Friday, January 18, 2013

DIW: Cora's Kitchen

 Today, we are going to creep back into my sister, Cora's, house- particularly her kitchen and dining room.

When they moved into their rental, there was wallpaper throughout the kitchen and dining room. Not only was their landlord was kind enough to let them remove them, and she even reimburse them for the tools it took to do it! (So if you hate something in your rental, just freaking ask! Landlords, especially in a single family home situation, are usually happy to approve a project for you)

Also, Cora has 3 kids, so you can't judge her kitchen in the before. You know I don't clean for befores either.

This room is open to her red living room as well, so she decided to keep the red and green motif- all this took was lot of steaming, some skim coating, and a fresh coat of paint! She rented the steamer for about $35.

She also has one more child than she did when they originally got their dining set, leaving them one butt short. She went to her local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and nabbed this awesome bench that was already in the same finish as the rest of her set! SCORE.

The artwork was "free"- meaning she used our mom's cardstock/cricut and she used frames that she already had in the house. Thanks, Mom!

The rooms feel much taller without any borders, and by using accent walls, if she has to repaint before they leave their rental, they have fewer walls to do.

Snaps to Sissy!

Also, Cora has hopped on the blog-wagon. With three kids, you never know when she'll post, but her and my mom are ridiculous good cooks and have gone Paleo (I'm sure at this point you've heard of it) (no, I am not paleo) and there'll be tons of healthy recipies over there. Even if your family isn't paleo, having a couple extra recipies in your back pocket never hurt anyone. Throw her in your reader, won't cha? You can view her blog, here.

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  1. QUESTION: can you teach us more about skim coating?

    also, paleo is so fascinating to me. I don't think I have the discipline, but I'm going to follow along and live vicariously.

    1. ANSWER: Yes. I have wall paper that needs to come down, so yes, yes I can.

  2. Ouch! You had to use such a realistic before picture? I suppose the world might as well know, I use my kitchen! Thanks for the post!

  3. The bench is a great find. I admire people with the persistence to remove wallpaper.

  4. Very nice! The bench was a great find and I love the paint colors!


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