Products I Love! - Fasade Backsplash

If you are looking for a quick and economical way of updating your backsplash without tearing tile out, this is a great option! We recently updated our kitchen with a new quartz countertop, it's beautiful but didn't leave much room in the budget for a new backsplash. We were also left with a gap between our new counters and the existing tile backsplash. So rather than deal with taking the old tile off and repairing any damage to the drywall, we opted for Fasade.

Here's a link to their website where you can check out all the options available.                     http://fasadeideas.com/applications/backsplash/backsplash-gallery

It's a great product that comes in various colors and styles, even a paintable option. The install is really easy too. You can use double sided tape or glue the panels on. I definitely recommend gluing them on so you don't have to worry about the tape coming loose over time.

Here's a look at our finished project....

Kitchen finished

Colette

Would you like cream with your coffee?

I love how this coffee corner turned out! In this client's home, we were faced with a corner in the kitchen that didn't really serve a purpose. The problem was, we really needed it to be used as a functional space because the kitchen was pretty small to start with.  We were lacking storage space, but most of all we were lacking counter space for items like the coffee maker and microwave.

So here's what we did with the space.....

coffee bar before

This is what we were dealing with before the reno, not very pretty or functional.

coffee bar afterAs you can see, we found the coffee maker and microwave the perfect home without sacrificing any counter space.  All the coffee and tea is stored in the drawers and everything you need to start your morning right is one place. The corner also got a lot cuter :)

What are some areas in your home that lack function or vision? I'll bet we can come up with a creative way to use that space just like we did here.

Colette

My kids are so creative, but what do I do with all of the artwork?!

I am a mom of two young kiddos.  They are very creative and love making us things.  My oldest is in preschool and comes home EVERY time with her latest painting (it's almost always a "river").  I have a lot of years ahead of me with 2 kids always bringing home a new project and they will be equally proud of each and every one!  This is great, but what the heck am I going to do with it all?!  Don't tell them, but I won't be keeping them all.  I will however keep my (or their) favorites and come up with a creative way to showcase their masterpieces. Here are some awesome ways to showcase your kids' artwork. They will be happy to see it on display and you will be happy with how it ties into your home decor.

This is a really easy project and you can easily switch out the artwork as you please.  By you, I mean the kids :)  The great part is, you can paint the clipboards any color and have them tie in with your current color scheme.

This is personally my favorite!  Look how adorable you can make the clothespins! Again, you can easily coordinate this project to tie into your existing decor.

This one will require some wall space and will be a little more costly depending on the number of frames you choose to use.  It's a very clean look and will create a very personal focal point to any room.

This is a really cute idea! These are just wall decals in various sizes (or colors) that you just adhere to the wall around the artwork.

This option is a little sneakier :) If you don't have a lot of empty wall space to use to showcase the artwork, why not have a cute little surprise every time you open your cupboards?

I hope you found these options helpful, or at the very least cute :)

Happy Wednesday!

DIY: Magnetic Chalkboard

I love attempting new DIY projects.  I needed something on my wall in the kitchen and I have always loved the look of a framed chalkboard.  I figured it had to be pretty simple to make your own, so after a bit of research, this is what I ended up with. I bought a mirror at HomeSense for $30.00. I picked this one because of the beautiful detail in the frame, I knew it would look fabulous with a couple coats of white paint.  Then I purchased some magnetic chalkboard paint.  You will find it at most major hardware stores, I grabbed mine from Fargey's.

I put a primer on the mirror so the chalkboard paint wouldn't chip off down the road.  Then I applied 4 coats of the paint, sanding in between each coat with steel wool, this helps keep the surface smooth for writing on.  If you are wanting a magnetic chalkboard, make sure you do 4-6 coats. The more coats you do, the better your magnets will stick to the surface.

Once that was done, I painted the frame of the mirror with a crisp white, my fave!  And Voila, I had a new chalkboard and it fits in perfectly with my french country decor!

If you have any questions on how to make your own chalkboard, I'd be happy to help!

Have a great week!