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Mid-Century Reno: 8 Months Later


As promised, I wanted to let you know how I felt about my new kitchen (and baths) after the long remodel was over.

It has been 8 months so I have had plenty of time to reflect on our choices and live with the results.

I am pretty much in love with everything. My kitchen is the largest and most efficient I have ever had. Both bathrooms turned out great. I love having the laundry in the hall bath, close to the bedrooms.

Here is a condensed rundown:

We used IKEA Ringhult Thermafoil cabinets in white. I have had many guests comment that they look like the old-time steel cabinets. They are so easy to clean (just wipe them off with a damp cloth) and the options I chose are perfect for us. I cook and bake daily and needed a functional space that would also work for entertaining. The uppers all have horizontal doors that swing up. The lowers are all 2 deep drawers with the top drawer having a hidden drawer inside. I have a place for everything now; no digging or moving things aside to get at what I need. I also used 2 corner base cabinets with double pull out trays. These are great for heavy pots and pans, canned goods and small appliances. No getting down on the floor to reach anything. I was thinking ahead since we plan to be live here awhile.

We also purchased all appliances, sinks, faucet, hardware, bathroom vanity, medicine cabinets, under cabinet lighting and drawer and cabinet organizers from IKEA. So far I am happy with everything except the kitchen faucet. It seems to splash everywhere and I am constantly wiping up behind it. I will soon be getting a different style.

I am super happy with the Wilsonart Betty laminate.


And the Practical Props ceiling lights:


The Jonathan Adler bow tie sconces look great flanking the sink.


The silver starburst decals were from Etsy. I have received many compliments on them.


The ceiling tile was a special order from Lowes. The original was no longer made and had to be replaced.


The NOS fabric was also an Etsy find. By the time we were ready for drapes, I was tired of the remodel and it was nearly Thanksgiving. I paid a local seamstress to make them.


The floor is Armstrong VCT in 3 colors, special ordered from Menards. The installer helped me with the pattern.


My advice to anyone contemplating such a huge endeavor, plan for it to take much longer and cost more. There are so many surprises lurking in an older home.

We have spent most of the last few months working on the exterior of this mid century ranch. The new roof is green, which we thought seemed appropriate.

With the new green roof the original wooden garage doors needed a face lift.


We are in the process of getting new gutters and downspouts and a mid-mod front door. Check back soon to see what we ended up with!

I also will be sharing a few of my recent thrifted finds.

The Long Hot Summer


No room showcase. No DIY tips. No bragging about my bargains this week.

My creative side has taken a vacation. With all this heat I can barely remember how to make dinner. It’s a good thing Hubby likes tomatoes. They are the only thing flourishing in this desert we call the Midwest.

So I just snapped some random shots of life here on Croydon  Place. We are slowly changing things. Creeping along actually.

This framed paint-by-number was a garage sale find for $1.  I love the shape of the frame. It needed a good cleaning and has moved around the house and finally landed here in the entry. The period light fixture was an Ebay find. I have 3 more that match it. They are lighting up the end of the hall, the guest room and office.

This big glass block window is in my hall bath. I love the little window that opens in the center. It has a deep marble ledge that is fun to decorate. Wait till you see what I do here for Christmas!

There are also 2 identical windows in the garage. Oh, and this vintage bird bath was left here 🙂

I finally decided on the basement curtains. The Star Burst won out.

Here is the newest addition to my cookbook addiction, picked up last week at the thrift store. I have decided that I need ALL of the Betty Crocker spiral cookbooks from the 60’s. I have 6 so far.

This is our 13-year-old Lab “Woody” trying to keep cool:

He is a sweet old gentleman 🙂

This recently left our garage for a new home:

(Hubby and Son #2 are gear heads.)

It has been replaced by this:

The garage seems to be ever evolving into a sort of work room/mechanic shop/man cave so I will post photos when it a little more finished.

Here is a cozy spot for early morning coffee:

I promise to be a little more productive in the coming weeks; hopefully it will cool off.

I have been dreaming of a good snowstorm, so I have kept busy inside organizing my vintage Christmas stash,  getting ready to craft and list holiday items on Ebay and Etsy. I have boxes and boxes (and more boxes) of mid-century “Kitschmas” that I have been picked up all year on my thrifting trips.

I guess that is where the term “Christmas in July” comes from 🙂