from the mudroom back to the main bath, where they were located when our home was built in 1952.

Sounds pretty simple right? Just unhook them and move them in? I wish! Plumbing had to be re-done, the old dryer vent was not up to code and had to be moved, and the built-in cabinets that were covering the old laundry area had to be dismantled and rebuilt. Not to mention I was losing lots of storage space :-(

You may see the “before” photos in the last few posts.

Here are some “after” photos:


The knobs/ pulls are from my old kitchen cabinets and were reused on the cabinetry in here. That little area to the right of the dryer is the only place I could fit a hamper. Luckily it is on wheels and I can roll it out of the way when I need to get to my stuff. I would still like to find a vintage one.



The old doors from the built-ins were cut down and reused on the vanity:





This is the area that needs some very shallow cabinetry for toiletries, either wall hung or on the floor. I am still looking.


I am having a hard time decorating in here since it is now my laundry room AND bathroom. In addition to losing so much storage, I had to make room for laundry supplies.

Is it perfect? No. Is it better? Yes!

I could not see gutting this space to “update” it.  Moving the washer/ dryer back in there also gave me much more room for flexibility in my new kitchen plan!

Stay tuned. The drywall starts getting hung in the kitchen area tomorrow, bright and early :-)